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Age/Experience Survey - no chit chat please !

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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator18/02/2010 22:46:04
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Well, we were chatting away on one of the threads the other day when a couple of the forumites happened to mention their age. Several others were quite surprised - not at all the idea you might have had!
 
So a group of fellow posters have asked if we could have a survey about how old we all were and how long we'd been modelling. I said I'd try and set something up - so this is it!
 
When doing the mode survey I did think of asking for ages - but felt it was a getting bit "personal"  But the long and short is I'm assured by others that they would have no problem with it so here goes and I hope enough of us feel able to answer (honestly!) to give us some good quality statistics.
 
We're going to try to answer the following questions:
 
1. What is the average age of modellers today - are we a predominately middle aged hobby - or is there a vibrant healthy "yoof" element.
 
2. Is the age profile different for various aspects of the hobby? So, are slopers a younger group? Are all scale IC types travelling to the patch with their free bus pass?
 
3. Is flying model airplanes a disease caught in "childhood" that plagues you for the rest of your life? Did most of us actually catch the bug when very young - even if we had a long lay-off during girls/family time?
 
So, here are the questions we'd like you to answer if you would be so kind.
 
1.Current age (whole years will do!)
 
2. What discipline you mainly fly - if you do loads please pick upto three which you would consider your main activities. The categories are:
   IC Sport
   IC Scale
   IC Aerobatics (incl 3D)
   Elec Sport
   Elec Scale
   Elec Aerobatics (incl 3D)
   Slope - All types
   Other non-powered.
   Heli Elec
   Heli IC
 
3. At what age did you have your first real flying aeromodelling experience. So that could be building a glider, a rubber powered model, IC free flight or RC. But not just assembling an Airfix kit or a two piece chuck glider! We want to know when you started what we would recoginise as "Aeromodelling". Note you may have then taken a long lay-off - that doesn't matter - we just want to know when you first made a flying model.
 
OK that's it. Similar rules to last time - please confine contributions to this thread to just direct answers to the questions - no other info.
 
HERE is  a discussion thread to run in parallel so you can post any stories etc there, please do NOT clog this thread with discussion - just the data please .
 
Let's see if we can sucessfully answer these questions.
 
BEB
 
PS This survey is open to all forum readers - regardless of where they live!

Edited By Timbo - Administrator on 18/02/2010 23:01:36

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator18/02/2010 22:47:46
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To set a good example - I'll start the ball rolling:
 
53 years old
 
IC Sport
IC Scale
 
Bulit Keil Kraft rubber powered kits when 12-13 years.
 
BEB
Stephen Grigg18/02/2010 22:50:48
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I started  2 years ago Easter aged 63 .,so now Im 65 I fly IC and Electric.I fly Vintage Scale and Aerobatic,Ive done a couple of kit builds but mainly ARTF
Tim Mackey18/02/2010 22:56:02
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20919 forum posts
304 photos
15 articles
59 this year
 
a) Slope
 
b) Electric scale / sport
 
c) IC scale
 
Keil Kraft ranger control liner....@ circa 14 yrs old
 ( thats a best guess - I have difficulty remembering what I had for breakfast )
Pete B - Moderator18/02/2010 23:05:26
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57 years -    and no, I still can't believe it..........
 
Elec Sport
 
Elec Scale
 
Heli Elec
 
14 years  -  with a Mercury Matador
 
 
Pete

 
 
Paddy Fidling18/02/2010 23:10:08
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122 forum posts
6 photos
Just under 16 years
 
'leccy sport / scale
 
15 years, first RTF bought!
IanN18/02/2010 23:20:15
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1675 forum posts
119 photos
51
 
i.c. sport
 
11, Keil Kraft Piper Family Cruiser rubber powered f/f
00118/02/2010 23:20:34
2212 forum posts
1 photos
66years.
Electric sport.
Slope Soaring.
 
11 years old, built a KeilKraft Fokker D8 rubber powered.......Shortly after went on to Diesel freeflight.
Gaz Elliott18/02/2010 23:29:55
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665 forum posts
30 photos
33yrs
ic sport
elec heli
 
30yrs old artf boomerang 40 size ( still got it)
 
Gaz
Martin Harris18/02/2010 23:36:48
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8945 forum posts
221 photos
  54
 
   IC Scale
   IC Aerobatics (incl 3D)  
   Elec Aerobatics (incl 3D)
 
   @13
Alex Irvine18/02/2010 23:44:41
17 forum posts
56
IC Sport (trainer)
Elec sport
14 Keilcraft Hurricane
Jim Carss18/02/2010 23:55:07
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2073 forum posts
82 photos
68
IC Sport
 
IC Scale
 
Started around 15 yrs. old with Frog Tomtit and then Keilkraft Playboy.
 
been at it ever since and still enjoying the hobby and this forum.
 
Jimbo 
Ross Clarkson18/02/2010 23:56:27
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1438 forum posts
106 photos
31
IC Sport
31.
 

inspector956619/02/2010 00:23:41
239 forum posts
44.
 
ic sport.
ic aero inc 3D.
electric aero inc 3D.
 
40 with arizing star ic artf and yes i stll have it for my son to use (if I dont kill it first).
Peter 'Ivanna Crashalot' Savage19/02/2010 00:48:23
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58 photos
1. 17 :P
 
2. IC Sport
   IC Aerobatics (incl 3D)
   Elec Sport
    
 
3. Built a McAllister SkyBug, must have been about 8
andy watson19/02/2010 03:33:56
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1942 forum posts
20 photos
41
 
IC sport
IC scale
 
Started @ 38.  (Did have an abortive attempt 15 years ago, but not really worth counting)

Edited By andy watson on 19/02/2010 03:34:21

Mike Rolls19/02/2010 05:53:47
500 forum posts
22 photos
72
 
Electric sports aeros
Electric gliders
Slope (very occassional)
 
Started with chuck gliders in 1946/7
Flown everything except helicopters,  from indoor microfilm to C/L team racers over the years
David Davis19/02/2010 06:12:43
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3463 forum posts
621 photos
62 next month
 
IC Sport
Electric Sport
One Fokker Triplane!
 
Started aged 11 or 12 with a Keil Kraft Ajax rubber powered model.
David Ashby - Moderator19/02/2010 06:24:31
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Elec - sport, scale, aero
 
First proper model at the age of 16 
Nobby15919/02/2010 07:25:51
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330 forum posts
44 photos
55

Elec Sport
IC Scale
IC Sport
 
Started aged 9 or 10 with a Keil Kraft rubber powered model, first IC Cox control line age 10

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