but in the 1970s it really took off for me .
I could walk and talk in the 1960s and listen
in the 1970s I heard and seen enough to start
to do it the way I found best, and liked most,
living my life .
I had my teens in the 1970s I feel its almost a privileged thing to have had them
in those years. The amazing 70s with its boundless freedom and creativity
all the freedom gained in the 60s was there to be explored I would almost say
so much freedom that in later years much was taken back
This blog in not a nostalgia thing , but an energy of youth
thing, an energy that can be lost , but regained too
an energy that can always be real and makes every thing
I did a lot of building in the 1970s from kits ,
why ? plans could not be obtained by me
it took me a while to find how and where to get plans
to build from .
I liked Veron kits a lot ,some how the design and feel of them attracted me
they all dated from long before the 70s , I did lots of the small scale
Veron Tru Flite kits did any of them really fly ? sure not following the
plan as is , no adjustable nose block for down trust , no good rubber .
they did a prop rattling descent , perhaps to convince you to go do some thing
else but I just kept building them among anything I could get my hands on
like this Veron Coronette , one of the few photos I have from those days
Took the glider to the beach on a winters day ,why ? I am not sure
this photo is a scan from an 126 film negative those are 4 x 4 cm
here is an other nice one of my Coronette , I remember having
a few moments trying hard to get an action shot with that 126 camera !
I build a new Veron Coronette a few years back to see if all that
excitement from long ago still lived in me , and it did , why
would I have done it otherwise :-)
here is a video I made of flying it the old way
flying it of a hill top
An other thing I liked in those days was to go flying on my birthday
this involved willing parents to take me to a flying site
I had my mind on , luckily they liked the place too
here are two photos from such an occasion
a few random family members and me and two gliders
both German , my luck , they tended to be the heavy, fast flying
as preferred by the German designers
Its hard to see , but I know which are on the photos
a Graupner Der Kleine UHU and a Carrera Wesp
They flew but never as I envisioned, that would
have been a slow glide . for some reason I loved
open wood build up structure , years later I would build those
a Veron Phoenix I build two times . fun to build
not so good with kit wood .
made a photo of one of them , the first one I did.
I will build one again some day .
This glider I liked a lot , the Revell Pat , yes the same Revell
that does the plastic kits ,here seen in a Hegi branded box.
This to is marked a build again some day :-)
there is no hurry ,
Here a photo of me and the Revell Pat glider in 1979
and here a Photo of my Veron Wagtail
bought the kit in the 70s had started it but
finished it while in Spain in 1993 made this photo
in Spain too
at one point Humbrol decided to go in to balsa wood
and make a series of 5 kits to teach you how to build and fly
we just wanted the airplanes and have fun .
I went for the Dragonfly , did two of those , had lots of fun with them
they went so well .
my kit box too survived and the sticker set + plan
The Dragonfly got build again a few years ago
so much fun to build it , and fly too.
at the time a friend did the Humbrol Hornet
that did not do much with the rubber motor set up
so later we changed it , I fitted my Cox Pee Wee
result one amazing OOS flight , how much fuel
did you put in the tank ?
Build the Hornet again, now electric
Found a kit on ebay , not complete so that was good , keeps the collectors away
I needed the plan , and to copy the parts , even copied the sticker as I had
done with the Dragonfly .
now My Hornet flew so well trained , I still got it :-)
here it flies on a warm summer evening with almost no wind
a flight as in my dreams became real !
lol it only took about 40 years.
I am still very keen to build the Humrol Firefly glider , but who's got the
plan of one ? put a wanted request on the outerzone lets hope for the best .
I had Electric free flight in the 70s too.
this German ready made , Günther Electroflug Whisper
It had a Mabuchi that was quite standard
but its power source was some things else , plastic open
single use batteries you activated by pouring a supplied liquid in them
this liquid was the electrolyte that started the battery soon as
you poured it in , and it died at the end of the flight
could try a second time but than flight time was minimal.
The thing flew well and was fun till you run out of batteries and got bored
with having to buy new all the time .
My Humbrol Hornet now is not that dissimilar , just uses
Nimh cells and runs much longer , see some pics of it
an adjustable nose block for down thrust and side trust settings
other wise quite a standard Humbrol Hornet .
