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Vinegar Dave28/01/2015 19:09:52
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You could have been flying 3 years or 40 years but do you still own or fly your first ever plane?heart

John Privett28/01/2015 19:13:19
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No chance, but a good question! teeth 2

I flew my first R/C plane (a Tyro Major) back in about 1973 or 74. First control-line plane a couple of years before that. None of my c/l models survived, and the Tyro Major survived long enough to be passed on to another beginner, but I'm certain is no longer around!

Martin Harris28/01/2015 19:14:46
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But I did build a Phantom Mite with a DC Merlin from a plan I found on the Internet a couple of years ago to re-create my first control line model.

avtur28/01/2015 19:21:24
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Great question ...

First ever model ...KK Ajax

First control line model ... Cox 049 Cherokee

First radio control ... Veron Impala

Memories come flooding back .... thanks for the reminder smiley

KingKade28/01/2015 19:31:03
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Super 60 in 1988. I make that 27 years. Still have it, although fin broken off in storage in shed, day!

Last flown in 1992



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iqon28/01/2015 19:34:02
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I might have bits of my first in spares box..........wink

Mike Etheridge 128/01/2015 19:40:16
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I still have my first RC plane a Keil Kraft New Junior 60 I built in 1962 / 3. At present I am in the process of re-covering the fuselage with Oratex having stripped off the it's second covering of doped nylon. I have now added an elevator as it was originally a single channel model. I will re-install the ED Racer diesel which is now well over 50 years old.

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1946 JNR 60 and original Keil Kraft 1955 New JNR 60 Built 1962/3

Bob Cotsford28/01/2015 19:40:38
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Discounting free flight and control liners as they never lasted long, my first RC model was a Mercury Matador on single channel last seen circling over the woods in Sutton Park and still climbing steadily with a full tank.

Robin Etherton28/01/2015 19:48:50
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First control line model the kk champ with an ED Bee up front. Flew it off the local cricket pitch(loverly and smooth).

Park keeper left us alone!

First rc a Precedent Hi boy.

All traces of models long gone but the J series Futaba is still knocking around somewhere.

Fond memories.


scott finnie28/01/2015 20:01:03
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Yeap my pink kyosho trainer . not sure where the engine went but servos still there and everything is intact.

PS pink wasn't my choice
Peter Christy28/01/2015 20:14:02
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OK, so this wasn't my first heli - but it was my second!

Xmas prezzie from my wife in 1974. Its worn out about 6 engines, has been the test bed for my own design 459 MHz gear (still flies with the prototype Tx and Rx), and is currently flying flybar-less, without any electronic stabilisation. Mind you, I would admit that like the woodman's axe, little of the original now remains. But that can also be said of a lot of vintage full-size aircraft too!

I do know where my first heli is though! I sold it to a clubmate , many years ago. He put it in his attic, and its still there! He refuses to sell it back to me......!



Gary Manuel28/01/2015 20:22:58
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I still fly my Flair Cub but on the other end of the buddy lead this time around. I have recently parted with it to my student, who was looking for a suitable model.

I used it to learn and passed my "A" with it back in 2005, so it's lasted almost 10 years so far.

This is it during construction. The pilot is Norbert, who sadly, is no longer with us.

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Dave Bran28/01/2015 20:36:20
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Still got my first Heli, Hirobo Sceadu Evo, still flying, second engine, never changed a bearing on the frame!

First RC planes not still around, sold them when short of money with young family. Do still have my second control line wing aero/combat model, from 1972.

John Privett28/01/2015 20:42:24
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Actually.... whilst my first plane is long-gone, I do still have the engine and radio that were in it.

Engine is an Enya 19 that I used again in the 1990s until I finally wore it out. And the Futaba M6 radio is up in the loft somewhere.

Ian Mat28/01/2015 21:10:53
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Probably not in the same league as you guys... but I don't think I will ever not fly the WOT 4 electric that I learnt to fly on... I have flown a couple of other models since, but the WOT 4 is still the best!

Allan Bennett28/01/2015 21:19:44
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I wore out my first plane, a Hawk .25 Trainer, before I'd even passed my test -- just got too heavy to fly with all the repairs. But I've still got the Flair SE5a which was my second model after I'd gone solo in about 1986. Its OS48FS engine was replaced quite a while ago by an electric motor and 5S A123 battery. Radio has been updated to 2.4GHz too.

Birgir28/01/2015 21:50:31
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I do
My Keil Kraft Mini Super, build in 1973 is still going strong
This video is from last Saturday, 24th of January

Pictures of the last rebuild can be seen at **LINK**


john stones 128/01/2015 21:58:39
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I still have the same model its had


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Barnstormer 5228/01/2015 22:31:24
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All the topics that get posted on here - It amazes me someone comes up with something original!

No - 1st model Kiel Kraft Pixie - circa 1960 or 62

Oldest model still owned a Barnstormer 63 built early 1982, so 33 years old.

I often wonder about the longevity of pva?

Still have my 1st engine OS15 from 1966 bought from Radio Control Supplies at Isleworth £6 6/- 0d - which came complete with a 'Jet Stream' silencer with a paddle in front of the exit controlled by a link from the throttle arm.

I can't remember where I lost my Elmic Commander and Conquest escapements. (sorry a bit off topic)

J D 828/01/2015 23:24:50
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Still have my second FF power a Mercury Matador,recently converted to rc and flown again after a 42 year rest,original other than tail covering.Mercury matador

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