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Posted by DismayingObservation | Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:09 PM | 9,202 Views
One man's trash is...well, you know the rest.

Last year, I blogged about an E-flite UMX F-16 which I witnessed on its maiden flight and maiden crash at the club. Conditions were kind of windy and while the little EDF did a great job of handling the conditions, a loop too close to the ground resulted in that dreaded smack of shattered foam on the runway.

The gentleman who owned it decided to toss it out and buy a new one rather than rebuild the wrecked model. I discovered that fact when I walked by a trash can and there it was! Not only did I take the wreck with his blessing, he also gave me the box and the rest of the accessories less the batteries.

A quick test at home via my Spektrum DX6i showed all of the electronics to be in perfect working order; had they not been, I wouldn't have set it aside in anticipation of rebuilding it.

Last month, I decided to take the plunge despite the exorbitant cost of the parts. I saved some money via the loyalty program at my local hobby shop, so the overall cost wasn't too bad and even with the purchase of two new batteries - I used an existing UMX battery for the tests - I was into it for less than a third of the cost of a new one. No way I was going to use a factory decal sheet, however.

I've had the pleasure over the past few years to have cultivated a wonderful working relationship with Callie Soden, the driving force behind Callie Graphics, the preeminent provider of model graphics and believe me, anything you might have heard about Callie, her incredible products and peerless customer service are absolutely true.

Callie was able to take her existing "Thunderbirds" scheme, shrink it to 1/32 scale and the results are just below.

I haven't yet maidened it, but I will soon. Fact is, anyone considering this model would do very well to drop Callie a howdy and get a set of these fantastic decals.