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Model airplane flying fun spans generations. Ralph Gee passed his enthusiasm for modeling on
to his son, Dave, and great-granddaughter, Hazel.
That headline is a tall order, but I can back it up. Since you’re already reading the how-to issue
of Model Aviation magazine, it’s a safe
bet that aeromodeling is at least an
interest of yours. If you’re not already a
modeler, consider the things that have
made this sport so popular and enduring.
How about breathtaking fun as your
first model passes overhead, with a
lifetime of challenges as you master
more complex aircraft throughout
the years? At no extra cost comes the
camaraderie of new friends who share
I’ll use my father as an example of
how our sport can bring added joy to
life. Ralph Gee was an impressionable
youngster when Charles Lindbergh flew
over the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
1. Pick a Category
Ralph began modeling as a boy with
Dime Scale kits, which were as common
then as video games are today. Do
you think times have changed? Find
a kid today who hasn’t tried an RC
Beginning pilots can now choose from
dozens of fascinating sub-types of flying
models. Just flip through these pages
and see what grabs you! One wing, two
wings, or rotors with no wings. Radio
Control, cable control, or no control at
all! Ready-to-fly or handmade, low-cost
or super expensive.
You’re not locked into your
first choice, either. Try something
new anytime you like. Want to fly
quadcopters as well as Indoor endurance
aircraft? Sure, why not?
2. Choose Your Favorite Technique
After a stint in the U.S. Army Air
Corps, Ralph went back to model
airplanes for relaxation after work. His
favorites were 1/2A Gas Free Flight (FF)
Scale airplanes. In the days before foam
and CA glue, it took time to produce a
flying model, but that was part of the
enjoyment. My dad brought a high level
of craftsmanship to his construction
This is another fun choice we each
can make. There is room at the field
for quick-and-dirty airplanes, as well as
immaculate ones. Some pilots skip the
building part and buy their aircraft
ready to fly. In any case, get some
instruction and do your building and
flying safely. Getting hurt is nobody’s
idea of fun.
91 Model Aviation JULY 2017 www.ModelAviation.com sponsored by HOW-TO issue
SAFETY COMES FIRST
How to enhance your life!