YOUNGSTERS have proved themselves craftsmen and gained a model store's sponsorship.

Teams from St Leonard's RC Technology College and St Godric's RC Primary, both in Durham, worked hard for several months to create three models each for the BAE Systems/British Model Flying Association's Model Aircraft Challenge 2001 competition.

In the contest, at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton, they had to fly each model in succession, keeping them in the air for as long as possible within 30 minutes.

The St Leonard's and St Godric's groups beat off competition from schools from throughout the country to come second and third respectively.

Model shop FMK Models, from Liverpool, was so impressed with their efforts that it has agreed to sponsor the youngsters for future events.