Despite the rain and wind, those who enjoy radio controlled model airplanes gathered this weekend at the El Dorado airport for the giant scale model airplane meet.


Despite the rain and wind, those who enjoy radio controlled model airplanes gathered this weekend at the El Dorado airport for the giant scale model airplane meet.

The events kicked off on Friday and continued throughout the weekend.

Several planes took to the sky Saturday afternoon after the rain cleared out of the area.

Then Sunday, a few more turned out to try some flying despite the windy conditions at the airport.

Those conditions kept Robert Pease’s plane on the ground but he was still enjoying the event.

Pease, who is from Florida, made a stop at the meet on his way to Mt. Rushmore.

“I’ve been doing it since about 7 years old, as far as building models goes,” Pease said.

Then in the 1960s he got into radio controlled flying.

He blames his passion on his father.

“I took my first airplane ride when I was 2, so I guess guess I can blame it on my dad,” he said, with a laugh.

He now travels full time to such meets as the one in El Dorado.

He has about 10 planes that are currently ready to fly, including his Stampe SV4 he had out Sunday, although it stayed grounded.

He said the full scale plane for the model was built in Belgium, and his model was built from a kit that came from Great Britain.

It has an 82-inch wingspan and weighs just 14 1/2 pounds.

“It’s just easy to fly,” he said of what he likes about it.

He enjoys this hobby.

“It’s interesting,” Pease said. “It’s challenging. You meet a lot of nice people, that’s probably the best part.”

He attends 25 to 30 meets a year.

He is now working on covering the meets in the middle of the country and is heading on to the West Coast. He has already attended many events on the East Coast.

This was the first time, though, he has come to El Dorado.

“I set a destination, like I’m heading to Mt. Rushmore from here,” he said, “and I go to whatever is within a reasonable distance on the route.”

The events wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the airport.