My RC Hero!

RC Heros – Tips from “The Father!”

When it comes to modeling and RC (well, most things quite frankly), my dad is unquestionably my hero.  As some of you know, he is the owner of Jet Hangar Hobbies, Inc. as well as an Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame member.  He is the most talented and skilled builder and flyer I’ve ever known.  So, I am excited to be able to feature him in this blog and get contributions from him and my mom (Cyndy).  I’ve started a new category entitled “RC Heros” where I will feature posts from my folks.  So, welcome to the inaugural post for “Tips from The Father,” written by Cyndy Wolfe.

photo 2After a winter hibernation, Larry Wolfe [my dad!], also known locally by friends and fellow modelers (tongue in cheek) as “The Father” or “Da Fath”, has been located!  He is engrossed in building a 36″ span Easy Built Models’ Rearwin Speedster rubber band model airplane.

photo 1Returning to stick and tissues, where he first began building models, is one of Larry’s favorite activities.  Not everything needs to be long-term or a difficult task.  It can be a relaxing effort and as simple as 1, 2, 3!  Prior to foamies, model airplanes required balsa wood and glue.  Putting the sticks together into a something that could and would fly was required.  This is still something that EVERYONE can do with a little patience, an xacto knife, and a bottle of CA glue.  Depending on size and construction materials, models can be powered by rubber bands, glow engines, gas engines, electric motors, or turbines….the sky’s the limit!

photo 4The Rearwin Speedster is in its second day of construction.  Yesterday Larry built the horizontal stabilizer, dorsal fin, and the fuselage.  The fuse is being covered in yellow tissue using thinned dope.  Only construction of the wing is yet to be accomplished.  Of course, a lifetime of experience makes anything go along more quickly, but it doesn’t take long to develop skills and technique.  Pride in workmanship and ownership are some of the byproducts of building something yourself.  Whatever you haven’t done before is a learning experience so each successive project becomes easier and more well done.

photo 3If you are interested in challenging yourself, you might want to take a look at a building project–be it rubber band powered or something larger and faster.

In a few days, we’ll post photos of the completed Rearwin Speedster; winter is almost over so it will be time to fly!

5 thoughts on “My RC Hero!

  1. Chris the site looks awesome! Very cool of you to honor your father this way.
    I’ll be back often to see the F4D progress.

    • Thanks Bob! My dad is the best modeler I know. I’m so fortunate he has taught me so much. He’s always taking me to school even now, lol!

      Btw, you can get updates via email if you subscribe to the blog also. There’s a subscribe button on the right side.

  2. Chris:

    Wonderful website with some really good info. Enjoyed reading about your dad going back to his “root” with the stick and tissue models. That too is where I started many many years ago (about 55 years ago). I have subscribed and eagerly look forward to your updates.


  3. Hi Chris – nice website! Others can now follow the building exploits of you and your dad! Good luck with the Skyray model – that should be a fun project. I hope to see it show up at Phoenix Jets one day!

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