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Jul 06, 2001, 02:22 PM
E-flyer since 1981
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How long have you been flying electric?

I've been flying electric since 1982 (way before brushless motors, cobalt motors, etc).
My first plane was a styrofoam 2-channel only Chipmunk on a direct drive 540-type motor. I couldn't fly it. The first plane I built and had some success with was a CG Gentle Lady (this was pre Electra kit days) with the same motor from the previous plane. After a few more unsuccessful tries, I built a Leisure Playboy (cabin style) model with a geared motor. I built heavy and used a heavy and large RC boat speed control, but it flew great! After that a Kyosho Etude with ailerons, and so on. What about you.
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Jul 06, 2001, 02:42 PM
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I started electric/ sailplane in 1997
Jul 06, 2001, 03:07 PM
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Just started building in december and flew in may. one of the greatest things i can do with my free time! my first ship is the "BulletProof" T-52. I'm so glad i came across this web site as it answered so many questions i had about e-flight. There is a soccer field across the street from my house that is a perfect size for the 52. It has a fence that runs around three sides but is open facing the parking lot of a elementary school. It also has a 5 lane "sprint" track that is painted on the blacktop that would make for a perfect runway once i get some gear made up for my plane. The only problem is i need MORE free time to spend over there.

Jul 06, 2001, 03:11 PM
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A Sureflite foam J-3 cub with a kyosho mad science 17 turn motor a 3 to 1 gear and 1700 sub C cells.

I think I did this about 2 years ago.
Jul 06, 2001, 03:26 PM
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I started flying in 1994, with a Gentle Lady (as a glider). My first electric was a Great Planes Spectra in 1995, with the stock power system (on 7 cells; I can't believe they recommend 6 cells; I later upgraded it to a geared Magnetic Mayhem, and most recently to an Aveox F10LMR). Next was my Fred's Special, which is probably my most flown plane. Direct drive on a Magnetic Mayhem (Speed 600 8.4V and Goldfire also used at various times). Lots of other planes in the fleet since then.
Jul 06, 2001, 03:48 PM
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I started with a United Challenger in 1990, soon followed by a GP Electrostreak.

Jul 06, 2001, 04:16 PM
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Built my first electric in 1985 - the old Moletech "Flittermouse" for Brits, as a review for RCMW. Battery, clockwork charger and motor nicked from a buggy, of course.

Diddled around with various indifferent electrics for a while. One bright spot was the "Ermine Slipper" (another spot of history for Brits). Not hot, but definitely a "warmliner" that could get through a Cuban Eight and decent inverted.

The first impetus point in 1993, when we got booted off our site due to noise complaints. Within a week, I had my first wheeled sports model - a converted 049 ship - and it took me about a month to design a S400 aerobatic model.

Impetus on moving to America was a mix of the DCRC site being too crowded on Sundays and seeing what could be done with an electric by the likes of Keith Shaw.

I washed off the last coating of burnt castor over three years back now.


Jul 06, 2001, 04:30 PM
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I started RC in September '93 with a Goldberg Mirage 550. I ended up crashing and rebuilding it until I taught myself to fly (~1.5 mo.). The local club didn't seem to want to help me, that's why I did it on my own over a big wheat field for a cushion. I also fly a little bit of glow but not very often.
Jul 06, 2001, 04:31 PM
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August 1996...Chicago Models Aviator.
Dec 1997- BGM Electroscreamer

Jul 06, 2001, 05:19 PM
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Started RC in 1981, then electric in 92. First electric was a scratch-built Megowcoupe from Flyline plans with a Davey Systems Hyperthrust 075 and 7 1000 SCRs. The motor weighed about 9 ounces, and seemed to put out about as much power as a modern Speed 400, and the plane was not much fun. My first "real" electric was a Goldberg Freedom 20 with a geared cobalt 05 and the same 7 cells. It was a nice, relaxing, reliable flyer, but I felt the need for more speed, so I installed a geared cobalt 15 and 12 cells. Wow! I was really hooked! Then about a year later I installed a geared Aveox, and at 500W+, it was one of the few trainers around with true vertical performance.

Epilogue: Although I've owned and operated a couple of 500W+ airplanes, up to geared cobalt 25 size, I no longer own any motors above a geared cobalt 035. I have a Sure Flite Foam Cub that hangs forelornly in my basement, waiting for the 035, but I'm having too much fun with my park and slow flyers.

Tony Turley
Jul 06, 2001, 05:29 PM
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I`ve been building models for some time, but JUST started electric (last month). Bought a Merlin on a dare. It`s so fun, I`m building a scaled-up Comet Gull-II at 46" for a 300 motor. If it doesn`t work, heck..I`ll just stick a TD in it.

John Cole
Jul 06, 2001, 06:09 PM
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20 odd years ago I built a Leisure Flight kit, with a can 05. Good combo, then put too few real crummy cells in it and had failure. Oh, it flew, but barely. So much for e-flight. If we only knew!!! Tex.
Jul 06, 2001, 06:16 PM
Mr Mootsie
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1988 or so. GM Precision Thermal Charger...a neat looking airplane, average flier and NOISIER than hell for an electric. The wing acted as a resonance chamber for the engine mounted on top of it.

Tim Jonas
Jul 06, 2001, 06:19 PM
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Since the mid 70's. Anything form a Ranger 42 to my own designs.
Jul 06, 2001, 06:32 PM
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I began building flying models in 1974 with Keil kraft free-flight rubber models that my Dad brought home for me and helped me cover with the tissue . . .( I was 10 ).
From these I progressed to models that were not scale, had more rubber and really performed !
Then I got a Davis Charlton DC Dart 0.5cc diesel ( still have it - though it has an allen-head screw instead of the Tommy Bar, and is almost worn out ! ). I Put that in a tiny model copied from the Q-tee ( We've all know of that one, now ! ) but mine had a cabin to hide the radio - Fitted 2ch Futaba radio on rudder and elevator - built a new wing with extra rib bay each side to carry weight ! Lots of Cox 0.049 powered models followed. . .I then rebuilt the Q-tee copy for a new G-Mark030 (1/2cc) Glow - this was great !
Various different models - mainly OS 0.10 powered; even an OS0.40Surpass four stroke in an o/d 60" Trainer type - then in late '86 I designed a powered glider of 6feet span - this I fitted with a Spirit540BB motor from my buggy and the 6-cell nicads from the car were put to good use ! With this glider, I even managed to get my girlfriend to have a go at flying . . but not for long . . .
( now my wife ! )
Another, more 'Sporty' type model that used the heavy wing of a Veron Robot ( who remembers those ? ) and I was hooked !
Mainly electric ever since !
My main bonus for performance was the development of lighter nicads with more capacity, and of course, the modern ESC !
Thank goodness for the modern ESC ! All my early electric models had a miniservo ( FD-16M ? )with a high-amp microswitch - and an rx nicad too !
I have lost count of all the electric models I've designed and built . . . Most were Mabuchi380 powered - until the advent of the . . *Speed400* ! Then - well . . . .
My one lapse is a rather heavy OS0.10FP powered 5ch 3foot version of a DB Mascot. ( Full house, including flaps ! )


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