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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:50 pm

With all the threads on this site about the infamous Cox Stuka, it got me reminiscing about the day way back when I Figured 9 a new Stuka into the pavement quite abruptly and unexpectedly. After all, how could that happen since I was the control line pilot expert that my buddies thought was great, or at least I thought so. I do remember that the elevator on the Stuka not as responsive as the PT 19 trainer. Well, parts were gathered during the walk of shame and were put away into the box of forgotten interest.

Over the winter, I found the box of yesteryear fun and this is part of what i found:

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Hmmmm, she could be re-built as I pondered the remains of the carcass. Gathered some old parts like the red bomb and new parts such as a single vented tank, a muffler as some added bling along with some new decals. While studying the details of the blow molded injection pilots supplied with the model, I was quite amazed at the detail within each piece. So much so that I thought...what the heck. It's a model that could always be changed back for the purists. Probably all of these Cox items will be listed between .05-.25 cents during a liquidation sale upon my demise. Oh well, why not enjoy some of what the model offers?

For instance, here is the pilot before and after painting:

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and the Gunner:

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I know...too shiney for a model, but this is how I rolled back in the 60-70's when painting models with Testors enamel. Oh...what the heck, may as well paint the seat and equipment within the cockpit also:

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Now it's time to stop when ahead, and assemble the model. While attending undergraduate school in Milwaukee many moons ago, I remember students with bumper stickers that read: "Honk if you passed P. Chem". Putting this model back together yielded some colorful language while reminiscing about the difficulty of chemistry analogous with assembly of this model. How in the world did this model ever get assembled via employees at a cost productive time? Maybe Cox Forum Members should have a bumper sticker produced that states: Honk, If You Assembled a Cox Stuka."

Eventually success was achieved. I sincerely appreciate those that have had the confidence to fly this Stuka, for this one will probably remain as a static model. Thanks for reading.


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Post  OhBee Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:55 pm

Very nice! I think I would also keep it on a shelf!.... Where the heck do you find parts for this old stuff?
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Post  roddie Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:08 pm

now that's.. a labor to be proud of. Exquisite! Thanks for sharing!
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Post  Kim Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:17 pm

HOLY PERFECTIONIST SMOKE BATMAN!!!!!!!!

Beautiful, and more!!!!!
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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:19 pm

roddie wrote:now that's.. a labor to be proud of. Exquisite! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you Roddie for the kind words.
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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:21 pm

Kim wrote:HOLY PERFECTIONIST SMOKE BATMAN!!!!!!!!

Beautiful, and more!!!!!

Kim, your modeling skills along with aerial photography takes a backseat to nobody. Thank you just the same.
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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:28 pm

OhBee wrote:Very nice! I think I would also keep it on a shelf!....  Where the heck do you find parts for this old stuff?

OhBee, Check the major auction site. Eventually the parts that one needs usually appear.
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Post  andrew Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:30 pm

Beautiful restoration!! BTW, I like shiny.
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Post  akjgardner Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:34 pm

Nice Job on the restore
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Post  Levent Suberk Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:38 pm

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Post  balogh Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:26 pm

Beautiful restoration! How did the engine clean up? That must be a near new red postage backplate reedy with a No.1 cylinder..
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Post  Ken Cook Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:57 pm

I'm aware of the time you spent. My hats off to you, nicely done
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:05 pm

Wow Doc, you shame me with some of my amateur restorations. Beautiful work and featured display worthy. Reflects hard work and dedication.

Yours was in much worse shape than mine was when I started.

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Still love the thing though. Smile

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Post  Marleysky Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:06 pm

That is beautiful! Very very well done! Your detailed painting of the pilots adds so much to the overall impression.
It’s a labor of love restoration to make the model look as good as the Box Art does.
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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:58 pm

balogh wrote:Beautiful restoration! How did the engine clean up? That must be a near new red postage backplate reedy with a No.1 cylinder..

Here was part of my problem with this challenge. I read the following: you know, "the Slippery Slope."

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Well since the starboard fuselage on the later models came enlarged without the knockout plug, then what the heck and go ahead and add a muffler for a little extra personal bling appeal. Problem was that I needed to rob Peter to pay Paul from another cylinder and piston combo for proper muffler installation.

Then the instructions made the suggestion of painting the pilot and gunner and the rest is history.


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Post  DrCox Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:08 pm

andrew wrote:Beautiful restoration!!  BTW, I like shiny.

Andrew...we are from the same old school with shiney. Thanks.


akjgardner wrote:Nice Job on the restore
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Ken Cook wrote:          I'm aware of the time you spent. My hats off to you, nicely done

Guys, these comments are what make this an enjoyable experience and camaraderie that other personal friends just don't quite understand.

rsv1cox wrote:Wow Doc, you shame me with some of my amateur restorations.  Beautiful work and featured display worthy.  Reflects hard work and dedication.

Yours was in much worse shape than mine was when I started.  

Still love the thing though.  Smile

Bob

Hey Bob...who do you think gave me some of the inspiration? Keep it up. Thanks.


Marleysky wrote:That is beautiful! Very very well done! Your detailed painting of the pilots adds so much to the overall impression.
It’s a labor of love restoration to make the model look as good as the Box Art does.

Sincerely appreciated Marleysky.

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Post  Mark Diedrichs Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:13 pm

Doc, as usual you have knocked it out of park! Well done!!! Mark
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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:10 pm

If you painted the gun, antenna and exhaust stack it would really round out your work. Excellent job with the pilots. You have quite the steady hand.
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Post  NEW222 Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:37 pm

As was said many times above. Amazing work. I cannot imagine the time and patience to paint the pilots, seats, and cockpit details. Overall, I too personally like the shiny look. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Post  Mark Boesen Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:21 pm

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Post  Dave P. Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:17 am

Doc, that really is beautiful. I love shiny!
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Post  crankbndr Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:03 am

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Thats good, who did the clever editing? The bottom of the box was a target, what could go wrong?


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Post  getback Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:39 am

Very Nice !! i was going to ask what kind of paint did you use , because that sure is shiny !! LOL I have some / most of a Stuka but have been concerned about trying to get it together , from what i have heard its a Bnitch lol! Thanks for sharing .
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Post  crankbndr Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:24 am

getback wrote:Very Nice !! i was going to ask what kind of paint did you use , because that sure is shiny !! LOL  I have some / most of a Stuka but have been concerned about trying to get it together , from what i have heard its a Bnitch lol! Thanks for sharing .


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