Vail, who graduated from Lansdowne High School in 1976, can appreciate that love of flying.

"I always had a fascination with aviation since I was a kid," said Vail, a past president and current treasurer of the club. "I would look at models when I was a kid. I was 9 or 10 but I could not afford to buy them."

He built his first plane about 25 years ago, around the time he joined the club.

Longtime club member Tom Kowalski, 77, is recognized as the best model plane builder in the club.


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The Catonsville resident is assigned the yearly task to build a model plane to be raffled off at the air show.

"They select the airplane and engine and give it to me to build," Kowalski, a former IBM employee who retired about 15 years ago.

Years ago, he would take sticks and glue and then add a motor to a model. The process could take as much as 100 hours to build.

These days the models are almost ready to fly and Kowlaski said it now takes him about 20 to 30 hours to build a model.

Kowalski moved to Maryland in 1982 and has been a member of the club for more than 10 years.

"I have always had a love affair of airplanes. I built stick models with rubber bands when I was living in Detroit," he said.

For information on the club and the weekend show, go to http://www.swaprc.org or call organizer Dr. Art Vail at 410-925-6306.