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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:07 PM | 16,715 Views
I've been a fan of Mark's Models for over 30 years and flew a secondhand Wanderer for many years. As a teenager in the 80's, I would study/ stare at my Tower Hobbies Catalogs for hours, dreaming of owning many of the kits listed. Of the sailplane kits featured, Mark's Models, Craft-Air and Carl Goldberg Sailplanes were high on my wants list but never owned them, until recently.

Last weekend, my daughter and I walked into a LHS and hanging in the back of the shop was two Mark's Models Windwards, which had been there for many, many years. Both looking in sad shape and covered with dust. The orange and white bird had a sign on it with a price of $150, the white one had no sign. After looking around the rest of the shop, I asked an employee about them. We walked back to look the sailplanes over and in my mind, decided I wanted to "save/restore" them, if the price was reasonable? After sharing my desire to restore both, he said, "$50 for the orange & white and $30 for the white & black." I said, "I'll take them both!" As he was taking them down, I can hear him quietly saying to each model, "You're going to a new home!" That really touched my daughter and I.

After three hours of cleaning, painting and tightening the covering...the orange & white Windward is ready for electronics. The white & black Windward will require much more work. Covering has been removed from the wings and repairs are underway.

Current plan is to fly the orange Windward via Hi-Start or slope. The white Windward with get an .049 Power Pod.

My daughter and I plan to return to the LHS to show the employee both models when finished.

Have you ever felt compelled to save/restore an old model someone else built, especially one that's been ignored for years?
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 30, 2017 @ 10:51 PM | 18,683 Views
My tribute to the short-lived Navy Primary Jet Trainer....the Temco TT-1 Pinto.

I purchased the Freewing Base Gray PNP from Motion RC and spent weeks researching Hawk schemes but never found one that I liked. A month ago, I launched and recovered a rare flying Temco TT-1 Pinto at Edwards AFB, CA, and that yellow scheme was the answer. I still need to add the tailhook, single ventral fin and suspension struts to make it a proper T-45 Goshawk. Though not scale to the T-45, I'm leaving the nose light since the Temco TT-1 had one.

This is an amazing flying model! I'm flying it on a 6S 2700mAh pack due to the lighter wing loading. Flight time is right around three minutes.

Maybe the Navy will paint a T-45 in this scheme one day?

Best,
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