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Old Jun 01, 2011, 04:42 PM
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Astro Hog..there's another on my build list..
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 05:41 PM
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Sorry guys, but ran into a guy here in town who is now in his 70's and has been an avid flyer all his life. I bought another Hog from him and mentioned that I had this old one, he knew about it right off. He said he knew the builder and that no, it wasn't a scratch kit and yes it's a Dmeco made plane. He knew what hobby shop I bought it from 26 years ago without me telling him. By the way the builder wasn't my dad.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 09:08 PM
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"By the way, your dad did a nice job on that Hog. It's been around a long while. I had forgotten about the orange wheels, I think they were by Bonner."

Those wheels were were made by a medical supply house. They are called pessaries (sp) and were available from larger drug stores. Les Fruh among others furnished complete wheels with the redish/orange color which were purchased from the same manufacturer that furnished them to the medical field. Later they were changed to the black color when the volume justified a separate production run. Those interested in what they were used for in the medical field can try asking their wife or girlfriend.
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 09:57 AM
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I am having troubles with the earlier noted PDFtype files. Two of which look to be from the 1957 article, and the third flat will not open up. Gives error mesages instead. (I have the original article, and is in TIF format now)

The third noted Dunn read em' article of low K count seems not to open up. Can this be reloaded and resaved?

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Old Jun 03, 2011, 10:20 AM
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yes it's a Dmeco made plane.
Sorry Cherokeenut, I'm still not convinced. Until proved otherwise, I think your elderly friend is wrong and has possibly confused Dmeco with Berkeley

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Acrorc - I did and I now wish I hadn't

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Old Jun 03, 2011, 10:36 PM
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My old magazines have Berkeley ads for the Astro Hog. Lots of old Dmeco/Livewire ads too...no Astro Hogs in those. Hal kitted almost entirely his own designs (I think the Perigee was the only exception) and he had a couple of low wingers about that time that would have been direct competitors of the Astro Hog, like the Crusader. For a time he made radio gear under the Dmeco label. That's probably the reason for the decal. Jim
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Old Jun 04, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Those wheels were were made by a medical supply house. They are called pessaries (sp) and were available from larger drug stores.
I too looked it up and found a "Pessary" store: $39.95 for one 1.25" dia wheel! They must be darn good wheel for that price!
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Old Jun 04, 2011, 03:57 PM
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I used to communicate with Hal DeBolt to within one month before he died in Florida. Zero mention of the Astro-Hog in his inventory. I also have a few of his never kitted projects here of the era 1965 to 1948. He had a few alternate names for kitted projects, but nothing along the lines of an Astro-hog. The question ought to be noted at SAM Talk for many of the members there are of the era.

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Old Jun 04, 2011, 05:26 PM
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Have to agree with Edubarca- I've never seen any documentary evidence of a deBolt Astro Hog kit.

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Hi Ray;

DeBolt only made his own design kits, as far as I know. Berkeley's policy was contracting the most important modellers of that time (Dunn, McGovern, Struck, Musciano, Del Gatto, Saftig etc.) to design and prepare the plans for the kits they engineered. There were, however some of the first Berkeley kits designed by Bill Effinger, Berkeley's founder and owner.

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Old Jun 04, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Not strictly true Eduardo. As buzzard bait says, Hal did once produce (1963) a kit for Tom Brett's Perigee - but never (AFAIK) an Astro Hog

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Old Jun 05, 2011, 10:02 AM
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Not strictly true Eduardo. As buzzard bait says, Hal did once produce (1963) a kit for Tom Brett's Perigee - but never (AFAIK) an Astro Hog

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Hello RFJ, Yes you are absolutely right. I had forgot this model made by DeBolt. And as for the Astro, that I'm sure. Only Berkeley made the original design and then SIG made a kit but with many modifications.
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Old Jun 06, 2011, 04:06 PM
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My old magazines have Berkeley ads for the Astro Hog. Lots of old Dmeco/Livewire ads too...no Astro Hogs in those. Hal kitted almost entirely his own designs (I think the Perigee was the only exception) and he had a couple of low wingers about that time that would have been direct competitors of the Astro Hog, like the Crusader. For a time he made radio gear under the Dmeco label. That's probably the reason for the decal. Jim
Ok now there's a theory I might buy. I talked to Art yesterday when I saw him and he did the look in the sky thing and said I bet that's what happened, it's a Berkely kit with a Dmeco decal for the radio. However, the inside of the hog looks to have had a Bonnor system originaly so who knows.
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