EDIT: The AirVenture Museum is currently developing an exhibit about aircraft modeling that will include information and artifacts covering both flying and static modeling. It would seem that many of us got our start in aviation through modeling experiences as youngsters, and many of us are still involved in the hobby, whether it be free-flight, R/C, control-line, paper. or plastic models. With that in mind, if you haven't already responded to my initial survey, please add your modeling experiences to the replies below, and if possible and relevant to your own experiences, comment about how the skills you may have developed from modeling have carried over to your homebuilding experiences in 1:1 scale, or even flying experiences.
With many thanks,
Zack - EAA Museum Collections Assistant
I'm curious to know how many EAA members are, or have been involved with scale modeling - R/C, plastic, free flight, control-line, etc? When and how did you get involved, and what are some of your favorite modeling memories?
I myself am a plastic scale modeler, with a much bigger stash of kits than completed builds (I imagine some of you are in the same boat). I'm a sucker for good box art, and my stash has grown because of it. My first completed kit was a 1/72 Airfix English Electric Lightning in about 1986 or so at age 10. I must have "flown" that airplane through every room of my parents' house before it met its demise strapped to a bundle of Black Cat bottle rockets the next summer. Unfortunately most of my finished builds met similar ends through my teenage years, and I only got back into modeling about 7 years ago prior to the birth of my first son, which immediately put the hobby on hold until about a year ago. I am currently working on a 1/32 Trumpeter P-47D Razorback kit, which will be finished (someday) in the markings of a P-47 flown by two different pilots of the 56th Fighter Group that I have interviewed for EAA's Timeless Voices of Aviation oral history program.
I never got into R/C really (couldn't afford it when I was younger), but was lucky enough to visit the "Striking Back" r/c airshow in Ankeny, Iowa for a few years in the mid-1990s. It was a really great show, with r/c dogfights, giant scale r/c bombers, and usually some full-scale warbirds from the Minnesota CAF squadron.
What are your aircraft modeling experiences?
EAA Timeless Voices Program Coordinator & Museum Collections Assistant
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