7 The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

There is a club in Moscow where kids can participate in aero- and ship modeling, it is something that has been a bit forgotten when new modern toys attracted children’s attention.

Thousand Soviet kids used to have the same hobby that helped them to become employees of large construction bureaus. In 1990, when the country experienced the toughest times such clubs were closed and children had nothing to do except playing computer games.

Let’s see what it means to be able to create models of planes and ships.

The club is located on the ground floor of a regular residential house. There are two more similar clubs in Moscow.

Here kids can dance, study English, tourism, computer science but aero- and ship modelling are the most unusual things. Their teacher Yuri has been busy with ship modeling for over 30 years. He used to be Director of the club but then he retired and couldn’t leave the place. So, he stayed and started teaching children how to build models of ships and planes.

The place used to have a lot of similar groups in the past. Only two of them are left till now.

Not many children come here today. Though they don’t have to pay for the classes, this hobby is not cheap.

15 children attend the class twice a week. They spend 2 or 3 hours here.

In 1980 the teacher and his pupils could visit an affiliated ship. They had a chance to put to sea and even participated in military shooting. Can you imagine what kind of experience it is for a 10-year old boy?

A large amount of models for different museums, exhibitions and cinema were made here.

In Soviet time all information about little details of a ship was concealed. If people wanted to get an idea of what is inside a vessel they had to go to Murmansk, Far East of Russia or Sevastopol where they photographed ships and examined the photos later. By the way, that time photographing important objects was forbidden as well.

This is a radio-controlled model of an armed vessel that was manufactured during World War II. It took a boy two years to make it. The model was taken to contests and shows.


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7 Responses to “The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot”

  1. DouglasU says:

    this is much better than being on a computer all day and night. this is a great way for these boys to learn things for life.

  2. BlowME says:

    Ah I remember these technical circles, were popular back in the day. I remember we were building simple small airplane models, but never had a chance to build something bigger and better the government started to shut down these facilities…

  3. Douglas says:

    Great they are doing this. Skills and people met during this will last a lifetime.

  4. yojimbo says:

    It does not say who pays for the program though it is free.In the US they cut programs like this left and right and teach kids only the math and grammar that will be on a standardized tests that is foolish not everyone must go to college to be successful in life many people are very skilled at trades they found that out by dong things like making models.To me this does kids no good because unless they have well off parents they do not get any exposure to other skills and hobbies like this or woodworking. What a shame really because some of the smartest people do not learn in the “standard” way.For example measuring in a regular math problem might be very annoying or boring to one of those Russian boys but measuring something in relation to making a model he will have an interest in and he learns the math and then some working on the model.

    • Hirsh says:

      You’ve got to wonder where those who run the
      Department of Education and School Districts got their education? Maybe they should have pursued a trade instead. I think we might be better off without them in Education.

  5. comical tester says:

    Could not agree more with DouglasU…fantastic to see and definately a skill that will help in life. When I interview someone for a (technical) job, the ones with hobbies like this are always better !

  6. Bigsexy says:

    good times

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