Cox .049 Control Line Plane - WTF?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by ElusivePedro, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. ElusivePedro

    ElusivePedro Layin' Low

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    Ya know - it's been a long time since I be-bopped down to my local hobby shop and picked up a little cheap-o little plastic Cox .049 Control line airplane. I had about 3 different ones back in the early 70's when I was a young lad. I even picked one up when I first went into the service just to pass some time (when I was in "A school" -- before I could afford a car/bike).

    I was going to get my 13yo nephew one for Christmas, but lo and behold... They don't make 'em anymore. SHEESH! Yeah you can still get the stuff you need to build a similar (yet WAY more expensive) type of a thing, but shoot, what ever happened to "easy"? Now all you can get is freaking electric RC crap for the same price (~100) and that's way too mamby pamby - no glow plug, no exhaust smell, no screamin' little motor, no cut fingers -- no FUN!

    I betcha they don't sell them anymore because they were too "dangerous" - :becca

    Whatta buncha crap. A thing like that would have been a PERFECT gift for him.

    Friggin litigious society.

    That is all - back to your regularly scheduled BS.

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  2. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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  3. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Have you tried one of the electric ones?...they could make you lose a finger or two. Plus a lot more fun with RC control, and you can fly them anywhere.

    Look at RTF park flyers.
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  4. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Can't have Clackers or M-80's anymore either. :cry
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  5. Spode

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    When I was a kid I had the Cox helicopter, that thing was a blast. Fuel it up with nitro, heat up the glow plug, skin your fingers getting it started, then let it go! That thing would climb straight up til it ran out of fuel then autorotate down in some random location, usually on the neighbor's roof or in a tree.
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    Guillows makes some u-control plane kits.
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  7. YamaGeek

    YamaGeek Ancient trailbike padwan

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    Well as someone who still has a bunch od Cox .049 engines and has been flying electric RC models for over 7 years, where the heck have you been?

    Actually and not to be jerk about it, electric has had a far greater improvement over the last 6 years than glow engines have. Plus they are lighter, and they run clean.

    I still fly glow .15 sportplanes, but for my fragile film and balsa slow flying scale jobs I use electric because they start every time, don't vibe or soak the woodwork with castor, plus the new brushless outrunners and Lipoly batteries put out equivalent power using larger propellers and efficiencies.

    Electric has saved the hobby IMHO
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  8. Bueller

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    I agree. I so much more enjoyed spinning in a circle until I threw up instead of having the true freedom of flight without a tether that R/C offers.
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  9. Ghoti

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    Those clackers WERE dangerous.
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  10. Ghoti

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    Oh, and you can still get rockets for cheap.
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  12. TripleTee

    TripleTee Over the river

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  13. chappy

    chappy Porkchop Sandwiches

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    Not sure how true it is but a buddy told me that Cox was having financial problems again (I believe Estes or someone bought them in the 90's).

    Shouldn't be a problem finding one though, here is a new in box one on Ebay
    http://cgi.ebay.com/COX-CONTROL-LINE-HYPER-VIPER-049-AIRPLANE-MIB_W0QQitemZ150315278286QQcmdZViewItemQQptZRadio_Control_Parts_Accessories?hash=item150315278286&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

    And there were many more, and even if they are or do go out of business Cox has been around so long you can find parts just about anywhere.

    And don't discount the electrics, with the introduction of lipos and brushless motors they have gotten straight up silly fast. You could get a cheap GWS kit and make it control line for pretty cheap (many come with a cheap little motor, you would need a battery and charger though) and upgrade later for mo' powa!

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    And I wouldn't worry about the sound of the .049, once it is going you are mainly hearing the prop anyway.
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    they don't make kick start street thumpers anymore either. I miss the gas finger smell, after a day on the norton, it's just sad what these kids are missing.:cry
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  15. ElusivePedro

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    Yeah - I hear you... Electric is what probably DID save the hobby but still...

    The gas, the whole bit with the cylinder head wrench, and the internal combustion and well, just the whole gas-powered control line thing...

    Sigh. I guess it's sort of tough to explain, but it was just a lot of fun.

    I don't have time to build one from scratch with blue prints and dope (with him) and all of that crap. His Dad is super busy too. But either way, it would be nice to just be able to go out and buy a "disposable" 70 or 80 dollar rig that would get his feet wet.

    I had a Cox .049 Stukka, P-51, and a T-28.

    Oh and yes I think Cox did go tits up and maybe that's why you cant get one too easily. Also - yes, they are out there on ebay - but I don't do ebay - so it is what it is.

    Heres some non-embeds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruEqqEkVbgA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERugzQ6Xkt0&feature=related

    My last CL AC was a Cox model (when I was about 19) - I believe it was a WWII model, but I got the available Control Line extension kit and was able to fly that bad boy out on a "grinder" on base in Millington, TN - asphalt is GREAT for touch and gos. Even got to the point where I could loop it and do a figure 8!

    Erm, well, about 6 times.

    End of story after that!
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    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I think I was 11 or 12 when I got my first U control plane. It was a P-39 Airacobra with some kind of flashy aluminum paint that promptly dissolved in contact with any hint of fuel, and the metalic paint rubbed off on everything, but it naver came off of whatever it rubbed on. Anyhoo, the first time I started it I new nothing about such things and went through the priming and starting process on a dresser. Naturally, it did not start and naturally there was fuel all over the place. Well, when it did start HOLY SHIT it was loud! And very smoky, as I had no clue how to change the mixture. All I could do was hang on to the wildly revving thing until the fuel ran out. By then the dresser was ruined and the house was filled with smoke.

    It was a quiet time around the old dinner table that evening. Good times.
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    fixed.
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  20. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    You know how many of those damned things I wrapped around power lines?:lol3
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