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09-18-2013 10:10 PM  5 years agoPost 1
BENTDABOOM

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west seattle

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It all started on the uncles farm back in 59 with a drug store plastic fantastic wenmac corsair u-control model for $8 lines fuel and battery included went dormat for many yrs after that till the bug hit again in the early 70s.

Being U-control was where my roots were started flying all phases of Ucontrol then it was RC planks in the late 70s up until now.

Back in the 90s got interested in rotor craft and picked up a century hawk, that's what started it! after that was kyosho and raptors. Been flying planks for the last X amount of yrs and got burned out or should I say bored, just recently saw a killer deal on a rappy I couldn't pass up! so here we go again what gave you the bug and when?

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09-18-2013 10:15 PM  5 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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La Vista, NE.

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1984-85 - saw someone do an aileron roll with a GMP Cobra. hooked

1986 bought a Cricket. Helped my brother in-law with a Kalt in the 90's - But didn't really do much with heli's until ~2003-2004

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09-18-2013 10:24 PM  5 years agoPost 3
MattJen

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UK

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1984, i saw a jetranger in white and blue, i think it was either a shluter or kalt set of mechanics.

the friend of the family said it was too hard to fly despite having regular lessons with Len Mount, i decided one day i would own a lovely scale model and be able to fly with confidence..

2009 before that came true..

Matt

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09-18-2013 10:27 PM  5 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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2010, My son bought me a coaxial for Christmas and that was it for me!

Bill Whittaker

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09-18-2013 10:34 PM  5 years agoPost 5
bldfrt

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elkland, pa

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I have had an air-hog heli for as long as i can remember. last year in febuary i decided i wanted something a little better so i got a blade msrx and a 120sr. taught myself to hover. At the end of last summer i met my freind rob in the local(1 hour drive away) hobby shop. He showed me his collective pitch helis and it was all over. Im hooked. Anyway in the last year i have had that moment, you all know the one where you hover really high and just pull back to get that first "loop". Woohoo, perma-smile for a week. Then that one where you can actually hold an inverted hover. Man what a rush. Latest "moment' was yesturday with my first mobius. I think this is why i fly, all these moments.

Have fun, Fly safe!!

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09-18-2013 10:42 PM  5 years agoPost 6
ticedoff8

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Morgan Hill, CA. USA

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1963 - started building plastic model cars. I remember taking it to my kindergarten "show & tell" ('58 Corvette convertible).
1965 - started U-control plastic planes (w/ Cox .049)
1966 - building my own balsa combat planes (Veco .35)
1971 - First RC - Falcon 56. Ran it up and down the street in front of the house until I wore out the wheels. Took it to the beach and crashed on first flight.
Started building gliders instead.
1984 - First RC heli - American RC Revolution
1986 - GMP Cobra (finally sold that 2 years ago). Wore out the motor hovering but never "flew it".
1987 to 2000 - Competitive sailplanes
2007 - Back to helis.
Rebuilt the Cobra,
bought a eFlite Shogun V2,
finally a real heli - Trex 450 Pro
Raptor 90
Trex 600n

Still cannot fly them the way I would like to.

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09-18-2013 10:44 PM  5 years agoPost 7
michael88997

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Lewisville,Tx

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walked into aerohobbies in lewisville to buy some more rocket engines.. saw the raptor 30s and 90s, got a job when I was 14, saved for a year and bought a rappy 30 with the hot new gy401. then learned quick as a few months later they came out with the v2

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09-18-2013 11:06 PM  5 years agoPost 8
tgalo

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USA

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1983. Lost my best friend in a car accident and had a rough time with it. Saw a Competitor in the window at Action Hobbies and that was all she wrote...
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Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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09-18-2013 11:13 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Tbird

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Indiana

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I got a Kyosho nexus when I was about 13 did not have any help or anyone around so I sold it... year and a half agao I decided I could use my kids as an excuse to get another one

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09-18-2013 11:52 PM  5 years agoPost 10
BENTDABOOM

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west seattle

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TiceD

I still have a ringmaster with a veco 35 collecting dust, prolly should give it and me some excersize and yes I rememeber that show/tell thing very well only put mine in the neighborhood library, those were the days!

