Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity.
This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation,
which all began in Mayo, MD. There
is a lot of good information and there are lotof pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back
some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen
name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space
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The McDowell Flyers are an ad hoc group of indoor R/C enthusiasts
that meet on Friday evening in the McDowell Intermediate High School Gymnasium.
John Schardt is the unofficial
point man, so he can answer any questions you have about model restrictions
and flight schedules (not all Fridays are available). Melanie and I first
visited the gym a couple weeks ago, and were amazed at the number of people
there. I'm told a lot are from the local Thermal-G R/C flying club, but
many do not have any formal club affiliation. The McDowell Flyers group
is not an AMA chartered club.
In the video below, you can see the
level of activity. With as many as 10 airplanes aloft at one time, it's
a wonder there are so few collisions - yes, they do happen, but usually
with no damage. It looks like a swarm of bugs on a humid summer night. This
is definitely a good way to polish your skills at flying in close quarters
with many other planes. Flying weight is limited to 2 ounces in order to
keep mid-air collision and contact with school fixture damages to a minimum,
preferably to zero.
Most of the models are the pre-built, ready-to-fly
(RTF) type. From what I've seen, most of the guys (and a few gals) opt for
their own transmitters rather than using the el cheapo ones that sometimes
come with the airplanes. Occasionally, you'll see a micro helicopter, a
flying saucer, or a quadrotor floating around.
Many of the airplanes flown are ready-to-fly models by companies like Park
Zone and E-flite.
Horizon Hobby sells both lines. I've always had great service from Horizon
Hobby. Tower Hobbies
sells the FlyZone line of micro flyers. I've been buying hobby supplies
from Tower Hobbies since they first opened in the early 1970s. Micro helicopters
and flying saucers can be found at these two companies as well. Most of
these models cost right around $100, and usually include everything you
need except the transmitter. You can also by models with a transmitter,
but if you are going to stay with the hobby for any length of time, you'll
definitely want a "real" transmitter.
Directions to McDowell Intermediate
High School Gymnasium: From I-90, take the 26th Street (Rt.
20) exit heading west. Go about 1 mile and turn right onto Caughey Road.
McDowell Middle School is on the right after about a half mile. Turn in
and go to the gymnasium entrance. Note: Both Gerhlein's and