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Jul 08, 2008, 11:52 PM
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Sleek Streek


I have been looking for the old North Pacific rubber band powered Sleek Streek for sooo long now. Can anyone tell me if I can still find one or if I should just give up. I heard they were still made as late as 2000 but still haven't been able to find one. North Pacific also made the rubber powered Skeeter and the Star Flyer and a Myriad of non-powered balsa gliders. I'm 40, and loved them so much as a kid. I must have bought 700 of the things over the years.

Any help would be so very much appreciated.

Gyros
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Jul 09, 2008, 09:57 AM
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I can offer a nice plan complete with graphics to MAKE one if you are interested. Just e-mail me at rcarswellsr@att.net and be sure to mention Sleek Streek. I will e-mail the digitized plan in .PDF format back to you.

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Jul 09, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Is this what you're talking about?

erich
Jul 10, 2008, 10:24 PM
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I've got a bit of a stash of them....

Sam
Jul 11, 2008, 09:47 PM
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Wow, that's a blast from a joyful past. I also flew all of those planes: The stunt flyer glider, the Skeeter, the Sleek Streek, and the Star Flyer. I still have one of the last Sleek Streek iterations produced, and a foam version of the Star Flyer. It seems they were still available in the late 80s and early 90s. Wonder if anyone can inform us on when North Pacific went belly up or was bought out. Those were fantastic flyers...
Jul 19, 2008, 09:57 AM
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I have 2 Stunt Flyer gliders and 3 Skeeter rubber powered planes that I would like to sell or trade as I have had them forever and will not be going to fly them anytime soon. All are new in package still.
Aug 03, 2008, 06:42 PM
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North Pacific Flyers


I would love to find some of those NPF's
The Star Flyer was my favorite.
I would tow a glider behind it. COOL!
Aug 27, 2008, 04:34 AM
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Gyros,

I have an extra Sleek Streak if you are still looking. Let me know.


John
Aug 28, 2008, 11:56 AM
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Sleek Streak


What memories! Willy Voosen and I would fly both the SS and the Skeeter. The Skeeter was 15 cents while the SS was a whopping quarter dollar. We would sand down a Skeeter's flying surfaces until they were translucent for duration flights. We got 3-minutes out of one once. Then experiments with "stretch" fuselages for more "fuel capacity" and other tinkerings with them that kept us out of reform school (most of the time). Once we rigged a Jetex-50 to a Sleek Streak. It flew the wings off of it - LITERALLY! Went like a Bat out of H . The point was that we were experimenting and honing our minds for future careers and fun projects. Video games? Bah!!!
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Aug 28, 2008, 01:52 PM
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I agree with you coyl, I don't bear witness to all those video games past Pong, I think it's called. Anyway it was a simple game of "ping-pong" you could play on the TV. I don't think the games of today help anyone learn anything good.

Kevin
Sep 30, 2008, 06:30 AM
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Joely


Amazing 60s memories of using sleek streaks, our fave over here in Sussex, UK...and I thought we were the only weirds to attach the long mourned Jetex engines to anything with wings!
Sep 30, 2008, 08:08 AM
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memories...aah yes....making my early model flying attempts around '56-'57, I recall our Swedish equivalent to Sleek-Streek, called Lill-Klas. On the wings, a "pitt's-style" sunbeam pattern was printed in red. A very good flyer this was - and when "worned out", the large prop could be re-used in other models....
I also recall Testors "Little Dipper" as a lively performer, although slightly more expensive. But (am I right here..?) it could be quickly assembled without using glue. Red plastic wheels..
Sep 30, 2008, 09:39 AM
Balsa Flies Better!
OK- was I the only one who did the bash of a twin sleek streek? Take one wing- cut off the tip or start with a new piece of wood if I had one handy. Leave both stabs and vertical fins on, landing gear intact although the 4 wheels looked goofy and wind up both props. Didn't fly anywhere near as well as the normal version- but hey- the things we do as a kid. And I remember when Sleek Streeks were 19 cents- it was annoying when they went up to 29.

Sam
Sep 30, 2008, 07:31 PM
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Me too folks. My first and only OOS experiance was the tiny five cent glider Stratos by North Pacific.

Here is an interesting page showing the Sleek Streek:
http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/new_page_2.htm

I remember AAM having a plan for a rubber job using the prop assembly from a Sleek Streek.
For nore fun today you can go do the Small Flying Arts page and read some more plus they have a free plan to download so that you can make your own very close to the original from scratch:
http://smallflyingarts.com/Current_C...k_streek_1.htm

The page also includes build instructions and some goodpics to help with the build.

Robert
Sep 30, 2008, 08:00 PM
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A little more info:

The Sleek Streek looks much like Jim Walker's famous Hornet by American Junior Classics:
http://www.americanjuniorclassics.co...ore/hornet.htm

Make sure you click on the link on that page "Read more about the Electric Hornet" to see the R/C version!

Oh yeah, the AAM was called the SUPER SLEEK STREEK / FF RUB SPORT PG 51 72-6 JUNE 1971 AAM

Robert


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