Our story begins with a model helicopter pilot, Colin McGinn, searching for a good pair of prescription sunglasses that would be tough enough for use at the flying field, whilst providing wrap-around protection from the sun and the wind - he couldn't find any that would be anything other than ruinously expensive.
Colin immediately realised he was not alone with this problem; thousands of R/C loving spectacle wearers faced the same dilemma.
A breakthrough came when Colin's friend, the former Editor of UK based Rotorworld magazine John Clark, who also wears spectacles, discovered a way of manufacturing just the frames they needed. Realising the potential for making RC-specific glasses for non-prescription wearers too, the two men formed 'Model Glasses' (the company name has since changed to 'Rapid Eyewear', and more recently C&M Rapid Ltd) as a business and set about selling their products to the public in September 2005. From the outset, the plan was to provide three sets of interchangeable lenses as standard, thus making the glasses perfect for use in all light conditions, at affordable prices.
Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, with distributors worldwide making Model Glasses available to all.
Colin has now left the company, but John continues to develop the range - look out for some more exciting products soon! To find out more about John and Colin, click here