Renegadenemo wrote:Another interesting point about the sponson drawings. Ken sent me a complete set along with material spec's very early on in our relationship - in fact it was about the time we discussed the missing ones from K7. I didn't appreciate the significance of this until the rebuild proper started after Ken's death and I discovered that only vague GA's and sketches of various, never-built designs seemed to exist. I'd been sat on the real deal for about five years.
Yes, interesting stuff. But remember that we are talking about two completely different times. I discovered that Ken didn't have any K7 sponson drawings around 1990, when he wanted a scale set making for "The Stick Model" of Quicksilver
. This was around a decade before the time you are talking about (late 2000/early 2001?).
I must say it came as a big shock to me to find that Ken was having to resort to asking around the ranks of speed-record modelmaking enthusiasts to find K7 drawings!
My critics will say I'm on a Ken-bashing exercise again, but I'm not. I'm just wanting to point out that we were confronted with some pretty wacky situations back in those days when trying to do certain things that I had assumed would be fairly straightforward.
In the end we found a modelmaking enthusiast - I can't remember who it was now - who supplied drawings and we got the scale sponsons made (I've still got them - attached to yet another model! A ducted-fan test model), but the whole process was fraught with frustration for Ken and everybody else.
A few years later we had the two full sets of K7 drawings reproduced from the originals that we secured on six months' release from the Science Museum - again, after much distress and energy expended, due to a dispute which arose between Ken and the Science Museum, which I eventually managed to sort out (see earlier posts on the Quicksilver
For the record, I think Ken was in the right in that dispute, but possession is nine-tenths of the law and the Science Museum dug their heels in and weren't going to let him borrow the drawings, which made Ken apoplectic.
Many years later - nearly ten years later, in fact - Ken asked me if I would donate my set of K7 drawings (one set was mine, the other set was Ken's) to you guys to help with K7, and I said, "Yes - certainly" ... and that led to yet another rigmarole, because Ken then couldn't find the drawings!
I found myself in the odd position of having both you, Bill, and Ken, ringing me to ask me where the drawings were, and I kept telling Ken, "Ken, you've got my set - remember? You've got both sets. I never took mine away from Bournemouth. I left my set with you - so you had two sets," whilst at the same time saying to you, "Ken's got them - definitely" ... to which you were replying, "Well Ken says you've
Fun times, indeed. But I understand it all got sorted in the end and you got the drawings, and in fairness to Ken I hadn't appreciated at the time how much upheaval there had been with Ken moving all his stuff from place to place after his aviation business went belly-up. I kept thinking, "How can he lose two full sets of drawings?" - but, of course it is very easy when there's a big upheaval and everything gets moved from pillar to post.