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Old 03-20-2008, 08:40 AM   #1
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After being out of the R/C hobby for a number of years, I have decided to get back into it now that i have a bit of extra time and a basement set up to work in! Although i'm a bit strapped for the funds to properly get back into R/C properly, i discovered SPADS, and it has allowed me to get flying once again!
I needed to upgrade some of my old radio gear(15 yrs+) and get a new engine, so i thought i'd turn to the internet and buy some used stuff. After getting an engine from e-bay that was cracked and came with the wrong muffler, i wondered if it was worth buying things from strangers in this day and age. However, the cost of a new engine was to much, and thats when i happened across Gary Maker's ad for an engine that fit my bill perfectly! So i thought i'd give a stranger one last try, and all i have to say about this gentleman is WOW!
When Gary found out i was getting started back into the hobby, he gave a smokin' deal on this engine. He also included a whole bunch of stuff 'at no cost'!!! Just to help a kid out!! It was totally unexpected and greatly appreciated! I can now get my fleet into the air and enjoy the hobby once again!
His kindness cant go unnoticed! Thank-you Gary!! Its great to know there are people like you out there, willing to help out a complete stranger !!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:11 AM   #2
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Thats the great part about this hobby. there are a lot of people who have been generous to me as well in the short time i have been in the hobby, be it information and tips to giving a guy stuff to help him out.

Proud owner of a Hitec A9!!

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Old 03-20-2008, 09:43 AM   #3
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I, too, have been the recipient of much good will and good stuff from fellow modellers as I got started. Now I admit I feel constrained to pass it on when I have the means and opportunity to do so.

It's like the cliche, "What goes around, comes around." and yes; Gary is a gentleman of the highest caliber.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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You do realise, of course, that with a name like "Thunder Chicken" and being from Sioux Lookout, you will have to build a "Thunder Chicken" (Norseman for those unfamiliar with the term) at some point in your RC career!


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Old 03-20-2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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I agree with all of the previous statements regarding individuals honesty and integrity

Remember, you were treated this way by REAL people, NOT ebay!

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Old 03-20-2008, 04:49 PM   #6
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Re the mighty Thunderchicken

Too bad you were not around here in the early70's when there was the odd norseman here. I started out sewing the wing bags on two that wre rebuilt by an old engineer at Slate Falls Airways. They were CF-HQD, and CF-OBG an ex MNR machine, and you talk about a lot of work to rebuild! The airframes wre cleaned up and all new fabric was installed followed by lots of "dope" (not what the kids smoke these days), lots of sanding, and when all said and done,the glorious test flight,complete with a puke bag,empty to start with, and all the noise of that big 1340 Pratt and Whitney howling in front of you, not to mention all the heat that radiated back into the cabin... and watch out for the slap in the back of the head as the pilot cranked the flaps up or down, oh the thrill of it all. Sadly OBG was sold and HQD burned at the hanger door one winter after the blowpot caught the engine tarp on fire.It burned so fast we could not get out the door with extinguishers before she was just a hulk, such a sad day... and after all that hard work. It was a sight to watch them roar down the bay, rattling every nearby pane of glass as they waddled into the air, in most cases overweight,only to return that evening loaded with slimy tubs of fish from the commercial fishermens nets,to be unloaded and scrubbed down forthe next day...Oh those were the days... Too soon old...and of course too late smart...I never took any pictures to remember them by.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:58 PM   #7
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Great , a bit of history on Thunder Chicken , I went to school with his dad and taught Thunder Chicken how to fly.
Glad to see your back and good luck. recieved your p.m. and will send you a reply soon. Just leaving to take my daughter and better Half to your old school . Leaving on their annual high school band trip to the USA.

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