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Old 12-09-2011, 10:06 PM   #21
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Great guys, keep ur first ones coming in, couple mentioned were also my second stage trainers...

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:19 PM   #22
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Re: What was your very first RC Model?

Carl Goldberg Falcon 56 MK 2 with Webra 40 Speed and 6 channel Futaba Gold Box. Still got the radio and engine. Will not elaborate about the plane. You can figure it out. I was 14-15(19-20 years ago) no instruction or help, and took her up off the street here in town. One oops, then off out of town to a park. Up one more time, the rest is history.... Still flying trainers. Stayed building, but just re-started flying, teaching myself again.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:15 PM   #23
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For cars it was probably something from Toys R Us, for planes it was a NexStar Select Trainer
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:16 PM   #24
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A used 3 meter 2 channel glider back about 1975. No idea what breed. Tried throwing it off a slope, had a wicked tuck under that full up elevator wouldn't compensate for. Fixed it back back up & traded it for a tunnel hull outboard boat. (named it MissTake)

Designed (I use the term loosely) & built a "looks like" an ultra lite, 7 ft span, weedeater engine about 1984. No one would test fly it for me! Eventually flew it myself after learning to fly.

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Old 12-10-2011, 07:00 AM   #25
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I think mine was a Lanier Transit with a Cannon 4 channel. Or maybe a Falcon 56. Too long ago.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:19 AM   #26
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I learned to fly on a Kadet Senior, 3 channel, with a Royal 40. 18 years later I am on Kadet #7 or 8!! But the original wing still hangs in the shop! Today's Kadet is much refined though, with ailerons, flaps, spoilers bomb bay, banner tow......... and it is still the most relaxing of my fleet to fly, I can go out and have a wonderful evening just doing circuits.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:05 PM   #27
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Hmm... I don't know what you've got against F/F and C/L - I built & flew about 15 of those between 1962 and 1967 before building my first R/C plane. After that I put modelling aside for university, etc. I should mention it was in Sheffield, England.

Anyway, your question got me thinking what was that first R/C plane? I had a subscription to "Aeromodeller" at the time & I built several models from their "Free Full Size Plans. I had a suspicion it may have been one of those so I started Internet searching for Aeromodeller magazines from about 1966 to 1968. First off I found a link to a whole set of Aeromodeller Annuals & downloaded some of those. Couldn't find anything familiar there so I looked for individual issues from the same period. When I saw the Table of Contents for January 1966, I found there was a full size free plan for a single channel R/C trainer called Mini-Comet. That sounded right but I needed to see a picture to be sure & there were no online copies of the magazine that I could find. Another search led to a July 2011 issue of something called "Sticks & Tissue" where a copy of the plan & a picture were displayed. Based on those I'm 99% sure that was my first R/C plane. The only doubt I have is that I thought it was a bit bigger than the 37 1/2" WS shown on the plan.

I had a 0.15 diesel motor on it. The paint scheme was pretty much as in the picture with clear doped nylon in the white areas and green dope in the dark areas. I built the single channel Tx and Rx from a kit. The Rx was quite "modern" as it used transistors and a PCB. The Tx, on the other hand, used valves and had a battery the size of a brick to power it! That battery limited the amount I got to fly the plane because it was costly & I had limited $s to replace it.

The plane sat in my parents attics through several house moves for about 35 years & I looked at it maybe 10 year ago. It was still in good shape. However, I think when my parents died & my sister took over their house she may have thrown it out. I hope not - it would be fun to retrofit a modern R/C system & fly it again.

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Old 12-11-2011, 05:30 PM   #28
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Lessee, 1982 or thereabouts.
Senior Falcon (used), Isotronics 4-channel, and used Enya .60. Very quickly followed by my first Unionville Club Cricket with an OS MAX .45 and upteen other .45-sized models.
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #29
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Mid 80s. A Sig Kadet Senior with a Webra 40 Blackhead and a Futaba 6 ch AM conquest radio. Still have the radio hanging in my shop but I sold that Kadet years ago and immediately regretted it, so about 15 yrs ago I built a Seniorita I powered with an OS 40 Surpass. It's still a lovely plane to fly at the end of the day -- I can't wait for next year's funfly season as I've now decked it out with ultimate night lights.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:09 PM   #30
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Re: What was your very first RC Model?

For me it was a Ken Willard Schoolmaster with a Fox .07 in 1967. I was twelve years old!! Single channel radio, rudder only but I upgraded the system to 2 channel. Still rudder only for flight controls but the Fox was an RC version so I added another "brick" servo for throttle control. One blip for right rudder, two blips for left and three blips for a three position throttle. Throttle was a moot point however as the whole assembly was so heavy it was hardly able to maintain flight with the Fox just screaming away!! My father, brother and myself had to jump into the car to chase it on many occasions as the "radio control" part was pretty sketchy back in those days. Many, many fond memories of summer weekends out at the old (older than Fry's corner) RCFCBC field on 168th ave. My RCFCBC member number is 44! As this was in the pre Monokote days covering was heavy silkspan from what I recall and airplane nitrate dope was used to finish it. I still love that smell!! I have been in and out of the hobby three times but I am retired now and having more fun than ever with it!!



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