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TheFlyingCrust27/01/2013 16:00:13
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Following on from Avtur's "Reflective Mood" thread I thought it'd be interesting to find out what we all do in addition aeromodelling.

I'm involved with the Transition Town group here in Dorset, I've been instrumental in setting up a Community Farm project, I run a local Food Co-operative, I'm involved in charitable fundraising with Moose International (which has become the victim of a changind society and may not survive). I'm a keen gardener, growing as many of my own veg as I can, and I do all my own house maintenance - except for gas appliances.

And when I have time to spare angryI go out for long walks!

All this on top of this wonderflul hobby. BTW I retired 3 years agoface 23


Edited By Rentman on 27/01/2013 16:01:45

Myron Beaumont27/01/2013 16:05:17
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What don't I do ?

Tony Bennett27/01/2013 16:25:15
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i do what ever i am told. cheeky by the boss.

retired 3 years ago on medical grounds.

Myron Beaumont27/01/2013 16:33:09
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"retired on medical grounds" ?

Were you one of those hospital car park attendants paid for by our national health contributions ?wink 2

Tony Bennett27/01/2013 16:39:31
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i wish. cheeky

Bob Cotsford27/01/2013 16:48:01
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apart from working in IT support I watch motor racing - preferably on two wheels - and mess about with motorbikes. Spent this morning spraying a fuselage, then took my new to me Triumph Sprint out for a 50 mile check out ride.

Myron Beaumont27/01/2013 17:01:39
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Most modellers seem to be involved a lot of the time with noisy things that go round and round powered by fuel to give them excitement . (except those lekky peeps of course ) Oh dear -Sorry-whoops !blush

Paul Marsh27/01/2013 17:14:38
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I'm into High-end Hifi and Home Cinama systems. Probably costs more than rc planes (£5000 for the 9.1 Ex AV Processor alone), but you can't crash it!

kevin b27/01/2013 17:30:57
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I mend bumped motor cars (well my business does. I'm getting too old). Apart from that I have the house / garden to finish off and an old kitcar to rebuild. Roll on retirement !

I do spend a lot of time when it is cold, dark and wet mainly, restoring old model plans.

Kevinb Digital editing suite.

Simon B27/01/2013 17:33:47
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I organise concerts for a living. You can see what I get up to here. I've used my expertise here to organise fundraisers for our local library hit by cuts too. I started modelling because I needed a hobby that wasn't also my job!

Edited By Simon B on 27/01/2013 17:35:34

Gordon Bushell27/01/2013 17:38:48
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I do boat, yacht, and small ship wiring (it's a bit quiet at present!). All sorts of stuff from batteries and engines, to the communication and navigation gear. A long, long way from retirement, so I'll have to be more productive shortly.

Otherwise I'm tied up with the local car club, autotesting, road rallying and the like. I've a few old car projects to sort out.

Concorde Speedbird27/01/2013 17:43:23
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649 photos

Guitar, sailing and reading about aviation (mainly of the Concorde genre).


Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services27/01/2013 18:18:22
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I'm a woodwork CNC programmer/operator and I work for the largest Dental Supplies company in the World, although where I actually work there is only 12 of us, and we build the actual surgeries (cabinets/worktops etc)

Into F1, BTCC, I am a retired drummer of 25 years (through an accident at work sad) and I married our guitarist 3 years ago in Miami, on t'beach.

I also used to be a serious semi pro photographer, which is why we moved to the Lake Distict, Cumbria, since when I havn't picked up a camera lol.

I love building, flying, music, going to gigs, attempting to design a scratch scale plane, computers etc etc and actually my job.

John Privett27/01/2013 18:55:24
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Software development/support for the "day job", between 5 and 10 years to go before I can join the "mid-week flyers"!

