September was quite the busy month at Old School Model Works.
By this point of the year, I’d hoped to be introducing the next kit in the Old School Model Works lineup, but several things have delayed this a bit, and that’s ok. I can say that this next release will be one of our larger designs and is in a direction that we haven’t tackled yet. A fair amount of re-designing is needed to bring this one up to laser-cut simplicity but I hope to have something on the building board in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
One of those delays was a welcomed trip to lower New York state to participate in the 20th anniversary of the NEAT Fair. It was a good trip and I have to extend a huge “thank you” to my good friend, Dan Gaston, who helped out all along the way. It would have been just about impossible to do it without his help.
If you’ve never been to Catskill mountain area of New York, it’s certainly worth the trip as the scenery is breathtaking. Where the NEAT fair is held happens to be in a valley between two extremely large hills which makes it one of the most picturesque places I’ve flown, second only to Torrey Pines at sunset.
The event itself was one of the most easy-going that I’ve ever attended. Tom Hunt and his staff of volunteers have been fine-tuning how things go for many years. I was very impressed at how three flight lines were open at all times – the main one for general r/c flying, then smaller lines at each end for park-flyers and rotorcraft of various sorts. None of us got in the way of the other and time was even slipped in a the top of the hour for the more aggressive 3D guys to do their thing. Well done over all.
We met a lot of great people, made new friends and I had the chance to catch up with a friend who I’ve emailed and talked to quite a lot, but never met in person – Mr. Terry Dunn. He brought along the Sky Ranger that he reviewed in Model Aviation and let us display it in the Old School Model Works booth for a while.
Dan and I put all our demo models through their paces and I must say it’s great to be able to show a potential customer exactly how a model flies, rather than relying on word-of-mount and YouTube videos.
So, if you’ve ever thought about going, I’d strongly recommend it. Yes, the attendance was down a bit because of the weather this year, but hopefully we’ll all be back on track for 2020.
Mark Lanterman – [email protected]