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Posted by DismayingObservation | Jul 08, 2019 @ 04:37 PM | 4,861 Views
No, really!

Well, ok. Maybe not, but it did come home with me. "It" is a well-used Seagull Models Space Walker II complete with an O.S. Max .55 two-stroke and a full set of Spektrum digital servos.

I've seen this plane on a number of occasions at the field and I know it to be a great flying model. Unfortunately, the original owner is now in assisted care. A member and the man's daughter sold off his entire collection via Craigslist...except for this poor Space Walker II. No one even made an offer.

You can see in the photo below my resurrected The Wings Maker Wingman II which prompted the member to ask whether or not I wanted to take home the glow-powered Space Walker. I tend not to say no to el freebos. I recognized Flik from "A Bug's Life" on either side of the fuselage as well as the pilot busts including the rear seat passenger with a chunk taken out of her helmet; I knew right away which model this was.

Pretty it is not. I described it to a friend as an "ugly little spud." The landing gear has been reinforced rather crudely and the red covering on the fuselage repaired equally crudely. One windshield is missing and the other is broken. Parts? Uh-uh. Not available. Other than that, it's all there with a full set of servos and a $180 engine in like-new condition. The flight battery is shot, but it took enough of a charge to allow me to test the workings. I have two new Hitec receivers which are digital compatible and I've been looking for an excuse to use one. This would be that excuse!

The fuel tank is in good shape and it naturally needs new tubing throughout. Fuel filters were present not only on the line going to the carb, but on the pressure and fill lines as well.

It's so complete that it just might have moved to the top of my project list. More to come.