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Old Jan 23, 2013, 08:22 PM
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8 Year old sons Telemaster Build

Sooo, my 8 year old son is starting to show some interest in plane building and flying. I was reading the thread on good kits for beginners (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1117471) and chose this one, with his approval of course. Teaching an 8yo how to safely cut and use CA is not an easy task. Keeping their focus and attention is a challenge in its self. After about two hours of setting up, reading the plans and instruction sheets (the "boring" parts as I was told) we began to build. He got the LG former assembled...whew!

Oh, it's the Micro Telemaster from Hobby Lobby 34.5" WS.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Looking good so far. Don't get in a hurry but don't let it drag on to long either.

For a little inspiration, see this Telly build thread.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1659861

Ken
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 08:43 AM
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I remember spending hours upon hours with my Dad, learning how to build model airplanes.

Your son will remember this for a lifetime.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Some more progress from my proud little builder...with chocolate on his face...
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 06:29 PM
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Chocolate and models. Two of the good things in life !
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Chocolate and models. Two of the good things in life !
I don't know about that Tom. I was thinkin' maybe a little ice cream would go nice with the chocolate

In any case, That is one mighty fine looking model airplane and a proud looking 8 year old!

Ken
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Little man has been hard at work. On the simulator this morning getting some stick time to building this evening. He does keep his work area neater than I do....
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 10:17 PM
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Good job!
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:17 AM
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This is interesting - very good luck to you both! My Dad, although he was interested in model aircraft in an academic sort of way, had obviously decided to leave me entirely to it when I was given my first model (a Keil Kraft Cub glider) and that and all my subsequent models were built in the self-taught way.

Now if only he'd have instilled in me the need to read the instructions before opening the can...
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 06:38 PM
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Now if only he'd have instilled in me the need to read the instructions before opening the can...
Thanks Mike. He despised me making him review the plans and reading the instruction manual, said it was boring. I regret making him read the manual because it confused him. The manual had the part numbers wrong and instructions for installing parts for floats that were not even contained in the kit. Also I think the instructions were derived the the v1 which was a little different from v2.
I was elected to do most of the covering by the little chief engineer. Microlite can be a little difficult to work with even for me. The transparent red looks a little pink over the white but do not tell my son. If he found out someone thought it was pink I'll be stripping it off.....

Some pics of the parts in situ....
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 07:53 PM
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You guys build super fast! You are almost at the ARF stage. It's looking mighty fine.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 07:55 PM
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You guys build super fast! You are almost at the ARF stage. It's looking mighty fine.

Ken
I told my son if he wants to build he has to learn to keep up...LOL
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 07:25 PM
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OK. My son was a little under the weather for a couple days. But we got the main wing covered and tail surfaces hinged and attached to the fuse. He is ready to start learning how to install the electronics. He thinks this is the best part. He's a techie head....
I put a stripe on the right wing as a training tool and so he can easily keep track of orientation.

P.S. Surfaces not attached or hinged in below photos...
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:10 PM
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Your son is a chip off the old block I'd say! I've got one of these small Telemaster kits waiting to be built. My early models did not look anywhere near as good as this one! Hope your son gets the bug early and takes advantage of all you can teach him.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Your son is a chip off the old block I'd say! I've got one of these small Telemaster kits waiting to be built. My early models did not look anywhere near as good as this one! Hope your son gets the bug early and takes advantage of all you can teach him.
One can only hope.
We did not get much done today. Got the wheels done. Went through the electronics to see how and where everything will go. Nothing they sent / recommended goes together. I, not my son, will have to solder mating plugs on everything...
My son wanted me to make sure I posted his pics tonight, so here they are...
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