Posted by Ed Cregger |
Jul 23, 2009 @ 04:45 PM | 1,864 Views
This is my first blog entry ever. It only took me a few years to make it. Not bad for a 63 year old that wasn't all that interested in learning something new. That happens when you get older.
I began modeling in the mid to late Fifties. I built random structures from toothpicks. I covered those somewhat aerodynamic structures with tissue paper and I painted them with the fingernail polish remaining in the nearly empty bottles that my mother discarded. My glue was mostly Duco cement in those days.
Nope, not one of my toothpick planes would glide successfully. I didn't know about balancing models yet, so all were extremely tail heavy. Still, I had fun and it didn't cost anything.
Later I became interested in flying control line models. My parents bought me a couple of Wen-Mac RTF plastic .049 powered models for two Christmases in a row. The first was the F-4U Corsair. The second was the P-38 Lightning in gray finish. I flew the dickens out of both of those models. Sometimes I even flew them with the engines running. Or, if I was low on fuel, one engine (inboard) on the P-38 model.
My first "Big Iron" engine was a Fox .15X when they first came out in 1962. My second BI engine was a K&B .19, which was quickly followed by a McCoy .35.
I flew control line while in the USAF and I did get to meet and mingle with some modeling personalities of the day (Ed Thompson, RCM Technical Editor).
That's enough jabber for now.
What's your story? How did you start in the hobby?