Additional Kudzu Photos

June 1-2, 2012 From Bonnie/ Glen Simpers And Julie/ Wally Farrell

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Comment from Glen --

"Bill Bell had built a beautiful Gee Bee Sportster of about 30" wingspan. It is a work-of-art. Even the spark plugs on the back side of the engine are painted and have ignition wires (you can just see them by peaking through the back of the cowling). Bobby Russel, who recently moved from Southern MD to North Carolina, was extremely interested in seeing such a lovely model in the air. He had the model after Randy Kleinert helped to deal with the large Bill Bell legacy by passing to other modelers such models for inspiration and contemptation.

So in the calm of the day after the first day of Kudzu - after the official flying - Bobby put in a new motor of the same size as the one Bill had in it and we prepared it to fly once more. We had no way of knowing whether it would crash or fly - although we should have expected that Bill had it well trimmed.

The model flew beautifully. We had not put in many turns and it gracefully climbed up, did a bit of a turn, and gently settled back onto the grass. It looked like the actual airplane in flight. It landed like a real airplane, first the wheels touched, it rolled with tail high on the grass, and finally came to rest. It will now go back on top of Bobby's refrigerator to remind him of a great modeler."





Ollie Benton and Frank Rowsome waiting for WWI lauch signal.

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Stew launching his racer.

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Frank Rowsome with his Me 109






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Wally and his AJ Savage



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John Houck and his Skyfarer which was part of the aerial ballet on the right.

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Comment from Wally --

"yellow Piper Clipper is, I think, owned by Jim Kelly of the Brainbusters and he is trying out scale!'

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He-100 by Cornellius Dallas from flyline kit


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Claude with his Piper and Roy Courtney.




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Claude's ZERO.

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Chambermaid of Cornellius Dallas

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Fokker DVII by ?????

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Wally's WWI entry is the Dave Rees designed Martinsyde Elephant.

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Cornelius Dallas and his F-100.

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The no-cal is Wally's Mr. Mennen, a converted Airacobra racer.


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A French (???) byt Dallas Cornelius.

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David Franks and three of his models.

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Fairchild 24 by ????.


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Comments by Wally--


" black/silver one is my Miles Magister in Irish markings (thanks Dave Mitchell!)."

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"I think there is a shot of my Rees designed Mr. Smoothie flying away from the camera, but I'm not sure."

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Abram Van Dover with his catapult glider.

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Dan judging catapult gliders.

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Catapult glider landing.

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Wally and Marie enjoying the festivities

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Stew and Dan ready to announce awards.

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Claude receiving his award from Stew.


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Bill Sheppard craftsman of the tool chest award with Wally.

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