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HelicopterMain Discussion › Okay, I learned my lesson the hard way. Never... never... NEVER leave the RC hobby!!!!!!
01-03-2013 11:16 AM  5 years agoPost 1
PalouseFlyer

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I am posting here for the first time in several years simply as a way to vent I guess. I can't even begin to explain the crappy twists and turns of my life over the last few years, I am hoping to save some other poor schmucks out there some pain, you can learn from all of my stupid mistakes and save yourself a LOT of needless pain in life!!!

Some background... I am 57 (will be 58 in a couple weeks) and I got into RC (planes first and later heli's) on Jan 4, 2004... so exactly 10 years ago. I had bought my son (then 9) a little toy rc airplane from Toys-r-us for Christmas. He didn't care about it much, but I got bit by the bug then, and that started my journey with RC. I bought a Slow Stick foamie a month later, then built a couple of glow planes from scratch (spads) and eventually got into helis around '07 with a Hawk Pro, and later that year got a Raptor E620 using A123 packs. I had a Futaba 9C and loved that radio... I loved helis, I never got any good with them, and crashed them plenty... but I LOVED THEM!

It was around that time 2007 that my life began to disintegrate. It had nothing to do with RC, RC was my one true source of happiness at that time. Let's just say that my life began a downward spiral (similar to what my heli's would do immediately before impacting the earth) and I got out of the hobby a few years later.

STUPIDEST DECISION I EVER MADE. (next to a lot of others on a very long list). RC was the ONE area of my life that was working and I got out of that, and entered a no man's land of psychological, interpersonal and job related BS that ended up with me getting divorced, fired from my 14 year job, broke, still out of work, and depressed like I can't even begin to describe.

In short, I abandoned my PLAYING for trying to pursue other dumba$$ things that had NOTHING to do with play, and were all connected to relationships, personal "life purpose", career (money), and other adult BS that the kid in me never could figure out, It cost me big time, everything in my life went to H3LL and I was left in the darkest, crappiest place possible 3 years ago.

I am only now pulling myself out of the nightmare... and the ONE thing that is helping me get my head back on straight?

RC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I should NEVER have stopped RC!!!!! You guys out there who are thinking about getting out of the hobby, DON'T!!! It is the only thing a guy will ever have in life that can be trusted, and will always be there for you!

I never had a Heli treat me like crap, lie to me, use me, fire me, refure to communicate, cause me to struggle with BS ideas like religion and life purpose. I never had a heli flip me off, cuss me out, turn their back on me or rob me blind. In short, RC was the BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD and I am ashamed and greatly regret now ever getting out of the hobby!

RC is the most wonderful hobby in the world to me and I have tried plenty. Ham radio, flying "real" airplanes, scuba diving, coin collecting, model rockets, model cars, astronomy, you name it, I have tried a lot in 50 years, I can honestly say that if I had to choose one thing in life to do, it would be RC, and in the RC world, HELI'S are the coolest thing in the Universe!

So, again, anyone out there thinking about getting out of the hobby for any reason, DO NOT DO IT@! RC is your SALVATION! RC is the best girl friend, wife, career, job path, philosophy, religion, purpose, that exists! RC is the cheapest and best counselor, therapy, psychologist you will ever have. RC is LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! And Heli's are the BEST!!!!!!!

I got out of the hobby and I am Now OFFICIALLY BACK IN FOR GOOD THIS TIME and I dont even have anything to fly yet. I bought a copy of "RC Heli Pilot" today at Barnes and Noble and THAT IS ALL I OWN that is RC (other than a small pile of older, dog eared FlyRC magazines. I have nothing! I don't even have any money, I am flat freaking broke, but I HAVE A DREAM TO GET GOING AGAIN WITH THIS FANTASTIC HOBBY and that is all you need (I hope). How am I going to be able to buy anything being broke and not having a job? I have no clue! I was making GOOD MONEY before I left the hobby... my hope is that now that the Universe sees that I have my "Heli Head" screwed back on straight, the money should start to appear. I HOPE! I am a basket case though... I am praying that life will somehow work again.

