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Gainesville mans love for aviation culminates in model plane trove
Paul Gaertner holds a model he built that is a replica of the Civil Air Patrol plane in the background. - photo by Tom Reed
All it took was a zip and a bang to captivate Paul Gaertner for life. Then an 8-year-old Detroit resident, Gaertner’s fascination with a 10-cent model airplane was an itch that needed to be scratched immediately. "It was a little model that was made out of Balsa wood.