Humbrol was for sale here and in most toy shops too
I got a Humbrol Co2 Engine , and a Kit with one
The Famous Red Baron , how ever this would not fly , the engine had
almost no power . The Red Baron did fly later on , I had removed the engine
and added a weight and a hook on the wing centre section at the CG
and attached it to my kite messenger much like the ones I still use
today as can be seen here .
The Red Baron caught a thermal and was never seen again
it went off that far , not surprising thinking of how high the
release altitude would have been .
In the 70s I build lots of small gliders
starting off with this Danish DMI Bongo
and there is an original photo
I kept most plans and scanned some to send to the Outerzone
Bongo - Towline glider from DMI.
who would think that 46 years later the whole world can
down load My Bongo plan from1971 , can if they wish
who would have cared in 1971 ? I sure didn't was spending
time having fun and doing what I liked .
not mentioning what others thought was good for you
that took years to to grasp , but Oh Boy did I grasp that .
but that was other learning .
its fun that paints the world in cool colours, does not
matter what you paint with that light , it all shines bright.
as the painter is unconditional and loves you to be free as he is.
An other small glider I had in the early 70s was this
Czechoslovakian IGRA Ray , that plan survived too
It flew like a brick , heavy and fast but in a straight line
most was spruce , but a cool glider it was and fun to build.
in those days IGRA kits could be found in toy shops
I also bought this boat kit , which allowed for 3 options
to build , a trimaran and 2 different catamarans .
but I found a 4the option , don't build anything , just save the kit
for decades , as I still have the kit now :-)
Well the real reason I kept it as is all those years is the way it looks
and the feel it has about it , when I found it at the time it felt amazing
as from an other age going trough the contents , such an hand made
organic feel to it, the wood a bit rougher , the way the plan was done
I was used to get these slick kits that had a 'spewed out of a machine'
feel to it , eradicating any human touch in to mechanized perfection
a perfection that was to be part of my enjoyment in using it ?
This was not a ready made package at all. it had a warm feel about it .
here is an update , build a katamaran kit I found on a sale
it was already started , made some photos in style with a
70s camera to get the warm feeling in it of the softer images
that are much fun to make like this
and a video of a testing the Katamaran I knew it would not work well since
its more decorational than working with a sail set up like this but always had wanted to try it in the water so now I did
the IGRA as I always imagined it sailing in some amazing, dream like pond .
as I said it had a it had a warm feel about it .
an age of a slower pace, and wonder and a caring feel to what you did.
the late 1940s , since so I found out later that's when most Veron kits
where designed and plans drawn.
some of a later age like this Veron Dominette
Again I picked up an old kit and had to do one again
it was so much fun building this , and flying it too
just look at it go on the video of its first flight ever .
an other Veron I build in the 70s was this Classic Glider , it was amazing to build
such a strange design , unusual looking in every way .
a video of the Veron Classic glider build again
I wonder why at the time the modelling shops I visited had no
Keil Kraft kits at all, I had never seen one in the 70s
but lots of other stuff could be found , like these German Carrera kits
I found a part build one not long ago which I plan to restore and finish
and fly too , when all is done .
Lots of kits from former Czechoslovakia could be found
like this little IGRA kit
That one too is on the build list , I will just copy the parts and leave
kit untouched , I have not build it yet ,need a suitable electric motor
We also had these kits from Belgium , the Svenson series
Like this all sheet Cessna Bird Dog ,
I loved the Bird Dog a lot , a rare bird I saw one for real to at the time
in France when out there with my parents on Holiday
I walked to it and asked the soldier who guarded it if
making a photo would be o.k. it was fine to do that
Here is a scan of the French Cessna Bird Dog taken in La Cavalerie
one has a problem in the original negative that's why the red
On those summer holiday trips I bought a few kits
like this control line kit made by Precisia , never seen before
or in Spain I got this Modelhob Opel Rak 1 glider
The box top and plan survived , no photo of the glider it self
I scanned the plan for my 'imaginary friends' all around the world lol :-)
if you are one you can down load it here
an other kit I bought in France was the Tern Aero Drifty Primary Glider
not only did I buy the kit but build and flew it there too,
I had bought the kit in a model airplan shop in Annecy
and not long after flew it as can be seen here on the
Plateau des Glières in 1977 , not surprising I have an feel to fly in
pleasing places as I had that to in those days
The plan did not survive but some one was kind enough
to share his plan on the outerzone
I have build one again and it was fun to build , still needs a bit of work
and than see how it flies again .
