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Old 03-16-2014, 12:07 PM
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My business is full scale aviation. I have an aircraft refurbishment company. I Have been flying models since I was 5
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Sig Kadet - Lanier Comet - T37 - T38 - B-707- E-3, C-130, B757, B-767, A319, A320.... Started all with a .25 Enya engine....

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Useta fly. Last time was in a PT 17 in 1952. Does that count? Jim Brock
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:49 PM
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Started with a Bridi Soar Birdi in '81 and moved on through classic warbird models, then on to a PPL in '93 and, CFII in '96. I have flown Cessna 150, 152, 172, 172RG, 182, 210; Piper 140, 151, 180, 181, 200R, 200RT (?turbo Arrow,) Cherokee 6, Geronimo (180 HP Apache conversion) Beech Baron, Duchass, D18; Diamond Katana, and finally a Robinson R22. Not in that order though.
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Hey Buddy,
I love your story !.......here's to boring you to death with mine !. I am in Asia and I am 62 now, I have been flying All my life......it seems.
I started out at eight with Guillows and UK's Frog, Veron and Keil Kraft Kits ( rubber powered). Later at 12, it was a succession of Cox 049 powered CL planes
all pwoered by that one engine which I bought for 4 Big dollars..
I worked that .049 to death as I couldnt afford another one. Then I had a hand me down ED Diesel.
A whole bunch of Airfix, Revell and Italeria plastic models filled my young imagination throughout the ages.
Started flying 'full size' at 17 on DH Chipmunks and the Ubiquitous Cessnas and was a single and multi engne light aircraft Instructor from 19 to 23........Then to the Heavy Irons.
My first 'Big' Iron was a 52 seat Fokker F27 Turboprop. ( Fairchild built them in the USA) From there to Boeings 737s, Airbus A300, DC 10s and 747s, Classics and -400s......all on the left seat
for twenty years. I am STILL instructing and flying the lighties. About forty different types. Have you flown MX Quicksilver Ultralights ? I have three hundred hours plus on them.
Then I built two homebuilts............A Canadian Merlin Bush plane with a modified Honda engine and a Zenith CH 750 STOL plane with a Rotax engine.
Another CH 750 is underway as we speak. Other Homebuilts I have flown : Vans RV 6,7 9, Rans, Pelican, EZ Flyer, Challenger Ultralights etc.etc.
RC started when I was in my late twenties when I found a genuine electric airplane.powered by a 'canned 05 brushed motor' with three cell Nicads.
It was a foamy DH Chipmunk that was put out by Kyosho with a packaged three channel Sanwa radio. My first Radio !
That was in 1982.when I was flying heavies and I was attracted to that Chipmunk as it was the first real airplane I had flown flew.
That Kyosho Chipmunk was great looking airplane, BUT The time and Technology for electric flight was not right for that time and that Chipmunk was totaled.
BUT......it planted the seeds for the RC Bug and more RC flying followed , this time with the real mojos....glow engines both two and four strokes from .15 to 1.20.
It went from there........Twenty plus years of RC flying....all kinds. Building Flying, Crashing. re Building............My son joined me at 10.
Four years ago I went back to Electrics. This time the time and Technology was right and I haven't looked back.
I have all kinds of electrics now, from Park flying foamies, to Warbirds ( P 40,P51, Spitfire, Me 109 FW 190, B17, C47 etc) to 3D airplanes........
My favorites ?.................. Precision Aerobatics PA Addiction and the MX Extra 300. Blows everyone away at the field. Superb airplanes with some real Mojos.
My grandson 5, joins me with a single cell Parkzone Champ. He lives in St Louis MO, so I meet him once a year or so and I love to fly with him.
I retired from the real heavy 747 in '13, but was kicked out of the house after two months at home. Same old story. Too much TV, not enough airplanes.
Found a job flying European Turboprop ATR 72s.............seven months and 600 back breaking hours later,
a 'BIG' Operator wrote asking if I would fly for them .
So, now I am flying ultra long range Boeing 777-300 ERs and soon, B787s..........the so called Dreamliner until I am canned at 65.
Beyond that............??
I am wondering if you would kindly consent to check me out on a Pawnee and I could do glider Towing, and swap seats as I want to fly gliders which I haven't.
Do you reckon it would be too late then to dust crops ? ( I was hooked watching Airplanes with my grandson ) ......... Maybe boring Pipe line patrols while chewing the cud ?
The pay, if any, will go back into ......RC !
Meantime, I carry around my Real Flight G5 on my lap top on those long, long flights !!
And an I Pad app of the same.

