Christian and Ted had their own
particular takes on the Bill Dean 1952 Duo
Now another coincidence has emerged:-
Also... I noticed some pics of a
lovely example of an old Walter Musciano design on your website
the Pee Wee Pal - by John Ashmole. Here is a
photo of my first ever RC model in 1969. I still have my original hand drawn
plans on brown wrapping paper, but have long since forgotten the name or
designer. Now I know!!! In lieu of twin rudders and a monowheel, I made the
bold modifications shown. It had a hopelessly unreliable O.S. Pixie on rudder
only, a slightly more reliable Babe Bee .049 in the nose, but was an excellent
flyer despite the odds. It came down once out in the middle of Lake
Katchewanooka (look that up on Google!) and had to be retrieved by canoe before
it sank. It was subsequently dried out, and flew again!
As Christian suggested I did Google Lake Katchewanooka (which
turns out to be rather larger than the ones at Ferry Meadows.)
From Wikipedia, with thanks:-
Katchewanooka Lake is
one of the Kawartha lakes in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is about 5 miles
(8.0 km) long and .5 miles (0.80 km) wide. The Trent Severn Waterway flows
through Lake Katchewanooka into the Otonabee River at its outlet just north of
Lakefield, continuing southwest through Peterborough into Rice Lake.
This extended the coincidences and I queried Christian about
"I was born in Peterborough, and lived there until I was
twenty, moved around a bit, got married, and have been living in Northern
Ontario for the past 34 years. It is an eight hour drive from here to
Peterborough, so not really 'nearby' - but that is where I got my start in
Aeromodelling. The picture of the Pee Wee Pal was taken there, of course. My
brother still lives in Peterborough, and one of his sons (my nephew) is also
named 'Christian Moes'."
"As the Wikipedia reference mentions the village of 'Lakefield',
here is another picture you might consider - The model flying club at my old
school in Lakefield (1973) - a few years after the Pee Wee Pal went for its
swim in the drink. That's me second from the right with the Sopwith Tabloid. I
still have the Tabloid, but most of the hair is now gone."
The coincidences continue as a Sopwith Tabloid features in PMFC
"Members Models" for December
Christians version from 1973 was 3 channel RC at 44" span and
powered by an O.S. Max20. It was his second published design, and was featured
in Aug-75 Model Builder Magazine.