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Malcolm Fisher23/01/2019 20:15:53
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I built my first model circa 1950 - a Keil Kraft rubber powered Chipmunk. It flew but not very well or very far. Later models included gliders and FF models. I changed to C/L after getting tired of chasing my free flight efforts and worrying about losing a, to me, costly engine. As a teenager with very limited spending power I learned to carve propellers when it came to be an issue of buying half a pint of diesel fuel - half a crown in those days - or a new prop at a similar price. My props worked but were probably not very well balanced and often broke in a too common "arrival". Ventured into R/C with a McGregor single channel super regen 27 MHz set advancing via Flight Link Duette two channel and eventually to a six channel Futaba M set. Initially with gliders and later power models. Now returned to slope soaring and electric foamies with 2.4 Gig with still some 35 Mhz and 27MHz radio older models.


Old John B23/01/2019 20:40:27
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I started in 1941 with a rubber powered model covered as I remember in some kind of orange film. We used to fly it from a hill in the park. Father made a Daily Express glider, can't remember when that joined the family, and I remember that was covered in brown paper.Several "Frog" models followed and the "Frog" fighter that I still have, though the oil bottles and the gadget for putting in the rubber motor have long been lost My son who is now 59 played with it and it is still intact in its box.

We used to buy solid model kits for about one shilling and flying model kits for a few pence more.

I left school and went to sea in 1948 and model flying took a break for about ten years but the bug was still there and very soon model flying (Gliders, control line etc etc) became part of my life again.My son got the bug too but went on to fly full size machines for a living

At 87 I am still at it, the chaps at the club are all very good and keep an eye on me just in case !!!!!

I intend living until I am 120 so I hope that they can keep up with me ???

Old John B

Ronaldo23/01/2019 22:07:10
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Around 50 years for me, ...... and oh boy have I seen some changes in the hobby ... all for the better. No doubt many who have been in for longer will have memories of model progress that go even further back than I've seen !

Started with chuck gliders, rubber powered, then my first IC was control line. My first RC was a McGregor single channel, and a plan built glider, can't remember the name. Then as funds allowed I moved onto a 2 channel set, high wing rudder/elevator trainer, which made all the difference, and gave me (what I thought at the time) total flying control, apart from no throttle so just waited till the fuel ran out and landed dead stick. The real game changer was when I finally managed to afford a Skyleader 6 channel fully proportional system. WOW ! there was no going back then !! I had arrived !! lol. I fly petrol, glow, electric, sports, and scale models, and a couple of hot liner gliders, which has progressed tremendously with the introduction of Lipos. Even petrol engines have improved in design and performance compared to the early engines.

Back then it cost a fortune for radio gear, some of today's radio gear prices for beginners just starting out are only a fraction of the cost of what we paid back then. After Skyleader I moved on to Digi-fleet PCM radio, JR, and now Spectrum.

All in all, it's been a fantastic very satisfying journey, I've made many friends, and gained lot of help and support from family and club members. Hoping for many more happy model flying years to come with all you fellow modellers !




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Brian Hammond23/01/2019 22:12:26
338 forum posts

Well done Old John,I thought I was pushing it at 81so I will tell my friends at the club they might have to put up with me for a few more years, but if they read about you they won,t take over the grass cutting as I,m still young. Do you remember when a small diesel was a couple of weeks wages? Tell them that today.Brian.

Martyn K23/01/2019 23:06:17
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Since 1970. My first kit was a kk Soarer Baby.

robert chamberlain15/02/2019 01:53:31
138 forum posts

hello all,--- what "after flying" cleaning fluid do people find works the best for them for glow/oil engines?

Denis Watkins15/02/2019 06:22:38
4197 forum posts
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If cleaned at the field, at the end of the flying, the lads use a squirty bottle filled with water and a few drops of washing up liquid, as the mess is fresh

More stubborn mess can be moved wit £1 Shop Bath Foam, just a few squirts

Stuart Z15/02/2019 07:19:45
390 forum posts
Posted by Denis Watkins on 15/02/2019 06:22:38:

If cleaned at the field, at the end of the flying, the lads use a squirty bottle filled with water and a few drops of washing up liquid, as the mess is fresh

More stubborn mess can be moved wit £1 Shop Bath Foam, just a few squirts

I add a dash of vinegar to soapy water sprayer. Smells a bit like a chip shop but seems to be a bit better on caster based fuel residue.

Try an exhaust deflector tube thingy, generally I don’t get much residue on the model at all.

Nigel R15/02/2019 09:32:05
3518 forum posts
540 photos

Window cleaner in spray bottle from £1 shop, the vinegar then comes pre-added.

Martin McIntosh15/02/2019 09:45:19
3159 forum posts
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Tesco`s hard surface cleaner diluted 5:1. Same as Flash but usually cheaper.

Cuban815/02/2019 09:54:48
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All sorts of moonshine brews to make cleaning fluid over the years, think I've tried them all. TBH, good old Fairy Liquid, suitably diluted, is as good as anything, I find. Breaks down oil and dirt effectively and won't affect coverings or paint. An occasional 'deep cleanse' with 'Elbow Grease' spray from Poundland (dilute 50:50 with water) keeps surfaces like new. A decent cotton cleaning rag that's not saturated with old oil and cleaner residue, also helps immensely.

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