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Early in the 90's I felt the need to spread the gospel with regard to my aeromodelling pastime. Accompanied by a small stock of simple scale models when attending meetings, I hoped to offer more than just enthusiastic talk. As luck would have it I met a journalist who invited me to participate in a popular science magazine article. The response to the item was overwhelming and the prepaying customer demand totally overloaded my logistics capacity. A very stressful time it became!

While waiting on my suppliers and dealing with all sorts of unexpected problems I also created a Dbase3-based administrative system. One of the supplements to the standard kit was a homemade cockpit canopy and those too had to be created in the evenings after work. Using a balsa mold and an old toaster as a heat source, over a thousand canopies were formed. Our shed reeked of plastic and my wife spent many afternoons trimming the moldings with scissors. Every corner of our home was crammed with shipping cartons and to this day I wonder how my family tolerated it all.

One of the first items purchased for the new business was a stamp for marking post.

More projects followed. At the Neurenburg toy fair I discovered the DPR Hyper Cub, which appeared to be an attractive proposition with it's geared prop drive. Both design and particularly the wood quality later proved to be disappointing. Nevertheless it featured in a magazine article about miniature R/C and quite a number were sold.

Besides English brands like Veron, Keil Kraft, Mercury, Ben Buckle, West Wings and DPR, Swedish (Ackus) and American (Peck, North Pacific, John Bell) kits were offered. For control line and R/C there were PAW and AE diesel engines. Plastic propellers, rubber strip, rubber winders, shrinking dope and tissue completed the range that was advertised in a catalog.

The third and last project was by far the most successful, viewed from the hobby promotional side. A excellent beginner's model was offered and a national contest was organized with attractive prizes. The US vendor was most co-operative and could well handle large numbers, but in order to control the contest the number of participants was limited to 250.

The small business that was launched in order to boost the indoor model flying hobby in the Netherlands, proved to be completely dependent on magazine publicity that could not be sustained. After a 3-year struggle I decided that I had done my bit for the good cause and closed down the operation.