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Project Work – Modelling

Modeling projects run in most squadrons throughout the region and cover a wide range of constructions. While learning skills cadets also learn the history of the aircraft they are building, and about the role they played in our history.

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The most common type is building ‘airfix’ style plastic model aircraft, usually 1:72 or 1:48 scale. The larger scale has much more detail and allows greater flexibility for creating a unique model but is more demanding in skill and time. This type of model making can easily be expanded into dioramas or made into display stands.

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There are also many competitions to test the best model makers, including the annual corps competition for the best individual cadet model.

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Cadets also build flying models built from balsa wood, from simple gliders to complex aircraft with miniature engines and line or radio control. They learn about aircraft construction, how a plane actually flies and what makes an aircraft engine works.

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