I have no idea how typical my experience is, but it's occurred to me that nearly every RC aircraft I've bought or built has represented some kind of first. Maybe it's indicative of my low threshold for boredom, but it seems like every plane is different from the plane before it. Look at my first four planes:
HobbyZone Mini Super Cub
GWS Tiger Moth 400
That's a high-wing trainer, a 2-meter glider, an ARF biplane and a high-speed delta/wing. This is a (in no way complete) list of various planes and helis that have represented firsts for me over the past three years:
Mini Super Cub My first-ever RC plane. First ever aerial camera platform
Radian My first Glider, it also came with my first computer radio a DX5
GWS Tiger Moth 400 My first ARF build, and my first biplane. It has my first-ever mod: stronger landing gear.
Stryker My first fast plane. My first delta/wing-type plane and my first experience with elevons
Night Vapor My first Ultra-micro, and my first night flyer
UM J3 Cub My first Normal' ultra micro
UM T-28 Trojan My first ultra-micro w/ailerons
Zombee The first time I replaced a brushed motor system (Mini Super Cub)
David My first flying wing, my first Kline-Fogelman wing, and my first experience putting together a power system
Tower Hobbies P-51 My first warbird
Light Stryker My first outside night flyer and one of my all-time favorite planes
Micro Moth My first complete scratch build
Phoenix Wing My first plane from a re-purposed airframe. I created a flying wing from the remains of a wrecked Stryker. Also my first gyro-stabilized plane
Pico Tiger Moth My first use of fiberglass, and my first design for a landing gear mod
Sopwith Triplane My first attempt at building a triplane
SnowDragon (Draco) My first build using Coroplast
HK Bf 109 Funfighter My first plane capable of 90MPH+ speeds
Frankenstick My first Frankenplane built from a little bit of everything.
Hard Candy (Stryker) My first plane with a heavily modified power system
UM Mosquito My first multi-engine
FunBats My first ever matching planes (built for combat)
Nico F-22 My first profile plane, and the first made from Depron
Dabbling Teal My first original design
GWS Slow Stick My first aileron mod on a 3-channel plane
Blu-Baby My first shared/teaching build, with my niece
Arlene Turner Memorial Moth My first attempt to improve upon a previous build of the same model
JAS-39 Gripon My first EDF jet
Antonov An-2 My first build with flaps
Dynam Gee Bee Sportster My first 4-cell plane
Crack Turbo Beaver After all this time, my first 3D plane. Also my first EPP plane.
RG FlyGuy My first flying person/character
Blade mCX2 My first Heli
Blade mSR My first single-rotor heli
Blade mQX My first quad
Blade 350QX My first full-sized (GoPro capable) quad
At some point, I'll no doubt be adding 'first balsa kit.'
I hear ya! I didn't even list all my planes - just the ones that seemed to be notable firsts of some sort. I've seen guys who really fall in love with a particular type of plane and have a bunch of them in the hanger. Me ... it seems like most every plane is different (if you don't count all my Tiger Moths. )
Originally Posted by RobinA
Build a balsa plane,they are the addiction !!!
I've been averaging something like a plane a month for three years. I think it's already an addiction!
That's an impressive ensemble of foam there Mark.....!.......Now I know why the great advice I've recieved from you has character and flair.
Honestly, I can say every plane and multi-rotor I own now is a first for me as well...(not counting the 1/2 dozen GWS Slow Sticks and Pipers I've built)....but that's only because of my recent liquidation of all CCP's, Fixed Pitch heli's and other craft that have lost there favor.....down to four quality planes and two quads. Each are firsts and quite different aerodynamically and in size. And all can be flown (and are set-up) to fly docile or like bats-out-of-hell...........my next one will be either a Blade 350QX or Phantom 1 (v.2).....was gonna get another Bipe, but what I have covers the flying spectrum in that catagory now.....
Mine are not all firsts.
Some where lasts. Not because I didn't like them but because I go through phases in what I like.
When I got back into this I started with my first micro, the champ. Followed by my last micros, the um T28 and mosquito. Always to windy to fly them so they were my last micros.
Then my first park size the pz t28, my first twin a 55" dynam c47, and first edf a dynamic a10.
Then it was all warbirds. Then pattern planes. Now its scratch built everything.
I'm sure that by next summer I'll be hooked on something else. I do have a 450 size quad arriving this week so maybe it'll be fpv.
This is a fact, you have never been in an empty room.
I'm sure there's a model or two missing from my list ... but here goes :
My current ready to go hangar that I can remember without being at home !! :
Skyartec Cessna 182
Cessna Skylane (1600mm)
HK Parkjet single motor
Hk Parkjet twin motor
EP Ultimate Biplane
Pusher 50mm T45
Accipiter Badius pattern
Skymaster Glow 61 Biplane
B one wing
Edge 540 racer
Bumblebee FPP Heli
Syma Co-Ax Heli
WL V911 Heli
Wl V959 Quad
and various in stages of build .....
When I lived in UK - the Insurance Co. refused to cover my models under House Contents as usually is case. They required separate cover due the large inventory / hangar I had ... which exceeded over 10,000 UK Pounds in value.....