big difference to your family: danger and
trouble or simplicity.
If you are a longtime model builder,
take a look at your space from that
viewpoint, and see if there are any
changes you can make. I’ve tried to get
rid of unnecessary chemicals and other
items that could be a problem.
Minimize flammable stuff, unplug
unused equipment, stow the tools, and
label the drawers. And make sure there
are no illegal or unpleasant surprises
Here’s a Neat Trick
Take digital photos of your kit shelf
and engine collection and print them
on a full sheet of paper. Take a pen and
make notes on the photos.
In my case, Diedra began adding up
the price estimates and joked about the
kits being worth more than I, except
that I can fix things and open jars. How
Scott Orten’s wife saw firsthand how
dangerous his hobby stuff could be.
“I was adjusting a big twin electric. I
was doing it from the front, not safely
from the back. My shirt sleeve caught
the throttle stick and pow [It required]
110 stitches worth of repairs on me.
What made it worse was that my wife
was out shopping, so I had to wait until
she could take me to the hospital.”
Okay, class, what lessons can we learn
from this? Let’s not always see the same
hands. Yes, you in the back.
There’s plenty of gray hair participating in this Delta Dart mass launch. Mature modelers
understand that their hobby equipment will likely outlast them.
86 Model Aviation MARCH 2014
SAFETY COMES FIRST