Jim Schiller, of WA, produced, printed, and mailed hundreds of posters with a reward of $2,500 for the safe return of Eric Whittle’s stolen Cirrus engine. He mailed them to hobby shops, show owners, model engine and engineering clubs, newspapers, magazines, and virtually anyone associated with model building and model engineering. Jim recovered Eric’s engine about 6 months later in November 1994.
The next year, in April of 1995, Eric returned to NAMES in Wyandotte, MI where Jim returned the engine to him. The “Robin” engine is Eric’s custom made award presented to Jim for his extraordinary effort, recovery, and the successful return of the Cirrus engine.