1956: It all started when I became 6 years old. My father had a colleague, Gerd Mix from Kollmar at the Elbe river, who was an experienced model flyer. So my dad asked him if he could build us a small flying model that I should be given as a birthday present. It was a rubber powered model of very light construction with tissue covering. We had it fly in the garden behind our house in the Goethestraße in Elmshorn. Since we did not get enough turns into the rubber, the flights were very short. But I was fascinated and became hooked.
I was interested in woodwork from childhood 😉 Here I dismantled an old window frame in front of our garden gate on Goethestrasse. My sister was watching it from the background.