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12-21-2013 12:45 PM  3 years agoPost 61
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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The fun started for me with a toy airplane attached to a cable that spun the prop (early 70's). The package stated it could do aerobatics...never managed to do that. Then a couple of Christmas's later, I received a control line airplane with a pint of fuel. After that, I learned my dad was into the big control line airplanes...60 foot steal lines! I was hooked! Dad built me a trainer plane and taught me to fly. Well that took me through high school.

5 years later, 1984, I met a girl and her dad talked about radio control. I thought he was talking about airplane, but it was heli's. So we bought 2 GMP Crickets. We spent a year and a half flying these heli's. Learned to make our own blades, simple being fixed pitch...and a few other parts. In 1986 I moved on to a Heliboy and flew the crap out of it. Oh, by the way...I didn't know what a gyro was until I sold the heliboy and bought a Schluter Champion in 1988'ish. Then my heli flying changed forever!

I laided off the heli's for awhile and focused on airplanes. But that wouldn't last too long as I got bit by the heli-bug in the early 2000. As I got better at flying airplanes, my heli skills improved as well. Then I was bitten one year and have never looked back. Now...I have a couple of airplanes and a lot of heli's!

March of 2014 will make 30 years in the hobby! And I don't plan to slow down any time soon!!!

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12-21-2013 02:14 PM  3 years agoPost 62
Trickycopter

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In 2007 bought a air Hog it escalated from there I have a 700 600 450 and 2 micros and find myself wanting a 500. It is a great hobby my stress relief at the end of a hard day flying for real or on the sim. I try to practice an hour a day or more on the sim.

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12-21-2013 02:46 PM  3 years agoPost 63
RCHSF

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NC

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Think I bought a rc helicopter magazine from pages book store in the late 1990's, before I ever had/used internet. That magazine got me interested. So I went to local rc shop, and bought my first helicopter kit. Real kit, built every piece and screw/bolt. That was in 2000-2001.

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12-21-2013 03:04 PM  3 years agoPost 64
nickt919

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I have always been fascinated with RC models. I did the cars for a few years in the 80's. In 1998 a back surgery closed some doors and opened others. I had to quit riding motor bikes and replaced that with rc planes. The first FF for me was for planes...so I thought.. When I got to the event it was Mayday, a heli FF. There it was...Curtis, Todd Bennett, Jason Krause doing demos... I have been hooked since that day. I quit the planes and have been flying helis ever since. The very first heli item I bought was a GY401 gyro on Ebay.

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03-14-2014 04:21 PM  3 years agoPost 65
pitmaster

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My Story

Back in the early 70s I asked my parents for a Cox line controlled airplane for Christmas. It is still my most memorable Christmas as a kid. During those early years I built a few balsa wood line controlled models and really enjoyed the whole model aircraft experience. Then, after finally breaking them all, I went dormant until now. During my youth I always wanted a radio controlled plane but they were expensive and my dad told me I would have to make straight A's on my report card in order to get one (He knew his money was safe).

Fast forward 40 years... I was over at a friends house watching the NFL playoffs and he brought out a little mall heli. It was like 1970 all over again. I instantly wanted one and ended up buying a WLToys V911. After a few days I ended up buying a couple more fixed pitched birds (MJX F45 and F46). That led me to researching out hobby-grade helis and I bought two used TREX 450s off of ebay and then a new Blade MCPx. Then I discovered runryder and have since added a Logo 600SE and a Trex 500 Bell 222 scaler.

In a matter of a few months I have gone completely insane! But hey, this is like living my childhood all over again - only better 'cause I got money now or at least good credit

Sweet Blades (Logo 600SE) and the Micro Harem - 4 x MCPX BLs | MCPX v2| 2 x NCPX | 130X | Trex 150

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03-14-2014 04:48 PM  3 years agoPost 66
jackp332

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Claremont, Nh USA

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Glad we all could be a positive influence here on you, Pit

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03-14-2014 05:07 PM  3 years agoPost 67
Heli143

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While stationed in Germany, my family and I passed fly-in as they were called back then. We stopped and saw a giant C-130 fly. As we walked around I found an elderly german with a kavan Jet Ranger which had an obvious tailboom strike repair. since I had just left Fort Hood where I flew in MP OH-58s and Huey with 6th Cav, I was hooked as I didn't even know RC helis existed.
I got a Graupner Bell 47 which I couldn't fly and gave away. What I wouldnt do to have it right now LOL
After I left Germany to Puerto Rico, my wife bought me a Cricket which I crashed once or twice and gave it away. I then got an American RC Mantis which I could barely hover. In 1983 picked up a brand new Kavan Jet Ranger which I traded away for a RTF 40 size trainer plank.
In 1985 I went back to Germany anad met Bob Rembert, a huey pilot who talked me into buying a "real" RC heli, a Schluter Helistar I still have. My learning curve went through the roof then

Been doing it ever since on and off due to the military career. I retired from the military in 1995 but am working on my second retirement
Now I have some scale helicopters, three of them newly built scalers almost completed at this time.

