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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:33 am

Mark in his flea market travels found this:

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$300, no box, missing parts. We passed but maybe a fair price. Orange base but I like this one better.

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Scanning through some examples I thought this one unique.

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Post  DrCox on Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:03 pm

Wow Bob,

The Fleamarket person had it priced for thought. They are tough to find, but also with parts missing, I would have passed it also.

Like you, the painted Curtiss Pusher is quite pleasing, yet very fragile.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:31 pm

DrCox wrote:Wow Bob,

The Fleamarket person had it priced for thought. They are tough to find, but also with parts missing, I would have passed it also.

Like you, the painted Curtiss Pusher is quite pleasing, yet very fragile.

Thanks Doc,  I would like to own one but sellers price them like gold.  Were the pilots painted or only offered in mono color?

I thought the peanut gallery would comment on the scratched model with the bladder fed Cox engine.  Seems like red meat for the Cox fanatic's here.

Bob


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Post  Jason_WI on Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:42 pm

Old post on RC Groups classifieds has two listed for sale. Doesn’t say sold yet.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3673699-Two-cox-Curtiss-pushers

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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:40 pm

Jason_WI wrote:Old post on RC Groups classifieds has two listed for sale. Doesn’t say sold yet.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3673699-Two-cox-Curtiss-pushers


Thanks Jason, checked it out. $325, so the flea market guy is ball-park. But $60 shipping? Pretty light, maybe he would ship in a wooden crate.
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Post  Ken Cook on Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:38 pm

Bob, I really love that plane. I had one as a kid but my dad enjoyed it equally. He flew it and I watched. Although, he asked me a few times to give it a try, he said it was a bit herky jerky so use caution. I didn't take his offer as I was probably not skilled enough at the time to recover it in the event of a emergency. He had all of our planes, slot cars, models, etc. in a storage locker. The storage locker was broken into and away went all the fun toys. We had 2 Baja Bugs, he painted one pink for my sister and we had a ball with them. I still have a prop for the Curtis Pusher.

      Pusher planes at least for me offer a lot of excitement. It's the unusual that just makes one want to see it fly. My buddy Dan built a large Farman pusher with a LA .46. Snoopy was in the cockpit.  I watched the day it went in and it was heartbreaking. Dan machined a special bearing driveline with a rag joint for this plane. The engine was inverted in the very front of the plane and the tank was specially designed with a tunnel in it for the shaft to pass through.  The Mustang on the ground was built by my buddy Neil a New York fire fighter who was at 9/11.

                 Cox Curtis Pusher Danny_11          This was scary to start and launch. One needed to know the procedure and hand clearances.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:26 pm

Seems like the Cox Pusher would be a handful to fly and start Ken. But nothing like that LA powered finger thumper. I think I would opt for some sort of looped starter with a pulley arrangement.

I think I would prefer this Testors R/C model NIB than the flea market Cox for just a bit more. These are rare and highly collectable. Sold as a companion to Testors R/C Mustang models.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-TESTORS-SKYHAWK-R-C-ARF-MODEL-AIRPLANE-KIT-w27Mhz-SIMPULSE-TRANSMITTER-/143737626713?ul_noapp=true&nma=true&si=6uTjXr7DJzkGdr2zuS9AkRsF1nk%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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