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Frank J Andruss Sr

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A nice fix of T. Garth Connelly's old Lindberg Kit, made to look like the Jack O Dimonds. This was done over by Stan Pienkowski. I thought you guys would like to see the photo's. Not bad for a Lindberg Model . . . . .

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TGConnelly

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Thanks for the post Frank.

A little history of that model.

Originally, the model was a Christmas gift in 1983 from my parents as a R/C boat and it took my father two years (from 1984) to build. They bought a condo on Cape Cod which had access to a 'communal' pool. In 1986, on one vacation, we took it up there and one night after dinner, we decided to give it a test drive and a shake-down cruise as it were.

My father lowered it into the pool and turned it on and then, activated the R/C gear. Something inside the hull snapped and the boat took off across the pool at full speed before my father could control it. It smashed bow on into the side of the cement pool - which we later (in 1998) learned cracked the plastic on the transom, causing the model to begin to slowly settle - before it fully sank, my father was able to snatch it out of the pool - knocking the two 20mm guns, the 37mm gun and a depth charge off. The guns were recovered but we never found the depth charge.

From 1986 until 1993, it sat on top of a tall bookcase (out of sight) in the bedroom of the condo - falling into disrepair and gathering dust. In 1993, I bought (myself) a house up there, just around the corner from the condo complex (as a write-off) and we moved everything from the condo into my house. The boat was banished to the basement.

In 1997, I met Stan and he quickly built me a PT (Revell) and an Airfix HMS BELFAST and rebuilt a Revell FLETCHER Destroyer for me. After I saw what he could do, I asked him to rebuild the Lindberg monster in 1998 - He did a good job on it too - using the HR Products guns that were salvaged from the wreck ... it's not perfect or exactly accurate - but it did save something my father built.

It's now displayed in a case in the living room of my Cape house - it is not used as a R/C boat ...

That lighter green is actually a little darker than it appears in these old shots taken with an old Kodak Instamatic camera dating from 1978 - taken in 1998.

Garth


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  FRANK

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To Frank & Garth-

That's a very neat model of the 190. Stan is something else! I'd sure love to meet that guy one of these days and just talk shop with him.

Garth- You must be very proud to have that old Lindberg model fixed up that your Dad built. She look reallllly good!

Frank- How about a whole lot more from Stan's collection posted here on the board. I'm sure as shootin' that a lot of us modeler's here would really get a kick out of seeing a lot more of his work. Oh yeah, my head is still reeling from the 196 and the aux. fuel tank on the stern!! Lovin' that!!!

Thanks for sharing guys!!

Frank Ryczek, Jr.
Modeler/Friend RON-10 PT-169 " ZEBRA SNAFU "

HIGH TIDES ALWAYS!

YOUR FRIEND THROUGH SCALE SHIP MODELING AND PT BOAT HISTORY!

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Frank,

If you'd go to my own site - you'll see:

my PT-191 built by Stan
my father's SC-699 (the SC he was on in WW2) built by Stan
my brother's SC-253 (one of the two SCs our grandfather was on)
my S-204 (S-100 Klasse Schnellboot) built by Stan

Garth


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  TED WALTHER

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Garth;
Your Dad was lucky when he reached into the pool to retrieve the boat, in 1/32nd scale world that depth charge was probably set for 30 feet which means it would have gone off at an actual pool depth of around 9 3/4 "!!! You almost took your father out on your first mission!
Just kidding!!! Don't worry in 1973, I almost did the same thing flying one of those huge old Cox gas powered Dauntless SBD! If you remember it was one of those that you flew with the fishing line attached to the handle and you just spun around in one spot as the plane flew around you in a circle. Well after a week of that crap, I was ready for a "REAL" mission! She was loaded for bear with her Fake 500 lbs bomb. I put masking tape on the tail surfaces to keep them straight, filled her up, started her and let her fly! She took off of my patio which was pretty large, and almost clipped dear old Dad in the head as he was walking out the backdoor with a Schaefer beer in his hand. Dad lost his balance, the beer can became flak, and it was launched into the air. Somehow, my Evel Knievel, who was flying this crate somehow did evasive action at the right time and banked to starboard to give Action Jackson, in the back seat a clear shot at my Dad, who was now on his keyster on the back stoop. He had my Dad dead to rights, but he never fired! Evel flew towards my Dads 38' Mathews and on to his target which was an imaginary airfield somewhere across the great neck creek canal, behind my house in my nieghborhood in Lindenhurst NY, Unfortunatly, the enemy was building a development over there and Action Jackson were never seen again. this was their first mission flying together.
Take care,
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HA!


THAT's a funny story.

I had a P-51 (yellow and numbered 88) and a P-40 like your SBD. A friend tried to do a loop with my P-51, it crashed and smashed into a gazillion pieces and we could never get the P-40's engine to kick over ....

Someday, I'd love to get one of those R/C PT-109s you see on Ebay sometimes that are all ready to go. What I'd do is have it 'detailed' a little better than they appear to be and use it on a pond that's near my house at the Cape, ... and there's this big pond behind our beach there that'd be perfect for that.

Garth


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Great Stories Guys:

I remember roughly 25 years ago, these guys had a model club set on the Connecticut River. It was a great place, with a small water access that lead out to the main River. These guys had everything from Racers to Tug Boats out there, and on any given Sunday you would see no less then 20 radio controlled craft on the water.

They kept a small Dingy on the shore for any boats that might stall out or become stricken on the water. One day, I took my Son for a look see, and this guy had a Beautiful Red Tug Boat getting ready for launch. As he made his way down the chanel to the main River, another guys boat became stricken. Out came the Dingy, and they began to paddle over to the boat. Well, before they could get there, this masterful Tug Boat Operator, got into position, circled the drifting boat, and managed to push the boat back to the Chanel. It was a great feat no doubt, except, while all on shore were so fixed watching this guy, no one noticed the dam Dingy had started to sink. After, the guy waved his arms, shouted some words I can't print here, they managed to rescue the rescue boat.

It was a classic day. Too bad this area became off limits to the club, and picnic tables were vandalized and burned by stupid kids. It was a great area. I never did get my Lindberg PT Boat into the water before the area became off limits.


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Frank,

Where was this?


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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The site was off of River Road in Agawam, just past the South End Bridge. They have now put a parking lot there for people, and made a small walking park, where you can walk on foot to that same area, once used by the Radio Control Club.


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Is that group still in existence?


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