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Old Jul 10, 2012, 10:54 PM
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Why do you like micros?

Hey guys. I thought it would be interesting to hear why you guys like micros. The reasons why i like micros are they are small so transportation and storage is easier, they are cheaper than the larger planes; batteries are much cheaper and they dont acquire as much damage in a crash. I can go and drive 14 minutes away to fly them at the school field instead of 30 minutes to the club field. So those are my reasons for having only 2 "large" planes and not getting anymore "large" ones but micros. So why do you like micros?
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 11:19 PM
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Hey guys. I thought it would be interesting to hear why you guys like micros. The reasons why i like micros are they are small so transportation and storage is easier, they are cheaper than the larger planes; batteries are much cheaper and they dont acquire as much damage in a crash. I can go and drive 14 minutes away to fly them at the school field instead of 30 minutes to the club field. So those are my reasons for having only 2 "large" planes and not getting anymore "large" ones but micros. So why do you like micros?
I think you pretty much nailed all the reasons I love my micros. All the people in the parks seem to enjoy them as well . No scary big planes that might hurt them or their kids too.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 11:25 PM
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A month or two ago you didn't like micros.You had to have a Sensei.It's hard to take you seriously.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 11:45 PM
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whirlcap- Yeah thats another good reason. People aren't too worried about them.

EssTee- I never said i didn't like micros...i just said i wanted to try out a larger plane. What you are saying is since i bought a larger plane it means i dont like micros?
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 01:08 AM
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you said that all you were doing was banging sticks.

Your words.not mine.

I wish you the best on flying
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 02:13 AM
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I've flown everything from the big glow powered stuff to the micro flyers.

I like the micros because I can fly them at home, they are cheap and easy to fix, my driveway is my taxiway and I was able to mow in a 100 foot long by 20 foot wide runway across my front yard, of course, than means that I have to keep the runway mowed to golf green standards, so it gets cut often, I'll mow the rest of the yard if time permits ....but the runway always looks good even got me a "low flying aircraft" sign and a windsock, welcome to "Carver Flats model airpark" just don't park in my driveway when I'm flying or your car might get it.

it's pretty nice to be able to walk out your front door and chuck a plane into the air.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 05:55 AM
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All of the above,

Plus when I was a kid (I'm seventy-four now) I pictured RC planes of this size. In my late teens and early twenties I saw my first RC's. Totally huge planes with ground based tx's as big as a field box and a single button to control the plane. Interesting but it held very little attraction.

Driving to City Island, NY a few years later I caught a glimpse of an RC plane. Parked and followed it to the field. Got yelled at for walking out onto the runway.

These things were still big, but they flew with reeds and had full-house controls. Joined the club and got early propo gear. Flew everything from an SE2 escapement controlled Schoolboy to Kwik-Fli's and Aeromasters.

Now, fifty years later they finally make the planes I dreamt of when I was a kid.

Love 'em, but I gotta say, that Monocoupe in my avatar is easier to fly but easier to damage in a bad landing.

I'll take the little ones any day though. They fulfill my fantasies best.

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Old Jul 11, 2012, 06:13 AM
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Because they are fun and not expensive and HH makes it easy to own lots of them with the universal batteries, controllers, etc.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 06:27 AM
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No hangar rash, less space used for storage, but more important, 5 times more stick time!!! Still like my big birds, but I have no clue how many UMs I have... How can I count them, I think they reproduce by themselves now!
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 06:30 AM
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No hangar rash, less space used for storage, but more important, 5 times more stick time!!! Still like my big birds, but I have no clue how many UMs I have... How can I count them, I think they reproduce by themselves now!
Yeah, the chicks are just the right size for flying in the house.



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Old Jul 11, 2012, 08:53 AM
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EssTee- Well yes....because im not afraid to do crazy things on the micros.

Stuart Linfoot- Wow, you must have one big yard! My house is surrounded by trees and other houses.

PeteSchug- A single button to control the planes!?!? Thats soemthing i haven't heard before!

GBLynden- Yep that is for sure! They are so cheap you can get many of them and still be able to fly them all!

RealGambler- I agree there too. Three of my micros are sitting on my dresser, they have no hangar rash, and i have a lot more stick time with them than my big ones.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 09:56 AM
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Because I can grab a UM, my DX6i, stick a bunch of 240s in my pocket and drive 5 minutes to one of 4 local fields and have fun. A football field works, a baseball diamond in a pinch.

I don't need to join a club, charge huge batteries, sweat over possible damage or feel the urge to fly a mile away. When I crash it into something, it usually bounces off. The only drawback is if the winds are up, I don't fly, but that's what kites are for. Or RC tanks.

Nothing like flying a UM F4U at dusk with nav lights on. Silhouetted against a red sky it looks like it's in the Pacific in 1944. I'm sure the bigger ones do the same, but they are much further away.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 10:36 AM
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PeteSchug- A single button to control the planes!?!? Thats soemthing i haven't heard before!
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Yup. One press for right rudder, two for left.

Typically the pilot would climb into the wind clicking right or left to maintain course. When high enough he'd hold rudder and do a one turn spiral dive. Then hit opposite rudder to straighten the plane and it would loop on the excess speed. At the bottom of the loop he'd hit rudder to turn rather than allow the plane to climb and stall.

No motor control, so all landings were dead stick.

That's where all this stuff began!

Edit: A good pilot could get three or four loops in a ten minute flight. You needed a ham license in those days. The typical plane had a six foot wing span. The radio was suspended by eight rubber bands, one off each corner of its box. (about a five inch cube) that was because it had a relay inside that passed the signal to the escapement and engine vibration would operate the relay if the radio was not vibration isolated.

You had to be seriously devoted and have lots of time and money along with being satisfied with mediocre results.

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Old Jul 11, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Ausf- those are some more good reasons i hadn't though of! I agree!

PeteSchug- Oh man! That must have been something to fly those! Wow!!!!
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 12:17 PM
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no matter how good u are at flying or how many flying throppies you have lined up in your room we all crash if you haven't trust me you will.

on a big plane we all know a crash can means $$ or the end of the plane ! ouch

i like micros because i can crash anytime and i know nothing will be damaged and if there was one nothing a piece of scotch tape won't fix out of the field. i fly in front of the house i don't have to lug all equipment and drive to a field full of people. my front yard and street is my runway. and I measure the amount of satisfaction is the same well at least for me.

nothing wrong with big planes but its too much hassle mine just sits hanging in the garage rafters
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