|11-29-2007, 10:08 PM||#11|
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Yep, I know what you're talking about.
It all started innocently, I taught my then-6 year old to fly on a Cox PT-19. He could do it so I bought him a Sig Akromaster and we put it together. We flew it a few times and I almost had him solo on it. He really wanted to take off, so I let him. Bit of a mistake, that. Two (consecutive) loops later and a nose plant we were official U/C stunt pilots and we haven't looked back.
Until you've felt the pull of that line with a screamin' .40 on the other end, experienced that nasty bird 70' directly overhead still pulling like a banshee, or flying upside down 3' off the deck, you just can't know how fun it is.
I got into it because R/C started to feel like work.
Now I enjoy R/C more than ever and still really like C/L.
More folks should try it. I wish there was a club here too.
Here's a picture of his acromaster, a great little stunt plane. (RIP)
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|11-30-2007, 08:39 AM||#12|
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I am: Bill H
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That's the stuff all right. The venerable Cox PT-19 has become an icon of an era. I have one hanging on the wall in front of me as we type. I know more than a few fellows who have one hanging up, even one in his office at work. The PT-19 was one that would fly.
I went for the Goldberg Wizard and some of the Sterling Kits. I wish I had taken more pictures than I did, I 'll find a couple old ones and scan them when I can. I took an OK Cub .049 off my father when I was 5 or 6. I found it on his dresser. I had seen them in magazines that his buddies or my uncle who also built, had given me. He never helped me with models so it was 5 years before I got it on a Jr. Ringmaster and in the air. A lot of porposing and crashes but once I had the nerve to just let the model take off and then make though out corrections it got much better. I never knew about "The Pattern" so other than a few stunts I just wung it. When and if I get at it again I'm going to try and do the pattern thing.
It was after getting proficient at .049's that flying my first .19 and .35 size models that it all came together. The little ones were great fun but what feeling it was having a big model in hand. The combat wings, although I like models that look airplanes, were great fun. That Jr Satan for .049 was even a blast but the Fox .36X Combat on a 36" wing was just nuts. A hundred and who knows mph. I never wrecked one of those. I was too fond of my engines. I never flew with anyone else as they were intended for. They were just great stunt models. I have a couple Voo Doo's here. One's a kit the other is made from templates I made from the kit.
It was the C/L models that got me into making ttemplates for everything. A $40 kit could be reproduced with $8 worth of wood. I still do this and have mentioned it to others but it must seem like work. Not many bother. I have always just done it so it's just part of it all. Brodak has made things pretty afordable and he bought all Goldbergs C/L rights and sells kits at a fraction of what they once did. I recently bought a Nobler and a 42" Buster from Great Hobbies. I like to build them and admire them for what the are.
I wonder if your son will stay with or revisit the hobby as he gets older simply because he was made a keen and willing participant in it. It seems now that people are more aware of just how much their formative years do "just that". So many people, younger and older it seems have nothing creative that interests them that they can put their hands on and pass the time with and can't find the outlet.
Anyway, I think it's great that you included your son in that. The loop and plant will probably teach him a lot about a lot. So many interests are born of others. I know a the odd guy who encourages their kids at the hobby and some take to it, more don't but the more positive stimulous the better. I wished I'd taken more pictures. I'll see what I can find.
My Dog lived to be walked.
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