I love this hobby, but I really care most for all for the friends I have met in this hobby.

Roy Mayoral

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03-14-2014 05:45 PM  3 years agoPost 68
icanfly

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why? because I want to pursue ap. When? The heli hobby specifically? About 2005 with an amazing AirHogs Havoc Heli. Why, because winters can be boring as heck and it sure beat the hell out of loosing an eye to a bb (dumb dumb).

Got a FunZone the next year and a buddy showed off his 400 in the driveway on a windy day, it was blown over, fb. Zero confidence in fm without very expensive gear.

Saw a few real helis at a Swap Shop 2010 and dared to dream but most sold 'cept for a 450. 2011 I got an Esky coax, modded it from a trash find, it flew away one fateful July day that year. Replaced it and began redesigning and experimenting with things. Fall winter of 2011/12 traded a HotWheel collection for a clone 450 Align pos and a used shuttle ZX. Broke, fixed and upgraded the 450 many times to where the only original parts on it are the upper side frames. It's the one in my "Whoo Fleww' thread.

Why, want to do ap. What? overcome fear, improve reflexes, learn something hard and fun, to keep the chops and go pro, do something few can master. Success.

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03-14-2014 05:53 PM  3 years agoPost 69
AndyH

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Hm, I started flying R/C stuff when I was 9 (I'm now 34). 40 size glow planes. I met a friend at school who flew and he got me into it. I had been into kit r/c cars and building stick and tissue models already.I flew all sorts of glow planes and loved it. Back then if you could hover a Concept 30 with foam blades you were a god at the flying field! I was always impressed with heli's and wanted to try it, but they were always too expensive.

So, fast forward a bit, got my 1st good job out of college and bought a Raptor 30, and with a little bit of help from another good friend who flew, I taught myself to fly heli's. And here I am still flying away, and still horrible at it , but I keep trying.

Wow, has this hobby changed in the last 12 years since I've been flying heli's.

Best hobby ever!

This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!

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03-14-2014 06:42 PM  3 years agoPost 70
jharkin

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I started model building as a kid in the 80s with plastic airplane models. I had radio shack cheap wired (remember those?) remote control cars, and then u-control cox 049 planes but never got those to run more than a couple minutes. I always wanted to get a “real” RC plane and around 6th grade I think my Dad got me one for Christmas, a Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50 balsa trainer.

This was around ’88 or ‘89 and I built that entire plane myself but it was slow going as my parents bought me the engine for my next birthday and then the radio for the following Christmas, etc. I don’t remember but I guess made it to the first flight by 1990 or ’91 – I recall it was around the time of gold stickers. I ended up building that Eaglet with an OS 25FP and a Futaba Attack 4 AM radio. It was all blue monokote with one white trim stripe on the top of the wing for contrast, which seemed like a good idea building it but in the sky looked like a flying greek flag and had poor contrast.

I was training on that plane with the local hobby shop owner. We had no sim back then and I don’t think even a trainer cord. It was old school ‘oh #$*&# grab the transmitter”. Unfortunately the fun didn’t last as my parents’ house got burglarized and my plane was stolen before I soloed . After a couple years of effort I was so dejected I gave it up for years.

Fast forward post college and I decided to get back in. Around 2001 I built my next plane, seen in the photo below (the red high wing trike with white starburst on the wing) . This time it was a Great Planes PT-40, again a full balsa kit build with an OS 46FX and a Futaba Skysport 6 FM radio. Still no computer mixing or simulators but this time we had buddy boxes and I soloed that thing in a weekend of all day flying.

Since then I’ve been through 5 radios, who knows how many engines and built over 20 planks, many of them full kit builds taking months or years, plus a couple ARFs and foamies. I’ve had a lot of nitro 2 and 4 strokes, OSs, one magnum, a lot of saitos, one gasser, a number of electrics. I’ve built trainers, sport planes, 3D profile planes, giant scale IMAC, old fashioned ‘funfly’ planes, a pylon racer, a number of scale ships and even some indoor foamy electrics. I once tried a GWS EDF back in the days of NiMH and brushed motors… zzzz…. Of all them right now I have 4 flyable including an electric 3D parkflyer, a nitro 3D profile bipe, a nitro pylon ship and a 30% gasser.

