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Old Mar 03, 2009, 07:50 PM
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affliction undiminished


OK, ANOTHER update on my irrational hobby behavior: it's now been an amazing 8 years since my first "blog" here, in which I said "I'm now up to 4 RC airplanes." Today, in light of the way this addiction has taken hold, 4 RC models seems seriously deprived! I have nothing against gas & glow models -- actually love the sound -- but I do fly all electric -- some pretty good size birds (my largest is a 74" wingspan C-47).

It's very amazing to me how much the hobby has changed and improved since I started RC flying in about 2002. At that time, kits were more prevalent than ARFs, and electric-powered models were limited and lame, unless you had very expensive, heavy equipment. Today, of course, ARFs are giving way to RTFs -- and kits are becoming a small part of the market. Electric models are just as powerful as gas/glow -- at least in the sizes I prefer (mostly in the 45 to 60" span range.)

The changes are great for me -- I like building OK, but I don't kid myself: the quality of ARFs and RTFs is far better than I ever achieved in the few kits I built. AND, I found that I prefer flying -- and a bit of fixing -- models, rather than spending all my time at the bench.

I'm EXTREMELY lucky to have a "man cave" room in my home with a high, cathedral ceiling -- which allows me, literally, to hang my models. Otherwise, I could never fit so many into the place. Obviously, I'm also lucky to have a spouse who puts up with my craze.

My current fleet count (excluding a couple NIB stashed in the attic so Her Highness doesn't have to "be bothered with knowing about them") is 29 RC model airplanes here at my Annapolis home, and another 3 at our condo in Ft. Lauderdale. That's obviously imbalanced -- because we only spend about 20 days a year in Florida, and I don't have very much room there. It also tends to be quite windy in Lauderdale, close to the ocean -- so flying is usually a hit or miss situation, usually restricted to pretty early mornings when the wind is (sometimes) a bit softer.

I'm an AMA member, as well as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Radio Control Club (gas & electric) in Maryland, and the Vista View Flying Club (electric only) in Lauderdale.

Favorite planes to fly STILL include my 5 year old Precision Aerobatics Ultimate AMR biplane, and my Precision Aero Addiction (been flying this one for 5 years, too.) Also really like my 53" span Eagle 580 (Embry Riddle graphics) and my 48" Edge 540 (3D Hobby Shop).

Favorite warbirds right now include my (just completed and yet-to-maiden) 50" span Airco DH.2, from Maxford USA -- my only pusher . I have a couple other cool bipes, converted from .40 "slime-ers" -- including a Fokker DVII and a Stearman (Navy colors, so technically, I think it would be an N2S.)

In the foamy realm, I have a very nice B-25 Mitchell (about 52" span), which flies very nicely. Also have a couple of the 1400mm span, foam FMS type models: a P-51D and a P-40. Have flown both of the latter foamies only a couple times each, 'cause I'm a bit scared of them. I plan to try some new, "gyro-stabilized" receivers in these big foamy birds this Spring, and -- if that tames them down -- I'd like to fly them more.

Other warbirds -- balsa/covering ARFs -- include a 54" Fieseler Storch (a good flyer), a 48" Spitfire and a 47" Bf 109. I installed electric retracts in the latter two birds -- both of which fly OK, but not great.

Been through about 5 edf jets -- but have only had one that I could fly well: a foamy Art Tech F-18. I still fly this model occasionally -- it's actually my 2nd one of these (other flew well till I smashed the nose in landing once too often.) Of the other 4 edf models, one flew half way decent, and the others were terrible. I either gave them away or totalled them quickly.

In the RC sailboat realm, I built a Thunder Tiger Victoria, but sold it to get a a CR 914, -- because there's a fleet near my Annapolis home. In Lauderdale, I have a Soling 1m -- also because there's an active local fleet. However, I still love RC flying much, much more ... and the affliction is not going away!
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Old Apr 03, 2009, 06:05 PM
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Hey welcome to Vista View! Let me know when you come down, I'll give you something to fly while you're here. By the way, the name is Andy.
Old Oct 24, 2016, 06:00 PM
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Still Crazy - After All These Years


Just got around to checking my blog, and was amazed to see I hadnt updated it for 7 years! More amazing than that, I first set it up 15 years ago!
Im happy to say Im still actively flying RC airplanes, and it seems as much fun now as ever. My previous update included pictures of my hangar and most of the birds shown are still intact and actively being flown. I did note half a dozen are now gone 4 terminally crashed; 2 given away.
My overall count of planes is about the same because Im still acquiring birds although Ive slowed down purchasing new ones a bit. I still fly all electric and still prefer models in the 45 to 60" span range.
Ive slowly succumbed to the foam materials wave all five of my most recent acquisitions are foam. I still love the look of my balsa/covering models, but RTF foamies with everything preinstalled have gotten so much better and cheaper that theyre hard to resist.
For example, fairly recent acquisitions include the A-6 Intruder EDF by Freewing, and the F4F Wildcat by LX Models. Both have excellent, pre-installed retracts, are quite accurate in scale, and are of very good quality foam construction.
Another recent development in the hobby that very much impresses me is stabilization. Several models can be purchased with AS3X which tames down squirrelly flyers and really makes it possible for average pilots to enjoy previously unflyable models. I added stabilization to one of my models (a foam, 51 span Yak 54) as a test platform. Using a Hobby Eagle A-3; it really made the Yak very docile. Ive since bought 3 more of these units, hoping to install them in some unruly warbirds.
I'm EXTREMELY lucky to have a "man cave" room in my home with a high, cathedral ceiling -- which allows me, literally, to hang my models. Otherwise, I could never fit so many into the place. Obviously, I'm also lucky to have a spouse who puts up with my craze.

My current fleet count (excluding a couple NIB stashed in the attic so Her Highness doesn't have to "be bothered with knowing about them") is 29 RC model airplanes here at my Annapolis home.
I'm an AMA member, as well as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Radio Control Club (gas & electric) in Maryland, and the Vista View Flying Club (electric only) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Favorite planes to fly these days are my Pitts Model 12 by Dynam, the aforementioned Yak 54 with Groupe Tranchant graphics, and my balsa and covering Addiction by Precision Aero.

Favorite warbirds include my 50" span Airco DH.2, from Maxford USA and a couple converted .40 "slime-ers" -- including a Fokker DVII and a Stearman in Navy colors (technically, an N2S.)

I have a good-looking B-25 Mitchell (about 52" span), which flies very nicely. Also have four of the 1400mm span, foam FMS type models: a Dauntless, a Stuka, a P-51D and a P-40. Have flown both of the latter foamy-WW2 fighters only a couple times each, 'cause I'm a bit scared of them. I hope my plan to install "gyro-stabilized" receivers in them tames them down -- I'd like to fly them more.

Bottom line, I still love RC flying ... and the affliction is not going away!

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