In 1972, I started flying a Cox Pitts Special ( control line ) as well as a Stuka Bomber (.049). While flying control line, I moved on to building aircraft kits in Balsa ( A company called Guillows I think). Most were rubber band models and I cover the balsa with tissue and dope. I had a slow time in the mid to late 70's as I struggled with my parents divorce. In 1980 I met a couple of people who taught me how to fly RC planes. I was flying a Eagle 63 Trainer with a .40 and flew that for a while.
While flying the Eagle 63, I bought a quarter scale J3 cub with a float kit and built that. I also went big and tackled building a large Hirobo DDF Jetranger with a .60. It was pretty cool and took alot of time (2 years). I continued flying to this day. I have built a DC3 kit (Royal), a J3 cub on floats ( the EFLITE KIT), a couple aerobatic planes, a Hawk Pro Heli, a P51 Mustang, a Multiplex Fun Cub on floats ( I fly this every weekend at the lake) and I am current scratch building a C-130 Hercules kit from Keith Sparks Plans. Once that is complete, I will be building a PBM Mariner from Keith Sparks plans as well.
Thats how I started!
ps. This Winter, I am flying a Charger R/C Fuzion as well as a electric RT Sirius Eleven aerobatic plane.