This is a very important event
for the BVM team. Our products dominate the
Indiana skies because of the efforts of several BVM and
Horizon Reps that have helped many newbies get into jets
with BVM products. Tim Redelmen, David Ribbe,
Chris Huhn, David Payne, and Greg Wright have been helping
others at this meet for 16 years. Annual trips
to Winamac by Dustin and I are also important and
thoroughly enjoyed. Because Winamac is on western
edge of the eastern USA time zone, we can fly very late
in the evening. The sun is low and behind us, the
heat of the day has dissipated and there is a light
breeze down the runway. It just doesn't get any
better for enthusiastic jet pilots.
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All of this model airplane
enjoyment and facility is credited to Ralf Braun who so quietly and
graciously makes it all happen in Winamac, Indiana.
Jon Stotz owns many BVM
jets. This eBandit on EVF~3~ 12S power is his latest. Tim
Redelman also got some stick time on it early in the event.
This is a nice comparison of
the US Air Force and Navy Camo schemes available on BVM eBandits.
Both have good in-the-air visibility traits due to the contrast of
light and dark colors.
Mike Grady is pleased with the
first flights on his EVF ~3~ 12S powered MiG-15. The model
features the speed brake and scale main strut options and many
thousands of Pro-Mark rub-on rivets. Mike documented this
"Early Parade" scheme MiG from a museum piece in Sinsheim
Auto and Technik Museum in Germany. Nomenclature details are
This father, son team of Dick
and Dustin Buescher enjoyed this Bandit ARF and a few other jets at
the Heartland event. A JetCat P-80SE has been reliable power for
this 3 year old model.
David Reid estimates that
he has over 600 flights on this early Electra kit with an EVF 5612
power plant. He has upgraded the batteries over the years.
The ease, simplicity, and reliability of the BVM electric jets allow
jet pilots to go flying frequently to maintain and polish their
skills. Those polished skills keep David sharp on the sticks
of his veteran BVM F-4 with P-160 power.
California based BVM Rep. Dan Avilla
is enjoying jet events country wide this year with a fully equipped
motor home and 20ft Featherlite trailer. These JetCat powered
scale jets represent Dan's superb modeling and flying skills and
have won many awards in recent years. The "Artic" schemes show
Greg Wright was very busy
flying two Bandit ARF's and his fabulous F-100 in a Skyblazer
scheme. Greg lives in the area so he is very familiar with the
Winamac Aeromodelers jet field.
These two Ultra Bandits
are guided by the brand new Horizon Hobbies Spektrum 18X radio - a
good test of a control system. David Ribbe and Chris Huhn are
design engineers for the Horizon team.
A novelty at Winamac was the BVM .91
Viojet powered F-16. It worked very well while all turbine
pilots stopped to watch and listen. David Ribbe piloted Larry
DePas's relic of jet model aviation.
A similar vintage BVM F-16 was powered
by an EVF ~3~ 12S, very quiet and fast. David Payne helped Jon Stotz
make it happen.
Dustin enjoys showing off the awesome
performance of the BVM Sabre ARF with EVF ~3~ 12S propulsion.
A 10S system is quite sufficient for most Sabre customers.
The big Skymaster F-86 shows well.
David Payne and Vernon Montgomery shared the fun.
Janet and Mike McConville pose with
their Skymaster T-45 Hawk after one of many flights. Mike's
signature maneuver is a 16 point roll.
Extreme "High Alpha" maneuvers were
demonstrated by David Ribbe with this Skymaster 1:6th scale F-16 on
JetCat P-160 power.
Dave Bloomer from Plainfield, Indiana
showed his AirForce Aggressor eBandit with EVF ~3~ 12S power.
This larger E-Jet is easy to see.
Jeff Anderson has several BVM jets, but
all who own an "Ultra Bandit" like it best. Because of its
size and performance it does use up some sky.
These early version
KingCats are still serving owners Chuck Shull and Dave Brawling at
events like Winamac. These samples were manufactured in 2005.
A very impressive duet of Spektrum
paint scheme eBandit and Ultra Bandit was performed by David Payne
and Chris Huhn. These custom schemes were painted in-the-mold
products by the artisans at BVM.
Our gracious contest director Jim
Widner got a ride on the BVM demo 10S powered Electra from an early
kit. Jim wants to build one soon.
Seth Arnold of XFC fame took
possession of this Bandit ARF and earned his turbine waiver in the
same day. Congrats Seth on your second consecutive win at the
XFC, welcome to jet flying!
Dustin and BV packed these 5 EVF
powered jets into the extended GMC Van (Explorer Conversion).
We flew all many times, constantly cycling 5 sets of ThunderPower
batteries on (2) PowerLab 8 chargers. Dozens of flights - not a
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