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Old 03-23-2020, 05:32 AM
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Going to miss him 😭

he was such a good person. He would call me out of the blue every now and then just to say hello.

some of the best memories was a long time ago when my kids where little they got into poison ivy at an event in Ohio. Bob was a big help in getting the kids squared away.

At another event one of my sons stepped into an ant pile and Bob was the first one over with rubbing alcohol rubbing it on his bites.

the best was hearing him telling his puppy peanut to stop rolling in poop.

we all know about his modeling and how he pioneered this industry and made it what it is today but it’s the personal side of Bob I will miss. You will be forever missed my friend.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:55 PM
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My fondest memory of Bob was him yelling at me over the phone when I called to order a bypass for a larger-than-intended motor in one of his kits. I wear that berating like a badge of honor.

Going to miss seeing him at FL Jets.
Old 03-23-2020, 01:10 PM
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We lost Bob and to add to my situation I lost my jet bud John H. over cancer two weeks ago, I met Bob at FJ many years ago, then I got to talk to him a few times also at FJ, what a great soul he was, I felt relax every time when he was talking to me.

My bud was one of the best builders in my area, both will be missed by me.

So long Bob, so long my friend John H.
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When you were being berated for a larger than recommended engine, remember, he did that to many people. He always put the hobby as a whole first and was extremely worried about somebody putting in the latest fire breathing dragon turbine in a bobcat and fly it around at 250mph. I think he just let his emotions show because he always worried about our hobby being lost
Old 03-23-2020, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by patrnflyr View Post
When you were being berated for a larger than recommended engine, remember, he did that to many people.
Funny you should mention that; the only time I spoke to Bob was when he called me about the size of an engine I had ordered for an F16. He was pretty gruff at first but when I explained to him that I was a full scale pilot as was he, my field elevation is 4500' ASL and summer temps pushing 100 F, I was worried about Density Altitude so I opted for the larger engine.

After that he settled down and I had a very interesting conversation for about 15 minutes with him. He didn't know me from Adam but treated me as if I were a friend. I know his friend Kent Nogy and am always interested in Kent's stories about him and Bob.

I wish I could have met him in person. My condolences to Patty and the rest of the BVM family.

Gary Zabriskie

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Old 03-24-2020, 07:39 AM
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Sad News.
Met Bob at the superman jet rally twice, and In one occasion I asked him about the best airplanes he ever flown, full size and rc. His response was the A4 Skyhawk, and the turbine powered Bandit..
Old 03-24-2020, 10:07 AM
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Super nice guy, always told me “it’s not to late to start eating correctly. Stop eating meat”. RIP Bob.
Old 03-24-2020, 11:25 AM
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From Spain, my more sinceresly condolences to Family and Friends.

Desde España, mis mas sinceras condolencias a la Familia y Amigos.

Old 03-25-2020, 08:33 AM
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I never had any BVM jets. I had the occasional small BVM items but mainly flew other mfgs. Bob was a great flyer and ambassador to our hobby although to me he always seemed ultra serious and a little gruff. Until one day at Winamac Jets he sat down and talked with my wife about his dogs and our Cocker Spaniel. It was the first time I saw that side of Bob very kind and gentle. That afternoon is what I will always remember.
Old 03-26-2020, 03:09 PM
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After watching Bob fly an early version of his "Sport Shark", I knew where my next hobby dollars were headed.
His foresight in design and engineering elevated the hobby to standards that are taken for granted today.
Paul (Ivie) and I truly relished our competition with Bob and the crew during the "jet speed" era.

Our prayers and condolences go out to Patty and the entire BVM family.

Larry Jacobs
Old 03-30-2020, 08:09 PM
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I met Bob back in late 90's Superman, Definately a pioneer sure to leave a permanent legacy in this great hobby, god speed "Uncle Bob".

Found this to be an interesting archive of Bob and RC history in comments left. Theres even an hour video which sure to leave one with how preciuos a soul this man was to this planet.


This link would be good in Original Thread post......
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Great link to a tribute to a great man, if RCU can immortalize Andy Kane, BV ought to be a slam dunk!

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