While recovering from knee surgery
approximately a year ago, Terry Bolin’s RC
workspace was created by his kind wife.
Here is Terry’s completed airplane that was put
together (for the most part) on a folding table
in his house.
elaborated, stating that the two met in
1973 when both were young design
engineers working on the prototype of
the Piper PA- 38 Tomahawk two-seat
trainer aircraft. Piper put the project on
hold, which caused the team to go in
Roughly 42 years later, Tom came
across Stu’s name in Model Aviation,
telling me, “I was pleased to hear about
him and see that he was also into
model aircraft.” Similarly, Stu recently
told me that he was glad that “two old
acquaintances” were put in touch.
Small world, indeed!
Thank Goodness for Folding Tables!
There are, of course, other RC pilots
who remind us very much of our own
building or airplane-fixing methods.
Take Montana resident Terry Bolin,
who made good use of a folding table
while building a Great Planes RV- 4 kit
after he had knee surgery. Terry, who has
been involved in model aviation since
1970, said that he and his wife laughed
aloud after I wrote in my August 2016
column about how I became involved in
the RC aviation hobby.
I mentioned how TV trays are merely
another vehicle for tending to our craft.
In turn, Terry promptly emailed me a
photo of his folding table setup, which
he says was the brainchild of his helpful
and caring wife while he recovered from
knee surgery. He was also kind enough
to send an image of the completed
It’s good to know that my husband
and I aren’t the only ones building and
tweaking aircraft on a range of indoor
surfaces! There’s no need for a fruit bowl
in the center of a table when propellers
and fuel tubing will do!
Memories and Getting Back Into the
Another reader with whom many of
us can relate is Steve Clark, who is a
member of the Swan Harbor RC Club
in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Steve
emailed me, writing candidly about his
late father, financial challenges, and that
thing called “life,” which both pushed
him toward RC flying, and at other
times, pulled him away from it.
“My first inspiration was, like you, my
father,” he wrote, recalling my June 2015
column, in which I wrote about my late
father dabbling in RC aircraft when I
was a child. “He built two hand-launch
gliders that we used to fly in a small park
across from our house. I built one nine
years ago. During a return trip to my
hometown, I flew it in the same park in
New Jersey in his memory. He passed
away when I was 13 years old.”
Steve then touched on some other
moments. He wrote of his lack of funds,
family, and college—all of which often
prevented him from flying. However,
he’s pleased to say that he’s back at it
It took some so-so flights here and
there until Steve had what he called
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