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Posted by chucksolo69 | Mar 04, 2013 @ 02:20 PM | 2,938 Views
Well, it's been about a year now and my passion for this hobby has not diminished; in fact, it is getting more exciting. I fly every chance I get and never miss an opportunity. I am now comfortably flying 4-6 channel planes, mostly warbirds. I have the following in my hanger now:

E-Flight Hawker Hurricane
Parkzone Spitfire Mk IX
Parkzone T-28 Trojan
Parkzone UM T-28 Trojan
Parkzone UM Spitfire AS3X
Flyzone F4U Corsair Select Scale
Flyzone Focke-Wulf FW 190 Select Scale
Hobbyzone Super Cub (Probably will never get rid of this one)
Tower Hobbies F4U Corsair
Tower Hobbies F6F Hellcat
Tower Hobbies P-51D Mustang
Ares Gamma 370 Pro
AXN Floater Jet
Blade 120 SR Helicopter

As you can see, most of my trainers are gone now, my having given them away to family and friends who have an interest in flying RC. The sole exception is my HZ Super Cub. I still fly her on occasion just to relax, but I can't bring myself to sell or give her away; sentimental reasons I guess and the fact that I have never crashed her too.

One of the best things that has happened to me during the past year is that I have met a whole group of new friends who share the same interest in RC aviation. I have joined a club, the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego and am waiting for the days to get longer so I can go to the field after work. I live in North San Diego County, about 35 miles from the field, but work only 10 minutes away.

Anyway, I am about 7 years from retirement and don't see myself giving this hobby up. I look back a year ago when I bought my first plane, the HZ Firebird Stratos with it's little red TX and smile. I remember my HZ Champ and the fun times I had with it at the sports park and the first time I put up my Super Cub with a brand new Spektrum DX5e TX. Now when I fly my warbirds and other planes using my Spektrum DX7s I can only look back to the past year and grin. It's been a complete blast.
Posted by chucksolo69 | Jun 20, 2012 @ 01:09 PM | 3,880 Views
Up until about 2 months ago my major interest in RC was mostly in cars/trucks, both electric and nitro. I have been flying RC helicopters for 6 years and finally decided that it was time to give RC airplanes a try. My first RC airplane, a Hobbyzone Firebird Stratos was bought after a lenghty research process. Flying the Stratos was kind of easy, but like any rookie, I made mistakes. The worst mistake I made was letting the aircraft get behind me. Well, she augered into the ground nose first and did some minor damage to the nose, but that was basically all. I realized that I would be better off buying a simulator and starting there first. RealFlight 6 was my sim of choice and although a bit pricey, it is probably the best money I have spent in RC. I used the RF6 for a month before attempting to fly the FB Stratos again. After that time, I took the Stratos out again, and this time, no crashes and near perfect landings each time. I went a step further, I installed the trike landing gear. Prior, I had done all belly landings. I took her up again, and lo and behold, I brought her down in a near perfect 3 point landing. Wow, this was getting great. I did some more research and went out and bought a Hobbyzone Champ. I bought this because I have a sports park a mile from my house and flying the Champ would be great there. It has been. After flying the Champ and Stratos for another month, wanted something bigger. Enter the Hobbyzone Super Cub. Boy, what an airplane. It flies like...Continue Reading