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Post  OhBee on Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:36 am

Most everyone has a story about starting out with thier first cox ready to fly controline plane. Well when I was a kid there wasn't much  money and no amount of begging resulted in a cox plane on Christnas or birthdays. Finaly on one such occasion, (don't remember which ) I was the happy recipient of a Wen-Mac  v tail Beechcraft Bonanza!  Oh boy!  Out of countless Suday afternoons  of trying , I got it to fly a tank of gas ONCE!  It was totally out of control with a hand launch...we had no hard surface to ROG from and hand launched everything. Because of this I had removed the heavy tricycle landing gear. Now thinking about this I suspect that really screwed up the CG!  After ONE finally successfull flight I think I sold it to a neighbor kid for probably 5.00. Add in some lawn mowing money and I bought myself a new P-40 flying tiger....the tan one with the inverted engine. I never flew it because I didn't want to wreck it. I had that P-40 until I left it in an outbuilding with some other planes in the midst of a move in 1987. Hadn't flown since the 60's and was tired of moving a bunch of stuff I never used. Now I'm wishing I hadn't done such a stupid thing! Now 32 yrs. later I am back near the area where I left them. Old building where I left them in the attic is still standing...don't know who lives there now....not sure I want to be an idiot and stop in  and ask about looking for them ,or see if they are still there!
  Anyway...after my Wen-Mac debacle I got into building and flying combat wings. Lil Satans and Voodoos. Left my last new unflown Voodoo behind in that move also with a new .35 engine on it.
     There's a morale to this story...NEVER abandon or sell stuff you no longer use! You'll want it back when you get older!....And by the way...anyone ever seen a Wen-Mac v-tail Beech Bonanza? I never have. Mine was red and white. They must have been substantialy cheaper than the cox planes in the day,otherwise I may have never gotten into controline to start with!  Just some reminising from a now OLD phart!  Thanks for bearing with me and my story.......Steve


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Post  944_Jim on Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 am

Welcome back to your childhood! I "took" a 35 year hiatus and returnred a few years ago hoping to drag my two boys away from their cellphones/gadgets.

Both successfully built, and flew their own. Both complained the whole way through. Both left the hobby as fast as they entered it.

I chose to stick around. Now the closet in the garage is my Hobby Closet, complete with A/C and decent lighting. Their planes hang in the closet so I can fly them if I choose. The stash of kits has grown. I have two models roughly 85% completed. Once they are done, I move on to revisit the P-40...this time wrapped around a .15 engine.

Also in the room is my N-scale railroad with roughly 25' of track on a 2x4 cookie-cutter table. I may try to involve my boys in my 45 yo AFX stuff too.

Getting older means the responsibilities relax a bit, and we can enjoy our childhood again!

Good for you, I say.
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:26 pm

Great story Ohbee. After 32 years they are probably dust or long gone, but horses couldn't keep me from knocking on their door and checking.

At least two of my C/L planes are somewhere in the woods of NH. Fly-a-ways or more accurately I just disconnected the lines and let them go. I would love to find them again. Last one I saw circling high above when the wind took it somewhere.
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Post  OhBee on Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:53 pm

The more I think about this the more it bugs me! We ever get any decent weather I am going to HAVE to go make a fool of myself. 32 yrs...yeah not much hope. But at least I'd know and could let it go!
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