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Post  WingingIt74 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:36 am

This is for sale on eBay right now, but I thought some of the history should be shared here.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTREMELY-RARE-COX-THIMBLE-DROME-PROTOTYPE-BLACK-WIDOW-GAS-MODEL-AIRPLANE-049-/120991714760?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2bab0dc8

EXTREMELY RARE FIND STILL FACTORY MINT NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM BOX UNTOUCHED PROTOTYPE.... THE COX (TD4) BLACK WIDOW (IN SPANISH VIUDA NEGRA) GAS POWERED READY TO FLY CONTROL LINE MODEL AIRPLANE ...... COMPLETE INCLUDING THE , STRING, CONTROL LINE HANDLE INSTRUCTIONS ...

WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE COX TD 4 PLASTIC FUSELAGE AND THE UNUSUAL IS THE WING,ELEVATOR IS MADE FROM BALSA WOOD, COX WAS PRODUCING IT FOR LODELA TOY COMPANY BUT NEVER WENT INTO PRODUCTION .... THIS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT SURVIVED BACK FROM 1972. EVEN THERE IS NO CELLOPHANE HAVE BEEN PLACE ON THE WIDOW BOX YET , THE PLANE IS SECURED INSIDE NEVER BEEN OPENED AS YOU CAN SEE ...

YOU WILL NOT SEE ONE LIKE THAT EXTREMELY RARE FIND AND READY TO BE DISPLAYED IN ANY COLLECTION A MUST FOR EVERY COLLECTOR OF READY TO FLY MODEL AIRPLANE , LIKE AURORA , COX THIMBLE DROME , WEN MAC .......

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I find it interesting that being a "Black Widow" it only has a Babe Bee...
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Post  PV Pilot on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:54 pm

Maybe the one and only Silver Bullet black widow prototype?

Or did we debunk that myth?
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Post  WingingIt74 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:59 pm

I can't say yes or no to the Silver Bullet Widow. I imagine Cox made some very special one-off engines from time to time, could have been the prototype for the Black Widow... who knows... I wasn't there.

"Silver Bullet" Black Widow thread, in case you haven't seen it:
https://www.coxengineforum.com/t2838-silver-bullet-black-widow
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Post  microflitedude on Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:13 pm

No 8cc tank. I'd say it's a plain old Bee. It looks like the box has no film on the top, so the engine could have been swapped...
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Post  WingingIt74 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:16 pm

microflitedude wrote:No 8cc tank. I'd say it's a plain old Bee. It looks like the box has no film on the top, so the engine could have been swapped...

I would say not, considering this pic...
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:13 am

Wish I could trace that bat wing out and reproduce it in balsa. I could knock the whole thing out for $15 to include an actual BW. Decals I can do also.
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Post  happydad on Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:31 am

cribbs74 wrote:Wish I could trace that bat wing out and reproduce it in balsa. I could knock the whole thing out for $15 to include an actual BW. Decals I can do also.

what, you never heard of approximation? build your own? scratch build? is this getting your creative juices flowing? i read the critical parameters like winspan and fuselage length and guestimate the sizes of the elevator stab, elevator moveable area, rudder fixed and rudder moveable areas and draw. the scallops or whatever you call the batwing stuff you can make with the appropriate size circle maker, or a quarter or a silver dollar, etc. whatever works.

btw i have been meaning to ask. how is it you get to stay in hotels? when i was temporary duty, TDY, i had to stay in open bay quarters with 50 other guys. even as an NCO E4/E5. different time, different place i guess.
p.s make something up. it will fly. also copy the pics to your home computer and print them 8 1/2 x 11inch.
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Post  John Goddard on Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:44 am

Remember the old maxim "if it looks right, it'll fly right"
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Post  RknRusty on Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:39 am

happydad wrote:...btw i have been meaning to ask. how is it you get to stay in hotels? when i was temporary duty, TDY, i had to stay in open bay quarters with 50 other guys. even as an NCO E4/E5. different time, different place i guess....
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Post  SuperDave on Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:30 am

[/quote]Cribbs is a General lol! [/quote]

In his own mind maybe. Laughing

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:29 pm

No, I am not a General. I do tell folks at billeting that I am when I check in. Usually get a few laughs when I hand them my ID card. Sometimes just being nice nets me a good room.

I am also known as Les Generale amongst my coworkers. lol!

Base billeting has come a long way during the last 18yrs. I have stayed in my share of bays and communal bathrooms when I was younger. In my line of work you are not judged by what's on your lapel or sleeve, it's how well you do your job. One day I may be sweeping a floor and the next I am briefing the base commander on how I fixed his airfield. That suits me just fine.

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Post  happydad on Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:47 pm

cribbs74 wrote:No, I am not a General. I do tell folks at billeting that I am when I check in. Usually get a few laughs when I hand them my ID card. Sometimes just being nice nets me a good room.

I am also known as Les Generale amongst my coworkers. lol!

Base billeting has come a long way during the last 18yrs. I have stayed in my share of bays and communal bathrooms when I was younger. In my line of work you are not judged by what's on your lapel or sleeve, it's how well you do your job. One day I may be sweeping a floor and the next I am briefing the base commander on how I fixed his airfield. That suits me just fine.

Ron

for me it's been 18 + about 24years since i left the wild blue yonder, 1970. i will never forget my 2 TDY trips to Hawaii though. happydad Fishing
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