I grew up surrounded by models: my father had an enormous Hornby Dublo layout. In my parent's loft, I built a 12 foot long N-gauge layout based on Settle & Carlisle practices: it's still there! In terms of R/C, I started out in boat modelling in my teens, scratch-building plywood models of HMS Invincible (1982), HMS Apollo (1972) and HMS Sheffield (1937). These were two channel affairs (motor + rudder) with old Acoms radio equipment on 27 MHz, but it served its purpose. From there I started out in R/C aircraft by using my existing 27 MHz equipment in a 2 channel glider. The rest, as they say, is history, and the following models tell my story:
Precedent Hi-Fly glider (Cox 0.049)
Precedent T180 (balsa built up version) (OS 46 LA)
Precedent Bi-Fly 25 (OS 25 LA)
Black Horse Speed Air (OS 46 LA)
Black Horse Super Air (OS 46 LA)
Parkzone T-28 (electric)
E-Flite Hurricane (electric)
Dynam Spitfire (electric)
Hobbyking Skipper (electric)
All of the above still exist (and fly) with the exception of the Speed Air, which was lost in a mid-air.
My background is physics and I am currently resident (and flying!) in Cambridgeshire!
I'm at the 'thirty-something' stage of life where the free time for pastimes such as this seems to hit a lifetime low. Between work (I travel a lot) and family life, there is usually only an hour or two per week left for modelling, especially if I've nipped down to the flying field for an hour after work!
Like many model fliers, I've patiently heeded the advice of what first planes should and shouldn't be, progressed from my trainer onto faster, less stable models, through low wingers and now onto foam warbirds. I'm also far from alone in wanting a model of Reginald Mitchell's fine creation. One day, I'm sure I'll join the ranks of those with a 82" span model built up lovingly from plans, but for now, foamies will have to do!
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