Aeromodeling

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The Whitney Aero­modeling Club is a year round youth aero­modeling club which meets the first and third Friday evenings at the Museum. It’s mission: to promote and sustain the art and craft of rubber-powered model aeroplane building and flight.

The Club will look to grow and develop aero­modelers either of whom would like to build and fly planes just as a hobby, or those who see it more as a passion and aim to compete in competitions.

Aero­modeling students construct, test and fly rubber-band powered planes, hand launched gliders, catapult launched gliders and u-control planes. The basic materials are balsa and tissue or mylar coverings. Kits, plans or independent designs guide construction. Projects range from the basic Academy of Model Aeronautics Cub, to high-tech gliders with 50” wing spans.

There are two ways we can help you master the building of model planes. The approaches complement each other. For information contact the Eli Whitney Museum at 777.1833.

Fridays: The first and third Friday night of each month from 6 to 8 we host open workshops. Parents and children work together. You can buy models or parts. You can borrow tools. Advice on technique is available. The time is unstructured but invaluable in solving those problems that might otherwise stall your work. Aero­modeling requires a level of patience and dexterity that is best mastered by ages 9 and up, but with a parent's help, a younger child can be successful. We use razor blades and super glue in many cases so very young children would most likely not be advised to try this.

The Eli Whitney Museum will support this endeavor by providing space and training and ask only that modelers become Family Members of the Museum.

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