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Jay Smith: How did you get involved with
Bob Hunt: My father, James A. Hunt,
had been a modeler since the mid-1920s.
Almost everyone my father knew was a
modeler, and modelers were a constant
presence in the Hunt household.
Leon Shulman, Fran McElway, Larry
Scarinzi, and the legendary Harold “Red”
Reinhardt were regulars in my dad’s
shop. I was around six years old before I
realized that not everyone in the world
flew model airplanes!
JS: How has model aviation impacted
your life and/or career?
BH: There have been points that have
helped set my career paths. The first
was when I
saw an article
in the June
and Ray Olsen, that detailed pertinent
information about how to make the
equipment required to hot-wire cut
expanded polystyrene foam (EPF) and
how to blank, spur, cut, and core foam
model airplane wings.
In 1978, I went to England with the
US F2B World Team and won the gold
medal in Control Line (CL) Aerobatics.
Bill Hunter at Satellite City had heard
that I built a significant portion of my
winning Genesis model using his Hot
Stuff CA adhesive. He asked me if I
would appear in his ads.
He arranged for me to go to the Flying
Models (FM) magazine offices and have
the editor, Bob Hoeckele, take the photo.
Bob told me that FM was looking for
an associate editor and I got the job. A
year later, I was promoted to the editor’s
position and I stayed for 17 years.
In 1995, I started my own video
production company, Robin’s View
Productions. I produced a number of
modeling how-to videos, all of which are
still available. I also restarted my foam
I might be
interviewing for the
position of aeromodeling
editor of Model Aviation
(MA). I served in that post for
roughly seven years. I currently
write the MA “CL Aerobatics”
column and serve as the editor
of Stunt News, the 100-page
newsletter of the Precision
Aerobatics Model Pilots
I’m now dedicated
full-time to producing
fully sheeted wings,
built-up wings in
my Lost-Foam Wing
Building System, and
other custom work.
JS: What disciplines of modeling do you
currently participate in?
BH: I still fly competition CL Aerobatics,
but at the 2015 Nats, I announced
my retirement from Nats Open
competition. I’m dealing with a number
of back-related health problems and
cannot maintain the practice regimen
required to be competitive. I intend to
fly for as long as I’m able, and I might
dabble at the Nats in Classic Stunt and
Old-Time Stunt. I’m also anxious to get
back to doing some RC flying. In the
1980s, I competed in the Advanced class
in RC Pattern.
JS: What are your other hobbies?
BH: I’ve always had a love of music
and a related hobby to both music
and model airplane building that I’ve
recently begun is building acoustic
guitars. My friend, Jeff Traxler, has been
helping me to learn the trade of guitar
building while I’ve been helping him
JS: Who (or what) has influenced you
BH: I’d list my father first. Beyond him,
the biggest influences, as mentioned
earlier, were Larry Scarinzi and Red
Reinhardt. Once I learned to build and
fly at a higher level, my influences were
Bill Simons and Gene Schaffer, and the
master himself, Bill Werwage.
Above all who have influenced me
is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Without him I am nothing.
JS: Of all of your aeromodeling
accomplishments, what are you most
BH: That’s easy—the development of the
Lost-Foam Wing Building System. Many
fliers use this method to build their
competition Stunt wings; two have won
World Championship titles and multiple
National Championships using them.
My only regret is the name I gave it;
Lost-Foam is really a misnomer; none
of the foam components of the system
are destroyed, and the fixtures can be
used to build multiple wings of a given
164 Model Aviation MARCH 2016 www.ModelAviation.com
Bob Hunt CL World Champion, author, and designer
by Jay Smith