My Dream is to finish building the drone from my childhood :=)


In the previous blog post “Automotive modeling – my childhood hobby in the USSR” I wrote about how I was building car models and participated in competitions with them when I was 7 years old.

After two years of building model cars, I wanted to focus on creating model aircrafts.

They do not look like modern drones, but definitely are their predecessors.

What is a model aircraft?
It is an airplane with a gasoline or a kerosene engine that flies around the pilot and is controlled by means of special wire ropes. These models are called control line aircrafts in the USA –

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Here is an example of a video from a competition:


It took me long time to persuade the coach to take me to a club. Finally after I won in the automotive competitions he surrendered :=)

It was a challenge for a 9-year-old boy because aircraft construction club accepted members who are 12 or older.

My goal was simple – build a model of a fighter with the highest speed characteristics in the region and take first place in a competition :=))))

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Guess how control line aircrafts were made in the USSR!

Do you think they looked like Lego?

Not at all =))

Such aircraft were cut from the wood according to the drawings!

Yes, yes :=) Indeed :=)))

My father brought me a wooden block and I began rasping my aircraft from drawings using a chisel and a jig saw… Just like Geppetto from “Pinocchio”

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After 2 months and hundreds of hours of child labor using «supertools» something that looked like this appeared:

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But that was not all.  Still polishing of the plane (5 or 7 layers of lacquer) and getting in line for an aircraft engine was remaining.

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I joined the queue to get the engine and started polishing my plane.

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But unfortunately my huge plans were interrupted by the consequences of the USSR collapse.

Due to the high inflation rate and a lack of funding the club was closed.

Child disappointment was enormous!I took all of my models of the vehicles home, but unfortunately broke them within a year.

Only a couple of certificates and a dream were left as a memory!

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The dream that when I have a little more free time I will gather all the tools, drawings, close up in the workshop and after 3-4 months of work will create the world’s fastest control-line FIGHTER!!!!! 

Best regards,


Vitaliy Goncharuk

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