Guys are never meant to have to figure life out. Guys are meant to have FUN and all the rest is BS!!!!!!!!! Whatever there is in life besides helis is a distant, very distant priority next to this great hobby!

I am shopping now (with like $2 in the bank) for simulator, I figure at least that way I can pretend I am flying. Looking at the Phoenix sim, that one looks cool. After that, maybe a foamie, another slow stick probably just to do something cheap to get back in the air using the cheap dx5e from the Sim. After that - once I get some dough - a HELI! And I am looking at all of them, they all look great to me, probably a glow, something simple that I can build from a kit, maybe another Hawk or the Trex 600N if I happen to win the lottery.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this to get it off my chest and try to pretend I am still sane after a nightmare period of my life that I wish I could forget... maybe RC will help me forget the last 3-4 years ever happened. It was so stupid for me to let go of my RC stuff... that was the happiest I ever was in life. After that, everything in life has been a far, far shadow of fulfillment. RC Heli's are my religion, my philosophy, my reason I exist as far as I am concerned.

SO... once again... ANY guy out there dealing with life issues, and your RC stuff is gathering dust... and you are consumed with "other" life BS garbage (relationships, jobs, careers, money concerns) DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT SELL OR GET RID OF YOUR GEAR!!! Give it to a friend to keep if you have to. Put it all in boxes with BIG words written on them, "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO YOUR SENSES!" because one day... you will. One day, after the dust settles. You will see that box, open it up... and behold the BEST thing in life, the BEST friend you ever had... your Hawk Pro, your Raptor, your Trex, your Goblin (man those birds look awesome)... and of course your cool Futaba, JR, Spektrum, Airtronics or whatever radios... and of course your FRIENDS on great forums like Runryder will still be there... you will see all that and you will say to yourself... THANK GOODNESS I listened to that Schmuck on runryder, who told me to never get out...

Thank you Runryder for letting me vent.
Happy flying to all, and I hope I will be in the air soon... joining all of you.
HAPPY HELI to all...
busted up... beaten to h3ll... typing this with a broken heart... but one day I WILL be flying again and doing the ONE THING guys are meant for... to HAVE FUN IN LIFE!!!

-Palouseflyer

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01-03-2013 11:19 AM  5 years agoPost 2
tgalo

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AMEN

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01-03-2013 11:29 AM  5 years agoPost 3
OICU812

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Good personal post. You see folks almost monthly if not more saying they are getting out of the hobby and need to spend more time and money with their families. It is likley the most common knee jerk reaction I think. Like yourself I've had a few good friends that got caught up into some lifes issues. Their first reaction was to sell all their hobby stuff, basically anything that gave them a portal out of every day crap, everyone of them regretted it, got back in or want to get back into rc but avail... have to spend hefty to get back things they blew out at next to nothing for cost.

It's good to take a break for sure, nothing against that, but ya selling it all,,,not such a good idea. I wish you the best in re obtaining a career and getting back into rc.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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01-03-2013 12:03 PM  5 years agoPost 4
PalouseFlyer

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Thanks OICU812

yeah, tough lesson learned the hard way. You don't get a manual when you are born that explains life, it is trial by error. I seem to have specialized in the error parts. I know how to get back on track though, and I am a fast learner, so I theorize once I have my focus correct (HELI'S!) then the other pieces will fall into place. I had no friends back when this was all going down, no one to really talk to, it was weird as heck. Whatever. I just hope somehow I can warn guys about this kind of crud, that whatever it is we deal with in life is BULL compared to our hobbies. There is a lot of flakiness in life, (just kind of in the culture and in the air) waiting to bit you like a snake every time you turn around, especially for seeking heart and "trying to do the right thing" kind of people. Those are the ones that pay the toughest price. We think life is supposed to be fair, that things will work out when we try to "do right", however my experience has been the opposite. Trying to do the right thing just paints a bullseye on you that says "aim here" and next thing you know, you are alone, broke wondering WTF just happened. Oh well, the hobby is still there, and doing great from what I can see. A lot of developments over the last few years, (like flybarless heli's I wasn't aware of those back when I was flying).
I will get back in... somehow...

