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01-24-2018 03:29 AM  9 months agoPost 1
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I would like contact info for John Simone JR

scott patton

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01-24-2018 11:45 AM  9 months agoPost 2
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Chris,
Try Dave Herbert (NiteFlyr@premieronline.net). He worked with John Simone Jr on the movie, Blue Thunder. Dave also posted a YouTube video of a meeting with John, a couple years back.

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01-24-2018 02:42 PM  9 months agoPost 3
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Cool , brings back a lot of memories. I meet John at a fun fly / contest in Greenville ,Ohio if I remember right. Crashed my revolution .40 and needed a few small parts to get it back together and he came over and gave me new parts free and helped me rebuild it ,,, even though I was only in the beginner part of the contest !!
Yrs later I walk into Toledo Expo with one of his .40 revolution in his scale jet ranger and he and his dad call me over to their booth before I even get it to the registration booth .They look it all over and say we want to buy it! I didn't know what to say ,so I brushed it off as being nice talk but not serious and said no I have not even flown it yet. All through the show ,both of them pushed me to sell !They even lured me into their booth by getting a picture with their company show girl ( which I believe might have been Jrs girl friend at the time). I gave in for the price of a new .40 and jet ranger fuse kit with the promise of 1 of their new 4 bladed heads as soon as it was in production .

I won 2 nd place at Toledo ,against two very nice Kavan rangers .Made the one guy that got 3rd really mad ,but the judges liked my all hand made interior over his painted plastic one.John Jr liked mine because I had a miniature RCM magazine with his picture on the front cover ,laying on the front seat !
They boxed up my ranger at Toledo and I never saw it again!They did take it to other shows that yr and also entered it in the static contest and John would send me the trophies,,never expected to get that many boxes in the mail from John , but that was the way he and his Dad where ,,, very very nice considerate people. Wish things would have went different for them!

Would love to get my hands on another revolution .40 and a jet ranger fuse again !!
Thanks for the trip down memory lane !!

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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01-24-2018 03:34 PM  9 months agoPost 4
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What a great story, Larry! Thank you for sharing it.

I met John Jr. at the 1984 Toledo Show and purchased a Mantis (fixed pitch), there. Being 18 yrs old at the time, short on funds and shorter on patience, a tip over ended my attempts at taming the Mantis. While I wasn't very successful with the Mantis, it was my start with R/C helicopters.

Thanks to airrace, above, and other RunRyder members, I gathered enough Mantis and Super Mantis parts to relive the "good old days." Actually, after putting together a Super Mantis some 33 years after my original Mantis, I did in a few minutes, what I couldn't during a summer of unsuccessful attempts... sustained hover!

-Kevin

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01-24-2018 03:40 PM  9 months agoPost 5
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Great story Kevin ,,, thanks !!! Amazing what knowing "how to" , does the trick after 33 yrs

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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