Prez Sez — Andy Myers
Winter time is here and I’m sure everyone is at least thinking about next year’s flying season. Some of you may be building your next plane, while others may be buying your next plane. In any case, we all have planes on the brain. I’m in the midst of building, sanding, sanding, sanding, and more building. I pulled out my 1/8th Scale Sikorsky S-39 scratch build project, and I’m at the deep end up to my neck. I think that sanding a plane is a lot like having children. You forget how hard it is after a while and the next time you tell yourself it will get easier, but it never does. Building a model plane definitely provides a feeling of satisfaction that takes the hobby to another level, for those who venture. I’m often building out of necessity, as what I’m building typically I can’t buy. I’ve had a sweet spot for the Sikorsky planes of the 1920’s and early 30’s, the S-38, S-39, S-40, and S-43 amphibians. Howard Hughes, who I’m fascinated by, personally owned both the S-38 and S-43 mentioned above. All of these planes are on my bucket list and I’m actually determined to see them realized. So, I’ve started with the S-39. If you are buying a new plane, I’m in your camp as well. I recently purchased an E-flite FW-190 1.5m from HH. I know many of us don’t have the time or space to build and are very satisfied with the current offerings from Gator RC, HH, Flex Innovations, Motion RC, and others. There is nothing wrong with that and I highly encourage you to continue to buy and enjoy what HH and others have to offer, to scratch your itch. You’re continued contribution is what is keeping the hobby alive and well, and that’s a good thing. That being said, remember that the West-mister Flea Market for RC planes and parts is coming up on Feb 12th.