10 Crafty Kids

Crafty Kids

Posted on January 21, 2013 by team

Many parents complain that their children are only interested in video games and computers but still there are some places where kids create something with their own hands. We are about to visit the place in Kazakhstan where boys (and not only!) make helicopters and planes and send their creations up in the sky.

Alexey Oksenenko has been teaching kids for more than 40 years already. Here they make flying models with their own hands.

In the times of the USSR aircraft modelling was a mass phenomenon, the country’s team was among the best five. But after the collapse of the USSR everything started to decline. Fortunately, today the interest for aircraft modelling is reviving in the country. Here they have a special runway for their models to take off.

Alexey himself got involved in modelling when he was a pupil of the first grade. His hobby turned into profession. He participated in numerous competitions and won many times. Despite the fact he is not so young there is nobody to replace him in the club.

The club is attended by twenty five children who come twice a week for two hours.

Alexey says that there are twenty subjects in the aircraft modelling sport to be taught. They make gliders, vehicles with motors and radio-controlled ones.

First of all they learn to use tools.

Alikhan plans to become a heart surgeon, here he wants to learn perseverance and patience.

Tasks become more complicated soon and children start making their first glider.

The instruments they have to use are not so safe.

Seva, being rather young, already participates in serious competitions.

Material at the first stage are not to complicated. Wooden frame and straw panels.

Then the body of the glider is covered with mylar film. It’s not too expensive so the classes in the club are free. Thelocal  palace of schoolchildren gives necessary support and does not interfere in the work of the club.

Sometimes the children really need support, for example, if they need to make an engine for an aircraft.

Ilya is already jack of all trades. He makes planes and helicopters of all types easily.

They strive for realism while making serious models. Now it’s a bit easier to find necessary materials thanks to the Internet.

Iskander made gliders but now prefers to make more complicated models.

Their parents are happy to see them making something with their own hands.

Tamiris is the only girl in the club. She says that making planes is more interesting than making dresses.

Now she is creating her first glider and she plans to make a radio-controlled aircraft model in the nearest future.

The instruments are placed neatly.

Creation of a plane is only half the battle. In order to control it properly, you need the extreme concentration and nerves of steel. In order not to break aircrafts they train with simulators.

This one is made for making professional photoshoots. One film company bought it for 30 000 dollars. But they often need assistance from the club.

To make such a serious model fly they have to prepare it as much as a real helicopter. The cam should land safely, right?

The son of Alexey is also here and does many things even better than his father.

Now he is designing a multicopter for shooting from the air.

It will be equipped with eight engines and will be able to fly for a long period of time shooting smoothly without shaking.

It’s not much easier than real aviation!

Other kids see models behind the windows of the club and get interested too.

More often they train in warm seasons but sometimes they do it even in winter.

Alex manually starts the engine of the helicopter which is powered by fuel from wood alcohol.

Yes, children spend a lot of time at computers today. But sometimes it’s enough to look in the window and see someone’s flying childhood dreams which came true.

via voxpopuli


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10 Responses to “Crafty Kids”

  1. Nobody says:

    I bet these kids wish they had freedom.

  2. Patriot says:

    I love RC flight…you can do so much with it.

  3. Me says:

    These kids are learning priceless skills. It’s nice to see that they are making use of their time.

  4. Eric says:

    Wonderful !

  5. 1934NFA says:

    Excellent-instructing children to cultivate a skill using precision tools ,as opposed to the usual twiddling of the keyboard on the great ‘Net….what a pleasant change.

  6. Fred Johnson says:

    Old school, very good. Nothing like making it yourself. Here, they just buy one, break it and get another, they don’t build them like they should.

  7. Russiafan says:

    They’re learning wonderful skills that they will be able to use their entire life time. They also learn something intangible–respect for their teacher and one of great experience.

  8. Bob greene says:

    It’s nice to see kids using their hands and doing things

  9. andy says:

    Heartwarming! My first job was computer programming. I was good, and very well paid. After ten years I quit, cold – and became carpenter and worked with my hands the rest of my life. Never looked back, never a regret.

  10. SSSR says:

    Posting a comment on this site now is as strict as the Soviet Union!!!!

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