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Old 02-04-2014, 05:15 PM
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Started with C/L back when about 7yrs old.... then RC about 13yrs old.... I'm now 58yrs old. I had a quiet period of about 5 yrs from 2000....

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Old 02-04-2014, 05:19 PM
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41 years and 200 some contests plus a few Nats later, still flying
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:53 PM
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Default Early Sixties / Late Fifties

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Had a C/L Cox Pt-19 at the age of 13 , got my first R/C at 16 or 17 taught myself to fly on a Midwest Cardinal with a Fox 15 . I'll be 62 in Sept. HAd everything from a indoor micro to giant scale (1/3 ) and everything in between .
I remember i was around 6 or 7 and the nearby park had some C/L flyers and seeing a Sterling Tri Pacer and some other kinds of stick and tissue planes . I was too little and no one to help me so I stuck to the plastic models. I did see a guy put the handle (c/L) on the lead out lines and fire up the motor ,then flew the thing till it ran out of fuel then collaspe on the ground .
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:46 PM
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I'm glad you gave ranges. My first flight was in 2007, but I have gotten into and out of the hobby a few times, and of course their was that little 7 month bike tour in there somewhere. So somewhat between one and five years...

Interesting the gaps both below one year and between five and ten years.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:44 AM
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Default 39 years in RC

After saving my money for 2-1/2 years I solo-ed my first Radio Controled airplane. I was 13 years old and it was in 1975. It was a Spirit of 76 powered glider from Hobby Shack (Now Hobby People) With a Cirrus 3 channel radio.

I built my first "Model Airplane" at 4 years old. I was a wright flyer. I don't ever remember a time in my life when I wasn't flying something.

My father would give us hand chuck gliders or rubber band airplanes to fly. My father started building models as a child and got me into it with his storys from his childhood. He would take out a box of old model airplane engines and would tell us kids about the contests he won with them.

I remember my first Cox .049 control line airplane. It was a Fokker triplane. I think I crashed it on its maiden flight. After harvesting the engine from it we put in on a Lil Wizard. An all balsa solid wing control line plane. I was 8 years old then.

By age 13 I was working in a hobby shop. I have taught at least 100 people to fly. I Love this hobby.

I am now 52 years old my son and I fly 3 or 4 times a week. I am pretty new to wattflyer.

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Old 02-07-2014, 01:10 AM
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Started buildin & flying 1/2A Cl planes at around 10...Anybody remember Sterling, Top Flite, Scientific or Goldberg 1/2A Kits?? oh, and Model Rockets for sure! Got older, and got into .35 powered CL stuff...Flite Streak, Ringmaster, Magician, Fox, Enya, and O.S. powered!! Then on to R/C stuff, planes, Helis, BOATS!! Ran and raced R/C hydros for over 30 years....they FLY off the water....sometimes! Now the Electric stuff, and Model Rockets AGAIN!....and STILL HAVIN A BALL! Over 45 years so far!
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:56 AM
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Started at 9ish, so about 20-21 years. Most airplanes and sailplanes, but also helis, multis and cars as well. Never did get into boats...
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:49 AM
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C/L got me in '64 and then it was a few years of FF and some time off for life and family - you know working to support the ones you love, then back in it and gravitated into RC in '78 and been in it ever since.

So... I guess that makes it 50 this year!

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Old 02-12-2014, 05:50 AM
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Started flying in 2003 on an RTF called an Aerobird made by HobbyZone. In March I will begin my 11th year and have gone 90% to pure and electric gliders.

Have a few micro helis too.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:19 PM
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I was hooked by those Guillows HLGs sold at drug stores for a dollar or two. You could adjust the flight characteristics by just moving the wing forward or back in a slot in the fuselage. Soon after, it was rubber-powered ones and more advanced Guillows stick and tissue builds. My first 1/2A CL models were a Goldberg Swordsman 18 and a Sterling Baby Ringmaster. My RC flying began with slope-soaring a Gentle Lady and eventually electric ships. Though I've had some active and inactive periods, I've never lost interest in flying and building over 50 years.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:24 AM
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Seventy six years.Went out today and worked out the winter rust.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:23 PM
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Can you still count the years in between breaks with the hobby or only years active?

If you only flew a handful of times during a given year does it count for a full year of credit?

With these variables, my answer can vary between 10 - 30 years, ha!
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:41 PM
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A long time yet not a long time! If that makes sense.
Started at about 6 in the early 70's with C/L. Had a 3 channel rc plane for a very short while in the early 80's, no D/L too young, couldn't get to the flying field . So I sold it and tried cars, that lasted a few years, about the same time I got into boats and still run them almost every weekend.
I live in what is called cottage country, water everywhere, can run a boat 500 yards from my house in the city! I'm a block away from the Trent Severin waterway.
A couple years ago I got back into flying planes, a year before that I picked up a SR120 heli, got me back to flying but not helis. Found the 120 got boring real quick, don't feel it gave me the skills required to try a CP heli so I started building planes.
My first plane back in the 70's was a Swordsman 18 C/L with a testors engine if memory serves.
To this day that is the only plane I have built from a kit, everything else has been from scratch or plan.
Built a 3 channel trainer with a Blue wonder motor, flew that twice and moved everything over to a foam wing I built. Currently building a 60" span E-Glider I've designed, 2nd attempt at it, first one flew but needed a lot more down thrust, this time I tried changing the incidence of the wing and added some downthrust.
Since I started back I haven't had a crash that has done more than break a prop.
To be honest I think a lot of people make flying out to be much harder than it is, I'm self taught and have never even thought of buying a sim.
Along the way I've also owned a blimp, a Tamiya Sherman tank and for one weekend a submarine! Was out playing with that for the first time and some guy walked up and offered me 200$ more than I payed for it, sold it on the spot. Never saw him or the sub again.
All in all I've been into some aspect of the entire hobby of RC for 39 years.
Thinking of building another C/L plane. Still have a new in box Fox 35 stunt from the 70's. And a bunch of various Cox .049s.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:40 PM
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46 years for me
Started with FF at age 6 then C/L at 8 rc at 9
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:59 AM
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About eight years and I'm still a beginner.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:30 AM
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I started at 12 yrs old. I am now 57. I fell in love with planes because my dad was a bombardier on B-36's and B-52's during the mid 50's.we and though the 70's. Started in u-controls and free flight then moved to RC. Still do both. Have gotten about 10 people in the hobby. I will fly till I die!
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:15 PM
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Near as I can recall I've been modeling for 75 years.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:22 AM
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I'm such a newb. :/ Given that I didn't make my first flight 'till I was 50, I seriously doubt I'll ever get 75 years in.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:27 AM
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I wanted to be a pilot once - I went to a local airfield club but they laughed at me - I was only 13. They advised me to start with model planes - so I did - and stayed with them all my life - I am now 65 - and I hope I have still few years ahead.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:34 PM
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Including C/L, freeflight, and RC....just over 50 years. Wow! I'm gettin' old!

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