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Old May 27, 2009, 01:02 AM
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February this year an aeromodelling friend passed away whose 'claim to fame' was having won several Scramble events inc. the 1956/57 Australian Nationals.
He still had the model in poor condition with the Mills.75 in it and often talked about restoring it and doing a plan for it, as back in 1956 he had simply scratch built it without a plan......Only from his head as he went.

Via his only living relative, his Sister, I was ask if I would caretake the model with a view to the restoration that Cyril never started. How could I say no.

I received the model a month ago in very poor condition along with some photos from the 50s of it when it was pristine.
I took pics of it as I received it and the first job was to join the fuselage back together with a 'spine' on the bottom.
Damaged sides were cut out and new balsa inset as well as the top decking.
Doped, tissue covered, then painted to get it back looking good.
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Old May 27, 2009, 01:09 AM
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February this year an aeromodelling friend passed away whose 'claim to fame' was having won several Scramble events inc. the 1956/57 Australian Nationals.
He still had the model in poor condition with the Mills.75 in it and often talked about restoring it and doing a plan for it, as back in 1956 he had simply scratch built it without a plan......Only from his head as he went.

Via his only living relative, his Sister, I was ask if I would caretake the model with a view to the restoration that Cyril never started. How could I say no.

I received the model a month ago in very poor condition along with some photos from the 50s of it when it was pristine.
I took pics of it as I received it and the first job was to join the fuselage back together with a 'spine' on the bottom.
Damaged sides were cut out and new balsa inset as well as the top decking.
Doped, tissue covered, then painted to get it back looking good.
Really great Gossie...please keep the pictures coming !
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Old May 27, 2009, 02:22 AM
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More pics from the past.
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Old May 27, 2009, 02:58 AM
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More pics from the past, inc. Cyril holding his winning model in 1956.
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Old May 27, 2009, 04:37 AM
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Good work. I like to see things restored and looked after rather than thrown out.
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Old May 27, 2009, 06:58 AM
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Do you think Cyril had the "Wyvern" in mind for this model? The all-around glazing, trike gear and twin fins sort of suggest it, to me at least.
Gerry
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Old May 27, 2009, 07:30 AM
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I see what you mean.

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Old May 27, 2009, 08:08 AM
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I'm reminded of Vic Smeed's Debutante but that did not have twin fins.

Well done Gossie, we're all rooting for you.
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Old May 27, 2009, 03:56 PM
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This one too looks quite closely related....
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Old May 27, 2009, 07:27 PM
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I can't get pics on anymore??????????
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Old May 27, 2009, 09:23 PM
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See below
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Old May 27, 2009, 09:26 PM
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I can't get pics on anymore??????????

Does your cursor show up as 'The Dreaded Red X'?
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Old May 27, 2009, 11:13 PM
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Does your cursor show up as 'The Dreaded Red X'?
Sorry. Don't understand?????? I'll try again. Maybe I've been banned.
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Old May 27, 2009, 11:31 PM
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Strange thing is I can't get the two pics on I want to from the 50s.
Not to worry. Here's a progress report as it is at the moment.
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Old May 30, 2009, 10:27 AM
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gossie,
When your membership in the Flying Aces is about up the 'Dreaded Red X' ( an 'x' drawn with marker pen)shows up in a box on the front of the newsletter. Sort of a reminder if you don't pay your dues you will be cast out into the hinderlands.
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