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Old 05-29-2018, 08:04 PM
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Cool Anyone flying the Lanzo Bomber?

I am not an old timer pilot but some of the guys in my club used to fly something called the Lanzo Bomber. These things flew great.

I believe they were originally glow but all had been converted to electric.

Often they would thermal them so a battery pack lasted forever.

Anyone still flying these?
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:44 PM
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I'm not drawn so much to the parasol planes but do plan to build a large old timer after our new house is finished in 6 months or so. Tons of places to fly there. So restricted here that I haven't flown in over a year.

I like aircraft with cabins like the Smog Hog, Buzzard Bombshell, "Old Timer" etc. I have hundreds of balsa sticks in all sizes and need to put more of them to use. Something tranquil about taking your time and cutting and sanding each stick so it fits just perfect. I purposely build many tail feathers from kits with sticks. Not to save weight but just because I enjoy doing it.

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Still flying a bunch of old timers all the time.
They were all ignition engine powered free flight originally.
Most of mine are electric and a couple are ignition for flying in SAM competition classes.

Top photo is a reduced size Lanzo Bomber in foreground. Original was 96" WS designed in 1938 by Chet Lanzo .To the rear is a 85" WS 1936 Miss Delaware designed by Steve Kowalik from Wilmington DE

Bottom photo shows from front to rear :
1938 86" powerhouse by Sal Taibi with a Forster .99 for power
Next rearward to left is a 1940 80" Playboy Sr by Joe Elgin and kitted by Cleveland Models. Power is a Super Cyclone .60
Behind powerhouse is the Miss Delaware
Rear left is a 1938 96" Lanzo Record Breaker,it's electric powered
and then there's the Bomber in orange to the rear.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Turbojoe View Post
Something tranquil about taking your time and cutting and sanding each stick so it fits just perfect. I purposely build many tail feathers from kits with sticks. Not to save weight but just because I enjoy doing it.

Amen, bro.
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Thanks for the pics Leadchucker. I had a Buzzard Bombshell once. Had to sell it when I divorced many years ago just because I had nowhere to keep it along with a lot of others. It was a mighty performer. I love the Lanzo and the Playboy and Zephyrs as well.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:18 PM
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The Lonzo bombers were great planes, miss mine.
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