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Old Aug 13, 2014, 08:34 AM
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Auction Barn Aracobras

Last winter, my Uncle called me, saying that he'd noticed a couple "Wen Mac model airplanes" listed in the Sale Bill for an auction close to where he lived. We met up for lunch and a day at the Auction!

The planes turned out to be two silver Aracobras, coated with dust and goo. Both were missing their canopies, and one had some ancient, rotted dacron lines wrapped around it's prop shaft!

Seemed to take forever for the auctioneer to get to them, but I finally managed to win them both on a fairly cheap bid.

The engine on one was just castor-stuck, while the other had apparently been forced through, breaking it's connecting rod. Still, not too bad a haul, AND it shows that these things STILL occasionally show up on venues other than dedicated model airplane sites and swap meets.
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Old Aug 13, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Cool story and nice find....I am always on the lookout for neat old airplanes and engines at random places. Oh and nice to see you and your uncle share the hobby, thats awesome.
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Old Aug 14, 2014, 07:59 AM
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Thank you!

My Uncle Wayne got me started in all this great stuff, way back in 1967, when I was 13 or so, stepping in to give me a direction after my parent's divorce.
I owe him big time !!!
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Old Aug 14, 2014, 08:19 AM
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Seems that there's a lot of vintage plastic slinging about the Skunk Works lately, and Thursday evening brought yet another Golden Oldie flash-back !

My Uncle Wayne bought a Testors 'Cosmic Wind' WAY back in 1968, and we were just SURE it was gonna be THE PLANE !! I mean...how could you go wrong ?....Cool name, cool color, it even had racy wheel fairings !!! It HAD to be a rocket!

Our enthusiasm was soon dampened, as we watched it trundle across the ball diamond's infield dirt...it's little Wen Mac-McCoy-Testors .049 pulling for all it was worth. With a good tug on the handle, it would finally drag itself into the air, making anemic laps until it's fuel was exhausted. Even our official "Slow Plane", Wayne's Jetco Piper Super Cruiser was faster, so the Wind didn't get much respect.

A friend of mine gave me this one a while back, and I finally got around to cleaning the engine and setting the plane up to fly. I had to straighten the elevator/stabilizer assembly, which had acquired a significant downward bend over the years. The elevator STILL has a noticeable kink in it, but it works.

Testors 'Cosmic Wind' (2 min 40 sec)
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Old Aug 14, 2014, 09:29 AM
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someone said they were looking for a larger collection of images.. well there is the 049 collectors group on yahoo at

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/049Collectors/info

and then there is my site at ..

http://webpages.charter.net/skylane42/cox.html

links to different manufacturers are at the top.
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 12:07 AM
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Glad to see you guys keeping this thread alive!

The Wen-Mac/Testors P-39/P-63 is still one of my favorite airplanes, as is the Cosmic Wind!
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 02:34 AM
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Most Wen Mac/Testors models benefitted greatly from a Cox fiberglass 6x3 and Cox red can racing fuel. Way more thrust from the prop and the engines responded well to 30% nitro.
Chris...
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Old Aug 16, 2014, 09:16 PM
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Excellent thread. Glad to see it's like the Energizer Bunny: Still going!

Say, Cox/Thimble-Drome made an RTF called the "Spook". I think it was a combat-type "flying wing" that was supposed to be quite maneuverable. Do any of you have one, and if so, can you share a picture of it?

Thanks!
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 07:26 AM
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It looked somewhat like an all-plastic version of the "Big Otto", in my opinion, with clear mylar covering over the wing ribs. It might have had a higher aspect ratio wing, though.

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/images/th...odels/4082.jpg
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 09:03 AM
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Excellent thread. Glad to see it's like the Energizer Bunny: Still going!

Say, Cox/Thimble-Drome made an RTF called the "Spook". I think it was a combat-type "flying wing" that was supposed to be quite maneuverable. Do any of you have one, and if so, can you share a picture of it?

Thanks!
Here is a page from Mark's fantastic collection of photos over on his .049 Collectors group. One of our members over at CEF was going to make templates from a Spook so one could be built from balsa, but I'm not sure if he completed all the tracing.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...bums/898099955

As Kiwi said, they have a similar planform as Walt Musciano's "Big Otto"...my personal favorite of all the great Scientific Kits.
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 01:26 PM
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I have a Spook in reasonably good shape (Ebay find), but can't get to it right now. When I am able to, I will snap a photograph of it.

I seem to recall that the engine back is somewhat different-similar to the one used in the Corsair and Stuka, but machined from metal instead of the usual molded plastic.
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 01:28 PM
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Kiwi:

Thanks for some input.

Never was a fan of the esthetics of the Big Otto. Probably a great flyer, just never liked the looks.

PT:

Thanks for the pics of an Otto. As for pics of the Spook: Alas, one must be a member to view the pics linked.

Oh well!
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Old Aug 17, 2014, 01:56 PM
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Thanks for that pic of a Cox "Spook"!

Wow, very different than the rest of the Cox airplanes. Apparently the purchaser had to cover it and assemble it? I'll bet those are rare as hen's teeth in the collector market.
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Old Aug 18, 2014, 08:20 PM
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" I'll bet those are rare as hen's teeth in the collector market. "

It took me over 30 years to find one (granted, I was not looking the entire time).
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