I used to fly radio-controlled airplanes. Fun to build and fun to fly. But noisy and polluting. I needed another hobby.
I was passing Harper Lake one day when I spotted a fleet of little white sails. U-turn! Radio-controlled model sailboats racing in a regatta just like the big guys. This was perfect. The learning curve was not steep since I could apply my years of windsurfing sail savvy. I happily launched into my new hobby
But what of all my airplanes? A P-47, a pattern plane, a bi-wing WW1 monster and a Sig Kadet. Do I sell them? Trash them? Or shoot them down. Hmmmmm.
I informed Alex and Zeke of my plan.They were enthusiastic. I quickly contacted my friend Joe San Fellipe. He runs a hobby shop in Cheyenne. He agreed to sign on as pit crew.
This past weekend, Dixie, Joe and I drove up to the ranch on a fesaibility study. I had selected the Sig Kadet for our first event. It’s ideal. It has pontoons, so we don’t need a runway. We have a lake. Painted in WW2 German camouflage, it’s large and easy to fly. We spent the morning checking out the craft. Control surfaces, servos, electronics and engine. I even changed the name. From now on it would be referred to as Sig Heil.
We marched toward the lake with some trepidation. Sig Heil was ready but the wind was picking up. And, as we feared, it was impossible to taxi the plane. The wind would weather-vane the large rudder, making steering nonexistent. Too boot, as I lifted the plane from the water, the rear struts of the pontoons broke loose from the fuselage. The Sig Heil would not fly today.
But stay tuned. Repairs will be made. The plane would be ready. Come spring it will fly and we will take turns trying to shoot it down with paint balls.