Giovanni Pascale: I will try to tell…
(We were in the 30s)
I was ten years old and Gino a little bit more than eleven; we lived in our house in Benevento, a little provincial town. Our room was on the second floor; the balconies faced a terrace from where we continuously launched little paper airplanes that gently glided and landed on the roofs below.
We built these miniature planes with sheets of paper and competed with each other, always trying to make them go further.
We were two kids animated by a great passion for the flying machines: the paper planes were the first expression of interest that would inevitably bring us to model aircraft construction. The opportunity arose one day during one of our high schools classes, where an aviation magazine named “L’Aquilone” circulated among the students, from where we found the address of Movo, a supplier of assembling boxes and equipment for model aircrafts based in Milano. We immediately wrote to Movo and in a few days we received a catalogue, from where we chose the elastic and tube M5 model.
Once we finished the scholastic year, we travelled to the countryside in Faicchio, without having received the so-desired package. Nevertheless we spent our time preparing a little lab in a small room that we personally cleared and cleaned. We obviously did not have the proper tools, but we managed to find them a few days later. As a matter of fact, I decided to go with my father to his business trip in Benevento to convince him to take me to a hardware shop, where we bought all the needed tools. Finally we had our first small saw, our first lath, and our first drill.
During those days we met a guy from Fontanavecchia, outlying of Faicchio, who was also passionate for model aircraft construction. His name was Mario Brioli. He helped us a lot with the creation of our first model that finally arrived by mail. We brought immediately the bulky parcel in the lab, we opened it but unfortunately we noticed that the central tube was broken. We wrote immediately about the incident to the Movo that kindly and with great dispatch sent us another tube.
Thus we started to assemble the wing following precisely the Movo’s instructions and with Mario’s we succeeded in completing the model that shortly was ready to fly.
Unfortunately this first new model couldn’t fly because of the breaking of the elastic hank that shattered the fuselage. Disenchanted but not tamed, we started to make plans for the future. Schools were about to reopen and in fact we moved with all the family again to Benevento. We continued to read the Aquilone and I remember perfectly well the great expectation that we had every time we picked up the new issue to the newsstand. Thanks to this magazine we were informed of everything that happened in the field of the model aircraft constructions, as well as in the aeronautical one. And that was very important for us since we were always seeking for information.
In the mean time we decided to build our second flying model, always choosing from the Movo catalogue, whose name was M8…