God Bless All here at RC Universe
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:47 AM
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Hey Buddy,
I love your story !.......here's to boring you to death with mine !. I am in Asia and I am 62 now, I have been flying All my life......it seems.
I started out at eight with Guillows and UK's Frog, Veron and Keil Kraft Kits ( rubber powered). Later at 12, it was a succession of Cox 049 powered CL planes
all pwoered by that one engine which I bought for 4 Big dollars..
I worked that .049 to death as I couldnt afford another one. Then I had a hand me down ED Diesel.
A whole bunch of Airfix, Revell and Italeria plastic models filled my young imagination throughout the ages.
Started flying 'full size' at 17 on DH Chipmunks and the Ubiquitous Cessnas and was a single and multi engne light aircraft Instructor from 19 to 23........Then to the Heavy Irons.
My first 'Big' Iron was a 52 seat Fokker F27 Turboprop. ( Fairchild built them in the USA) From there to Boeings 737s, Airbus A300, DC 10s and 747s, Classics and -400s......all on the left seat
for twenty years. I am STILL instructing and flying the lighties. About forty different types. Have you flown MX Quicksilver Ultralights ? I have three hundred hours plus on them.
Then I built two homebuilts............A Canadian Merlin Bush plane with a modified Honda engine and a Zenith CH 750 STOL plane with a Rotax engine.
Another CH 750 is underway as we speak. Other Homebuilts I have flown : Vans RV 6,7 9, Rans, Pelican, EZ Flyer, Challenger Ultralights etc.etc.
RC started when I was in my late twenties when I found a genuine electric airplane.powered by a 'canned 05 brushed motor' with three cell Nicads.
It was a foamy DH Chipmunk that was put out by Kyosho with a packaged three channel Sanwa radio. My first Radio !
That was in 1982.when I was flying heavies and I was attracted to that Chipmunk as it was the first real airplane I had flown flew.
That Kyosho Chipmunk was great looking airplane, BUT The time and Technology for electric flight was not right for that time and that Chipmunk was totaled.
BUT......it planted the seeds for the RC Bug and more RC flying followed , this time with the real mojos....glow engines both two and four strokes from .15 to 1.20.
It went from there........Twenty plus years of RC flying....all kinds. Building Flying, Crashing. re Building............My son joined me at 10.
Four years ago I went back to Electrics. This time the time and Technology was right and I haven't looked back.
I have all kinds of electrics now, from Park flying foamies, to Warbirds ( P 40,P51, Spitfire, Me 109 FW 190, B17, C47 etc) to 3D airplanes........
My favorites ?.................. Precision Aerobatics PA Addiction and the MX Extra 300. Blows everyone away at the field. Superb airplanes with some real Mojos.
My grandson 5, joins me with a single cell Parkzone Champ. He lives in St Louis MO, so I meet him once a year or so and I love to fly with him.
I retired from the real heavy 747 in '13, but was kicked out of the house after two months at home. Same old story. Too much TV, not enough airplanes.
Found a job flying European Turboprop ATR 72s.............seven months and 600 back breaking hours later,
a 'BIG' Operator wrote asking if I would fly for them .
So, now I am flying ultra long range Boeing 777-300 ERs and soon, B787s..........the so called Dreamliner until I am canned at 65.
Beyond that............??
I am wondering if you would kindly consent to check me out on a Pawnee and I could do glider Towing, and swap seats as I want to fly gliders which I haven't.
Do you reckon it would be too late then to dust crops ? ( I was hooked watching Airplanes with my grandson ) ......... Maybe boring Pipe line patrols while chewing the cud ?
The pay, if any, will go back into ......RC !
Meantime, I carry around my Real Flight G5 on my lap top on those long, long flights !!
And an I Pad app of the same.

God Bless All here at RC Universe
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:52 PM
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Hello,

I also have my Private Ticket, I have approx 85 hours total, Not much! Most of those hours are in a Cessna 172, with about 10 hours divided between a Cessna 152, and a Beech craft Sundowner..

Had to stop flying Full scale due to finances, so my aviation fix is RC.

I hope to get back into a FS sometime!

