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Posted by Mr.Firemouth | Mar 03, 2013 @ 11:03 PM | 2,198 Views
When I was young, I built a balsa wood trainer with my father, good times. One flight later it was in pieces. Two planes later I was out of this hobby.

22 years later I micro FP helicopters got me back in. And then these Styrofoam planes sunk me in all the way. Love it! But crash after crash, electronic failure after failure, plane after plane it gets discouraging.......

I started with the Blade 120sr. It was ok, but a better radio was needed than the stock RTF. So I got a DX5. Things got better, but the more I flew the more I replaced parts. Especially tail motors.

Diversifying outward I got a Champ. Great plane at first but within 20 flights it was all burned up. Motor didn't work. Replaced motor, 5 flights later servos for elevator fried. Same thing happened 3 times in a row with 3 more Champs. Got disappointing..... Main reason for failures was flying in excessive winds.

Next plane was a Stratos. Great plane! More power, bigger, and has flight stabilization. But, push rods are weak, bind, and can break. Again after about 50 flights I had a circuit board failure. No engines. Bought second plane and about 65 flights later a servo stripped out. Crash!

Bought a Beast UMX. Bad choice. Squirrelly plane that way outskilled me. My bad.

Bought a piper cub from HK. Bad choice. Under powered and too heavy for flight. Waste of money.

Bought a Cessna 182 select scale. DX6i throttle failure caused stall crash. Bought a second 182 scale. DX8 battery failure~...Continue Reading
Posted by Mr.Firemouth | Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:08 PM | 2,579 Views
Hello All,

I am now a 43 year old that is getting back into this hobby! Some 25 years ago I bought a cool top wing gas trainer with my Dad and we put it together. I remember gluing the balsa together, covering the plane, installing all the electronics and engine, etc. We were completely lost back then as there was no Internet forum to run to. We went out and sought help from a local club. We learned somethings, but back then the knowledge available today was not always available. The guy you might want to talk to might not be at the meeting. LOL

Once we got the plane ready to fly and took it to the field, we eagerly waited our turn to fly. Well, thankfully some guys came over and asked if it was the first flight and we said yes, and they immediately tore off the ailerons and rudder, etc. They said if they could pull them off they weren't glued in right and the wind would rip them apart! I was sooo mad, but happy too. Another week later and we were airborne with some help! We didn't have a buddy box, but we did pass the radio back and forth with a good pilot. We were stoked!

Then stupidity struck, and we went out on a windy day when no one was there and tried to fly solo. We took off with a tail wind at high speed and ground looped and destroyed the plane! That was an expensive mistake back then. We fizzled out of the hobby but I always wanted to get back into it.

Last year was that year! It has been 24 years, but I got bit again and started to teach myself how...Continue Reading