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Post  Kim on Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:55 pm

Just posted this over on Mark's Gas Toy/.049 Collectors Facebook Page. A thread there had been started about the Cessna Wen Mac produced back in the day, and made me think of an Alfred Hitchcock episode that had a guy flying it.

So, after an extended search on You Tube, here we go:

Fast forward to 19:15 to see the amazing performance of this RTF !!!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVZA9xW1Gow&list=PLakshYu9qq-zT1szrtivrSIZKemR6lNeP&index=10
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:13 pm

That’s funny. Neither were flying it. Unless they were both doing some crazy tight loops.
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:03 pm

Oh, I'm sure the model airplane fliers of the time noticed that, too and commented on it.
This Hollywood, the land of make believe. Shocked Rolling Eyes Popcorn drunken lol!
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Post  balogh on Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:08 am

Anyway the era when such models and kids playing with them were abundant must still have been a golden one..I wish I had been there and done that..
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Post  Oldenginerod on Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:40 am

Regardless of who was (or wasn't) controlling it, that thing sure was hootin' along for an old Wen Mac. Crazy Eyes
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Post  MauricioB on Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:28 am

Kim, thank you for posting this video ... it generates many emotions and reminds me of beautiful moments of my childhood.
Magic exists !!, that's why I'm left with this image ... when the child smiles when he hears his engine running ... it's a totally natural and exciting gesture!
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Post  KariFS on Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:14 am

balogh wrote:Anyway the era when such models and kids playing with them were abundant  must still have been a golden one..I wish I had been there and done that..

Also an era when a dad would agree to have a creepy neighborhood stranger to walk his son home. Different times indeed.

But the clip was funny indeed. Especially the sound of the engine right after it starts Smile I guess it would have required a very complex camera system to make it realistic. Or maybe just a motorized cart to drive around the fellows with a camera onboard.

Thanks for finding it and sharing Kim!
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:05 am

I'm old enough to remember watching the Hitchcock hour along with "Lights Out" where the intro scene showed a bloody hand searching for the light switch. Neighbors would come over and we would all shiver on the couch.

Creepy guy was played by Bruce Dern, my age now. Played in many films including the first "Great Gatsby" with Redford and Farrow. Wonderful old cars in that movie. Swimming pool scene is a classic.
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Post  Kim on Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:08 am

Thanks guys! I (like so many other kids) was fired up by these way-too-brief glimpses of this great hobby. Back then, if you missed it--it was just gone--no replays on demand...you had to just try to catch a rerun if it ran at some point in the future.

This also impacted me from the point of the kid getting constructive attention from an adult. In the early 1960's, my dad's music career had pretty music collapsed into his being a Lounge Lizard, playing for tips and drinks in the local Speak Easy's, and I seldom saw him when he wasn't drunk or passed out or beating the crap out of my mom. Moments like the one in this show were pretty intense.

Seems like we're literally swimming in perverts now, and there were surely plenty of them running around back then, so I guess I'm lucky to have never been messed with.

So my next obsession involves an episode of "Fury", a Saturday morning show about a boy and his horse, that included some model airplane contest reference. Barely remember it, and may have imagined it, but it's gonna bug me 'till I give it a good search!

Here's Mark's "My Three Sons" post, which I think has been posted somewhere here before:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5g1oq8





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Post  balogh on Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:39 am

Thanks Kim this is a great lil film...I assume most of the stuff the kids flew there was COX? I browsed youtube and the net for such COX related old films but have hardly found anything...
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Post  Marleysky on Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:11 am

rsv1cox wrote:I'm old enough to remember watching the Hitchcock hour!

Creepy guy was played by Bruce Dern, my age now.  Played in many films including the first "Great Gatsby" with Redford and Farrow.  Wonderful old cars in that movie.  Swimming pool scene is a classic.    

I remember Bruce Dern as the the only actor to shoot and kill The Duke, John Wayne in a movie (true grit IIRC).  Of course he’s also the father of Laura Dern of Jurassic Park and Stars Wars.  

I  think the kids Dad in the Hitchcock show also played Darrin’s boss in Bewitched. lol!


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Post  Kim on Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:01 pm

balogh wrote:Thanks Kim this is a great lil film...I assume most of the stuff the kids flew there was COX? I browsed youtube and the net for such COX related old films but have hardly found anything...

I guess these were the days before Wen Mac was totally eclipsed by Cox.  Flying scenes like this one are usually tucked into the body of the show, and can be difficult to find.
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