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SONNY MONKS22/01/2019 14:09:09
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I have only been in the hobby two years,i know,nothing compared to some members i know,thirty to fourty years some of them,apparently you never stop learning,and regardless of how experienced you are,you will always crash,well occasionally,so im told.

SONNY MONKS22/01/2019 14:12:07
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And if you were to work out how much its cost you over the years,phew,an arm and a leg i bet.

Martin Harris22/01/2019 14:15:45
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This is where a little information in the Member Profile can be so useful! It does bug me a little that so few people don't take a few minutes to add some details of their experience and interests which can be so useful when answering queries or deciding how much credence to place on their opinions.

And before anyone screams "data protection" and "identity fraud" concerns, you don't need to put your date of birth, bank details or mother's maiden name in there!

Doug Campbell22/01/2019 14:31:00
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I will answer your question without a rant. 50 years. Still learning and having fresh challenges every week .I think this is what makes the hobby so absorbing

Edited By Doug Campbell on 22/01/2019 14:31:39

Robin Etherton22/01/2019 14:47:03
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60 years, with a short break for marriage and children.

The mind is still willing but going out to fly in the freezing cold is a challenge.


Former Member22/01/2019 14:51:20
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john stones 122/01/2019 14:58:43
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25 years ish in two parts, Iearnt all there is to know, sadly forgot most of it.wink

Bob Cotsford22/01/2019 15:00:03
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Posted by Robin Etherton on 22/01/2019 14:47:03:

60 years, with a short break for marriage and children.

The mind is still willing but going out to fly in the freezing cold is a challenge.


You and me both! If you count 6d chuck gliders and the Frog Junior series then I'll match your 60 years.

J D 822/01/2019 15:05:50
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Growing up near an RNAS station sparked my intrest in all things flying. My first balsa aircraft was KK Hurricane that failed to fly as you may have guessed. Second a KK Ajax, on first wind up [rubber power] the fuzz burst with tissue and balsa all over the place. Success came with a KK Kadet glider even though it was over weight. [did not know the dope needed thinningblush.]

Cost? A whole lot less than smoking,drinking,racing car's ect ect. [ Only done the third item. ] And yes there is always something new to learn even after 54 years.

Peter Christy22/01/2019 15:09:41
1725 forum posts

Nearly 60 years of power modelling! I got my first powered model - a control-liner - in 1961. Started in RC about 1965.

Mind you, I've been sticking bits of balsa and tissue together for as long as I can remember - certainly since the late 50s....



Cuban822/01/2019 15:16:28
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My earliest recollection is getting a free gift of a rubber powered model at age 7 with the 'Valiant' comic in about 1964. IIRC it was called 'Ranger Redwing's Flying Model Aeroplane' or something along those lines, and you collected the bits over three issues. That's what sparked my interest and I haven't stopped since then. Does anyone else remember that free gift? No one else seems to remember it and I'm sure my imagination isn't playing tricks. The model was fold together cardboard with a sharp stamped out tin plate propeller.

Must have spent a fortune of pocket money on 'North Pacific' rubber models that flew well and those small catapult plastic delta gliders that were sold in all toy shops and newsagents. Never had much success with Keil Kraft - far too intricate for my clumsy fingers. Still loved the expectation whilst building them though. Real success came in late teens and with help from a lovely bloke in a local club who showed me the ropes. Never looked back.

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Edited By Cuban8 on 22/01/2019 15:26:22

Robin Etherton22/01/2019 15:19:25
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They all count, I started with airfix models then rubber powered then an Ed bee powered control line Champ flying with terylene line off of the local cricket pitch. What a pig the engine seemed at that time to start.

Weren’t very popular with the park keeper, but we could run faster than him.

Jon - Laser Engines22/01/2019 15:24:39
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First flew when i was 5, now 34 and no breaks in between. I have flown most types of model with a few exceptions (pylon, 3d in a serious way, jets) and primarily fly scale as i love watching them go by.

I agree with Doug completely in that there is always something new to learn and something you can do better.

As for crashing, yea it happens, but less and less the more experienced you become...assuming you learn from past mistakes

SONNY MONKS22/01/2019 15:41:30
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i admire all you gentleman who have had the patients after all these years,because you certainly need that if you scratch build,and you must all have deep pockets too,so you must of done well in you careers,well done,i look at some model aircraft nowadays,and id have to remortgage my house lol!

David Davis22/01/2019 15:42:07
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1959-1964. Free flight and contol line models.

1964-1988. Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.

1988- present. Radio controlled models.

Nigel R22/01/2019 15:42:24
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12 or 13 years on and off, man and boy, etc.

"1964-1988. Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll."

1 more year and you could have had your long service award!


Edited By Nigel R on 22/01/2019 15:44:20

SONNY MONKS22/01/2019 15:47:22
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Im also assuming people had more time on there hands in decades gone by,as to scratch build been the norm back then,and the ARTF been the market leader today,attitudes change over time i suppose,but i do favour an hand built model,as you know,it gives you the pleasure knowing you built it as its flying,its a personal thing,i think,although ive only built three super 60s.

SONNY MONKS22/01/2019 15:50:30
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Hi Nigel R,I dont mean to wish my life away,but id of loved to experience the partying culture of the 60s and 70s,and the hobby culture of course.

G194022/01/2019 15:50:59
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I started in about 1995 (when I was 55) after a what turned out to be a bad cycle accident stopped my sailing and serious cycling. The accident was in 1990 and I first had a go at model yacht racing as a means of sublimating my passion for sail but a minimum of a 60 mile round trip to the club's waters made me look at model flying instead.

Of course back then electric flight was a bit marginal so, though I persisted in playing with electric propulsion, most of my flying was with glow engines. Now I'm almost 100% electric though I have a couple of petrol engined models (a Maher's Thunderbird and a GP Stearman) which rarely see the light of the sky .

Having spent many years motorcycling I still like mechanicing on engines but not so keen on operating them. I've been involved in electronics literally all my life ( Dad used to give me old radios to pull apart before I started school!) and I spent my working life in electronics, so electric propulsion attracts me.


John Duncker22/01/2019 15:56:18
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62 years with some short breaks. Even now living on a sailboat in the Caribbean I have a Zagi which gets a litttle exercise on a sand dune facing the trades every now and then.

I have flown control line, FF and radio.

Indoor rubber power was challenging as was my F 104 Starfighter with it's gas turbine.

I have flown ARFs but like to build from scratch as I get a bigger kick of seeing my own creation flying.

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