What's It all About ???

This page is all about the building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft. It's a highly diversified hobby that takes in as many skills as you like to use. Everything from electronics to carpentry, to painting, to drawing and designing with a little bit of metal work thrown in. Some builders even go into doing their own machining, pattern designing, fibre glassing, moulding and engine design. You can use electric motors, 2 stroke or 4 stroke internal combustion engines or even minature turbine (jet) engines for power. My own models use 2 and 4 stroke internal combustion engines and range in size from about a metre in wingspan to well over 3 metres from tip to tip!

Blue Box and other pilot figures

One of the constant quests for any scale modeler is to find decent scale pilot figures to fit in their models. I've had a couple of good ones and, like most scale builders, have torn my hair out trying to find something decent in the right scale. One of the very best I've found recently is the Blue Box figures. Unfortunately they are now apparently out of production but they do turn up occasionally at swap meets and on eBay.

I scored two Blue box figures - both WWII British and the detail is stunning. One is a Desert Pilot (khaki shorts and shirt) - and the other from the Battle of Britain (blues that look to be more an Australian uniform than the British grey blue colour). check out the details of the parachute harness on both photos - the quick release even works!!

Blue Box - Battle of Britain Pilot

Blue Box - Desert Pilot

Parachute detail

Yes - the quick release does work!

One I made out of an Action Man doll - $2.00 from the local Tip Shop!

Another home made one - Clothes courtesy of a friend - parachute from eBay

GI Joe "Action Pilot" - Limited Edition

Miscellaneous collection of head and shoulder figures - cheaply available from your LHS

Dragon - "Pearl Harbour Pilot" - very rare!

1/4 Scale Civilian Pilot - all light weight foam!