|04-19-2009, 02:51 PM||#1|
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Off into a New Spring...
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Last year I started in this hobby with a helicopter - or two.
The first, available locally, was a CX-2. That waqs modified, another acquired, and then I relized that a lot of money was going for extra parts and upgrades. Looking around for a heli that did not seem to require such frivolities, I discovered the Hirobo QUARK. Not easy to find, expensive, and the best little heli ever! Spare parts? A few blades. Upgrades? Why would anyone bother. I fond two extra batteries at a good price on eBay and I was flying!
But the simulator also had planes, and I realized that fixed wing would be easier and a lot of fun too...
So after pouring over the Net, I went back to eBay and even with the mixed reviews and comments, got a Firebird Freedom for a good price, used. Seems like a good plane and it came with a lighting system ready to plug in.
When I get into a hobby, I tend to go a bit crazy. While considering Freedom Commanders, Scouts and Phantoms, a review of a new release caught my eyes. From FlyZone, this is the 47" Cessna 182, complete with lights, flaps and a very accurate appearance. Steerable nose wheel, easy to assemble, and all sorts of nice things - and great reviews as well. Given my intentions for the summer, this seemed just right for me!
So after a search on the web for prices, I found that buying in the States was far too expensive with all the shipping involved (I am in northern Canada, not near the border) and even the price with exchange was higher than Canadian dealers were offering. Another search showed that one of two local dealers was authorized for Hobbico and he happened to be in when my e-mail arrived on Sunday. He places his orders Monday so the new bird, the Cessna, will be here in a week for a price as low as I could get anywhere!
So I should be ready for spring. We live in an area with a larger park close by, several little used roads that will serve as runways, and I plan on flying the fixed wings and heli
Oh yes, my interest in these planes and heli stem from some wonderful videos on You Tube. So also on its way to my door is a FlyCamOne2. This seemed to my mind to be the best compared with other smaller cameras. I was not keen on watching a monitor, so did not want the 9 volt little one, and the gumpack model seemed limited in what it could do - the spy features of the FlyCamOne seemed useful when not mounted on the flyers.
The FCO2 will fit nicely on either fixed wing plane but will probably adversely effect flight of the Quark, so I plan on using the options mount on the Freedom and carving a space in the belly of the Cessna for aerial photography.
Let the spring begin!!!!!! (Up here our snow is finally melting and I can actually see our grass, such as it is.
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