Foam flyers

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Bruce Crosby/McCook Daily Gazette

Dr. Rob Hinze wields a scalpel at his kitchen table, putting the finishing touches on a radio controlled airplane built of inexpensive foam rather than traditional balsa wood. The McCook podiatrist hopes to help young people get into radio control flying, and thinks modern inexpensive equipment and construction materials are the answer. Instead of investing hundreds of dollars in a traditional model only to see it destroyed on the first flight, fledgling pilots can put together airplanes for $50 or less, using "disposable" electric motors and speed controllers as well as inexpensive or used electronic controls. He has already been in contact with local Girl Scout officials, and hopes to organize a "combat" competition for experienced members of his McCook Area Radio Control Society RC club. For more information, contact Hinze at (308) 340-2855 or Bruce Crosby at (308) 737-9166.

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