In the past I did a bit of small-bore target rifle and (before it was banned) pistol shooting, but haven't done that for several years now. I enjoy watching F1, though I haven't been to a race since they stopped using Brands Hatch - I saw all the F1 races that were held there in the 1980's - and did a bit of kart racing in my schooldays. I do all the routine (and most non-routine) maintenance on my car and my wife's, and now my daughters' cars too, whilst also teaching younger daughter to drive.

I also enjoy photography, though mostly of the video variety in the last 20 years. I was a photographer on our university newspaper back in the late 70s which was interesting - I got to meet and photograph many top politicians of the day, plus the odd trade union leader and even a former Archbishop of Canterbury! I've just recently bought a digital SLR so hope to get some good use out of that.

As club treasurer I'm kept busy in late December/early January dealing with all our membership renewals. With 195 so far for 2013 it's now getting quieter, and I'm even getting the occasional day with no renewals at all to deal with...

David Ashby - Moderator27/01/2013 19:08:54
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195! that would have kept you busy John, I'm a treasurer too and 41 seemed more than enough.

When I'm not flying and writing about flying or photographing models then I'll be cycling, walking, hill walking and long distance walking. I quite like walking. smile


Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 27/01/2013 19:12:47

the unmagnificent man27/01/2013 19:42:09
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Wow seems we all like to do lots of other stuff. I like Myrons joke about medical grounds.... ha ha nice

At the moment I'm building a VQ Mustang to follow the VQ Hurricane I did recently, I am finishing off restoration in my house in France which involves plumbing woodworking tiling,oh and I love cooking. I cook almost every day. I like languages, i speak English, Dutch, and now reasonable French. I used to do a bit of drawing and still ocasionally like to draw the birds that come in our garden. I also built and electric childs jeep and then went on to design and build an electric Fab one. There is so many things that I want to build, and not just planes, batmobile for example is on my to build list. Oh and I make all the stuff for my models, stands flight box (with wheels drawers etc) I'm sure ther is more, Oh did I mention restoring old corgi toys..........I never have enough time and with reitrement a few years away......Got to go, I'm busy........ UMM

Martyn K27/01/2013 19:47:30
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I am a Naturalist, specialise (for want of a better word) in Lepidoptera (mainly Moths). I am Membership Secretary of our Wildlife/Recording group (Cheshire Active Naturalists) I am also an Amateur Radio Astronomer (and Optical astronomer as well), I make daily observations of the Sun and the impact that Solar storms have on the earths magnetosphere.

I also do a lot of touring in our Motorhome, however so far, this doesn't mix well with aeromodelling.

When I am at work I design and implement computer systems for a living (not as exciting as it sounds) but it pays for my hobbies.


Edited By Martyn K on 27/01/2013 19:49:55

Edited By Martyn K on 27/01/2013 20:20:08

Tony Bennett27/01/2013 19:53:20
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well i spose i best say what i used to do before i had my problems.

buyer for a resturant chain, then a school caretaker.

now retired and building model aircraft for a hobby.

plus a bit of gardening and diy.

Edited By Tony Bennett on 27/01/2013 19:59:06

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator27/01/2013 20:09:54
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I too am a club treasurer so I can sympathese with John, but like David we only have about 60 members - so its enough but not such a big problem.

I'm fond of music (all sorts as long as its good - I'm a firm believer in the saying "there is only two types of music, good music and bad music"!) I listen to a lot and I also play bass guitar in a very informal rock/blues band. We gig occassionaly (3-4 times a year) but it mainly just for our own pleasure.

I'm a Dad of two late teenage kids and that takes a lot of time (as i'm sure many others can testify) and I'm quite active with my local church. Add in the day job, which can be pretty demanding, and life's quite busy!


Alan Randall27/01/2013 20:33:50
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I am a communion steward at my local church, and in the past have been a church steward. I read a lot (too much, my wife would say), I garden (no alternative, I have a large garden) I sometimes help out with the local drama group, I do a bit of photography in conection with my other interests. I too am the treasurer of the model club I belong to.

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