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Posted by skylandflier | Apr 17, 2015 @ 12:01 AM | 3,816 Views
The Road to 3D - PART 2

(If you havenít read Part 1, take a few minutes, go back and read it, and this will all make more sense! The Road to 3D is an entertaining look back at my 3 -year journey from total newbie, to 3D nut, to Co-owner of FlyBoys RC!

At this point, I had only been flying for just over a year, but I had already decided that I wanted to put aside all the endless foamies, scratch builds, leftover parts and side projects to pursue the art (sport?) of 3D. I was ready to put some focus into my hobby! Clearing out the clutter and ushering in "the good stuff" was the plan. "Quality over quantity" was my mantra!

Flying 3D requires a lot of trust in your airframe, and the confidence that it'll perform the way you expect it to on every flight. So, switching from foamies to a balsa airframe was obviously the next step. Of course I was a little nervous about balsa planes, cause when they crash, it's usually a big pile of sticks and a trip to the hobby store! Up until now I was flying mostly foamies, which were much easier to repair. But the time had come to take the next step. :198:

Iíll always remember the first balsa plane I bought. It was a used 51" Slick 360 from Hobby King that I bought from a guy on Craigslist.

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It was a BNF, which caught my attention, cause franklyÖ Iím not much of a builder. Seriously, building drives me crazy. I'm so impatient! I just want to fly the damn things! Am I alone on this?...Continue Reading
Posted by skylandflier | Apr 15, 2015 @ 07:44 PM | 14,640 Views
The Road to 3D Ė PART 1

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Hey guys! This is my very first blog entry, and if all goes well, it won't be my last. I'll start with some backstory for entertainment sake, and later transition to a more informative approach for future entries. Hopefully someone out there will find it entertaining or amusing... or maybe even helpful! Haha! So, here goes...

This is my road to 3D.

At the time of this post, it'll be almost 3 years since I picked up my first transmitter (a Spektrum DX6i) and started flying RC. And in a seemingly short amount of time, I transitioned from a total newbie, to a crazed maniac, up-all-night, 3D addict, to co-owner of an online retail hobby store! What the #@%? Let me try to explain...

See, here's the deal... I live on some acreage right, and I fly over this huge field just beyond my back yard... like, all the time! I've got no trees, no power lines, and strangely tolerant neighbors. It's sick! And this juxtaposition to such open skies and plenty of grass to land on was the perfect storm to instill in me this terrible... AWESOME addiction!

Let's go back 3 years. I blame this all on my brother. He did it! He introduced me to this hobby in May of 2012, and I was particularly interested in what he was doing with scratch-built foamies. He was making these cool things out of pink construction foam and flying them around, and I thought man, I dig this! I especially liked the concept of a "low-cost", and somewhat...Continue Reading