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Working with radio-controlled models is not a new phenomenon. About 40 years ago my father became hooked building and flying radio-controlled model planes. The only clear memory I have of that time was the fact that the house smelled to high heaven of the glue and paints he used.

The RC enthusiasts are still going strong today. There are people who regularly get together to fly their RC aircraft and there are also those who put RC boats on the big lake at Green Valley Park. There are radio-controlled cars, helicopters and trains, as well.

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Fans of radio-controlled aircraft invite their friends and neighbors to join them for a Fun Fly from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at their air field in Rye, next to the county maintenance yard.

Probably the best place to start if you have an interest in the hobby, is to read up on it. The Internet has a wide array of entries on the subject. You can also talk to people who are practicing enthusiasts.

In fact, this weekend, the Rim Country Flyers will have Fun Fly from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Rye, next to the county maintenance yard.

"Training aircraft and instructors will give the public a chance to experience the excitement of radio-controlled flight," said Ralph Larkin, a member of the Rim Country Flyers.

The following is some basic information found on the Internet site www.radiocontrolled.com.

RC modeling is an amazingly diverse hobby. Now you ask, "How do I get in on the fun? What's involved? Anything this cool has to be difficult and expensive, right?" No way!

Regardless of the type of model you choose, you'll need certain basic tools and supplies. The kits may not initially require these things, but if you build your own model, they are essential. It never hurts to be prepared, so plan to stock your toolbox with the following:

  • Hobby knife.
  • Allen wrenches and ball drivers (SAE and metric).
  • Small screwdrivers (Phillips and standard).
  • Pliers.
  • Adjustable wrench.
  • Thread-locking compound.
  • Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue.
  • 15-minute epoxy.
  • Razor saw and miter box.

For beginners, RTR kits are a good starting point. They use formed plastic (usually white) and don't require painting. RTR kits tend to emphasize simplicity and reliability over all-out speed or meticulous scale detail. The idea behind these designs is to make things easy for beginners.

Check out model aisles in the toy department of your favorite store or surf the Internet for beginner kits to purchase. Just search on "radio-controlled models" and you will turn up a great selection.

Or ask the experts at the Fun Fly April 28 in Rye.

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