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Post  Dick Russ Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:17 pm

I was just thinking and sometimes that could be dangerous when my thoughts went as far back as the 1950's. I still remember receiving My first Cox engine and flying wing kit to build. Since I went on to become a aeronautical engineer I think it would be safe to say modeling was responsible for my future. It was such a thrill to have and with the thoughts of flying a u-control model was ever bit of exciting. I just wish the young kids today would realize how much fun it is.
I would have to say that that was the beginning of a wonderful time building and flying model airplanes and here I am 70 years later and still building and flying model airplane. Isn't life great when you have a hobby like we have.

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Post  balogh Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:29 pm

Dick,

I second to your walk of life. Born into a family of doctors, my parents encouraged me to follow their profession.. they miscalculated my carrier pattern,  not expecting that I would encounter - by a sheer accident, behind the Iron Curtain - a COX engine in the early 70-s, that catapulted me into another path, mechanical engineering.

COX hence was not just a toy for me , but a serious guiding vane of my  adult life...and I will never regret that for a single moment. Small Cox Logo RC Plane Babe Bee .049
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Post  Dick Russ Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:24 pm

Thanks for the comments. My mother wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer. My freshman year in college was courses with those disciplines in mind. I was bored to death and did poorly. I then told my parents I wanted to become an engineer and changed my studies to Mechanical mechanical engineering and did well and graduated with honors. Now for a short story. Like many young people who married young and divorced we had an opportunity to do better which I did (married to my wife for 47 years). While I was single living in California I met this beautiful young lady that was a spitting image of Sophia Laren (I hope that is how it's spelled). Anyway, I mentioned I was going out to fly my RC Model and wondered if she would like to go. Her response was "She said if I want to go out and play with my toy airplane that's fine but she wasn't interested". Now you and I can refer to them as toys, but someone who knows nothing about what is involved in the design and building and flying a RC Model should not refer to them as a TOY! That was my last date with her!
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Post  crankbndr Mon Dec 20, 2021 6:52 pm

Reminded me of this scene from on of my favorite movies.
TOY AIRPLANES

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Post  balogh Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:05 pm

Toy is just an endearing reference to my COX powered RC planes that collect my curses and sweat while I build them, but make me proud at least in front of myself when they launch and fly during their maiden..😀
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Post  sosam117 Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:07 pm

crankbndr wrote:Reminded me of this scene from on of my favorite movies.
TOY AIRPLANES


I like the model airplane catalog that Jimmy Steward is looking at.
At 0:49 you can see the outside cover of the Hegi catalog.
I have that same catalog somewhere in my library.

In that catalog is the Hegi Aladin, Dohle, Pascha, 340 Ali, Spassvogel, Tramp, Twen and ASW 15.
Those are some of the gliders that were in Hegi's catalog.
They had many power planes as well. And good scale kits as well.
Hegi had a vast line of model kit in the 60's and 70's.

The planes mentioned above I was able to build with the help of Max Geier.
He was a club member that would go home to Germany and purchase the Hegi kits for me.
At the time I was flying gliders off a winch line.
Max helped me to translate the German instructions to English.
There were very good illustrations included in the kit to help out as well.

My 1st Hegi kit was the Spassvogel. It was a simple box fuse with tip dihedral at the tips. Simple to build.
The last one I built was the ASW 15. 2nd to the last to build is the Aladin, which is still in excellent condition!

Photo of my Hegi Aladin in the back yard 4 years ago.
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I still have two Hegi kits (NIB) (the SB-7 and another Aladin kit) in the crawl space, along with many other kits.
Hegi made excellent kits. Just wish they were still around because I still purchase as many kits from them as I could.
I think their kits were better than Graupner's or Multiplex?
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