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01-03-2013 02:10 PM  5 years agoPost 5
fla heli boy

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start small. When I came back, I started with an MCPX. Now I've got 7 helis, 2 foamies and a 30cc gas plank I'm building. Work is going great, so my problem now is finding the time to actually fly. Keep pluggin', you'll get there. Makes me sick to think of all the stuff I either gave away or left behind 5-6 years ago.

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01-03-2013 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Stephen Born

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Great post. As long as the passion is there, you will always be flying.

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01-03-2013 02:48 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Tyler

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Read my tagline...

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-03-2013 02:57 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Nycatt

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PalouseFlyer
Your story is very heartfelt and would like to help you get back in the air. I would like to donate my Blade CX2 to you. It needs batteries and a DX6i but you'll be half way there. If you accept, pm me your address and I'll get it out to you.




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01-03-2013 03:00 PM  5 years agoPost 9
fla heli boy

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I've got a DX4e that I put about 4 flights on my mcpx before I got my DX8. I'd be willing to donate. PM me and I'll shoot it out to you.

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01-03-2013 04:40 PM  5 years agoPost 10
PalouseFlyer

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Hey nycatt
I pm'd you thank you so much that is an incredible offer wow!

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01-03-2013 04:44 PM  5 years agoPost 11
PalouseFlyer

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FlaHeliBoy>>

That is so wonderful too you guys are amazing... I may be getting a dx5e here that someone else is helping me buy (crossing my fingers) so that comes with a DX5E so I may be okay on a radio for now... but thanks that is great of you to offer, thank you!

I moved up here from Florida and would love to get back to the south, I worked in Jax for many years... I never really adapted to the snow and all up here in Spokane! I will take the heat and humidity any day...

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01-03-2013 04:50 PM  5 years agoPost 12
fla heli boy

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I've been here 30 years and feel the opposite, but I get the feeling I would feel differently after a couple weeks...

https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t721179p1/
This will give you a giggle or two....

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01-03-2013 04:50 PM  5 years agoPost 13
icanfly

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haha, what gets guys going is spending too much time fixing things. One little mishap with the ground and it's back to the bench, out to test, and hope nothing else is buggered, and if it is then it's back to the bench and more testing to make sure all goes well on little baby heli.

See how much time that gobbles up and you begin to get worn out. Been through it the last few days, really upset me, especially electronic problems = FRYING with moola, not FLYING with cool-ay.

That's quite a story you got there.

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01-03-2013 05:13 PM  5 years agoPost 14
PalouseFlyer

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>>>https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t721179p1/
This will give you a giggle or two....>>>

That is funny as **** ...sounded like my story... I never did get to a point where I actually could do anything in the snow up here, I did try cross country skiing for a week or so and that was like trying to skate on a railroad track... when I actually DID have RC planes and stuff I would fly in winter even with snow and freezing cold. My fingers would be so cold I couldn't even feel the sticks anymore and kinda went on faith that I was actually still controlling the thing. Actually the one thing that was kinda nice about the snow was that when I did crash my planes there was generally less damage in the snow... generally.
Thanks for sharing that link I got a good laugh from that......

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01-03-2013 05:15 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Nelson34

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I got out of the hobby this past year. Trying to get back. I got out because it was frustrating! I'm still a newbie and still don't really understand dual rates, etc. The final straw for me was my Trex 500 just 'dropped' while flying one week-Beast was to blame, new one was shipped to me. The next week my Radical 20's engine stopped mid flight and let's just say I didn't auto it down at all. And then my Maxford Mentor airplane lost it's elevator servo on it's maiden flight.
So I got back to mountain biking this last year but have always wanted to start again. Local hobby shop owner told me to take a break and now seems things are making a bit more sense to me. I'm one of those people who read something but can't really make sense of it, I do better when I see someone do and explain to me. The only helicopter instructor here is always swamped with people at the field, so it's hard to really learn from him.
Glad to hear your back and seems your happy. Too bad you had to go through so much, but now you know what makes you truly happy and seems you have some really nice people on here ready to help you out. Hope it all works out for you!

