|Old Sailplane Crash - Too Much Stress on Launch|
|Getting Valves Working Really Frustrating|
|Many Students Found the Walkalong Gliders Frustrating|
Thinking back to when I was their age and just starting in model aviation, my friends and I were really presented with the frustration of spending so much time building a model airplane and then seeing it crash into so many small pieces. No doubt there could have been times where an already damaged airplane was further destroyed by stomping it into the ground in frustration. We never gave up because of that. Sometimes I think the risk factor made it more exciting.
|Radio Failure RC Sailplane After 10 Years|
Still in the hobby as an adult it is frustrating to see your model planes broken or worse yet fly away I think I handle it better now. In writing this article I read a couple of articles on frustration written by psychologist; in both articles they said some frustration can be good as it makes a person try harder in pursuing their goals. What the articles did not mention is what I see as a “high” you feel after working through something frustrating.
|Free Flight Wing Hard Landing|
In the model aviation hobby I have seen some very good role models in dealing with frustration, especially in the competition world. How these people see so much time and money invested destroyed so quickly and then pick up the pieces with a smile on their face is truly amazing. They have accepted this part of the hobby but are normally very vigilant in learning from their mistakes if it was caused by a mistake.
|Wing Broke Off in Flight|
Not all the frustration in model aviation results in a crash; much can be encountered in the building process as well. It really teaches one to think ahead on how building processes must be done so as not to glue pieces together too soon and then not be able to complete another step because gluing the new parts are inaccessible. With the really lightweight balsa airplanes breaking the airplane during construction can happen often. For me covering models and trying to get all the tiny wrinkles out can be equally frustrating.
|Breaking Model During Construction|
In reading this if you have stories of frustration in model aviation that you would like to share, leave a comment.