Well, after being a member on here for some time now, I guess I got a little sick of this blank space and have decided to do something about it. I'm completely new at rc airplanes and heli's and although I had tried building and flying an rc airplane at around 13 years of age, I was not at all successful. my first attempt was to build an all balsa plane over the winter. I spent all of my paper route money on a hobby lobby 4 channel transmitter (about $100 at the time) and although I do not remember the exact airplane it was, I believe it was manufactured by Sig. ( ARF's were unheard of at the time )After 6 months of building, I took it to a large field, fired the engine and let her rip. after a short take off run, it started to climb, banked to the right and crashed bad. I never even thought of seeking the help of an experienced rc pilot. after a little thought, I decided to build a glider, they must be easier to fly.......I called tower hobbies and shortly had a glider kit on it's way. After another 6 months or so of building, I hooked it up to my hi start and let it go, about 20 feet in the air, the wings folded and the high start proceded to drag the airframe another 200 feet through some really rough ground. I'm sure my building techniques were not up to par and my first clue that a career in carpentry just wasn't for me. fast forward 30 years. A friend of mine dragged me to the annual hobby show in chicago......and I got hooked again, planes everywhere........and they were built
and powered by these really cool electric motors
and these little electric heli's were totaly cool. after looking arount the show, I almost came home with a blade cp, but decided to hold off until I researched a little more. After a little searching online, and reading alot of the model heli rags, I puchased a dragonus heli. a futaba 6ex 2.4, a fma balance pro charger and all of the required components. I didn't want the same results as when I was younger, So I purchased a Phoenix flight simulator and started practicing. as I was honing my skills on the sim, I put together a Multiplex easy star, as people said that you could learn to fly with one on your own. perfect!! not being able to leave anything stock, I decided that it needed to be a bit more colorful, so after putting an Arc 28-37-3 brushless inrunner in it, I painted it with the brightest colors I could find. once finnished, I took it to my local high school field for it's first flight....still without an instructor. the field consists of 5 soccer fields with a brick consesion stand in the middle of the field. I threw it in the air, and made 2 laps around the field. Being a little nervous about gaining to much altitude, and being totally amazed that It was still in the air, on the third lap, I flew it straight into the brick building at about half throttle!! I was suprised to find the only damage was a broken rear stab and the motor broke out of the nacel! (I built it with some extra carbon tubes for reinforcements) lesson learned, I glued the stab back on, repaired the engine mount and threw it in the air and imediately took it to about 150 feet. I was in the air for about 15 minutes when I let it get directly over head.due to my perspective of the plane when I was looking straight up at it, it looked to me as if it was diving, when in fact it was not. I was giving up elevator inputs when they were not needed, I wound up stalling the aircraft and losing alot of altitude. not having enough room to recover, the ez* nosed straight into the ground from about 50 feet up, again, no damage except the rear stab broke off. after these first two flights, all have been uneventful and very rewarding, close to 90 flights so far.....and I learned to fly an rc aircraft on my own
I posted some pictures of my ez* along with one that shows The carbon rods I added inside the nose of the plane that has helped with increasing the durability of an already durable airplane,and some pictures of my small fleet of aircraft.