Jenna, Natalie, and Isabella know that this month’s mystery airplane is not an SR- 71. Email your
guess to the author and win Micro F- 22 plans.
3. Balance Family, Work, and Hobbies
Life brings changes, and this sport
flexes to match our need for relaxation.
As Ralph began to raise a family, his
modeling time decreased, but his
interest remained. He enjoyed reading
about the hobby when he couldn’t sneak
off to the workshop.
Today, the internet has endless
information and videos about our sport.
You can even post your own videos
starring you and your model aircraft!
Model Aviation has an online presence,
which is a great place to begin your
4. Pass the Fun Along
by Helping a Newcomer
When I came along, my father had
stacks of old model airplane magazines
waiting to fire my interest. He took
advantage of this by giving me a kit, a
tube of glue, and careful instructions
on how to use a razor blade without
bloodshed. This bit of training is a
vital part of our hobby. Passing our
safety knowledge along gives the next
generation of pilots a nudge in the right
After Ralph retired, he again became
an active modeler and a prolific builder.
This time he settled on rubber-powered
FF aircraft and decided that a 15-inch
wingspan was “about right” for his
stick-and-tissue sport models. Who
could argue with such a personal and
His airplanes each displayed the
design and production skills that he
had developed throughout his lifetime,
and it was a full circle because building
models as a boy was his introduction to
5. Build Skills and Enjoy Yourself!
There came a period of many years
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