You can’t take it
You can’t take it with you, even if it is in neatly labeled cigar boxes in your workshop. In other words, how
much modeling stuff do you have socked
away, and what will become of it when
you “take your last flight?” Will your loved
ones find it easy to deal with, or perhaps a
confusing dangerous mess?
A friend of mine passed away, and I was
asked to help deal with his collection of
airplane stuff. Some nonmodelers were
trying their best, knowing that some of it
might be valuable, but having no idea which items were
junk and which were precious. The pack-rat situation in
the garage shop made things tougher.
I felt embarrassingly at home with the problem because
my own space is as disorganized and messy—I mean,
individualized and unique!
Not all of us collect stuff to this extent, but aeromodeling
seems to attract detail-oriented people who like the intricate
work and challenges of miniature flying machines. Gathering
the necessary tools, materials, literature, and kits can be a
secondary hobby in itself.
My friend was the go-to person in our club for FF electric
systems. There were parts (and leaky batteries) stashed
everywhere, some dating back to the beginnings of electric
flight. Dozens of tiny drawers revealed an amazingly
random collection of junk and treasures. We needed to find
and sell the valuable motors, kits, and tools, but in between
were piles of oddball items.
The drawers held disassembled stopwatches, disposable
lighters by the dozen (no, he didn’t smoke), hundreds of
matchbooks neatly boxed, a live pistol cartridge, small
firecrackers, and surgical scalpels (nice tools, but very
dangerous to handle and store).
Of course, the shop was well-supplied with flammable
paints and thinners in jars and cans, some dating to the
I was beginning to realize all the
trouble my hobby could cause for
Sweet Diedra when I go. I wouldn’t
want to make my wife face danger
when she deals with my shop.
We All Face Mortality
You have options about how you
leave your things and how your
loved ones will deal with your hobby
equipment. Those choices can make a
pass on, could
your tools and
a danger to
This part of
It would be a great indoor flying site except for
that big glider in the way … The Space Shuttle
Endeavour is housed in a temporary display
building in Los Angeles.
85 Model Aviation MARCH 2014
SAFETY COMES FIRST