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Old 02-27-2008, 08:47 AM
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These are a friend of mines office walls in Texas.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:04 PM
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Ringmaster, Scientific Stunt Master, and my ears still ring from a short period (4 flights) pitting for a Dyna-Jet. Johnson .35 (Still have one or two). Some there I had, some I just wished for, like the Enterprise Twin Terror. Still have a Berkeley (curtis A-12) and an Enterprise (New Era) kit, as well as an NIB Sterling Ringmaster S-1 kit in my to do stock. And some I was really too young for when they were available.
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Thisd pic I see a VooDoo and a Spectrum (or maybe a Winder with slightly modded tips and stabiliator)
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What's your friends name? I spent a lot of time in Texas, 1948 to 1953 (San Antonio, Dallas, Ft Worth.) Some of those planes look familiar.

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Am I crazy or does a plane in the first picture have a pulsejet?
I'm a young'n, so the only CL I really know are the plasict .049 Cox planes...so I may be completely off base. But what powers that plane in the first picture, bottom row, second from the right (blue, just above the monitor).
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you are right it is a pulse jet . they are a lot of fun i still fly them and yes they are very noisy.
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While reading this this morning, I decided to check the Stanzel web site. Seems some of the original kits are still available. Also many of their plans. I remember they became active sometime in the last year or two. Seems these are original kits, not reproductions. The Shark and Sharkadet are two ov the offerings.

If the one kit in the fourth picture between the Megow control liner and the Tiger Shark kits is a Vee Gee, I either have or had an article in an ole Air Trails showing Eddie (Rochester) anderson, of the old Jack Benny show, showing one off. Apparently, he helped finance the development of the kit.
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ORIGINAL: 50+AirYears

While reading this this morning, I decided to check the Stanzel web site. Seems some of the original kits are still available. Also many of their plans. I remember they became active sometime in the last year or two. Seems these are original kits, not reproductions. The Shark and Sharkadet are two ov the offerings.

If the one kit in the fourth picture between the Megow control liner and the Tiger Shark kits is a Vee Gee, I either have or had an article in an ole Air Trails showing Eddie (Rochester) anderson, of the old Jack Benny show, showing one off. Apparently, he helped finance the development of the kit.
Um, better hurry on the Stanzel stuff:

Quote by Mike Lauerman on Feb 4 2008:
"I spoke with Ted Stanzel today, and they have decided to close down the business. Only the museum will remain open.
Ted indicated they have a lot of BALSA left, and it is for sale! This will assist those waiting for Riley to recover.
Ted can be reached at his Shulenburg, TX. plant by toll free # 800-422-6823.
Tell him Mike told you?
Thanks!"

Robert
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In the last photo there's a kit for the Speedwagon. Now don't laugh but that was my very first model . Actually I bought an ETA 29 but it happened to be still in the Speedwagon. And no, I never got to fly it. Those were the days though, I learned to fly with the ETA, one of my school friends learned with a McCoy 29 RR and another learned with a Dooling 29 .
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Beautiful collection of models.

I have often thought about building some models for display but space is an issue.

My thought is to build some 1/2A speed models as they don't take up much space.

Having the old .049 engines on hand, Wasp, Atwood, Cox, Holland Hornet and a few others should make it easy. All I need now are plans or old kits.

Another thought would be to take the AH Baby-Dooling .038 miniature of the Dooling .29 and make a tiny speed model.

Orrrrr, maybe an .09 size using one of Arne's mini McCoy. 60, Dooling .61 or Fox. 59
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:16 PM
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ORIGINAL: Dan Vincent
Another thought would be to take the AH Baby-Dooling .038 miniature of the Dooling .29 and make a tiny speed model.
Errrrrrrrrr
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:37 PM
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I promised more pics so here is some more back to the 40s!!!
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:39 PM
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And some more!!
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Nice pictures. These are beautiful models from the pioneers of model aviation.

I get a little misty looking at early models that were built with balsa and sandpaper.
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I'd love to see that one with the tubes for wings fly. And to see the pilot's condition after the flight was over.

My ears still sometimes ring when I remember pitting for a Dyna-Jet model over 42 years ago.
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I THINK that the third pic on the bottom row is a young Dale Kirn. I was never really into speed so I don't recognize the rest. A very similar pic appeared in a model magazine, I believe.
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gcb, that picture is Maxie Kerr one of the local guys that flew with my Dad and Tommy Walton (who took these pics.)
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Bill, would that be Jim Coll on the left in the first picture in the first row?

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Robert, I talked to my friend who took the picture he said that was Tommy Baker. He was nationally known in UC speed the others in the picture he did not remember their names. Cheers Bill
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Robert , I forgot to say that the pic was taken in Greensboro N.C.
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Here are a few from the 50s!!
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Wow! Eveready round 1.5 V starting battery, alligator clips, Veco Smoothie, Francisco fuel, pump in the can. Brings back lots of old memories. The prop cut scars on my fingers ache at the thought of the Good Ol' Days.

That engine almost looks like a Forster on that Smoothie.

I'm still flying a Smoothie, one I built back in my Air Force days in 1968. Doesn't look that good anymore. Still flies pretty good, though. At least as good as my diminishing skills allow.
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This thread is just about bringing tears to my eyes, honestly, I mean those days really were the great days! I remember in the 50's in Scotland we had a t/r league ran right through the winter. Ron Irvine was always around and he used to fly mostly British Class B racers, well actually he pitted mostly for Ian Dunn as (like me )he was more interested in the engines than in the flying I think.. I belonged to the Glasgow Barnstormers then,great club, got a great deal of inspiration from a guy called Walter Mckenzie, great builder and finisher of models. I could go on but you had better shut the old fart up...
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Hey 50+,

I went to the Mirror meet at Floyd Bennet field with some friends back in the fifties and you could hear the Dynajets from the time you entered the parking lot. Man, were they loud. One guy had a Dynajet powered scale C/L Grumman Panther that caught fire in mid flight. Cowling in a Dynajet was not a good idea because they ran cherry-red.

I used to spend a lot of time in Newton NJ with my anunt when my mom had her frequent operations. One day we were going through Hacketstown when we happened upon a model airplane FF meet. The first high performance FF I ever saw was a Dooling .29 pylon job that went up like a rocket.
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When I pitted for the Dyna-Jet in 1966, we used a bicycle pump and an old Model T spark coil. Now the last time I saw a Dyna-Jet set-up a couple years ago, Mr Capinjola (sp?) had a cart with what looked like a couple scuba tanks. Didn't get a close enough look to see what he's using for the spark set-up. Got to the old Cleveland control line field just a little too late to see him fly. Good thing, I didn't have my ear plugs with me.

We got in about 4 or 5 flights with the D-J powered XF-92A. Third flight ended in a colapsed LG with some attendant nose structure damage. When the plane was rebuilt, the tank wasn't put back at the correct height. D-Js were VERY sensitive to tank level and fuel flow. 4ht and 5th flights were a bit dicy ecause of aboted engine runs. 6th flight, engine ran too rich, plane caught fire during the take-off run from gas overflow.

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