I’ve also got a lot of kits half built or in boxes, some typical – a cub and a giant P-51, some less common types like a Proctor Enterprises D.Va Albatros and even a glider.

As you can see my interests are pretty much all over the map.

Helicopters came later....
My history with Helis is a bit more recent. I'm in a mostly planker club but there have always been a few heli guys around. I remember watching Raptor 30s thinking I’d like to try that someday. When the first Blade CX and CX2s came out I got one… and honestly got so discouraged crashing it into walls that I gave up again.

Fast forward to last year, I finally gave into pressure from the growing ranks of heli guys at the club and bought a TRex 450 Sport v2 flybar. I built it watching finless videos, made some training gear and using the sim taught myself to hover in the back yard. I was having so much fun I flew every day for 6 months started learning FFF and all orientations and then went nuts and bought a Whiplash-Gas. I’m truly lucky in that a certain well known gasser pilot flies at my club and mentored me through the build. 8 months to the day from my first CP heli flight I maidened the Whip and have been having a blast with it ever since.

-Jeremy
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Helix 700G
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03-14-2014 07:07 PM  3 years agoPost 71
NQNA

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I started in R/C with aircraft in 1974 and added helicopters in 1991.

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03-14-2014 08:17 PM  3 years agoPost 72
jackp332

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That was a great story jharkin. Feel for you on the loss of the Eaglet. I built my first trainer, a Midwest Aerostar 60, in a similar manner in my parents basement over my 7th grade summer vacation. I soloed on that and it never got a scratch. I gave it away for free to someone in my mid 20's in a moment of charity (stupidity!=$#) I think its still collecting dust in his garage... Man what I would give to have her back!

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03-15-2014 01:50 AM  3 years agoPost 73
kelseh

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Mountain Home, Idaho

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When I was at a buddies house he had a cheap airhog something or other and I was flying it and his cat kept attacking it. It was really fun. I had always wanted to fly RC airplanes and even started building one with my dad as a kid but was too afraid to fly it and just never quite finished it. It was a Piper Cub. Well after flying my buddies cheapo little heli I went into a hobby store to looked around. I ended up buying a nine eagles solo pro and the rest is history. I do plan on finishing that piper cub with my dad but I joined the Air Force and just haven't had the opportunity to go home and do it. I've been home a few times but I am always doing stuff.

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03-15-2014 02:10 AM  3 years agoPost 74
Santiago P

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when I started...

all I remember is that my Sterling Ringmaster ROCKED, Futaba was a fairly new radio brand, Nixon was president, and OS and Enya engines were way more expensive than Fox and Testors, but worth it...

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03-15-2014 05:13 AM  3 years agoPost 75
brey

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I started with rubber band powered planes. To free flight cox powered planes, then my own design home built .40 sized powered plane. I Built over 40 planes before I was 20. Got into Helios at 16 when I built my own. It flew but not long. LOL, I Got a real heli in 1998-99 right before the first futaba HH gyro. Now fly big gas planes and giant sailplanes + helis

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03-15-2014 02:21 PM  3 years agoPost 76
jharkin

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That was a great story jharkin. Feel for you on the loss of the Eaglet. I built my first trainer, a Midwest Aerostar 60, in a similar manner in my parents basement over my 7th grade summer vacation. I soloed on that and it never got a scratch. I gave it away for free to someone in my mid 20's in a moment of charity (stupidity!=$#) I think its still collecting dust in his garage... Man what I would give to have her back!
Glad you appreciated it. I dont get upset about it now as I did get back in later. Sometimes wish I kept my first, but I did at least keep the engine which still lives on in my pylon plane (probably the only reason I dont get rid of it, never fly it).

BTW, your story sounds familiar, and makes me feel less nuts jumping right to a 700 size gasser my first year

Oh and reading some other posts I could add that like a lot of folk I did rockets too. Nothing bigger than C size and I had a couple interesting fly aways but dropped it after grade school.

-Jeremy
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Helix 700G
T-Rex 450 fbl conversion
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03-16-2014 11:59 AM  3 years agoPost 77
Trexwilly

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In my late 30s, I had always wanted to fly RC helis, so when life presented the opportunity, I took it!

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