Rookie mistake. I told him, “Slow, careful, keep
it wet, slide it on easy, ease your finger off.” Second
decal he did all that and…victory! He grew to like
the decal concept. One small victory for a boy.
But we still had the engine issue. I would have
put the two engines we had on the inboard locations. He wanted to put them on the outboard
locations, saying, “It’ll steer better that way.” Well,
all righty then. So be it.
Trystan took his model home that evening.
Bedtime is 8 p.m., but he stayed up until his dad got
home at 8: 30 because, “I wanted to show my model
to Dad.” That’s a concept we understand perfectly,
isn’t it? Be it a model or a homebuilt airplane.
What does all this mean in relation to the totality of the universe? Not a whole lot. What does it
mean to a grandchild and his grandpa? Well, to
Grandpa it means offering new knowledge about
old ways; to a grandchild it was probably not
nearly so symbolic—it was mostly just new learning. But that’s kinda the key, isn’t it?
Same as the day before, after school
Trystan burst through the door and
asked, “Can we work on the model?”
Same answer from me, “Yup.”
We elders plant the seed—one model at a
time—such that perhaps someday, somewhere,
sometime, somehow, Trystan will have just
enough “airplane spark” within him to go to an
airport, preferably one that doesn’t have a chain-link fence around it, and experience some of the
happiness that airports have given me in my life.
I’m already planning our next model projects:
a Guillow’s balsa wood Aeronca Champ, like the
first airplane I taught his daddy to fly, and a
Learjet, like his daddy is flying now. My aim, now
that Trystan has model-building skills, is to personalize the hobby.
Obviously, Trystan will find his own way in life; I just
want to make him aware of a possible path, one model
at a time. Where else are kids going to learn about avi-
ation if they don’t learn it from you and me?
Lauran Paine Jr., EAA 582274, is a retired military pilot and
retired airline pilot. He built and flies an RV- 8 and has owned a
Stearman and a Champ. Learn more about Lauran at his website,
We can even make an old warbird smile.
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