AMA’s Hobby Shop Program
Congratulations to Performance
Hobbies, located in Webster, New York!
Performance Hobbies was 2012’s $1,000
Hobby Shop Program winner!
Each store that participates annually
within a calendar year will be entered in
a drawing for $1,000. The drawing takes
place December 31.
Do you have a hobby shop that does
not participate in the AMA Hobby Shop
Program? It’s so easy to join, and you get
money for signing up members! Here
are a few ways that this program benefits
• The program is designed to reward
hobby shop owners with $8 for each
new adult member, $6 for a senior
member, $4 for each Introductory
Membership (three-month trial), and
$4 for each new Park Pilot Program
• Each store that participates in the
program within a calendar year will be
entered into a drawing for $1,000. The
drawing will take place December 31.
This includes any Youth Membership
that is processed.
• Each month all new members
including Open, Senior, Park Pilot,
Three-Month Trial, and Youth will have
one entry in a drawing for a $100 gift
card to be spent at the store from which
they purchased their AMA membership.
AMA will provide the $100 to each
store; these gift certificates are not
redeemable for cash.
• $100 gift certificate store winners
will be featured in an email to AMA
members within a 30-mile radius of
• You will receive a quarterly hobby
• AMA will ship free membership
materials directly to you that include
applications, brochures, counter display,
and general AMA information.
• You will receive free social media
coverage via AMA blogs, Facebook, and
Twitter upon joining the program.
The following stores won $100 gift
certificates in 2012:
May: Victoria Hobby Shop, Victoria
June: Mad Dogz Hobby, Sandy OR
July: Awesome RC and Hobbies,
August: The Hobby Shop, Dayton OH
September: Hobby Town USA, Carson
October: Hobby Town USA, Orland
November: Walt’s Hobby Shop,
December: RC Hobbies and More,
What are you waiting for? Join today!
For more information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (765)
287-1256, extension 272.
Marketing Partner Lead
My Roots in Model Aviation
The Alpha Corsair was my first gas-powered model that I built back in
1938. I would like to share its history
and I trust you will find it interesting.
During the Depression, I built 10¢
Megow rubber-powered, stick-and-tissue
kits for the local hobby shop in Paterson,
New Jersey, which credited me 50¢ off
model supplies for each. The rubber-displayed in the store’s window.
My cousin, Ed Beshar, who was 10
years older than me, was a prolific
builder of microfilm indoor models and
outdoor models, as well as a competitor
at the New York City armory with
Carl Goldberg and other accomplished
modelers. Some of his trophies are on
display in the National Model Aviation
Museum in Muncie, Indiana.
In 1937, Ed opened a hobby shop in
New York City on 54th Street, named it
Beshar Models, and kitted some of his
designs including the Alpha Corsair and
Yankee. One day when I went to visit his
hobby shop, Ed generously offered me
a kit of his Alpha Corsair design, which
had won many contests. It had a 5-foot,
8-inch wingspan and was priced at
$4.75. He said if I built it he would give
me a Brown D engine for it.
I was inspired, because all I had built
until that time were small, rubber-powered, stick-and-tissue models. This
was my opportunity for a gas-powered
FF model—a real challenge. I went
to work diligently and succeeded
in completing the model’s skeleton
Elated, I put on my Sunday suit and
had a photo taken with my Kodak box
camera. I went to Ed’s hobby shop with
the photo and he gave me a Brown D
engine. I was thrilled! I now had the
potential to complete my first gas model.
I successfully completed the model with
the Brown D installed and took it to the
local flying field in East Paterson, New
Jersey. I attempted to fly the model, but
it spiraled in on its first flight and was
I went on, still an addicted, but
determined, modeler. From the
accumulated funds from building 10¢
kits at the hobby shop, I bought a Comet
Mercury kit and an Ohlsson . 23 engine. I
completed the Comet Mercury, installed
the Ohlsson . 23, and attended the first
Brooklyn Skyscraper contest held in
Creedmore, Long Island, New York,
in 1939. Among roughly 100 entries, I
placed first in Class B.
In August of 1940 I established
a new Class A FF world record in
Poughkeepsie, New York, using a
15-second engine run with a Bantam
. 19, flying two flights totaling 49
minutes, 48 seconds. I flew the model
Left: Performance Hobbies $1,000 winner; center: Hobby Town USA winner, Dale Hollman; right:
Mad Dogz RC winner Jack Hammond.
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