When I was a very early teen I was into control line flying models. I began building and flying models and belonged to a flying club called the “Aerobats”. We got together, young and old, and built and flew control line. I continued to do so until I was 16 or 17 then discovered there were beings, called girls. So much for model airplanes for some time.
The Aerobats went to contests and had our own, and had little gotcha projects for fun. We would all agree to build a Ringmaster overnight and fly it the very next day, just to see if we could. When I was about 14, I built a flying model kit by Veco, the Papoose. I did it up in bright yellow and had US stars and bars and NAVY on the side. It became my “go to” flying model. I flew it pretty close to two years and at the time I was flying it I was proficient at stunting. I did all kinds of stunts with this aircraft, loops, figure eights, wing overs, upside down, inside loops, etc, etc. On one very bright sunny day I was again doing my thing flying this yellow papoose in every stunt I knew. Then came a very simple wing over and as it was coming over the top, one of the lines broke. Full speed directly into the ground and made a hole you could put a plant into. Needless to say, I had a mass of yellow paper and balsa trash.
Thankfully girls were on the horizon…
As the years passed and as my girls were growing up I ventured into plastic scale modeling with my first venture being a Monogram Hawker Hurricane. (which I still have) As time went on I began collecting old wooden model airplane kits and in this mix I acquired a Veco Papoose and a Dumas Papoose. Dumas at some point bought out Veco and relabeled the Papoose under their brand. It is exactly the same kit. At some point over a year ago I decided to try to replicate my old trusty yellow Papoose. I used the Dumas kit and I bought a K&B 19 green head, the same as my original, and in between a project or two for others, I built the Papoose again. Considering it had been roughly 65 years since I built the original I wondered how in the heck did I do this when I was 14. Anyway, in between other projects I finished it a while back and it is not exactly, but very close to what I had built years ago. It is all set up to fly with a tank and all the controls work but it will never fly again. I had a kick building this and as I said I marvel that I had more problems with building it now than I did when I was young.
This has been a kick for me to, in a very small way, relive my youth.
Lethargic, perhaps, boring to all of you, Perhaps, but I just felt like showing off this little yellow Papoose
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