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Can someone help me identify this old (RC?) plane? Winnie Mae.

Old 02-08-2017, 09:35 PM
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Default Can someone help me identify this old (RC?) plane? Winnie Mae.

I recently found this Winnie Mae at the local dump after some guy dropped off three old rc planes in pieces that his grandfather had built.
I found most of the parts to this plane (sadly not the prop) but the rest were too far gone. To my surprise I was able to put it back together when I got home.
Does this look like it was handmade or from a kit? If it's from a kit, does anyone recognize the manufacturer?
Any idea of the age or value of something like this?
It has a 5'2" wingspan.

https://goo.gl/photos/cieot2QJwrgbbn3J7
Old 02-09-2017, 03:45 AM
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Winnie Mae is a Lockheed Vega. You have a very nice model !

Jim Pepino had plans, and IKON Nwest had a kit, but both were in the 100 inch range. I'm not aware of other kits or plans.

Here are pics of my IKON version, in Shell livery.
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Hi Shawnshank and welcome to RCU. First of all kudos to you for rescuing a wonderful example of what was likely a fine example of the scale builder/competitors art.

I have no idea if it was a kit but more likely it was built from existing model plans, could of course have been built from the builders own plans.

The actual type of the airplane that has been replicated is a Lockheed Vega and the Winne Mae was just one Vega. Wylie Post was killed in along with Will Rodgers.

From the size of that airplane I believe it is from the modeling period that the 'giant scale' airplanes started to become popular generally starting in the mid 1970's and would not be surprised if that airplane has been the subject on/in modeling magazines of the period.

As for value, that's the part I always hate to answer since as you have seen it is generally is a disappointment to those who are not modelers. I would however love to see that airplane saved and hope it finds a good home.

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The cool things is if you put the tail number in google you will get several links of the actual aircraft.
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Thank you John...you wont disappoint me if you give me an estimate on the value. I have no idea what something like this would be worth.
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I sold it...thank you all for your help.

Shawn
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Hi Tom! Are you still around? I'm still slowly working on my Pepino Vega 5B. Blue Skies!
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Originally Posted by shawnshank
I recently found this Winnie Mae at the local dump after some guy dropped off three old rc planes in pieces that his grandfather had built.
I found most of the parts to this plane (sadly not the prop) but the rest were too far gone. To my surprise I was able to put it back together when I got home.
Does this look like it was handmade or from a kit? If it's from a kit, does anyone recognize the manufacturer?
Any idea of the age or value of something like this?
It has a 5'2" wingspan.

https://goo.gl/photos/cieot2QJwrgbbn3J7
Could possibly have come from these plans. 61" wing per plans. Might be worth ordering a copy for reference: Vega Plans

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Originally Posted by Retiredat38
Could possibly have come from these plans. 61" wing per plans. Might be worth ordering a copy for reference: Vega Plans
Originally Posted by shawnshank
I sold it...thank you all for your help.

Shawn
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