When I was living in Feilding in the 1980s I remember catching up with Jim Fordyce at the local Manawatu chapter meetings of the AACA. Jim was an experienced homebuilder who had built and flown his Taylor Monoplane ZK-CQE and Jodel D 11 ZK-ECU. And at several chapter meetings at his house we got to see his latest project which was building two Hovey Delta Hawks in parallel. I was impressed with Jim's workmanship and I thought the planes looked great, They were both registered, as ZK-FSM and ZK-FSN, on 12/12/88 and were like identical peas in a pod:
Thursday, 19 August 2021
I Remember When - A Pair of Hovey Delta Hawks at Feilding
ZK-FSM (c/n 46JAF3) was registered to D J Bowers of Palmerston North. On 7/7/00 ownership changed to the Anderson, Perry and Coleman Syndicate of Palmerston North and it is still current with them, and still based at Feilding.
ZK-FSN (c/n 46JAF4) was Jim Fordyce's own Delta Hawk. It was registered to him at Feilding and he later moved to Wairoa. On 26/3/08 it was sold to Allan Brizzell of Westport, and then on 10/1/09 it went to the Poutama Family Trust of Shannon (later followed by the Poutama Family Trust #2 on 2/9/13). It was withdrawn on 5/5/16.
Both photos were taken at Feilding early on in the 2 aircraft's lives, in 1989.