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Steve Colman26/01/2020 21:15:44
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My Multiplex Acromaster first flew in January 2013.

Today it completed it's 400th flight still with original (budget) motor, ESC and servos. I think that's a pretty good return for the original investment.

Anyone else have models with a similar story?

Colin Carpenter26/01/2020 21:21:21
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350 ish on an Acrowot Foam E ! The foam sandwich finally gave out when a club mate was having a go ! I got it down but the front fell off on landing and I wasn’t going to repair it yet again. A great flyer ! Sorely missed. Colin

Andrew Ray26/01/2020 21:26:20
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Early tissue and dope painted Acro Wot with a Laser 75, first flown in the early '90s. No idea how many flights but a lot! Refurbed 2 years ago with a fresh paint scheme, new servos and Laser 80, good for another 25 years.

Don Fry26/01/2020 21:35:24
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I once had a old hack. Much patched and repaired, and fuel soaked. Don't do the log book thing, but it's got to be well north of 200 trips. I had decided to break It up for it't bits.

Last session, the wing fell off. It speared the earth, smashed it's new motor, smashed the receiver casing, dented the (life) battery, and broke 2 servos.

David Holland 226/01/2020 22:04:17
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Foamy Acrowot, no doubt. I'm on my second one, dumb thumbs saw the demise of the first, couldn't live without it so immediately bought another. This one has 320 odd flights to its credit so far. Flys in all weathers and I never go flying without it. First flight of the day to make sure my thumbs still work and then at least another half dozen batteries full of electrons to inconvenience. Lovely manners, not a single vice anywhere. Love it.

David

Simon Chaddock26/01/2020 23:43:45
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My 'go to' plane, Artech Wing Dragon Sport is now 10 years old and still flying although it has been rather heavily modified over the years so only the moulded fuselage shell and glass fibre tail boom are original.

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Although I do still have all the original bits including the brushed 480 motor but the 9.6 V 1000 mAh NiMh is long gone.

Stephen Jones27/01/2020 00:24:09
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Well i have no idea just how many flights i have had with this one .

Needless to say it goes out every time i go to the flat field . It flies in all weathers easy to pack in the car does not matter if the grass is long, wet or muddy. I just put a battery in it and go fly the pants of it .

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I like it so much i have built several of them. I have a new one waiting to be painted so i will never be without one.

Steve.

J D 827/01/2020 09:23:41
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ARC Jupiter, now in it's 20th year. Flown the heck out of it. First out of the hanger this year. Irvine 46 also still going strong.ARC Jupiter

ken anderson.27/01/2020 09:42:50
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JNR 60,built 1991....not flown for a while but in its day ir was up among the best,now on its 2nd 4st motor and...….wait for it.....a hobbyking Rad Jet....a load of fun for little dosh.

ken anderson...ne..1..little dosh dept.

Richard Harris27/01/2020 09:57:56
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My enlarged Cruiser has seen a lot of air time and has plenty left too, even flown with ski's off snow. On the fixed wing side I have an old kit built WOT 4 that is well flown, being a fixed wing it is not as exciting to fly so has been hanger bound since playing with autogyros. Must blow the dust off the old bird this year.

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David Davis27/01/2020 10:16:53
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Junior 60. It's a bit like Trigger's Broom being on its second fuselage and third tailplane. The wing dates from 1988 though.

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Frank Skilbeck27/01/2020 11:03:10
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My Dads old Majestic Major, built in the 1980s, was until recently powered by a Laser 75, but the bearings need replacing so now on a Laser 62. Was originally on Fleet radio and servos, but I lent the model to a clubmate some 15 years ago and he changed the servos to work with his radio, when I got it back I flew it on a 35mhz MPX Cockpit Sx, which it's still flying on today. The airframe is tatty but all original, I could refurbish it but want to keep it original.

It gets used on Air Cadets/Scouts/Cub sessions and for anybody who wants to have a go, including our local MP, as it doesn't do anything quickly, wirelessly buddied to a 2.4 GHz MPX Royal Pro.

Peter Christy27/01/2020 12:10:36
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My MicroMold Lark!

Originally a present from my wife for Christmas, 1974! Although many bits have been replaced down the years, there's enough original bits left to qualify as "original"!

I think its now on its 8th engine! (Lost track a bit, down the years!)

For a number of years, I flew it flybarless, without any electronic stabilisation:

Still going strong 46 years on!
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Pete
alex nicol27/01/2020 13:40:19
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Maricardo on the right was built early 70's and still flying today. it's a bit 'Triggers Broom' New nose (due to fuel soak age) and a freshen up/minor refurb Fuselage recovered. The Maricado on the left was built with the RCM&E feature mods early 90's also still flying today.

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alex nicol27/01/2020 13:45:44
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Correction, poor memory Maricardo above on left was built 2009/10 ish. The one on the right was defo early 70's, the plan is pre decimal and cost the princely sum of 1'6d ( 15p in new money)

alex nicol27/01/2020 13:47:19
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Major Senior moment today 1'6d is 7.5p in new money

Lindsay Todd27/01/2020 14:20:05
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My own design Focker D7, little sticker inside says built 1982, flown pretty much every year since, lost count of the number of flights some years ago so hate to think how many but lots and lots!

Linds

Steve Colman28/01/2020 10:02:39
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Many thanks for the stories of your models gents. Seems my Acromaster has a few more flights and years ahead to catch up with some of the models detailed here.

Happy flying!

Nigel R28/01/2020 10:27:37
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BiFly 25

It is about 20 years old. I have no idea how many flights that has had - I'm the fourth owner. I've put a hundred flights on it. Good compact airframe, small enough to travel in one piece, large enough to be a "proper" plane.

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Brian Cooper28/01/2020 12:37:58
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I designed this model (Screamer) about 42 years ago.

This particular one is shown here with my lad Daniel (an ace piolt) in 1997 when he was 11. It is still going strong and is now 23 years old.

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