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Old 09-01-2005, 10:08 PM   #1
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what i learned.....(newbee)

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So i''ve had a very busy year.....and decided that i needed a hobby.....always has an interest in airplanes and played around for a couple years on some WW2 sims and enjoyed "flying".......model airplanes here I come.....
what i've learned so far......

-good help can be hard to find.....but there are great people willing to help if you are willing to ask!

-buying used can save you money......hell i've ended up with 3 planes, 2 radios (buddy box) and 2 motors for what one complete system would have cost.....although i did buy and ARF trainer plane new....I know, I know there are pro's AND cons to buying used - I've been lucky though.

-ARF .....this term is used loosely for those with limited modelling experience.....my RC car days from 15+ years ago came in handy though.......expect to put in 20 hours of assembly time for an "ARF" 40 avistar......

-Beer/rye and cokes can help pass the glue drying stages.

-Beer/rye and cokes can be detrimental to your assembly...(as i found out)

-when you "think" that your plane is ready for flight.....you're wrong, have someone experienced check it over!..there are things you didn't do right...as i found out

-I may have a "natural" golf swing.......but there are no "naturals" when first flying these things!......even a "trainer" plane....it's much, much harder then it looks!

-Buddy boxes save planes.....

-my wife will never understand.

-these planes take up room......think about this hobby seriously if you have a baby on the way, enjoy playing poker in your basement or want to keep parking your car in the garage!

-One plane is not enough

-You will look for excuses to buy bigger/better planes.....even if you can't fly the one that you have......hey those helicopters are really cool too...?

-There are allot of good people in the hobby

-There are allot of old timers in the hobby..... You know who you are!

-Choosing just one club can be tough.

-I'm not sure what smells better......Epoxy or fuel....?

-Seeing your plane fly well on its maiden flight makes you feel good inside....

-basically....and airplane needs an elevator to land safely

-Walking away with your plane in less the 4 pieces after a crash on its second flight is actually a good thing......hey at least it's not in a bucket!

-keep your eyes peeled.....chances are there's another plane or parts of one in the bush near where yours went down....as we found out.

-Use the proper, glues, follow the directions exactly and then use some more glue when fastening your elevator hinges.

-Everyone "stuffs" a plane at one time or another....or so I'm told...!

-Learn to respect a fully charged battery

all this after just a couple weeks......now if i wasn't too damn busy i could get out and work at it some more......maybe i should have tried gardening?!

feel free to add to the list!

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Old 09-01-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:34 PM   #3
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When you loose your plane in the sun, close one eye. When you find it, open your eye. At least you won't be totally blind.
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Old 09-02-2005, 08:37 AM   #4
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-I'm not sure what smells better......Epoxy or fuel....?
Easy answer, the smell of burnt glow fuel is heaven, the smell of epoxy is a way of life

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Old 09-03-2005, 10:47 AM   #5
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I like the crusty CA fingers I always get. One day I'll finish building. I think. Mind you, I would really like to get a Sukhoi to bash around.

I could wear gloves, but it just doesn't feel right.
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:42 AM   #6
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Words of wisdon indeed! Great list pikepole999! Heres just a few more that I have learned:

16 stitches and 2 - 3" scars is a great reminder that you should get someone to help you start your plane, even when using a safety stand!

Even though its quite interesting to see if you have the skill to land your plane with one wheel missing, its mush less stressful to make sure your wheel collars are on tight!

It is NOT fun trying to fly your plane with reversed ailerons!

Covering all your planes with the exact same colour scheme and telling your wife you only have one plane...doesn't work too well!

As a newby, when flying the first plane I built, an Eagle II, I learned the hard way that the "CG" on the plans' wing cross section, does NOT stand for Carl Goldburg!

Giving back to the hobby that has given me so much pleasure is one of the true joys of being part of a club. Theres nothing like the smile on a student's face, when you present him/her with their wings!

And finally: Never try to show off when flying by shouting out "Hey guys, watch this!" If something is going to go wrong, thats when its going to happen!
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Old 09-03-2005, 07:49 PM   #7
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Right on, Gary, about the teaching part. I have been teaching people to build and fly various models for 40 years now, and it doesn't matter if it is a CubScout figuring out control line, a kid getting 30sec out of his Peck ROG, a woman learning that the GL is indeed as much fun as her hubby says it is, That Look they get in their eyes is worth it every time .

Interesting thread...
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Old 09-03-2005, 08:21 PM   #8
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Re: epoxy/fuel quote

The smell of glow fuel before and after will always bring back good memories for me - I was at a car show with my 15 yr old daughter at Easter and there were some R/C car guys there with fuelies. Both my girl and I recognized 'the smell' - and both remembered the days she used to go with me the flying field when she was a little girl. Epoxy, one the other hand, I kinda like too, but some years back I read some important material regarding epoxy fumes - too much exposure for too long can lead to some sort of unpleasant allergic reaction and permanent sensitivity afterwards, the offending components can also be absorbed through your skin. Sooo... I have made an effort to limit my exposure & make sure I have lotsa ventilation at epoxy time. Appreciated your observations - all the best![/u]
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