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Posted by swoped | Mar 01, 2013 @ 08:08 AM | 2,115 Views
Looking forward to seeing the F-22 Raptor in action at the 2013 Australian Airshow this weekend.

Are you coming?

Posted by swoped | Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:41 PM | 2,216 Views
Nice shoot of an F-18 edf jet 90mm just before take off.

The photographer who supplied the photo said he did not use photo-shop and took him heaps of attempts to get it just right.

Share some nice ones here too

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Posted by swoped | Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:19 PM | 1,895 Views

I have been a hobby enthusiast for a while and make my living as a web developer and online retailer. I would like to create something for the toy and hobby industry end user, and I would like to hear from you.

What a Hobby only marketplace must have for you to use it?

All suggestions are welcome and will be seriously considered.
Posted by swoped | Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:55 PM | 2,234 Views
Hi all,

I have been playing with my models for about 6 years now.

My first RC 4x4 was a Thunder Tiger S28 monster truck. It was heaps of fun, loud and smoky.
I remember playing one day in a empty park and there was only one tree in the middle of it that could damage the truck, and somehow, I managed to destroy the front and rear suspension on the left side after hitting that tree at full speed.

The funny thing is that I though I was driving the truck a few meters away in distance from the tree.

This was my first RC truck crash and thought me a lesson to never, ever play near people as if the same thing had hit a person, we would definitely end up in hospital.

Did you learn a safety lesson on your own and see how important it is?

Please share a happy/funny ending crash history that is also a safety lesson.

Thank you for reading
Posted by swoped | Mar 30, 2012 @ 01:38 AM | 2,181 Views
Hi guys,

I was just thinking of what would be a nice thread and after a while I decided to share how was my introduction to RC and see how many of you guys have done something similar or were a better listener than I was.

Back in 2006 I had some free time and decided that a RC plane would be a nice thing to take on and enjoy playing with.

I went to a shop and there were a range of Park Zone models from warbirds to trainers.

The shop attendant insisted a Super Cub was the best option to start with as I didn't have much experience. Well I would crash it anyway based on what the guy said...so I bought a... Spitfire.

I could not wait to get home assemble it and take to the local park.
As I was in London at the time, the weather turned bad and I had to wait a few days to take it out.

When I finally took it out, I can say my first flight lasted about 2 seconds before the plane rolled on its back and crashed. I later realized I had ailerons moving in the wrong direction... Many lessons on that.

Check operation of radio.
Do not throw the plane straight up.
Put throttle before you launch
and many more.

I manged to fix it and my next flight was straight and I had to run 2 football fields to retrieve the plane and launch it in the other direction so I would land it near where I started.

Long story short.
I smashed 2 spitfires and one Mustang before I bought the white boring look Piper Cub.

The Piper Cub was the first plane I managed to take off from the ground, do a few circuits, loops and landed with total control.

My rc story starts a bit before I bought these planes and I will write about it in another occasion.

Share your story. How many planes/crashes until first successful one.

Or did you use a Sim and never smashed a plane?

Thank you for reading