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Feb 20, 2012, 09:05 PM
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All Kinds of Questions

All kinds of goodies tonight.
This is a test of the collective grey matter.
Who can answer the questions below the pictures?

An atta boy for the one that can name the designer of the Miskeet and what magazine published the plans.
A you lucky dog to anyone that has the kit.

Feb 20, 2012, 11:53 PM
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I'm guessing Harley Michelis.
Feb 21, 2012, 01:19 AM
launch low, fly high


and the money link:

From the last link,
"July, 1969 issue of Flying Models", Harley Michaelis (a pioneer who I wish that I had met)
Feb 21, 2012, 03:30 AM
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Well the easy questions got answered VERY well.
I would like to meet the man also.
Thanks for the input guys.

Now, who can tell us about the other kits???


Feb 21, 2012, 04:59 AM
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More Oldies but Goodies

Wing Sox anyone?
The Viking, my first "high performance" sailplane. Finished covering it the night before a contest in Ypsilanta, Mi., took the advice that it's a bad idea to maiden a sailplane at a contest and got my tail handed to me which at the time was going to happen anyway.
Two months later in Utica, Mi. with the wind blasting the guys asked what I was going to do with out my Dad their to coach me, I said win. And win the Viking did! Promtly got me booted out of Novice class too!


Feb 21, 2012, 06:36 AM
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Wilshire Model Center

Wilshire Model Center was in Santa Monica was one of the best hobby stores for the sailplane guys....Just some the plane that i liked and have ....Miss Hans and Maddy Weiss to this day ..
Feb 21, 2012, 08:19 AM
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I had a Miskeet picture in my one remaining AAM magazine. What a looker.
Feb 21, 2012, 10:54 AM
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I built and flew Harley's Easy Eagle and I loved it. it was the first glider I caught in my hand. Those flap's were very effective. It was mentioned here on the group's that he was drawing up plan's for the way he originally designed it. I'd like to get them. I saw a full house build at a SW Classic Glider contest one year and it seemed to fly very well.
Feb 21, 2012, 11:52 AM
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I always wanted a Miskeet, Ollie Wilson in the SOAR club built one with the arrowshaft spars ... I would do that differently today but it would be a really cool NOS bird.

I think it was Fliteglass (sp?) that made the fuselages ... long gone now, I'm afraid.
Feb 21, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Windspiel Models

Nice thread Joe!

Ok, all you nostalgia junkies, here's the COMPLETE 1975 Windspiel Models catalog.

Windspiel was owned and operated by Pete Bechtel (yes, of Bechtel Engineering fame) out of Santa Rosa, Ca. As a kid, I lived in a nearby town, so guess where I used to hang out?? Pete was an interesting guy, and was not working in any way with his brothers at the engineering firm. He got to build and fly gliders instead!! There's a complicated story there somewhere...

Feb 21, 2012, 01:09 PM
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Windspiel Models catalog, 1975, cont.


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