|Luck is usually where opportunity meets preparation. In my case, I was not at all prepared for the incredible break when in the fall of 1957 at age 2, my parents moved to the town of Dundas in Ontario, Canada. Directly behind our house was a 100 acre vacant hilly field that was becoming perhaps one of the greatest model airplane hotspots in North America. Almost every summer evening from age 2 to 9, I would find myself out in this field watching the models flying. Mesmerized and jealous. Dinner became a terrible inconvenience and I had to eat fast and beg to be excused so I could resume my nightly spectating and dreaming. I could win any speed-eating contest if the sound of a model airplane engine was buzzing in the background.|
Pictured at left is Wilfred Weisensee, the reason for the Dundas aeromodelling fate and fame. A German National born in 1930 he later as a young man married and moved to this otherwise sleepy little town in Canada. He brought with him an incredible love of aeromodelling. Armed with a boatload of model airplane blueprints from the German 1920's and 1930's he began building and flying his models in the very field behind my home.
Unknown to me at the time since I was only 2 years old, this man was becoming a mentor to the local babyboomer kids and making aeromodelling history. With encouragement from parents and assistance from many adults that could pull strings, the town donated a plot of land at the edge of this field and a farmer several miles away donated a rickedy old barn. The kids, Dads and "Wilf" disassembled the barn, loaded the lumber onto a donated flatbed truck and constructed a quaint clubhouse on the edge of the donated field.