My Aircraft Bona-fides...
I have loved planes and most other transportation since I was a kid. Played with lots of paper airplanes and balsa kits from the 7-11. In 1971-1973? I got a Testors Fly-em Mustang. I loved just looking at it. They show up on ebay from time to time. I got it to run once, but tried many times. My mom bought it for me because it looked (a little) like her brother's airplane. My uncle was Thomas Mantell .
I had various other Cox gas vehicles, but after that it was all electric. My first electric plane was a Hasbro Air Devil. 5 D cell batteries in a tower attached to a hard plastic plane by two power wires. The plane had a flat electric motor that looked like a slot car motor. It flew around the tower on a pivot arm, and got faster if you pulled the wires in (decreasing the radius). It landed on a 6' cardboard runway. Toys like that should come back again...
My next electric plane was a Mattel SuperStar . It was a red and blue vacuum formed fuselage with styrofoam wings. It was a free flight plane with cams that turned the rudder. It flew well right in front of my house in suburban Louisville, KY.
At 17 I had a good summer job and bought my first RC system - a Cox/Sanwa 4 channel with 4 servos. The first thing I put it in (illicitly) was a Tamiya Lamborghini. My brother bought me a Guillow's DeHavilland Mosquito. I still haven't built it...That was 1981.
Typically, I started spending all my money on women by the time I was 18. The (over $300) radio quit working in 1983. Which was just as well - it was illegal in 1982.
In 2002 I got my first RC plane... An Air Hogs Intruder! Still not hooked yet, I played with it occasionally for the last five years.
This year my co-worker T3chDad started back into RC, and I followed suit. I modded the Air Hog, but it is a squirrel in the sky. I am building the Blu Cub2 as my trainer plane. I hope to add my build to that thread soon.
I still love the Toys (sorry Micro RTF), but I'm in the RC Hobby for good now.
Thanks for reading!
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