OK, ANOTHER update on my irrational hobby behavior: it's now been an amazing 8 years since my first "blog" here, in which I said "I'm now up to 4 RC airplanes." Today, in light of the way this addiction has taken hold, 4 RC models seems seriously deprived! I have nothing against gas & glow models -- actually love the sound -- but I do fly all electric -- some pretty good size birds (my largest is a 74" wingspan C-47).
It's very amazing to me how much the hobby has changed and improved since I started RC flying in about 2002. At that time, kits were more prevalent than ARFs, and electric-powered models were limited and lame, unless you had very expensive, heavy equipment. Today, of course, ARFs are giving way to RTFs -- and kits are becoming a small part of the market. Electric models are just as powerful as gas/glow -- at least in the sizes I prefer (mostly in the 45 to 60" span range.)
The changes are great for me -- I like building OK, but I don't kid myself: the quality of ARFs and RTFs is far better than I ever achieved in the few kits I built. AND, I found that I prefer flying -- and a bit of fixing -- models, rather than spending all my time at the bench.
I'm EXTREMELY lucky to have a "man cave" room in my home with a high, cathedral ceiling -- which allows me, literally, to hang my models. Otherwise, I could never fit so many into the place. Obviously, I'm also lucky to have a spouse who puts up with my craze.
My current fleet count (excluding a couple NIB stashed in the attic so Her Highness doesn't have to "be bothered with knowing about them") is 29 RC model airplanes here at my Annapolis home, and another 3 at our condo in Ft. Lauderdale. That's obviously imbalanced -- because we only spend about 20 days a year in Florida, and I don't have very much room there. It also tends to be quite windy in Lauderdale, close to the ocean -- so flying is usually a hit or miss situation, usually restricted to pretty early mornings when the wind is (sometimes) a bit softer.
I'm an AMA member, as well as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Radio Control Club (gas & electric) in Maryland, and the Vista View Flying Club (electric only) in Lauderdale.
Favorite planes to fly STILL include my 5 year old Precision Aerobatics Ultimate AMR biplane, and my Precision Aero Addiction (been flying this one for 5 years, too.) Also really like my 53" span Eagle 580 (Embry Riddle graphics) and my 48" Edge 540 (3D Hobby Shop).
Favorite warbirds right now include my (just completed and yet-to-maiden) 50" span Airco DH.2, from Maxford USA -- my only pusher . I have a couple other cool bipes, converted from .40 "slime-ers" -- including a Fokker DVII and a Stearman (Navy colors, so technically, I think it would be an N2S.)
In the foamy realm, I have a very nice B-25 Mitchell (about 52" span), which flies very nicely. Also have a couple of the 1400mm span, foam FMS type models: a P-51D and a P-40. Have flown both of the latter foamies only a couple times each, 'cause I'm a bit scared of them. I plan to try some new, "gyro-stabilized" receivers in these big foamy birds this Spring, and -- if that tames them down -- I'd like to fly them more.
Other warbirds -- balsa/covering ARFs -- include a 54" Fieseler Storch (a good flyer), a 48" Spitfire and a 47" Bf 109. I installed electric retracts in the latter two birds -- both of which fly OK, but not great.
Been through about 5 edf jets -- but have only had one that I could fly well: a foamy Art Tech F-18. I still fly this model occasionally -- it's actually my 2nd one of these (other flew well till I smashed the nose in landing once too often.) Of the other 4 edf models, one flew half way decent, and the others were terrible. I either gave them away or totalled them quickly.
In the RC sailboat realm, I built a Thunder Tiger Victoria, but sold it to get a a CR 914, -- because there's a fleet near my Annapolis home. In Lauderdale, I have a Soling 1m -- also because there's an active local fleet. However, I still love RC flying much, much more ... and the affliction is not going away!