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Old 10-22-2020, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the story behind the ugly guy on the box of a few Russell models.. As there are a lot of newer members who have recently joined this forum and us long time members are far and few between that know the history, I will brief everyone here now..

Russell models was really an offshoot of StarJets started back in the early 2,000’s..One day I was in the factory production office in China and had to photocopy my passport, I left a few copies of that photo on a desk and the production manager walked in and said “oh my God what a goofy picture” he then said I’m going to make you famous thus my picture winding up on the box..goofy??? Not sure about that but I’ll definitely go with ugly.. when I heard we were doing an Iron Maiden model I decided to change it up and provide him with a different picture.. Bruce Dickinson actually signed several boxes for me and got a good laugh out of it! Anyway my picture made it to 3 boxes out of several releases one of which was never released thank goodness... I had two separate incidents one in Bangkok and one at the Hong Kong airport where my boxes were on display in store window of two aeroplane model stores.. I went in and showed my mug to the store clerks and all wanted my picture taken with them as they laughed their head off ..that is my one minute of Fame story..
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Nice history there Russ

Ok, nice story after rotation. Thank you
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Old 10-22-2020, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Would love to see all the America West 757 'logojets' made.
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Great story, but what happened to Russel Models? I would like to hear that story as there are so many 'Classic' 757's that could have been done.
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Russell i never knew you where in the CIA at some point.. you look very smart with that tie..
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Russell i never knew you where in the CIA at some point.. you look very smart with that tie..
CIA or possibly IRS agent?
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Great story and love the Iron Maiden!
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Isn't there a 400 scale release with a sleepy Andrew Klein picture on it, I know have it, but its buried in the attic, can't for the life of me remember what release it was, help.!
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Isn't there a 400 scale release with a sleepy Andrew Klein picture on it, I know have it, but its buried in the attic, can't for the life of me remember what release it was, help.!
Wasn't it the Gemini Mexicana DC-10 (white box)?
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I’m glad there’s such a sense a humor to go along with the manufacturing process It’s pleasant to see! Thanks for the story, crownvic Hey, I didn’t know about that America West Ohio 757.. I need
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Wasn't it the Gemini Mexicana DC-10 (white box)?



Bingo David.
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Crownvic, are you the same Russell as the one from my beloved Airline Hobby Supplies?
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No sir that is Russell Brown
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Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
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No sir that is Russell Brown
Copy that, thanks Russ. Always wanted to ask, but could never remember!
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No sir that is Russell Brown
Copy that, thanks Russ. Always thought you guys might be one and the same.
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Very nice story, didn't know that
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You are NOT ugly. I have the America West A320 model. My One and only Russell Model
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You are NOT ugly. I have the America West A320 model. My One and only Russell Model
Thanks .. do you wear glasses?
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Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
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Yes I do
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Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
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Was tidying up our storage area today and came across the box for the model. The box is kept downstairs but the model is one of a very few I have in a glass cabinet upstairs.
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Russ, I always meant to ask...is that whipped cream, shaving cream, or Crisco on your head? If whipped cream, why no cherry on top!
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Russ, I always meant to ask...is that whipped cream, shaving cream, or Crisco on your head? If whipped cream, why no cherry on top!
I think he looks scary in that photo. I MEAN REAL scary
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Russ, I always meant to ask...is that whipped cream, shaving cream, or Crisco on your head? If whipped cream, why no cherry on top!
I think he looks scary in that photo. I MEAN REAL scary And it looks like Noxzema!!!
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...too funny Leslie...yup I forgot the 4th and most likely option...Noxzema! He is scary in that photo...Frankesteinish with the lightning bolts and all! Only other thing I wish were in the picture is Marty Feldman next to him or peeking over his shoulder!

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It keeps his complexion so fresh and young
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Russ, I always meant to ask...is that whipped cream, shaving cream, or Crisco on your head? If whipped cream, why no cherry on top!
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Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
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Uncle Fester is more like it
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...love Uncle Fester! I'll have to get the scoop when/if I see you again at a show Russ!
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We have lots of time...!
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