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.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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 Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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?

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

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.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The contests are held annually but are less popular than before.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

A model of a missile boat.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The club also has a swimming pool where made ships can be tested. Contests are organized in this very room.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

Another place for such shows is a hall with a B-396  submarine boat  located in the museum of Russian Naval Fleet.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The ship was built during World War II. It had tank T-34 turrets on it.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

This boat was made in 1980. It had to overcome 50 meters underwater and go to the surface at a proposed place. The submarine had flotation tanks and was put into motion with the help of electric motors.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

Now let’s look at some aero models.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

Unlike ships, planes are often destroyed at landing.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The teacher says he doesn’t imagine his life without aviation.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

As soon as models are ready, they will be taken to shows.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

Making the left and right parts of the fuselage.

The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot

The plane will fly soon!

Location: Moscow

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7 thoughts on “The Hobby Boys Almost Forgot”

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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 !

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