The Soo Modellers Radio Control Club held its annual group event this past Sunday.
Craig Knight, president of the club, says it has existed in its current state since the 1950s with roots that can be traced back in the Sault as far as the 1930s. Even the grounds of the event have significance in aviation history. The location was used as an airstrip by Algoma Steel back in the mid to late 1950s.
Currently the group has around 30 members, but it's looking to expand.
Members range from ages eight to 80 with aircraft ranging from $3 to $3,000.
The planes, radio controller and electronics aside, are constructed out of materials easily acquired at the dollar store. Other more sophisticated planes come at a steeper price, but are purchased ready-made and require only minor assembly.
"We're always open to new members," Says Nicco Macintosh, vice-president of the club. Since taking on his role it's been his mission to build up the modelling community. He's also looking to expand into different types of modelling. "We're still in the early stages, but were looking to expand with the cars, trains and boats" says Nicco.
The group meets Sunday mornings at the club airstrip located at the south end of Leighs Bay Road. The flying events are free to attend and open to the public.
"We'll probably fly until mid-October, or whenever the snow flies," says Craig.
Those interested are encouraged to come see what the group is about.
For all other inquiries see the group's website as well its Facebook page.