My Gibson Girl Kite

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  1. s1chris

    s1chris Member

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    Hello all,

    Just thought I would put some pictures up of my "Gibson Girl" M-357-A rescue kit.
    This particular one was taken from a Lancaster when being readied for the scrap heap 😞

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    For those that are not aware of its uses etc.-
    Gibson girl Kite Story

    Cheers Chris
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    It was a gift which makes it all the better.
    Wish I had the money to buy the transmitter though. Boy are them things expensive.
     
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    That's so cool, I've never heard of them before.
     
  6. s1chris

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    Apparently they were just a very popular kite in the 50's 60's and were widely available from military surplus dealers, may explain why there aren't too many around now. I do see them on the well know auction site quite frequently and for around the £60 mark, so not very expensive.
    I have only ever seen two transmitters for sale and they were both in the US and priced around $1500!

    My one comes inside the material type drawstring bag. But that itself would have been inside a metal tube.
    I'd love to fly it but won't just in case it has a bad return to the ground. All in all though its in very good condition and is in no way fragile.
     
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    Great gift and now a 1/48 diorama pops into mind.....

    Geo
     
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    I had seen one of these illustrated in a B-25 manual but never thought I'd get to see a real one. Thanks!
     
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    #9 lacrossedart, Sep 7, 2013
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    T-bolt, I know it was a long time ago, but I just saw your XF-85 model. DAMN you're good!
     
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    That is cool!
     
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    Thanks all, glad you like it.

    I've got models coming out of my ears at the minute! Rest assured though this is on the list. Just at the bottom of it.


    Cheers Chris
     
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    The good old Box Kite. Used to make those as a kid. Made a 6ft(5m) tall one once. Had to use rope to fly it
     
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    That's what I like about this kite.
    So innocent like a child's toy but yet so helpful to adults when faced with danger in sinister times.

    If anybody knows, what did the Luftwaffe use for communication when In a life raft?
    I have part of a Life raft from a JU88, will post a pic up next week. Bloody thing stinks to high heaven though!

    Cheers Chris
     
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    Update. I have just managed to purchase a 99% complete transmitter as used with the kite from the US. Once it lands in the UK I'll get the pictures up. Unbelievably happy that I've managed to bag a bargin.

    Cheers Chris
     
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    Well the transmitter has finally arrived.
    Was thinking if I need to do a bit of restoration on it but will probably keep it as is.

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    Data plate -

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    Just hydrogen balloon and and a few other items to complete the kit to a level it was supplied to the bombers.

    Cheers Chris
     
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    Good catch Chris. Can you get Forces Network on it .......
     
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    No, no forces network unfortunately but i think it has the capability of getting a Merlin hovering overhead if you press the wrong button lol
     
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    Our museum has a full set!

    Will take snaps, if I remember.
     
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