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Old 03-11-2003, 07:33 PM   #1
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Just sittin back to enjoy a :coffee: and wondered how others
were introduced to RC. For myself l flew Control line and then got out of it.
Didn't touch a thing for over 20 yrs. then one day l went to our local Mall
and ran smack dab into a Mall Show. The wife saw the look in my eyes and
that was it. She tried to distract me but to no avail, it was destiny.
She claims l trampled several seniors and kids as l made my way to the display mumbling
"Must have RC" But l think she was exagerating.
Anyone else care to share how they started?
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Old 03-11-2003, 07:51 PM   #2
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Sounds like my story. Only I never got a C/L going. My dad had gotten me about three different types to try over the course of a couple of years and we never managed to get a complete rotation out of one.

We saw the Ajax mall show about 5 years ago and decided to head up to the field one day. Luckily my wife was always interested in getting a real pilots licence, so she wanted to try. Went to the LHS, dropped $1200.00 for start up cost (I don't like to enter into things slowly) and voila. Got wings first season, got volunteer for Instructor in Training halfway through the second season.

The unfortunate part for me, is I don't seem to find enough time to build. I like the flying, but the building gets frustrated. Oh well, Rome wasn't built in a day.
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Old 03-11-2003, 08:20 PM   #3
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did the C/L as a kid, and always dreamed of having a B-17 with rotating turrets and all - y'know, the usual starter stuff....

Then one day, driving along the highway, my son spotted some models flying near by.....................that did it!

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up.
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Old 03-11-2003, 09:11 PM   #4
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Started at age 6 with rubber power, graduated to power free flight then control line. Tried R/C with an ED single channel radio in the late 50's with a Keil Kraft Super 60 - that was an experience! - back to control line! I got my first real radio in 1975, (an EK Logictrol Champion) and the rest as they say "Is History".

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Old 03-11-2003, 10:12 PM   #5
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I started with rubber power ff, then some gas ff (cox 02 and 049's) control line,( at about 6 or 7) but my first RC plane was age 13, Ace Whizard with Cox golden bee 049 and a used Kraft 3 channel "brick". Got about a 20 second "flight" and that started it all for me! Been at it ever since, with less than a years' rest during my first year of university. Other than that been at it steady for the past 20 years!

Still fly control line and rubber ff just for laughs, its too much fun to just do RC!
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Old 03-12-2003, 06:21 AM   #6
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I can't remember not building airplanes, my father had a friend who flew RC and we often went to see him fly. I started with FF rubber then CL at about age 8 and RC at 10. First RC was a high wing job, can't even remember the name. It was a UK kit, President something or other, twin plug Merco engine and World Engines Expert single stick radio. I believe my father paid about $400 in 1968 for that radio. This is certainly one area inflation hasn't affected us.
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Old 03-12-2003, 07:21 AM   #7
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Amazing......everyone so far got the initial infection as a kid.....me too,static,rubber,FF.Ukie,and one day in 1968 I saw an RC high wing being flown in a field outside Saint John NB,stopped to have a look,and within three years was flying pattern contests in S Ont,with the likes of Ivan Christianson,Ron Chapman,and Gerry Shaw........People like Ken Dwight had the Kraft dealership,George Bisson was starting up the muffler business,and Cec Tate ran TP Hobbies on Roncenvales st in TO.......Gawd.....Imust be getting old!
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Old 03-12-2003, 07:43 AM   #8
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Saw one fly as a kid. Wanted one bad. Bought my first when I was about 18. Flew a few times that summer with an instructor. Hung it up for a few years cause of school. Started up again and never looked back...
You guys are right....there is something about this hobby...once in the blood.. fohgetaboutit

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Old 03-12-2003, 08:01 AM   #9
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A Cox .049 powered Super Sport Plane. Giant purple plastic monster. 3-4 replacement wings........

Did tons of Guillows planes and put it aside. Got into model boats (display); Elizabethian man o war type stuff, 5 billion pieces. After getting married went into wood working; kids toys, small furniture (Deacon's bench, wall country cabinets type of stuff), golf for 5 hours a week and then hard to computers ; never saw any sunshine with all these types except for 5 hours of golf.

Flew with some buddies for work to BC and one spoke about RC for the whole trip. It was all I could talk about for weeks afterwards; wife picked that up, I got a plane kit, some glue and some monocote. An addiction was born ....
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Old 03-12-2003, 09:23 AM   #10
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I've loved planes for as long as I can remember....
I built my first rubber powered plane with my Dad at around 8 years old. I had several uncles and friends of my Dad who flew full scale, mostly float flying and had my first experience at the controls at around 10 years old. I also had two uncles who competed in Free flight and one of my Dad's friends (Doug Mowatt) who flew RC, we started the Huntsville Model club together. I built and flew control line and free flight (rubber and gas) until about 12 and built my first RC glider at around 13. I worked an entire summer to purchase an MRC 5 channel and received an Enya RC engine for my next plane (already on the building board) for my birthday. Several years of RC followed but, there were quite a few stalled years while I pursued a career as a rock star.

Eventually I realized a career in rock was not the most comfortable future, so I finished my education with an eye to avionics but got caught up in software. After realizing the stress of countless hours in pure thought mode, I revived my hobby and never looked back. I have a whopping 28 hours (officially) logged on a Cessna 152 and plan to build a homebuilt 2 seater (likely a cub on floats) once my kids decide they'd rather spend more time with friends than good ole Dad.
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