He is member of the Denver RC Eagles, which maintains a couple runways at nearby Cherry Creek State Park. If the weather is cooperative, that's where he and his friends spend their weekends.
It's a little bit like going to a model horse show. They load up their toys, take them to the designated meeting spot and fly together.
Except - unlike a model horse show - no one is horrified when things get broken. This is because things get broken all the time.
Sometimes it's just a little broken, but other times it's falling-out-of-the-sky, no-parts-salvageable broken. The latter happened to Seth yesterday. RIP Piper Cherokee. You were a great plane.
These planes can cost as much as our horses, and some of these men - not so much Seth - build their planes from scratch. No one likes it when their plane hits the ground, but they all want to fly so they accept the risk.
Model horse showers could learn something from these men. No matter how careful you may be, there are risks involved every single time you pack up your models and bring them to a show. Some of these involve children, although in all my years of showing, I have yet to experience kid damage first hand.
|Well behaved kids at the 2018 Little Tree Youth Show|
This guy's finishwork was damaged when a judge reached across my table and domino-ed several of my artist resins.
|Fixed! Thank you, Jennifer Scott|
|Also fixed! Thank you, Jennifer Buxton!|
Do you ever fill the trunk of your car with totes of models and imagine what it would be like if you were rear ended on the way to the show? I do every single time.
Despite that, I'll keep packing up my models and heading down the road. I love model horse showing. I love being in a room filled with lots of people and lots of models. I realize that some of these people may not be as careful or coordinated as I'd like, and it's possible that one or more of models may be damaged. Of course, I'll try my best to avoid that, but like Seth and his flying friends, I've decided the rewards are worth the risk.