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09-18-2013 11:56 PM  5 years agoPost 11
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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Seems like I'm just a newborn compared to the rest of you!

Bill Whittaker

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09-19-2013 12:06 AM  5 years agoPost 12
FlyAway02

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Jasper, Indiana USA

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Probably when i was six when I'd watch my dad fly his planes. Sometimes he'd let me fly his super cub, and tiger moth. I loved it. Few years back he'd gotten me an Axe CP, and just loved the hobby since.

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09-19-2013 12:58 AM  5 years agoPost 13
gologo

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Sedalia, Mo USA

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Went to a local funfly around 90-91 and spotted one of those 'rotary
devices' , among all the airplanes and waited and waited for it to be
flown. The owner finally came over, started it up and put into a hover
for what seemed like only a minute or two.......and he was done.

But, that put it in my head and in 92, bought a GMP Rebel. Not the most
friendly heli to deal w., but really planted the seed big time!

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09-19-2013 01:02 AM  5 years agoPost 14
Heliofaguy

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Schoolcraft,MI-USA

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Started in the 60s with plastic models, then stick and tissue balsa airplanes rubber band powered, then u-control, then RC planes. I first saw helis in the 80s, but I was married and had kids, so the hobbies were put away for 25 years. I got back into it last year, bought a blade cp, and Phoenix sim in march, then in August last year, I bought my Chos 600E. Taught myself to fly by many hours on the sim and still learning. I'm totally hooked. I'm saving for my next one. I'm looking at a Synergy 550E. Why: everyone needs a hobby.

Raptor E700, Fusion 50-600, Fusion 50-550, DX8, Taranis RCHN#173

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09-19-2013 01:02 AM  5 years agoPost 15
jackp332

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Claremont, Nh USA

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Been flying planes in our club about 15yrs now- and watching our lone heliman since i started. I always wanted to try it and finally got the nerve this spring and bought a Raptor 50. Well, 2 Raptor50's, 2 Raptor90 gassers, 13gal of nitro, and 2gals of gas later im hopelessly addicted and lovin it All my planes have just been collecting dust this season. I take them out and fly occasionally out of guilt- but wish i had brought the heli to the field instead.

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09-19-2013 01:21 AM  5 years agoPost 16
cmsilvoy

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Durham, NC

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Saw a Competitor in the window at Action Hobbies and that was all she wrote
Action Hobbies in Charlotte, NC?

If so, same start here...
Must have been 1986-1987 with a Concept 30DX.
Saved for months to buy that thing.
Did all sorts of stuff with it, including heavy lifts to prove it could hoist a handycam high into the air safely (early AP)
Foam blades were cheap and plenty.
What I really wanted was a Vario Airwolf model but that never did nor ever has happened. I have built and flown over, I'm guessing, 30 different models since then.....
And still going....

Chris

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09-19-2013 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Retired2011

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Lee's Summit, MO

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About 1982 I saw an RC heli on TV and knew I had to have one.
Bought a GMP Cobra.

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09-19-2013 01:28 AM  5 years agoPost 18
Heli_Splatter

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USA

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Dad built a wire framed Albatros Tri-Wing that I played with as a tyke.

As kid we got some cox 049 engines and tried to fly without much success.

Built a plank trainer about 20 years ago. Midwest Aerostar. A failed attempt did not meet guys that could help and I was headstrong.

Took GA flight lessons at Chicago Midway. Got expensive and stopped flying. Job changes.

Decided I wanted to fly helis, bought a Blade400 (not a good choice) and pounded it until I could not stand it. Rebuilt and put on shelf and learned to fly planks while simming the helis a lot, returned to helis and have never looked back.

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09-19-2013 02:06 AM  5 years agoPost 19
Mike Fortin

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USA

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10.5 years ago by accident.

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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09-19-2013 02:38 AM  5 years agoPost 20
flyin dan

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Beloit Wi.

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About 1972 or so I went on a service call with my dad to fix a furnace. Went down stairs and found that the old man had at least a dozen RC planes and other stuff...... That was it! I was hooked!
After getting started about 1981 with planes of my own, around 1991 ran across a Kavan Ranger, (complete), at a rummage sale for 100.00 bucks, well, thats where the heli bug bit!!

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