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Post  Kim Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:42 am

Headed over to Boaz yesterday, for a visit with Uncle Wayne, and was gifted his original control line handle. When I was 13 or 14, the first "Big Plane" I flew was his Carl Goldberg "Shoestring", being hauled around Olmsted's ball park by its K&B .35.

The .35 engine of the Shoestring had 7 times the displacement of the Cox .049's I'd been flying, and its 52 feet of steel cable meant that it "had a lot more sky" to play in.

At that moment, I felt REALLY "Official", hanging on to this handle, and maybe a bit scared of the Shoestring's strong pull on the cables, and its howling engine.

For an adult to entrust me with such a large and expensive plane was a really big deal, and I never forgot it.
I MAY admit to a bit of "Hangar Flying" here in my living room, where no one can see my arm sweeping around above my head, or hear my imitation of a .35-powered control liner, singing its song on a Sunday afternoon.

So now, here it is, complete with its frayed original cable, whose stray wires will happily pierce your skin if you're not careful in its handling.

The cable will be replaced, and the handle will be hooked up to a set of lines leading to my own Goldberg Shoestring, perhaps letting me take some laps back in time to 1969...for maybe a millisecond or two..

Thank You Uncle Wayne!


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Here's my Shoestring...from a "Box-o-Planes" swap meet buy at Mattoon, Illinois 5 years ago.

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Post  rsv1cox Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:34 am

It's funny how we are introduced to things at a young age that affects us the rest of our lives.

For me it was firearms gifted by a friend of my fathers when I was nine years old. Five rifles/shotguns plus a .32 revolver. I still have the revolver and the rifles but my brother err stole the shotguns when I went into the Navy. I have since replaced them with equivalent examples.

Girls followed quickly, then cars and model airplanes.

I do not have that handle but it sure looks like a good one.
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Post  944_Jim Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:06 pm

Cool story, Kim!
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Post  Kim Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:28 pm

Thanks Guys!
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:00 pm

History….

I fly exclusively with a hand crafted handle made by Marvin Denny “Big Iron”

It’s the exact size and fit to my hand as a Hot Rock. It feels good and I feel good knowing Marvin can keep flying through me.

Now Uncle Wayne will always fly through your hand Kim. Even though he is alive and well and I hope him to be for some time.

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