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MIKE ROACH’S MODEL AIRCRAFT

FIRST PUBLISHED 5 Feb 2007

LAST UPDATED November 2018

Models pages updated, Depron models (Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX)

The first model aircraft I remember making was a Keil Kraft “Cub” given to me by my uncle. I painted it a wonderful shade of red, which must have weighed as much as the model...needless to say I can’t remember it actually flying, but I do remember whizzing it round and round on a length of thread.  I must have been 6 or 7 at the time.

The next model I remember with any clarity was another KK design, the “Senator”. Here I am aged 10, with my sister Viv, on holiday in Coverdale, one of the Yorkshire dales, in the summer of 1954.  Every boy wore shorts and sandals like that then! The Senator flew, but not for very long - just look at the prop!

A while later, after Combat flying wings, a KK “Spectre” stunter, various gliders and scale models, modelling abandoned me while I pursued the usual compulsory adult activties. One afternoon I was laid up with some sporting injury and my wife brought me a copy of RCME which had as a free plan Clive Smalley’s “Orange Box”, a 60” span RC glider. A week or so later it was flying in Farnham Park and I was teaching myself the art of radio control!

Since then I have pursued my interest in Sopwith aircraft, but not completely ignored other manufacturers. You can see where my aeromodelling has reached on the pages of this website

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Peter

Here’s the late Peter Rake and his Sopwith Pup, a free plan in the 2002 FSM magazine, which started me on designing this type of model. His enthusiasm and encouragement were very important to the whole scale modelling community and his recent death has sparked a Build-Off on RC Groups.  The Pup is my entry.

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