It’s gotta be in there somewhere—gross, but
true. There’s bound to be some lost aircraft
parts in our vacuum cleaner bags.
A tall bookcase is always the perfect place to
keep wings out of harm’s way. That is what
bookcases are for, right?
Sure, there’s Planes, the Disney movie. But
there are also airplanes. That’s the reality that
greets visitors as they enter our home and see
our downstairs building area.
Home sweet model aircraft
Most modelers live in a house that is decorated quite differently than that of their non-modeler friends. I think we can all identify. For example, in a typical
household, the vacuum cleaner usually picks up icky things
such as pet hair, dust bunnies, and perhaps shriveled lettuce
pieces that fell to the floor days ago.
however, is used
hearing a ping of
as a flying wire
attempts to make
its way through the
Lost a part a
couple of days ago?
My suggestion is to
check the vacuum
cleaner bag first
around on the
floor for 15 minutes. It probably has just as many plastic ties,
tiny pieces of covering, and little fuel-tube pieces as it does
fingernail clippings and wads of hair.
There’s a treasure trove of modeling goodness to be found in
that crazy mess!
I know this is typical in my house
because my fiancé and I are both into
RC modeling. Translation: double the
fun, yes, but also double the vacuum
cleaner pings and other random home
environment situations … situations that
are normal for us, but that undoubtedly
raise eyebrows among friends and family
who aren’t involved in the hobby and
question some of the oddities.
Why Yes, Those Are Airplane Wings
on the Bookshelf
Anything that has the potential to
display or store our models and the
tools we use to make them, is fair game.
Bookshelves, hope chests, kitchen tables,
even bathtubs, are suitable platforms and
containers for airplane parts.
Sure, we have plenty of Clive Cussler
and Eckhart Tolle books lining our
shelves, but it doesn’t stop there. They’re
perfect for keeping wings up and away
from harm, almost taking on the appearance of a flying
Although non-modelers would assume we’d remove
airplane parts to make room for more books, it’s the other way
around in our home. We remove the books to add more parts,
from wheels to covering. If it’s not on the top of the dryer, it
certainly can be found nestled between the latest adventure
and self-reflection novel.
In fact, RC paraphernalia dominates much of our home
beyond mere décor.
Television and Social Media
At home, the news always gets our attention, but rest
assured that when an airplane segment comes on, we
practically get whiplash as our heads turn to the television
set. From there, a detailed conversation ensues. If it’s an
unfortunate situation such as a crash, perhaps we beg to differ
with what reporters have said about a wing folding or ice
If there is a story on a local station about modelers, you
better believe our evening is scheduled. Dinner and a show it
is. I’m not ashamed to admit that we recently watched Planes,
the Disney movie filled with a bevy of talking aircraft.
A local television station where we live, the New Hampshire
Chronicle, did indeed feature modelers at a New Hampshire
field several months back. We got a kick out of watching the
coverage and of course, discussed that at great length too.
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