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Old 02-01-2011, 03:27 PM
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Started flying control line in 5th grade (1972) with a Cox P-40. Then I got a Cox PT-19 and several more after that. Started building my own a few years later like Flite Streaks and Piper Cherokee profiles with the old McCoy .35 Red Heads. Got out of it until 1984 when I built my first RC plane. It was a RCM Basic trainer kit with an OS .15. Learned on that and flew it for about a year then moved up to .40 size sport planes. Then children came along and I got out of it again until 2006 when I stumbled across Wattflyer and decided to get a Parkzone J3 Cub and fly electric only. I can't count the number of planes I've had since then. What a great hobby. Because of this forum and hobby, I've met a lot of really great people.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:05 PM
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I started flying rc in 1984, started with glider's and high starts, then moved up to overpowered sticks with Tuned pipes, in those days it was all about going fast.
A buddy of mine had that Hots from the picture, brings back memories. In 1990
I quit for the same reason as Tom,my Daughter was keeping me busy with other
things. In 2005 I saw a guy flying a foamie 3d plane and I was hooked again.
We have a great group of folks here in Tulsa and here on wattflyer.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:09 PM
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I will start the next warm calm day.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:26 AM
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MY first was an ACE single channel tube radio , You had to build it, I was Hooked ,IT actualy WORKED.I PUT the radio in a free flight , with a rubber band escapement. and an ENYA 09 . Right now i just finished a Stunt bipe and a MINI BIPE from HEADSUPRC. Also just built a SCOUT autogyro. I think i have about 30 planes, 3 boats , 6 cars, 5 choppers ,2 gyros ,18 radios , ETC. I just turned 81 happy rc years old. Had a stroke 5 years ago , can't walk and have limited use of my left hand,but i fly from an electric mobility scooter. I also have two sons ,who also fly and assist me . I consider myself lucky to still fly RC. THE OLD GRUMP
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:33 AM
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You would think afterclose to 50 years in RC, and over 64 years building and flying everything else, I'd know better. Two Sundays ag, I left the house with almost no detectable wind,got to the field, and saw about 9 other club members flying around with indications of winds 20 to 25 mph. So of course, I couldn't back down. Took out my glow powered Falcon 56, got in a couple of flights till I noticed fuel running out through the hole for the nose gear. Found a criack in the fuel tank. Cleaned up, put the Falcon away, and brought out my ERC Venom Island Hopper. Got in an "Interesting flight, brought it in after about 10 minutes that included some dead stop hovering, backwards flight, and even some sideways. Kind of landed without any damage. Decided not to try to fly my Air Hogs Osprey or Park Zone Micros. Noticed everybody else was packing up, so I brought out a couple FF hand launched gliders, which actually gave me some decent flights and a LOT of cross country walking. So, since there was nobody else left, I got out my old Goldberg CL Shoestring, set up lines, stooge, and the etc needed to fly CL. This is where I should have known better. I have been trying to find time for CL since finally getting back what the 2005 stroke cost me. I was able to fly RC the day I got out of the hospital, took me several weeks to get to where I could handle a rubber powered FF, but took me over two years to get back into CL. Anyway, I had an interesting flight, till the tank went empty, just as the plane was coming into the wind. Splat!!
Did I say I should have known better?
Plane is back together, except for recovering the bottom of one wing panel.
Reminder to self - don't fly CL in 25 mph winds!
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:42 AM
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I got my first radio in 1979 (or 1980, can't remember exactly), but I've been gluing model planes since 1960 or so - and have not stopped since (apart from years when the priorities were school, family and work). Now I found myself in the new world of carbon, hi-tech radios and electric motors but my mind is still with the floaters and old style balsa wood models that I enjoy flying regadless of all high tech machines around. And I am happy when my wooden models are on par with more expensive Radians and alike.Thermals, winds, clouds are the same as they were 50 years ago and I believe they will stay the same 50 years from now on and what matters is how we can fly and enjoy it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:50 PM
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I forgot, I started with those silk covered wire frame free flights from Japan in 1939 (before pearl harbor) and Jim Walker balsa planes. Also remember the Strombecker hard wood models, We put a string on the wing and flung them around in a circle. My first U control was a Jim Walker .O49 with a baloon tank , then a bunch of Stearling kits. The best was a Flight Streak,i think. Then came RC . I was hooked for life. THE OLD GRUMP
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:37 PM
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I remember in 1945 when I was 9 yrs old, my old man came back from England, he brought me one of those Japanese wire silk models of a rubber band powered ornithopter. Would do about two circuits around the living room. That was my incentive to build weird planes Also flew the Jim Walker Firebaby till the wings were so soaked with oil, the wingtips almost touched doing a loop I still have this old E.D trans. Such a simpler life back then.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:44 PM
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nice to see this post still going in 2012
I am still at it 73 years old and running out of plce for my 6 helies 62 models and197 engines + lot's of electric stuff
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:42 PM
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Close MAAC numbers too Jean. Mines 5276.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by flypaper 2 View Post
Close MAAC numbers too Jean. Mines 5276.
mine just got changed to 5057L
thanks to the friends I made in modeling
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:27 AM
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I just passed my 2nd anniversary, but it feels like a hundred years since my little RTF Mini Super Cub.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:04 AM
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Bought my own slowstick in october after my first sucessful solo flight on my dads slow stick. Flew about 10 times before that on his.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:45 PM
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Been flying since 1993. Mostly slope
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:32 PM
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OK I flew control line in 1966 got my first glider in 71 and now here it is 2012. what was the name of hobby people back then..... hobby shack I think. Also went to a place in Burbank Ca called Tony's hobbies
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:35 PM
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It's hard to believe , but it's been exactly 1 year for me. I've come a long way, but WOW I sure have a long way to go. Having a BLAST the whole time.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:59 PM
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Exclamation October 2002

Wow, I started RC on October 2002. Before that and as a young lad, I did fly U-Control and had all kinds of Sport Performance Carl Goldberg Stunt Models with the Gold and Medallion COX 0.49 Glow Engines so, I was not entirely cold when staring RC.

Therefore, it's been almost 10 years, most exclusively Electric and Glow-To-Electric conversions.

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:57 PM
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What's happening in Florida, Carlos?
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:41 AM
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What's happening in Florida, Carlos?

Lots of flying after almost one solid week of rains (we certainly needed the water!).

Check it out!

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...t=59976&page=2
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:11 AM
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*bump*

I just passed my fourth anniversary.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:28 PM
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Happy flying anniversary Mark.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:15 PM
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Thank you, sir. I'm normally terrible with dates and such, but my first flight was on my 50th birthday, and even I can manage that math.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:55 PM
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If you count free flight and control line, then I would have to say 45 Years. But if you count just RC stuff, including Helis, probably about 11.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:31 AM
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Built a number of tube type receivers in early 60's with "sensitive" relays and rubber band escapements for single channel. Bent the case with bench vise and vice grips for my first Carrier Wave transmitter from galvanized sheet metal. Used two Burgess 67.5 volts in series for plate voltage and two E-sized 1.5 batteries for filements. First really successful systems used tone transmitters and transistorized relayless receivers. Had a lot of fun with ACE Pulse Commander rudder flapping system. Am 75 now, still enjoying scale electric RC, still learning, and trying to understand my Aurora A9 programming, my android phone ,and new Subaru Forester Nav and phone system.
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