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
Next up is a 48” span depron Spitfire MkIX from a old free plan published in RCSA in 1996. The balsa and lots of ply original was powered by a .40 and although the weight wasn’t mentioned must have been around 5 lbs.
This one will have a Park 450 up front and a 2200 3 cell for power. Weight should be around 2 lbs.