Okay, this is bringing back memories...mostly good ones too! My first was a stick built control line something or other - probably a Carl Goldberg model, with a Cox .049 on the nose. The wing was held on with rubber bands, and if I remember correctly so was the wire landing gear. I then moved on to a couple of other models, one of which was a P51 profile plane with an Enya .15 on it with 52' braided cable lines. That thing moved out nicely, although on one flight I learned the true meaning of a proper CG when the fuel tank "ejected" at speed and the CG shifted in a hurry! I saved it, but was running all over the place to keep it under control.
Other planes followed, along with a spectacular episode with a Stuka (Cox?) that went in at speed. I should have had some pyrotechnics on board - would have made for a perfect finish
On another note... hey Katie, what's that "newish" sail belong to?