BuiltWithNOF

MIKE ROACH’S SOPWITH AVIATION COMPANY

The first model aircraft I remember making was a Keil Kraft “Cub” given to me by my uncle. I painted it a wonderful shade of red, which must have weighed as much as the model...needless to say I can’t remember it actually flying, but I do remember whizzing it round and round on a length of thread. I must have been 6 or 7 at the time.

The next model I remember with any clarity was another KK design, the “Senator”. Here I am aged 10, with my sister Viv, on holiday in Coverdale, one of the Yorkshire dales, in the summer of 1954.  Every boy wore shorts and sandals like that then! The Senator flew, but not for very long - just look at the prop!

PUBLISHED 5 Feb 07

B-17
added 12 january 2009

Sopwith Pup
maiden flight 2/4/09

DH2
Restarted 11 March 2009

Canadair CL-415
maiden flight 2/4/09

New archive photos by family request!

Catalina repairs
2nd maiden flight 16/4/09

Auster
added 21 April 2009

BIMBO weekend
29-31 May 2009

A while later, after Combat flying wings, a KK “Spectre” stunter, various gliders and scale models, modelling abandoned me while I pursued the usual compulsory adult activties. One afternoon I was laid up with some sporting injury and my wife brought me a copy of RCME which had as a free plan Clive Smalley’s “Orange Box”, a 60” span RC glider.  A week or so later it was flying in Farnham Park and I was teaching myself the art of radio control!

Since then I have pursued my overriding interest in Sopwith aircraft, but not completely ignored other manufacturers. You can see where my aeromodelling has reached on the pages of this website:

Contact me at roachfoxwoodZZZZZ@aol.com (take out the Zs first though!)

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