Model Flying Demonstrations,
Plastic Model Contest, Clinic
Features Of Hobby Exposition

Members of the Pekin Radio Control Club will, weather permitting, give demonstrations of rocket launchings, control line flying and model helicopter flying Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Sunset Plaza Shopping Center, 2900 block of Court street, as a feature of the three-iiay Hobby Exposition being sponsored by the Sunset Plaza Merchants' Association.

Flying events are scheduled in the shopping center parking lot from 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The group also will have static a display of model air- craft thruout the hobby show, which begins Friday. This display will feature all types of radio - controlled planes, gliders, control line planes, free flight planes, helicopters and other models.

Committee in charge of arrangements for the event includes Elton Ribson, John Sombeck and Robert Metzler.

Heart of Illinois Plastic Models Club will have displays in the Plaza Arcade, featuring representative selections of members' work. This group also will conduct a plastic modeling clinic Saturday and Sunday.

Plastic model contest, open to all ages, will be held, with awards, including trophies, ribbons and certificates, to be presented to all participants. Entry blanks for the contest may be obtained from any Sunset Plaza merchant. Registration is scheduled Friday in the Plaza Arcade.

Committee members in charge of this facet of the Hobby Exposition are Jim Pearsall, Jack Wyzlic, Larry Morrell and Bill Tometich.


Formation of the Pekin Radio Control club, which then was known as the Rural Aero Modelers, occurred some 18 months ago and the club operated in the rural Delavan area until last fall, when it was decided to move activities to Pekin. This is the first radio control airplane club to be established in the area.



The Pekin R-C club has generated much interest in this hobby, while creating another recreational activity in the community. Many club members meet at the old Pekin airport for flying sessions on weekday mornings and on weekends. The organization also has flying activities on a field at the west end of Main street in South Pekin. Both locations are temporary, while plans for a designated flying site in Everett M. Dirksen park are pending with the Pekin Park Board.


 The Pekin group is an AMA - chartered organization, which means that all of its members are required to join the national Academy of Model Aeronautics, an organization which administers contests throughout the country and establishes rules by which

contests are conducted.


Information about membership in the Pekin club may be obtained by contacting Glenn's Hobby House in Sunset Plaza, or by calling club officers: Dave Tebben, Pekin, president; Herman Lowery,

Pekin, vice - president; or

Norman Harvey, South Pekin, secretary-treasurer.