Its flight tests can be seen in this video
So what about using engines ? That was problematic in the 70s
for me , oh I sure tried , build this Veron Colt
Don't think it ever flew all I can remember is trying, trying to get
the engine to run . it had a Cox 0.49 Baby bee on it .
Why ? in my country you could not buy diesel engines
in the mid 70s . so the guy in the shop sold me a Cox
to use on this one , problem with Cox like that is when new
they start immediately and run just fine . than you put it away for a week , a month,
and the left over fuel in the engine dries up and sticks the reed valve to the engine .
now go and try run it ! You need to know this , clean the engine .
so no diesel , or no other small engines , where was the Enya 0.49 ? or 06 even.
they should have had that ? but the shop was no Enya dealer but things like
O.S. ,Webra , and HP. glow for radio control .
free flight and c.l was a thing of the past , now superseded by r.c.
such was their mind set some how . But why ? when a shop all that matters is
selling stuff costumers like , sure I was one . o.k. I get it a person has his own
belief system and that needs to be true , and limits freedom to think other wise .
The stuff you can learn from flying and building model airplanes.
I was free , not in any club to follow the 'feel ' or 'atmosphere' of what was right and
'the thing' to do, and so created my own thing, simply out of feelings I liked best .
The Veron kits of the past had a feeling to it that made them worth a lot .
sure in those days people did not walk in a shop and bought anything they fancied .
just after the war all was expensive, so seen as very valuable . and taken good care of
they paid much for it . and it all meant so much too.
in comparison to average weekly payment a lot of it was an investment.
I did do a few r.c. models , like the Svenson Sunny glider
Which I later build again , the kit in the blue box was part build
well someone made a start I finished it and its nice to fly on the slope
I liked the strange German Simprop SSM Contest
Build this strange kit too ,The True Line Corsair junior trainer
Which I never flew at the time , I was a free flighter .
Thought ., How is this heavy thing ever going to take off
and come down in one piece ? I sensed it potential high
impact speed with the weight it had .
so it survived to this day engine and all
later , much later I learned to enjoy it
as can be seen here
By now its what is called Vintage Radio, sure lol adding a label changes
what it is for some reason. All I do is now , in my now I am in.
is there much difference between old as a day old a week a year , or 30 years ?
much difference in the now I am in ? for some there must be I reckon ?
sure a ,practical difference is , the shops no longer have them.
What realities others might have taken upon them selves to share in relation
to what feelings, is there own concern and not part of my freedom to be me.
I have a lingering awareness of 'them' far away but find no practical application for it
as yet in my reality , who knows I am still young, the day might come I wonder
if it will be a new day filled with the energies of youth I like so much .
The 70s end with 1979 which is a well know fact lol :-)
than the 1980s arrived
in those years I spend time on having a serous interest in Home Build
full size aircraft, in Collecting and restoring classic cars . in Photography
and the Arts both professional and any other way . I got my self lots of
Education and ended up Travelling to amazing places .
after that as makes sense the 1990s arrived by that time I had gotten rid
of most classic cars I owned and combined all I had done and learned
in me to be one and just do as I did and I got back in building and flying
model airplanes too , I must have seen the light :-) in the later 70s
I had a friend who was in to model airplane history we reacquainted
our selves , back than he had already told me all useful things he knew
and now I went to build lots of those Genuine Vintage aircraft among
all other along side them . years passed each time announcing them selves
in more exotic ways , grotesque even terms as 'new millennium' where thrown in,
in an even stronger effort to age earth inhabitants to what ever kind of maturity.
I took no part in it and let it all be , and have meaning to those who can use that
in some way or other :-)
if you wonder what this blog is all about ? don't know really . you know
you wake up see the world you wake up in , a familiar place hopefully
your own bedroom perhaps lol , and find you have hands and feet , thoughts
and memories , tools and capabilities a computer and internet , photos made
and much more and sure go play with that , why not why even think about it ?
no further intention simply than what is, diary notes perhaps of some sort
Trying to understand why 1990 is considered long ago by some , why
is it long ago did I store my memories of it further away ? No I did did not .
same goes for the 80s and 70s , like templates certain energies just sit there
to be activated and emerged in the now I am in now ,a Now that has no past
in its reality at all . just me being the me I always was and will be ,
that plays around in his world and creates a reality and is conscious of it.