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Post  Madguns on Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:03 pm

This is my Corsair. I wish the guy who made these decals would produce them again. They are great. This has a K&B 4 blade propeller gotten off Ebay and one of the stainless hubs. I modified it to have less of a hex on it, and polished it a little with 320 grid. My Cox Corsair  Img_0222
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:05 pm

Are those vinyl self sticking decals? I like the Skull and cross bones! Looking good!
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Post  roddie on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:51 am

Very nice John! I like seeing photos with the model staged outdoors sitting on pavement. The prop and hub look awesome! I'd like to see the wheels or rather "tires" painted a flat-black. Strange that Cox molded them in blue.. don't you think?
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:15 pm

Marleysky wrote:Are those vinyl self sticking decals? I like the Skull and cross bones! Looking good!

I found these slide-offs on ebay for my Corsair, but I like madguns better.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:51 pm

roddie wrote:Very nice John! I like seeing photos with the model staged outdoors sitting on pavement. The prop and hub look awesome! I'd like to see the wheels or rather "tires" painted a flat-black. Strange that Cox molded them in blue.. don't you think?

The parts are injection molded, the 'tree' would've all been the same plastic color, it seems to always be a question of money to do it right.

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:58 pm

That's an interesting photo Mark, I was always under the impression that the large parts were molded individually.

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Post  fredvon4 on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:25 pm

Bob briefly I worked at a custom mold factory for Oil field parts...mostly rubber. But some parts were various plastics.

As you know, in mass production, mold costs are high and production rate is king

I can not remember the brand but I did built a whole lot of plastic model cars, boats, and airplanes in the 60~70s that large and small parts were all on the same perimeter grid SPRUE

I also remember it being a royal PITA to part away all the dinky parts with an Xacto... until I found neat set of sprue dikes at the hobby store

Military moving a lot so eventually a lot of my vast collection of cool models get trash canned...usually while I was away on some adventure to distant family while mom was packing out for the next change of station move...and dad was at school for the new assignment

There are a bunch of things she St Vincent De Paul donated that are worth billions today..(comics) . But none of my Cox RTFs... they were well used and repaired a lot

I am sort of astounded that ....considering e-bay prices... some enterprising China company has not done to the Cox Type plastic RTFs as they do with the non running Nylnt tether cars of the 50s

On second thought they did exactly that... BUT in foam and fly right out of the box RC planes

Compared to a Cox RTF plastic a lot of the small foamy birds are exponentially better and, inflation wise, a lot cheaper

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:26 pm

Just looking at Marks picture I see a lot of product waste in the interconnections.  But I guess plastic costs less than constructing separate molds.  But as you mention there are labor costs in separating the pieces.  

After putting together some of these plastic models, the Airacobra and Stuka comes to mind, I can sympathize with the people doing the job day after day..

And yes... Putting one of these together requires weeks if not months

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While these Chinese made electric foamies practically fly right out of the box. Cept for the Nieuport 17.... Smile

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