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Ok full disclosure here. When I saw a picture of this beast I thought it was some kind of autorotating airplane. After searching the net for a while I discovered that it is actually a helicopter. Still it’s weird enough that I thought some of you might like to see it.
While researching I also found this video. Some of the aircraft seem strangely familiar....
 

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Learned that the aircraft was made of balsa wood and spruce well after war planes switched to metal.
Much of the wood for the Mosquito came from Wisconsin. We've got Kermit Weeks' Mosquito sitting in the EAA museum here in Oshkosh, and there's some nice signage telling the story.
 

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My childhood next door neighbor and I had a lot of fun playing with his toy airplanes when we were growing up in the 50's. I sent him some of the P-38 and other warbird pics from this thread and he sent me a couple from the model planes he still has saved from all those years ago, and stored in a closet.

Obviously the props on the P-38 and Stuka in the first pic took a beating over the years. The second pic is a control line P-38 with two .049 engines. He never actually flew it but we had lots of fun starting up the engines in his back yard.

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My childhood next door neighbor and I had a lot of fun playing with his toy airplanes when we were growing up in the 50's. I sent him some of the P-38 and other warbird pics from this thread and he sent me a couple from the model planes he still has saved from all those years ago, and stored in a closet.

Obviously the props on the P-38 and Stuka in the first pic took a beating over the years. The second pic is a control line P-38 with two .049 engines. He never actually flew it but we had lots of fun starting up the engines in his back yard.

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I had the late-1960s version of the u-control P-38. Much like this one, only chromed plastic. I got it for Christmas when I was about 8. I remember my big brother getting to fly it first, and crashing it before I got my turn!
 

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I had the late-1960s version of the u-control P-38. Much like this one, only chromed plastic. I got it for Christmas when I was about 8. I remember my big brother getting to fly it first, and crashing it before I got my turn!
I assume you've forgiven him by now! I found an interesting link on a chromed plastic P-38 made by Testors. Apparently it the right engine was a dummy, but could be replaced by a second .049 if you were an "experienced flyer." Here's a link to the Cox Engine forum thread, showing the manual for the model and a number of pictures. (<Link) Cool stuff!

 

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I assume you've forgiven him by now! I found an interesting link on a chromed plastic P-38 made by Testors. Apparently it the right engine was a dummy, but could be replaced by a second .049 if you were an "experienced flyer." Here's a link to the Cox Engine forum thread, showing the manual for the model and a number of pictures. (<Link) Cool stuff!

Nope, grudges run deep. Someday he'll read this post and realize how he did me wrong....

That's the guy! Now I have something else to fritter away my limited funds on...
 

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Got very sun-burnt "helping" her polish her T-34 as a kid a couple of times in the 70s

 

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Chuck Yeager and others had called him "the greatest pilot he'd ever seen"


 
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