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Have you passed the model flying/building bug onto anyone else?

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Q: Have you passed the model flying/building bug onto anyone else?





















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Beth Ashby Moderator10/01/2017 17:21:19
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Tell us here...

Broken Prop10/01/2017 17:54:27
521 forum posts
1 photos

My cat likes to help me by laying on the plans, but I am not sure that counts.....

john stones 110/01/2017 17:58:43
9172 forum posts
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Don't know about passing the bug on, but i have encouraged non builders to do their own builds, his flying's a work in progress though cheeky


Peter Miller10/01/2017 18:23:12
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I have persuaded a few over the years. to get inot building

Geoff Sleath10/01/2017 20:18:10
2472 forum posts
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I started too late to be good enough to teach anyone to fly. Much as I would have enjoyed teaching, I just don't fly to a high enough standard IMO.

I was a qualified sailing instructor years ago and got a lot of satisfaction from that. I was also lucky enough to get week's paid sailing for several years on the Rolls Royce yacht (a 55' ferro cement ketch called 'Merlin of Clyde' as first mate taking an 8 strong crew of totally inexperienced trainees to sea. That was great fun while it lasted.


Andy4810/01/2017 20:29:03
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I try not to, I'd rather not have some responsibility for their frustration, demoralisation and reducing bank balance. cheeky

McG 696910/01/2017 20:45:35
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My preferred tavern owner is polite enough to smile at my stories...

My preferred barber/hairdresser is smart enough to use his hairdryer when 'not' (hot?) listening at my stories...

My preferred friend/partner (The LotH) is kind enough to listen to and to even sponsor my strange activities...

... but I remain convinced that she shouldn't join the model flying activities for the sake of all...



Chris Bott - Moderator10/01/2017 23:22:37
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I miserably failed with my offspring but who knows, we may all have passed on the bug collectively to someone via this forum?
Tom Sharp 210/01/2017 23:30:33
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Posted by Andy48 on 10/01/2017 20:29:03:

I try not to, I'd rather not have some responsibility for their frustration, demoralisation and reducing bank balance. cheeky


Mike Etheridge 111/01/2017 00:06:34
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I built my Nephew Nigel when he was about 10 a free flight Chatterbox and a control line Keil Kraft Champ. He went on to upstage me in every aspect of the hobby including taking part in the Gold Trophy and the combat control line events at the Nationals. He passed his B certificate and demonstrated RC flying at RAF Dunsfold where he once worked having passed an aeronautical degree. I spoke to him last week and he confirmed he is working on the full size Typhoon fighter. I believe he has still got the Chatterbox and despite giving up radio control several years ago has just bought some 2.4 mhz gear.

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onetenor11/01/2017 06:33:49
1570 forum posts

One Of 5 sons and my nephew

Chris Freeman 311/01/2017 07:49:23
67 forum posts
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Been building models most of my 52 years, My son is very active and grew up in our workshop. I have taught many people and my friends are mostly rc nuts, including my doctor. I ran an aviation awarness campaign for South African Airways for a number of years and built Delta Darts/ BMFA Darts with kids all around South Africa, about 20 000 of them.

Jon Laughton11/01/2017 09:10:03
1054 forum posts
86 photos

Shame you can't multi select as I have passed on this passion to friends and family

Birgir11/01/2017 10:11:53
136 forum posts
59 photos

No one yet, but I have eight grandchildren and I'm still hoping

Gary Manuel11/01/2017 11:20:34
1493 forum posts
1339 photos

Not yet, but working on it.

ChrisB15/01/2017 21:32:48
1175 forum posts
34 photos

Taught a few over the years. Tried to get some workmates to take up flying but they scoff as usual...their luck out!

Dave Bran21/01/2017 18:01:28
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Errrrm. Ignoring before 2006, 11 years twice a week after school club, yearly intake 9 classes of 30, about a third sample in their first year, about 25 regularly attend, and 5 to 10 per year stay keen beyond year 11. Currently have two ex-pupils now Uni that fly with me when back home, one in third year, one first year.

In all that time and with all those numbers there has only ever been two fathers who showed any interest.

Don Fry21/01/2017 19:26:29
2258 forum posts
29 photos

I have some hopes for 2017. Three prey are lined up for lessons. All under 10.

Tim Hooper21/01/2017 21:27:29
2815 forum posts
2346 photos

I've taught a few to fly as a club instructor over the years.

However, as some people are aware, my partner (now wife), Netty, took up the hobby some years ago. She'd already had a taste for full-sized aviation, but found it too expensive. Being a blokey kind of gal, she expressed an interest in having a twiddle on the sticks - which she found much more challenging than she'd imagined.

Anyway, several builds and reviews later, she possesses an A certificate and a fleet of 10 models of her own. Currently taking a winter sabbatical.


Netty's first build was this Peter Rake Renaud sever al years ago. Still sees occasional flight time.

ChrisB23/01/2017 23:16:26
1175 forum posts
34 photos

The poll stats are interesting. 36% haven't introduced anyone.

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