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CHRIS HARDIE, pictured here outside his little hangar where he keeps his
Chris is 56 years of age and lives at Abbotts Ann,
near Andover, Hants, UK. He is a member of Test Valley Model Flying
Club, where he serves on the Committee, and is recognised within the
Club as a particularly good builder, being
commissioned to build (and sometimes salvage!) models for other members from time to
Chris started out his working life as a compositor
(typesetter) in the printing trade, leaving the industry later to work
in the motor trade for some years, and now working at Britax, the car
safety seat manufacturer.
Model-making of one sort or another seems always to
have held some fascination for Chris. As a youngster, he was a keen
model railway enthusiast, joining a local general model-making club with
his brother and later, in the early 1980's, forming Andover Model
Railway Club, which continues to thrive today. He moved away from models
for a while when he developed a keen interest in motor racing and he has
also been actively involved in 12-bore clay pigeon shooting. He knows a
thing or two about photography, as well.
In 1996, Chris met a keen model aeroplane enthusiast
and owner of the local model shop, Neville Bone, who introduced him to
the hobby. He joined another local model flying club and soon got
building, starting with a free plan from RCM&E, a
best-selling UK magazine. He went on to build a BA Hawk ducted fan model
and then another RCM&E free plan, the Wrinkly Bottom Flyer
with which he recalls having a fly-away on its very first flight, not having charged up his Rx battery!
hangar currently contains a Fun Fly, a Wot 4, an Easy Pigeon glider, an
unspecified low wing fast flyer, a 48" Precedent Bi-Fly built from
a copy of the plan, the recently-launched RCM&E Capiche, a
Perkins Prangster and an Extra 230. Models of his own currently under
construction are the little laser-cut 35½" wingspan Piper Cub
pictured here, which Chris is converting from rubber to electric power,
and the most unusual Blohm & Voss MB 141 of which you can see and
read more on the photo gallery page. He's
also got eight or nine kits still in their boxes and awaiting
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Reg Heath, 60 South View Gardens, Andover, Hants, SP10 2AQ, UK
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