Later, in the mid 60's, we started building U-control airplanes, which I learned to fly,
and then got interested in remote control shortly there after. My first radio was an old
10 channel reed set that my dad got from a gentleman he worked with in 1968. My first
R/C model was a "Speed" boat that I designed and built in high school.
The radio idea came from the customer for whom I had build an Orca display model. He
actually has a radio, which he photographed, scanned and sent over. I reduced it and made
the "model" radio from that. It's small (.8" wide), but really was effective in bringing the boat
During my high school years, I took all the drafting classes I could get, and designed several
boats and airplanes as drafting class projects. In my junior and senior years I worked as a detail
draftsman in the D. O. (Diversified Occupations) program, working with the engineers who
designed roll feeds for punch presses.
After high school I did a hitch in the Air Force where I continued modeling with plastic kits and
U-control flying models. After basic training, I picked up that old boat, and continued to run it
until 1978 when it was retired from sheer ware and tare. After the Air Force it was off to a 17
year career in the auto repair business until 1993 when I started the custom model building business.
During the 10 years in business I have designed many R/C and free flight model airplanes and
boats, and have offered plans of the designs, as well as over 40 kit designs through Hobby Lobby
Int. and Dare Distributing. Since 1971, I have had over 30 articles published featuring plastic model
construction, flying model airplane and boat designs, and "How To" articles on the subject of both
boats and airplanes.
What the future holds is still anybody's guess, but it's safe to say that modeling will be a part of it.
As long as there are boats and airplanes still needing to be modeled, I'll be there working with it.
And, I really enjoy talking with other modelers sharing ideas and techniques with them. Even after
45 years of modeling, there's still a lot to be learned!