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Old Mar 04, 2013, 10:29 PM
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Testors Cosmic Winds

Ah Clem,

Thanks for the link. Now I need to find some white marble for a photo shoot.

I have 4 Cosmic Winds without the tail wheel mold at the bottom end of the fuselage. Three of them are the dark orange type and the other is the white Freedom Flyer. They all have the newer type Testors/McCoy engine with the extended intake venturi.

Yes, the bell crank is white on all my red firewall Winds with the dark orange fuselage.

The Freedom Flyer looks the same as my Sprit of 76 except for the vert. stab. decal and no tail wheel.
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Old May 10, 2014, 07:29 AM
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HawkHunter,

Thanks for posting all of the pictures! I had either the Freedom Flyer or the Spirit of '76 when I was quite young. I only got it started 3 times and flew it twice - my friends got bored of trying to get it running pretty fast and I didn't have any experts around to help. When it did run, it seems like I just over corrected again and again and it bounced up and down on the asphalt, but it took it. It seems like I started to get it to fly straighter once, but once it ran, I could never get it to start again that day. But I loved that plane!

I'd gone searching the internet and found some pictures of other Testors models, but not in that distinctive 1976 style. Your pictures really bring back some happy memories. Thanks!
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Old May 30, 2014, 07:26 AM
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Large Testors Cosmic Wind

I'm glad you liked the photos.
The Testors Cosmic Wind and the Cox PT-19 started my flying model hobby in the mid 1970's.
One word comes to mind......FUN!!!
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Old May 31, 2014, 02:07 PM
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"The Testors Cosmic Wind and the Cox PT-19 started my flying model hobby in the mid 1970's.
One word comes to mind......FUN!!"

The last control line plane I flew recently was a large, Testors Cosmic Wind-wonderful airplane.

One of the firs that I flew a few years ago when I started flying control line again was the Cox PT-19. Another wonderful airplane!
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Old Nov 09, 2014, 09:00 PM
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1971 Testors Hobby Catalog

Here are some pages I scanned out of a 1971 Testors catalog that you may find interesting.
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Old Nov 09, 2014, 11:09 PM
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HawkHunter,

Great shots of the catalogue!

I see those nice, new airplanes and still wonder what happened to the tooling!

As I type this, there is a nearly complete, chrome P-38 sitting on my desk.

I also found what is left of my original Testors Skyhawk R/C airplane in cleaning the garage! A very slow airplane, but it flew very, very well!
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Old Nov 10, 2014, 08:33 PM
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McGiver- I had a camo Zero. It was a good flier, too! Wish I knew what happened to it.
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Old Nov 10, 2014, 10:11 PM
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HawkHunter,

Great shots of the catalogue!

I see those nice, new airplanes and still wonder what happened to the tooling!

As I type this, there is a nearly complete, chrome P-38 sitting on my desk.

I also found what is left of my original Testors Skyhawk R/C airplane in cleaning the garage! A very slow airplane, but it flew very, very well!

Sure would like to see your P-38 when your ready to show it off.
I also have a Testors Skyhawk, but its NIB. I need to post some photos here of it.

Have you guys seen these YouTube videos of the orange Cosmic Wind and the Skyhawk?
Testors 'Cosmic Wind' (2 min 40 sec)

Testor SkyHawk Model Airplane Working.MOV (1 min 27 sec)
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 08:49 PM
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LOL! That "Skyhawk" has a Cox Golden Bee motor on it. And FTR, the Skyhawk was a Cessna and had a high wing. Looks more like a Cherokee to me. Piper.

That Cosmic Wind could barely fly. I remember them days well.
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 09:36 PM
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Personally, I thought most of the Testors' plastics flew fairly well. I wasn't into sub- .09 stuff to much of an extent, but my boys had several. The Zero was one of their better ones, but the Cosmic Wind my kid had wasn't really that bad.
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 06:58 AM
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The Cosmic Wind did fly very well considering it was powered by Testors/McCoy .049 and weighted in at almost double the weight of a Cox PT-19. In the video, this guy is flying from his backyard and got her airborne in half the normal runway.
When I was flying in the late 1970s, we flew from a blacktop hard surface at a local school yard. My take-off run was almost half a lap, mainly because my fuel tank was 4 times the normal stock size! I bet I have 50+ flights on my original 1975 Cosmic Wind, which still hangs on my wall today.
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Old Nov 13, 2014, 01:08 AM
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HawkHunter,

That was great video!

The Cosmic Wind is in beautiful condition-the SkyHawk is exceptional!

I moved mine today. Sadly the rudder is broken off. As I recall, the stock transmitter stopped working as well. It did fly well back in 1974-1975. Mine still has the original McCoy .049 on it.

I have another one brand new in the box (with no motor or radio in it).

Present Cosmic Wind has 15 foot lines on it (we used to use those doing demos for Testor in KMart parking lots). Very dizzying for an old guy these days...

Great stuff!
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