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Old 08-21-2014, 05:19 PM
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This is to To Jason agpilot24

Sorry, I'm a bit of a ludite when it comes to fooling around on these 'on-line' actvities.....
This is my second ever post on RCU.
My last 'long' post was meant for you Jason..............you wrote about your Agpilot experience

So my question to you was....... 'Would you check me out in a Pawnee for Glider Towing after I'm canned '
from the heavies ?

Best Wishes

Siva
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:08 AM
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Due to certain circumstances at the moment I'm not really active with rcm. But a lot of plans are available, most of them not really full-scale (meanwhile declared as by their designers / customers) due to my opinion, but some might be a practicable basis to do so re-drawing details or parts of the plans.

My experience is that many potentially interested colleagues do not try to start using plans to build up their own model, but use a so called ARF model - because they don't have the knowledge and real experience to do all these things their own. Most kits are expensive, many not really good and knowledge is gone since a long time except a few enthusiasts. Argueing that they do not have enough time most of them buy EPP models declared as "detailled scale" which in many cases is different but they like to believe it - it's easier that way than to do it the other way 'round.

To be honest I tried to do it several times but also failed. Knowledge and experience exists, but it's long ago and times changed, my interest concerning models also switched from soaring in former times to electric powered planes today. So I need to learn certain things again and that in fact needs time I don't have at the moment, money and further necessities too. But I'm sure the time will come I can start and then I'll do it. Especially in the US and UK there are quite a lot of rcm enthusiasts doing such things their own - and many of them are really experts. Some exist in the EU too, but not so many due to my opinion (hope I'm wrong).

One reason due to my recognition is that young (and also any further age of beginners / re-entering rcm specialists) people are not supported enough by experienced model builders (not pilots, 'cause there are many of them, in fact) and additionally the rc industry is offering less and less kits, instead of it more and more foam ready-to-use ARF. This and the tendency to get everything cheeper led to the current situation and in many EU countries there's a real gap concerning coaching in rcm building accompanied by enthusiasts. But there's a little light at the end of the tunnel - small start-up companies re-enter the market presenting more and more wooden constructions as kits - but for a huge amount of money in too many cases and therefore a lot of interest is killed by a simple fact - money and lack of knowledge to do it their own starting with a plan.

Since two years since I re-started the hobby I read through a couple of forum platforms about it and much more - it's the same picture in every case scribbling a worse prognosis until we (the more experienced rcm builders) start a campaigne to change the situation. Each forum is full of rc pilots asking the same questions again and again - many of them dealing with lack of knowledge just before lack of experience. Whether it are basics in aerodynamics, basics about statical aspects, materials behaviour under certain circumstances a.s.o. - a nightmare it seems to be in my eyes. Without broadly set-up activities pushing knowledge about building up a model with wooden material, training about aerodynamics a.s.o. it will end in front of a PC some days I suppose.

What do you think about that? Did you make different experience and for what reason do you state?

Regards, Joe

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Old 09-30-2014, 10:36 AM
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With a closer view to the topic:

To build up a real FullScale rcm means to start with an in depth recherche about the original, its variations (if existing), history, construction principles and goals in the market etc. - a broad range of aspects to be checked, just to be sure that everything from construction details, shape, metrics, aerodynamics etc. is recognized and understood as the basis for success later on.

Then size has to be verified / selected, a decission made concerning it and further aspects as mentioned. Questions about a ready drawn plan or the idea to do it yourself will follow, a time plan set up, a cross check concerning the necessary investments performed a.s.o. I suppose most of the time needed will be invested in these topics, more than the rcm building itself after everthing is clarified.

I bought several ARF models, also good constructions but none of them touched my soul. In former times, when ARF was not existing, I was happy with every model finished as a kit. So it's the same to me now - I don't want any further ARF again. But to start an own construction, whether based on a plan that is drawn ready and to be used as a basis for own build-up activities or a start with drawing the plan yourself too will be what I will try to do from now on again - nothing else. Hope to get the possibilty once, at the moment unfortunately not.

Regards, Joe

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Old 01-30-2015, 05:37 PM
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I just brought my baby home, 11-31-14.

Just aircraft highlander.

My RC hobby helped me to
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and flying my own plane
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RC Universe helped, as well.

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Thanks John,

sorry for my late answer.

