Radio controlled model aircraft of all types were to be seen in the Estevan Shoppers Mall on Saturday, as the Sun City Prop Busters Club held their Annual Static Display.

There was more than that, however, as passersby could try their hand at a flight simulator, and observe a variety of other R/C units as well as a video presentation on the club.

"We call it a 'mall show'. We display our models that people have built over the winter, or ones that they've assembled, it's kind of like a show and tell," explained President Art Dougherty, adding that it's also a means of gaining more visibility and membership.

A flight simulator was set up so people could try their hand at the controls.

Members were also on hand to provide details on their craftsmanship displayed, among them Darwin Mayer, who brought his fully flyable scale model Supermarine Spitfire out for folks to see.

"It's a Mark IX World War II one, and it was a total balsa kit," he said, adding that he'd put 440 hours of labor into getting it just right. Starting by designing his own template for it out of a book, he described the process as, "Very, very time consuming."

The elliptical shape and style of the wing proved particularly challenging.

"It was a three piece wing. I glued it together that night, and went downstairs an hour later...'oh oh, no good, no good!' It had a big twist in it." However, he was able to backtrack and redo the work to perfection.

"I've really been proud of that, it came out real nice," Mayer expressed.

"I wanna fly it, but after you put so much into it, you often wonder...," he laughed, "With remote control, you make one little mistake and it's usually total trash."

He may end up flying it when the summer comes around again. During that time, the Club meets almost every Tuesday at their new field near the Estevan Motor Speedway.

Dougherty added that the Club requires a $50 dollar annual membership, and a membership in the MAAC (Model Aeronautics Association of Canada) for insurance.

 

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