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01-03-2013 05:25 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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I hear ya brother. I too got into helis in 07' It has been my solid goto since then. Sometimes I burnout on them and they sit on the shelf for a good spell, but I always come around and fall head over tea kettle for them. I am glad I never sold off my hobby because I like you found things about people the hard way, and now enjoy being single. So much in fact that I have been for 18 years. And the only reason is because I cant stand the BS that al.ways seems to happen. Plus I can buy and do anything without dealing with a problem. Yes helis are a great hobby, and I highly recomend them. Glad your here with the rest of us that love helis so very much..

Its all earth!

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01-03-2013 05:35 PM  5 years agoPost 17
PalouseFlyer

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Hi Nelson34
Thanks for that! Yeah this is a fantastic group I always found the RC people I ever came in contact with were some of the nicest people in the world. (It was the same in Ham radio when I was active in that... lot of great people.) So good for you that you are getting back in!
OKay on the mtn biking ... I was getting interested this past summer/fall in bicycling again, and was able to get decent used bike for not much $$ and was having a lot of fun riding it around (just street riding)... then it got stolen and I was like... ugh... what is the deal with this world??? It is strings of things like that which kept happening and the FUN seemed to have drained away,, while trying to just contend with such nonsense.

Yeah, I was never good at all on the helis, I was barely able to land my planes. I tended to fly them low and look for a patch of weeds and cut the throttle and try to just drop it in the bushes as my landings seemed like they would always veer off into the ditch and then broken props over and over... (I was flying out in the country, not a airfield). But I had a lot of fun patching them up.... got pretty good at it. My foamies probably gained several ounces in weight from all of the epoxy I kept glomming on to them gluing them back together .

I loved the helis... my crashes only happened when I tried to do too much too soon. I would get them up in the air too high and next thing it would start going in some crazy direction and I would freak out trying to land them... blade strikes ugh... boom strikes... everything strikes.... expensive to repair, so this time I plan on spending a lot of time on the sims and just take my time, relax... and be patient with my abilities.

I can't even comprehend how the expert 3d people fly these helis, watching videos online... zipping them around in the sky, flipping them over ...they look like an insane insect in the sky. Mine flipped over too, end over end... once they hit the ground hard ,
How in the world can anyone actually learn to fly like that!!! I would like to just be able to keep it level, figure 8's or something haha..... so yeah you will be back in and I know it will go better, I am keeping the faith (trying!) and can still laugh so I hope for the best. Good luck to you.... sounds like you were contending with hardware issues more than anything. My issues were always operator error!

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01-03-2013 05:37 PM  5 years agoPost 18
icanfly

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Nelson34, "still don't really understand dual rates",

those are your servo end point adjustments, or, how far the servo will travel before stopping in either direction. Experiment with a servo and the dual rate in your tx to be sure.

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01-03-2013 07:39 PM  5 years agoPost 19
foxone64

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PalouseFlyer

sorry for what you have endeavor but never give up because those past 3-4 years of the darkest time you spent in life is just gonna still throw crap at you. One core value I learnt from the 6 years I spent in the army is to get back up no matter how much you get beat down. Rocky 4 is a great example when Rocky fights Ivan Drago, hell of a beating but Rocky still gets back up.

I have a few things that I would like to donate to you. I will compile a list of stuff after work today and in the mean time please give your address. Cheers

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01-03-2013 07:45 PM  5 years agoPost 20
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I can donate a RealFlight v4.5 simulator if that helps get you going.

Johnny 10 Beers

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