Tom Neff, Colorado associate vice president (AVP), sent an addendum to the Wings Over the Rockies event reported on in May. I failed to mention two important organizers of this outstanding event.
Tom added: “Wings Over the Rockies was a huge success, but this event just wouldn’t happen without Bob Bergin and Randall Eakers. These two guys expend tremendous time and effort each year to make the event what it is.”
Dave Larson of the Beresfor Area Radio Flyers (BARF) sent information about the club’s annual mall show in Sioux Center, Iowa. As in past years, this mall show drew modelers from as far away as Brookings, South Dakota and Onawa, Iowa, to show their RC projects.
Roughly 50 foam FPG-9 gliders were assembled and given to the younger crew members. A flight simulator program (thanks to Dan Van Voorst) was busy nearly all day and gave many a chance to give model flying a try. Additionally, Don gave a building demonstration by putting together much of a P-51 sport fuselage.
The highlight of the show, as always, was the fine workmanship on display. The judging crew gave awards in six categories at the end of the day. There were also several drawing for prizes provided by the Centre Mall.
Congratulations to all of the BARF members who contributed.
I was able to attend the Toledo R/C Expo last April. This was a first for me. It was sensory overload for a couple of days! If you haven’t been, you should go.
I photographed Darrell Watts with his big Grumman Widgen at the show. His model was part of the Military Sport Scale Class.
I did spend quite a bit of time at the AMA booth. I was also proud to be part of the presentation of an AMA scholarship to Eric Gilkey who will put the money toward his college career at the University of Michigan.
It was not all work however. Under the topic of “I really didn’t need this, but it’s cool,” I sat down at the 3D Figureworks booth and had the crew take my picture—actually a bunch of simultaneous pictures. After putting down some money and waiting a couple of weeks, I had the finished product. It’s actually an amazing, 1/4-scale 3-D print of myself. It is quite an involved process, and if you’d like to see more, visit www.3dfigureworks.com.
I took quite a few more pictures at the Toledo Show. To see more, go to the District IX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AMADISTRICTIX.