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Northeast Ohio
Posted:July 8th, 2008
9.27 PM
There is a comraderie in your history...change a few names-- people, airplanes, engines, etc., and your story is the story of many of us. Reading it is like listening to old music as in the music we grew up with. It brings back memories and feelings and other wondrous sentiments.

As a child (6 or 7), I was already hooked on airplanes and built my first model, a solid balsa P-80 that required more carving than I had the tools or skills for. Then a stick Lockheed F-90 that I never had the plans for and had to cut the ribs and formers out with a double edge razor. Structural engineering was not my strong suit and while formers several inches apart seemed ok, I ran out of longerons and still had half the formers left. Then came the robin egg blue P-38 (solid balsa again and somewhat developed carving skills) since it was the only color I could find in the shed. Finally, about '56 or '57, contol line. Your first control liner should really be a combat type since it tests your reactions early in your career while providing the opportunity to develop rebuilding skills. Hand launching a combat wing as my first CL'er honed my figure 9 to perfection.

Ah, yes, I ramble on. As I said, our personal histories may have run on different tracks but parallel none the less.

I'm new here but suspect I'll likely be around for awhile. I really like what I've seen so far.
farmington N.M.
Posted:December 7th, 2006
11.44 PM
I find that we share a comon thread. We both started out in modleing at about the sam age and fallowed much the same path in kits and interest. my early adult creativity was cunsumed with iron, fire and hammers. I unforiunatly have taken longer to return to it but now as when i was young I get all giddy when I set a creation of mine free on the air. hanks for letting me drift to my youth in your words.

Posted:August 18th, 2006
12.30 AM
If you think the Lil Satan was fast with a Black Widow, you should have built one with an .051! Holy smokes!. I built one from scratch with a wing tank and a fork motor mount using an .051 yeehaw! I still have it. that was over 25 years ago. Thanks for the web site.
Hawkesbury, Canada
Posted:April 3rd, 2004
10.08 AM
Your history and dedication to the craft are both very impressive Paul. The skills you have gained as a result are clearly expressed on your website and in the quality and care of the planes you now build. Congratulations, and I look forward to see what your future reveals as well.

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