In free flight I prefer the smaller glow powered planes and there are events that require a Cox TeeDee .020 engine that is no longer being manufactured. I have been having a great time flying a Cox PeeWee .020 powered PeeWee 30 free flight model, so thought I might try .020 Replica or Payload event. I have two Cox .020 TeeDees on the way and also two Cox .010 TeeDees. From my childhood I can remember gazing at a Cox TeeDee .010 in hobby shop display case but it was just too expensive for a kid.
|PeeWee .020 Powered Free Flight|
Last year I started flying an electric powered control line model but after crashing on the first flight because of the wind and too long of lines, I decided to build ½ A model powered with Cox Babe Bee. This was my first real start in model aviation at 10 years old. Like almost everyone says remembering the fun with model aviation in their childhood, these were great memories. Last week I flew my ½ A Dewey Bird for the first time but I had used too heavy metal lines that were maybe too long also. As an adult, I want to take this a little more serious and get details dialed in closer to the optimum.
|Dewey Bird 1/2 A Control Line|
There appears to be a good amount of interest by many people in acquiring items from the past, I read this article from Forbes and quoted this explanation:
“As such many people have looked back to simpler times and been attracted to products from that past that remind them of when life wasn’t so complicated.
This interest continues with more new “old” products where people just want something that is straightforward, basic, and tangible in a way that modern technology just can’t offer.”
I watched this video about flying some old plastic ½ A control lines and found the comments very interesting. The theme that was repeated was how great the memories were and many of the kids that did this did well in later life.
Antique Cox Control Line Plane's History and flights by NightFlyyer
Sample of Comments:
“Everyone I know who flew these as a kid, grew up to be decent, hard working people. Great memories.”
“You know what ? you are so correct i am an engineer repairing photo copiers, like all my friends who i used to fly with we are all engineers owning our own homes all worked hard all our lives so true.”
“ After reading your comment, I did a quick mental role call, and 6 out of 7 of my friends that flew these, were and are successful. 2 became airline pilots, one worked at JPL and all were successful and respected in their given fields.”