Plastic Model Airplanes

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Plastic model airplanes are a great way to start a model collection. Plastic is less expensive than other materials, and it's easy to manipulate. My first model plane was a plastic Cessna. I was eight years old. I'd never even been on an airplane, much less assembled, painted and held one. That's the beauty of model planes. It puts planes right in your hands and imagination.

Plastic Model Airplanes Can Teach

Plastic model airplanes are also educational. What better way to learn about history than through its transportation? There's a big difference between World War I and World War II planes. It's fascinating to see the difference between the technologies of different generations and to put yourself in their shoes. For example, you might not be too intimidated by a Thomas Morse Scout if it's approaching you in your MiG, but remember that was top of the line for its time. Airplanes are always on the cutting edge of man's technological reach.

What's more amazing than the 1903 Wright Flyer? It's too easy for kids today to take this modern life for granted. I love sharing my plastic model airplane collection with my son, so he can appreciate where we've come from, and where we're going.

Not Just for Boys

The most unexpected surprise was that my daughter is really interested in plastic model airplanes too. She's fascinated by aviation. It's prompted her to study physics so she can better understand aerodynamics. Not bad for a nine year old.


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