1956 - 1963;
I started with modelflying in 1956, and that with freeflight gliders, I was 9 years old.
I became a guestmember of the local modelclub MFC Meteoor in Velden, near Venlo, in the province Limburg Netherlands (MFC Jupiter Venlo did not exist yet at that time. Founded in 1958).
My uncle Miel Hermkens (my father youngest brother and only 5 years older than me) was already a member there, and from him I learned building and flying Freeflight gliders.
Radio Control you saw seldom in those years, because it was so expensive, one could buy a good second-hand car for that money ! Myself I even could not afford a timeclock for my gliders,
so I had to do it with a simple fusecord (lontje or glimmschnurr), wich burned away a cord, to hold the stabilizer on his place, so that an elastic pulled up the stabilizer.
Sometimes the fusecord put out premature and did not burn the cord, then you were in big trouble and the model could fly away with the wind in a thermal bubble and get away !!!
In the early sixties we moved to Oss (50 km north of Eindhoven) in the province Noord Brabant (NB), and in 1963 I stopped modelling.
1964-1973. No Modelling at all. In the day-time working and studying in the evenings & weekends.
The experience in building and flying, gained in those Freeflight gliding years, became very handy 10 years later as I started with the hobby again, but now Radio Controlled.
(Freeflight models you cannot trim during a flight, so they must be built very accurate without any warps ! )
So, 10 years later I wanted to start again with the hobby. I drove to my old Hobby Store, Leo Seiler in Straelen Germany (just over the border near Velden-Venlo. In Germany then, the model stuff was much, much
cheaper than in the Netherlands).
I bought there my first RC equipment, the Graupner Varioprop 12S (27 Mhz), and my first RC Model the Graupner Taxi with an Osmax RC.30(5cc) engine.
The total difference with the Netherlands was over 600 gulden then (275 Euro,then).I combined it with a visit to my family in Velden, so no extra fuel!
August 1973 - 5 January 1976;
I had to learn RC flying myself, because there was no Modelclub in the neighbourhood. That were many attemps on a moor, more repairing than flying, then I met a guy there wo could fly already, and he
helped me sometimes. At the end of 1974, I heard there was a new Modelclub "The Wings", 10 km from my home. So I became a member there.
I was approched by 3 other guys from Oss with no experience in RC flying and I had. One of them could Control Line flying, the other two none. They wanted to start a Modelflying Club in Oss,
our hometown, and I joined them. In October 1975 we organized a meeting in a local hall and there was a lot of interest, not only in flying, also in boats.
5 January 1976;
The Model Club was founded official on this date, and was called Modelbouwvereniging (MBC) "Delta", with 52 members. We, the four initiators, became members of the board.
In dec. 1979, the boat division splitted off to start their own club. So on 29 April 1980 we decided to change the club in a Modelflying Club; Modelvliegvereniging (MFC) "Delta", Oss.
Up today I am the only one left from the beginning, and who is still a "Delta" Clubmember.
All others from the starting on 5 Januari 1976 have left the club in the passed years, and some passed away.
Jan Hermkens, Oss, N.B., Netherlands.