Since a couple of weeks I'm building an old fashioned electrified rcm, wingspan approx. 1.7m (approx. 68 inches). Fuselage will be (raw) finalized in a few weeks, I suppose. Then wings and elevator will follow, some work concerning the landing gear, coverage, finish etc. So far, in a couple of weeks, I'm hopefully ready to get it airborne first time (may be march or a little later).

One topic I'm not sure with is the size of the BL. Model complete weight will be approx. 1.8kg (approx. 3.97 pounds). Prop size according to the plan should be around 10x5". More diameter will not work according to free space from ground to prop tips. It's a Clark Y wing profile and as I have seen watching a video about the model flying that one had mid range speed - not very slow but also not fast. The model is a copy of one of the first European airline planes, fuselage is a box we call "box dragon shape", wing a rectangel. It's a Dornier Merkur from around 1926.

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Quote:
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I just brought my baby home, 11-31-14.

Just aircraft highlander.

My RC hobby helped me to
keep my dream of building
and flying my own plane
alive.

RC Universe helped, as well.

John

Nice looking plane John and congratulations.
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Congrats John, really a nice plane and, knocking on wood, hopefully bringing you safely back home every flight. Have fun, looks great (first I didn't understand what you ment with the text thinking the shot's showing a model, sorry).

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My dad taught me to fly models and full sized. I soloed in 1974 on my 16th in his Aeronca 11AC and Beech 17, then went on to a career in aviation. Flew corporate light singles, heavier piston freight, turboprop airliner, then got on with TWA on the L-1011, 727, 757, 767, DC-9, MD-80, and still fly it for America West...er, ah, USAir..., er, ah, American. Yeah, that's it! American. On the airline getting hired early in the cycle is key, i was very senior for my age at TWA, and that was a benefit of sorts when American screwed us out of our seniority. But I always remained a Captain throughout so that's a huge blessing. Something to keep in mind, get the job early, no other requisite matters in the airline game. Lots of gray haired Generals were my co-pilot. It's a great ride, can be dissapointing, but perserverence is the key.
I flew warbirds,antiques, aerobatics, raced at Reno, did all I wanted to do.
Now I fly everything I want, C/L F/F and R/C though Pattern and Stunt are my favorites.
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As a kid....RC- then full size power at 16, then full size gliders- break for college- RC again after professional school,---then full size gliders, owned my first glider, Lak 17a, concurrently RC- then no RC and built my RV10 over a seven year period, Now, I fly full my full size Arcus M glider, fly my RV10 to where I keep my glider and I build RC SCRATCH builds all composite from molds I make.

life is good...never watch TELEVISION....NO TIME, but can't remember the last time I was bored.

Not enough time in this life. But, need to physically go someplace to get some rest.
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What are the chances of this, on the day I was getting ready to soar my glider the satellite which takes photos for Google earth flew over my Arcus M while at Inyokern Airport at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Here is what my FORD F-250 four door, long bed and my ARCUS M, two place glider look like from space.

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My Dad and Grandfather got me started in aviation very young. First airplane ride in a Cub at around 5, soloed RC in 1979 when I was 9...then it got expensive Flew RC up til I was 23, then life and girls intervened. I pursued full scale airplanes when I could afford it. Things took a turn in 2003 when I took a job with the Collings Foundation flying their warbirds. Now I am living in Seattle with my wife and back to RC in a big way. I missed it more than I realized.

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Hi together,
I am a retired airline pilot with +/- 17000 hrs in my book - 58 years old now and the happiest pal on the planet !
I will never ever touch a stick of a full scale anymore - I am totally happy to spend my time in the hobby room and on our flying field ,
operating models from 250gramms ( DLG) to 22 kg heavy, very fast jets (JMP Firebird )
Modelbuilding and - flying gives me that much more than just sitting and waiting for time passing by in an A340 Airliner - it was boring !
And the young stewardesses nowadays are more interested in their mobiles compared to the old man telling stories of the good old times when flying was something special !
We share the best hobby in the world !
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I think it is appropriate that your last post was timed at 747.

to KUALA LAMPUR PILOT!

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110 days until I retire at 63 years old. 4000+hrs in Navy attack airplanes. Best flying in the world but also much greater risk, Like I can't believe I used to do that! 6000+hrs in one Airline, FedEx. I traveled the world and saw sights I never imagined.
It is always the people that make the job rewarding and worthwhile.
I have a 1/3 share in a Cessna Cardinal if i want to get out but I'm really looking forward to the modeling adventures ahead.
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