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Post  Kim Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:59 am

From my Facebook Page:
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"Rusty's Medallion"

We lost several friends from our little circle of flyers this past year, making me redouble my efforts at having a good life and appreciating it at the same time.  The clock is ticking folks...get out and do stuff.

My friend, Rusty Knowlton passed away a few months ago, and was a walking example of squeezing all the living possible from one's existence.  

We met in person one time three years ago, but were constantly in touch, before and after, through the Cox Engine Collector Forum, and his weekly/bi-weekly live forum, "At the Bench", over on the Stunt Hangar site.

A memorial has been organized by the C.E.F. for Rusty...a "Traveling Engine Event"...with three engines mailed between members who will run, fly, or display them for posting on the Forum, along with any thoughts or memories they may have about our ole bud.

I was recently honored and somewhat shocked to receive a package of Rusty's gear from Will Davis, a mutual friend.  One of the items was a Cox "Medallion" .049 engine, and it was instantly assigned duty in the nose of my "Scout" project.  With as few changes as possible, it'll be bolted to the little plane, with some sort of notation on the model's side.

The "Medallion" series of Cox engines are considered (by me at least), to be the "Gentler Tee Dee's"...not as powerful---though close--but easier to start and a little less picky about their settings.  Kinda like the difference between a high-strung thoroughbred and a friendly work horse.

As I like to do these days, I set up a test stand to check the little engine's health, and it came to life almost immediately, with just hand flips to wake it up.  It'll be ready-to-rock when it's put on the nose of the Scout.

Here are some photos of it's run, along with a few memories of my ole bud, Rusty:

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Post  Ken Cook Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:12 pm

I think that was very admirable of Will. One of my club members whom I haven't seen in many years had a Scout with a Medallion. The plane and the engine go together like a pocket on a t-shirt. Rusty, my son and I also enjoyed each others company. I made it to Huntersville 3 times . One of the trips there, I arrived ate lunch, flew the contest, packed up and had to return home all within a few hours. That was not so fun. The after the contest flying which took place at Rusty's friend Watt's house was memorable. Not only did we enjoy terrific bbq, we flew until you couldn't see your plane any longer.
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Post  Cribbs74 Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:02 pm

That’s great Kim. I was informed by Wayne Robinson that I will be receiving a package from Will Davis as well. I’d much prefer just to have Rusty back with us.

Rusty had called me a week before he passed and I missed the call and forgot to call him back right away. That is really weighing heavy on me. I have been returning all my missed calls immediately since then. Let that be a lesson to all of us. We aren’t promised tomorrow only today.

I am sure that is the perfect engine for the Scout!
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Post  Kim Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:09 am

@Cribbs74 wrote:That’s great Kim. I was informed by Wayne Robinson that I will be receiving a package from Will Davis as well. I’d much prefer just to have Rusty back with us.

Rusty had called me a week before he passed and I missed the call and forgot to call him back right away. That is really weighing heavy on me. I have been returning all my missed calls immediately since then. Let that be a lesson to all of us. We aren’t promised tomorrow only today.

I am sure that is the perfect engine for the Scout!

Yeah, the Scout project just got a lot more special.

I had a similar situation with a long-time friend who kept saying that we needed to get together for a Sunday Fly Day.  I had no idea that he was very ill, and the weekends slipped away until I got a call from his son that he had passed.

We develop many contacts, and it's probably impossible to cover every possible base, and Neal was not the type to talk about being sick, but I sure wish I had pushed aside whatever was going on, and had another great Sunday afternoon with him.

But, if he could comment on it, I know for a fact that he'd wave his hand and say, "Please don't worry about it."

I'm pretty sure our Rusty would have the same reaction.
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