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Old 05-13-2012, 02:53 PM
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Well I've been back from Iraq for 5 months now. Been busy with getting used to being back and a new training schedule. I haven't flown in about a year and a half now. I have a closet full of planes and everything I need except new batteries.

Any ideas, tips or suggestions as to how to reitegrate myself, lol? I was thinking about getting a beginner model so I would have something to warm up with at the field. I want to make a slow, but deliberate transition after being away for so long. Just wanted to say I'm back and ready to hit the ground running. Love you Wattheads!

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:57 PM
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Welcome back Mike!! Get something thats EPP and crashable to get back into things!
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:17 PM
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Welcome back home and back to the hobby!

Try a TwistedHobbys Extra Slick 32"! It flies on 500mAh 2s batteries that you can get for about $4 a piece from the HobbyKing US Warehouse. It does anything from docile trainer stuff to insane 3D aerobatics. That plane helped me find the pure childish joy in flying again!

I've crashed it countless times and not a scratch.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:57 PM
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Welcome back Mike and thank you for your service.

Ya a epp plane is forgiving to dumb thumbs for sure that one that Swede pointed out looks like a blast to fly just dial down the throws till it all comes back to you. Just like riding a bike.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:50 PM
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Mike,
You know what I'm going to say already! Whether it's a full deployment w/ a PCS thrown in or whether I just flew last weekend, I ALWAYS reach for the YardBird F22 1st.

She just feels right and relaxed and all the old muscle movements return after about 3 1/2 laps in the pattern.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:29 PM
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Maybe I read it wrong , he wasn't asking for plane ideas he was asking for batt ideas. I think he has a closet full of planes
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:57 PM
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Mike was asking about plane's here's the sentence.

I was thinking about getting a beginner model so I would have something to warm up with at the field. I want to make a slow, but deliberate transition after being away for so long. Just wanted to say I'm back and ready to hit the ground running. Love you Wattheads!
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:10 PM
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damm the torpedos full speed ahead GRAMPS ! just trying to help wattflyer gitt some views
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gramps2161 View Post
Mike was asking about plane's here's the sentence.

I was thinking about getting a beginner model so I would have something to warm up with at the field. I want to make a slow, but deliberate transition after being away for so long. Just wanted to say I'm back and ready to hit the ground running. Love you Wattheads!
I'm not sure "hit the ground running" is an expression I would use in this context, though...
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:14 PM
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my new plane "hit the ground .... running ?"
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:16 PM
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it came with legs .... not wheels
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:17 PM
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Mike,

First, thank you for your service ! You're a great American !

Heck, with your previous experience in RC, it will be like "riding a bike" for you.

Maybe just hop on the Sim to get warmed up and get the muscle memory re-engaged.

I know when I haven't flown for a while and arrive at the filed I'm a little nervous. I always gravitate to a plane that's an easy flyer to get warmed up and to get the juices flowing. In my case, it's either my T-28 or my F-22 scratchbuilt that flys on rails. After few circuits, I'm ready to take on the rest of the squadron.

Welcome home !

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:23 AM
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Thanks everyone. You folks are a trip, lol. I think I'm gonna pick up a nice foamie with alot of wing area, lol. Maybe even a high wing bird like a Taylorcraft or Cessna. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:43 AM
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damm the torpedos full speed ahead GRAMPS ! just trying to help wattflyer gitt some views

Your right thomdoe maybe this is the foam plane he needs. It will be easy for Mike to keep his orientation while he's relearning.

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:46 AM
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funny man "gramps" is
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at 1 time I thought all the FUNNY was gone from wattflyer
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I quoted the wrong post now it's me not reading right. Need to edit my last post.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:52 AM
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hey Mike...Guess we were there at the same time?! Welcome home soldier! I suggest the hobbyzone Super Cub...Practically flies itself, is forgiving, and fun once you get the swing of it back....great to do multiple touch and goes and what not....10-14 mph winds and you can fly it backwards...I use mine as my warm up plane when I hit the field...
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:20 AM
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gramps needs NEW BI-focals
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:55 AM
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I have a new set of glasses on the way Had a eye exam this past week time for a stronger script.
Maybe I should look into Pink Floyd.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by danauti1 View Post
hey Mike...Guess we were there at the same time?! Welcome home soldier! I suggest the hobbyzone Super Cub...Practically flies itself, is forgiving, and fun once you get the swing of it back....great to do multiple touch and goes and what not....10-14 mph winds and you can fly it backwards...I use mine as my warm up plane when I hit the field...
Thanks for the suggestion friend, but the Super Cub isn't going to do it for me. I'm not a beginner. Looking for something a bit further up the scale. I've been into EDFs for a few years now, so the SC would just be boring for me, lol.

I'd like to find a Cessna or maybe even a nice foamie warbird. Thanks again though, I really appreciate the response.

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Old 05-14-2012, 09:36 PM
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Gramps , my kids ask me.... Just what is a" PINK FLOYD"
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:38 PM
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they think its a new "drink" at the FLAMINGO in vegas
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:07 PM
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Take em to see "The Wall" when it gets down your way. Then they will know what a Pink Floyd is.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:34 AM
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Hey Mike,

Lots of nice foamie Warbirds out there. I have the PZ-28 which is technically not a warbird but fun nevertheless. The new Durafly models on HK have a lot going for them for a really good price. Retracts, flaps, lights on some. Check em out.

I'm mainly flying my pusher profile parkjets, most of which were scratchbuilt. F-22, F4J,SU-37,F-15. Also have the HK Radjet-800 which is a real screamer. First edf was the 50mm Skyangel series T-45 Red Arrows. Easy flier with a little getty-up to it. For $75.00 including a battery, I could not pass up.

Best,

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