Grove City will become a hub for model jet enthusiasts worldwide during the fourth annual E-Jets International Air Show held Sept. 8-11 at the TORKS Field of Dreams Model Airfield, 6321 Young Road.

Grove City will become a hub for model jet enthusiasts worldwide during the fourth annual E-Jets International Air Show held Sept. 8-11 at the TORKS Field of Dreams Model Airfield, 6321 Young Road.

The event, which exclusively features electric-powered radio-controlled model jets, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Noon shows will be held Saturday and Sunday. Weekend passes are $10 per car.

The nonprofit TORKS R/C Flying Club will host the event.

Last year, about 100 pilots attended the event from Canada, England, Switzerland, New Zealand and South America, said event chairman Terry Nitsch. He hopes a similar number will attend this year.

The event will feature several competitions, such as the top speed event for the fastest jet. Pilots also can participate in scale-replica competitions, in which competitors are judged on how well the model flies and how closely it replicates its full-sized counterpart.

"In some ways, it's kind of like a custom car show," Nitsch said.

During the noon shows on Saturday and Sunday, skydivers will perform and a helicopter will drop candy for youngsters. Model jet demonstrations also will be staged. Concessions will be available, along with free on-site camping for trailers or tents.

Pilots who attend the event vary from 12 to 70 years old, Nitsch said. While the models can be purchased, a majority of pilots opt to build their own. Many of the jets fly more than 200 miles per hour. The jets are powered by internal electric fans and have no propellers.

Pilots can buy a basic kit and personalize their models with specific paint jobs. On average, models probably take four to six months to build, Nitsch said. Scale rendition models of full-sized jets, however, can take up to two years to build because of the high amount of detail.

Costs vary depending upon the complexity of the model. Average models at the event cost from $4,000 to $5,000 each. Higher-end, multi-engine models cost anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.

Still, Nitsch said quite a few participants use lower-end models that cost from $250 to $500.

"It just depends on your taste," he said.

With recent improvements in batteries, the electric jet models have become quite popular in the past five years, Nitsch said.

"It's an exciting hobby to be into," he said of model aviation.

Event sponsors include EasyTiger Models, BVM Jets, Fly RC Magazine, Model Airplane News, Horizon Hobby, ZAP Adhesives Frank Tiano Ent., Thunder Power RC, Esprit Model, Hobby Lobby International Inc., Castle Creations, Dr. Robert Wenger Pediatric Dentistry, EP Buddy, Luke's RC Planes, TeeRific Jet Models, Due North Aviation, EN Hobbies, Central Ohio Contractors, Dr. Bob Lewis, Haydocy, EDCO, JD Equipment, Sweet Shop Concessions, Planks on Broadway, Barbee Concrete Construction, Fiesta Mariachi, Joe David and Ron Kummer.