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Old Jul 23, 2015, 11:49 PM
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my first RC plane

I managed to come across pics of my first ever RC plane. I was probably an early teen at the time (I'm 34 now) when I first shown an interest in them after witnessing a local group flying some. So my parents went out of their way to spoil me one Christmas and get me what I would consider to be a pretty pricey plane for a newbie teenager. Think the whole kit was around $300-$350.

These are most of the things I remember about it and any other accessories:
All balsa wood construction
5' wingspan
3' fuselage
Top wing design
Steerable front wheel
.40cc Magnum engine
6 or 8 oz fuel tank
Futaba Conquest 4 channel radio with servos.
12V Electric starter
Hand crank fuel pump

Once I realized the price of the plane, I was too scared to fly it as I was afraid I'd crash it. I eventually ended up selling it. I probably would've been fine with something half the cost/size. Now this was probably the early 90's and I don't know how RC plane technology was at that time. I don't know if they would've had something smaller then or not.

Fast forward to the past few years and I had moved over to foam electrics to start on and am not near as scared about getting them airborne.

But anyways, just thought that was neat that I came across my old first RC plane. I attached a pic
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Old Jul 24, 2015, 05:22 PM
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That is neat.

My first plane was a high wing control-line red plastic model with a Cox 049 engine.
I took the engine apart for some stupid reason and it NEVER ran.

Now 45 years later I've got into electric models and I'm scared to fly the .46 glow models I got from a friend.
They're going up, maybe soon.
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Old Jul 24, 2015, 06:40 PM
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Cool. I built an Aerostar 20 around the same time. I remember seeing that plane in the mags. That was a .40 ci engine by the way that you had, which converts to 6.66 cc. Minimum cost at the time to get into the hobby you would probably want to start with a 4ch radio and a 2m electric powered glider for about $250. My .20 size glow plane (4 ft span) was $350 and field equipment was about $125.
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Old Jul 25, 2015, 11:43 PM
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That is neat.

My first plane was a high wing control-line red plastic model with a Cox 049 engine.
I took the engine apart for some stupid reason and it NEVER ran.

Now 45 years later I've got into electric models and I'm scared to fly the .46 glow models I got from a friend.
They're going up, maybe soon.
Yeah I think we had a control line plane in the early days too. Don't think we had much success with flying it lol. That was before I got the Right Flyer. I think I'm gonna stick with foam electrics for a while. I just think that I wouldn't feel bad about crashing a foam electric versus crashing a balsa gas model. I may get a gas one again after I've gotten some practice.

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Cool. I built an Aerostar 20 around the same time. I remember seeing that plane in the mags. That was a .40 ci engine by the way that you had, which converts to 6.66 cc. Minimum cost at the time to get into the hobby you would probably want to start with a 4ch radio and a 2m electric powered glider for about $250. My .20 size glow plane (4 ft span) was $350 and field equipment was about $125.
I remember seeing the Aerostars.

Ah ok...thanks for the ci/cc claification. I never knew that.

I figured it may have been more pricey back then...and perhaps technology has improved a lot with the hobby. I know between my 2 foam electric planes...the Champ is $100 and my Dynam Cub is about $130. Both include everything you need....battery, charger, and radio.
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That is neat.

My first plane was a high wing control-line red plastic model with a Cox 049 engine.
I took the engine apart for some stupid reason and it NEVER ran.
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A bit off topic:

Your Cox engine probably refused to run. Mine started and then it stopped
no matter what I did. But after almost a Year of attempts, head scratching
... I figured it out. The fuel nozzle hole was located in the wrong direction.
I finaly put it paralell to air flow and the engine worked! The engine
was simply assembled wrong from the factory! It should not surprise
me that Yours was assembled with the same error! Because these
engines are dead simple, and if You got a proper battery for the glow
plug, correct fuel and able to read the instruction they worked.
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Old Jul 30, 2015, 08:47 AM
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A bit off topic:

Your Cox engine probably refused to run. Mine started and then it stopped
no matter what I did. But after almost a Year of attempts, head scratching
... I figured it out. The fuel nozzle hole was located in the wrong direction.
I finaly put it paralell to air flow and the engine worked! The engine
was simply assembled wrong from the factory! It should not surprise
me that Yours was assembled with the same error! Because these
engines are dead simple, and if You got a proper battery for the glow
plug, correct fuel and able to read the instruction they worked.
I wish you'd told me that 45 years ago.
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I wish you'd told me that 45 years ago.
Sorry! In 1970 I was just 9 and would not have a clue!
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