My four year old grandson was rummaging through some boxes in the garage the other day. He got excited about something he found and soon was running up to me waving this model airplane in his hand. “Papa!” he shouted. “What’s this?”
This, if I remember correctly, is a Hawk 1/48 Ryan PT-22. I was about ten years old when I built this one, which would have been in 1968.The reason I remember so well is because I was shooting touch and goes off my desk with this model in school one day when I was supposed to be doing something else. My teacher, not appreciating the beauty of a perfect landing, confiscated the model and it spent the rest of the school year hangared in her top desk drawer. I used to wonder sometimes if she would take it out and play with it when no one was looking.
I have no idea where the landing gear went, and I had to glue both horizontal stabilizers back on. Now the grandkids run around the house with it, making airplane noises and having a grand old time.
We all started this hobby somewhere, and I got lucky and happened to get a little piece of it handed back to me by someone very special who might just carry on the tradition. We’ll have to see what happens…
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