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Posted by Ray Hayes | Apr 05, 2013 @ 07:53 AM | 2,141 Views
I truly enjoy putting the Sky Bench woody kits together for the sailplane builders around the world and appreciate their support, but continually receive the question "do you have such and such kit available for shipping" ??? The answer is not easy, I don't have stacks of kits waiting for orders, I don't have that kind of space, Sky Bench produces approx 30 kits. I am a custom kit builder, all the wood is inspected for weight, grain and stiffness. Different wood qualities are used in different parts of my kits to produce a high quality kit that results in a a great flying sailplane that you can be proud of.

Woody builders are a special group of hobbyist that enjoy the building as much as the flying. I know I do and fortunately for me, producing the kits for fellow builders is a bit like building for me. So please try to understand, Sky Bench is located in Indiana, USA, not a foreign company with employees working for $2.00 a day. Sky Bench is not a retail outlet for China, which many USA citizens are suffering for that situation in our country. Sky Bench is a one man show making high quality woody kits available to those that have the patience to build and those that understand what it takes to make a very large number of Woody RC Sailplane kits available to the public.

I do have kits on the shelf, but which ones varies daily and all my kits are in various stages of completion. You can send your order using the order form on my web site or facsimile by...Continue Reading
Posted by Ray Hayes | Jun 13, 2010 @ 06:07 AM | 4,959 Views
I have been a modeler all but the first six years of my life, the early start was due to health reasons and I have my Uncle Lenny to thank for getting me started. He was a Boy Scout Leader. I have done my best to promote the hobby over the years and will continue to help keep the building of RC Sailplanes alive and well. All builders love to build woodys as their now called.

One of my most rewarding creations is the LSF Club Co Ordinators program I came up with in 1997 and presented it to the GDSHS club I belonged to in Detroit at the time and to Cal Posthuma of LSF. Today ( 6-13-10 ), scanning the LSF web site, I see the credit I received for my program and now in great use by LSF is no longer given on the LSF web site. Kinda hurts this old guy.




Visit my Sky Bench web site, you will find the wonderful world of RC Sailplanes ... Balsa wood style.

http://www.skybench.com Woodys Forever

Check out the Wood Crafters event reports, see the many different ways to have fun in a group event. Events called "Woody" have sprung up from coast to coast from my Wood Crafters event started in 2002, some stand alone, some included in the format of other contests. Your club can put one on, or you can do it, just like I did. If your club has monthly contests, include a scoring section for Woodies. You will be amazed at how the members that enjoy building their own will return to club activities.

Ray Hayes LSF 803