ANGUS MACDONALD  

Angus MacDonald (1927- )

Angus Macdonald joined the Auckland Model Aero Club in 1935, but judging by photographs in his old photo album had had already been building models for several years by then. He joined the Auckland Model Aero Club in January 1936. Angus has always taken more than his share of responsibility in club management. He was a Committee Man in 1942, Treasurer in 1944, Bulletin Editor in 1949, Committee Man again in 1955. Vice President 1956 - 1964, Secretary in 1964, President 1965 - 1968, Vice President 1969 - 1973, Vice President 1975 - 1984, Patron 1985 - 1986, and Patron again in 2003

Angus represented New Zealand in F1A in 1965 and Wakefield in 1949, 1973 and 1989. He was Champion of Champions at the 1948 Nationals, and was also Rubber/Glider Champion in the same year.

He was the designer of many models kitted by Modelair. In 1948 came the Buzz Bee, in 1950 the Gnat, (both control liners), and in 1950 and 1952, the Kea I and Kea II free flight kits respectively, After the death of his father in 1952, Angus took over the running of Modelair, and continued to design kits. In 1962 came the Humming Bird, (probably the most popular kit of all), the Seeker series of R/C gliders in 1968, followed in 1980 by the Bazooka R/C combat kit, and later the Lancer and Skinny B R/C kits.

More recently, Angus has been a tireless worker for Auckland Soar, and has always been ready to adopt the latest air-frame technology, and develop it further. As a person, Angus has always been willing to provide help in a quiet and modest manner, be it in Club matters, or in assisting fellow modellers.


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