Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

Air show to feature large model airplanes

The skies above Clinton Lake will be filled with loops, dives and rolls this weekend during the Jayhawk Model Masters' free air show.

September 25, 2008


Past Event
2008 Big Bird Giant Scale air show

  • When: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Below Clinton Dam
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....

A mini-air armada is set to take over the skies above Clinton Lake this weekend, so don't be surprised if you see biplanes criss-crossing fighter jets.

The Jayhawk Model Masters are hosting their annual Big Bird air show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the club's flying field below Clinton Dam. It is free and open to the public.

Patrick Deuser, president of the Jayhawk Model Masters, said the event has drawn people from as far as Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma, as hobbyists come to see huge model airplanes, some with a wingspan as big as five feet.

"These airplanes tend to be a little more detailed," he said. "They're definitely a lot bigger and easier to see, and they fly better. The guys flying them have been doing it for a long time."

While many planes will skew towards the traditional - think the Red Baron's World War I biplane - some novelty aircraft may be on display, too. Deuser said he is putting the finishing touches on a witch that rides a broom.

Experienced model airplane pilots will be available if anyone wants to try their hand at controlling the planes.

Gordon Fitch said events such as Big Bird are fun for the whole family. Fitch, 68, joined the club last year and took his 6-year-old grandson to last year's event.

"It's just really fun to watch the aircraft fly. Some of them are incredibly scale-oriented; others have incredible acrobatic ability," he said.

Deuser said he hopes people might gain an interest in the hobby, which he said has been "rewarding."

"It's taught me a lot of different skills," he said. "It's just been a very rewarding hobby, to be able to come up with an idea and make it fly, or make it work the way it's supposed to."

Weekend air show to adorn Clinton Lake skies

Don't be surprised if the sky looks a little crowded this weekend in Lawrence. A local remote controlled airplane club is hosting an air show.


compmd 9 years, 8 months ago

OldEnuf, there are some newer model kits that are a little simpler and have larger parts and less assembly required. If you're dedicated, there are some electrics you can put together in no time at all. And I'll be there tomorrow.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 8 months ago

That dude built and painted that plane in only 20 hours? That's hard to believe.

sjschlag 9 years, 8 months ago

I've always thought R/C planes were pretty cool...but too expensive to get into. When's the next train show in town?

LogicMan 9 years, 8 months ago

"Air show to feature large model airplanes""An mini-air armada is set to take over the skies"Will there be large model Ack-Ack taking over the skies too? :-)

Tony Holladay 9 years, 8 months ago

ss18 (Anonymous) says:Do they need a permit?______They just need AMA insurance to fly at the airfield below the dam.

Tony Holladay 9 years, 8 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDadThat dude built and painted that plane in only 20 hours? That's hard to believe.--------------------------------------------I talked to Mr. Elkins. The plane is an ARF (almost ready to fly) It comes already built. You just need to assemble it and install a the radio and engine.

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