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Dec 31, 2018, 04:05 AM
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Preparing my" comeback" into RC flying


After a four or five year break, since October I prepare my "comeback" .

In early 2017 I also sold most of my performance planes.

I always thougt about the reason why I had lost the fun after ~40 years of active aeromodelling.

It took time but few month ago, when I accidentally found some photos from the late 1970th to to the late 1980th, I realized that I still like the simple gliders or at least woodies.

Four/five years ago it was no longer fun for me to have a lot of money in the air and always having an implied competition with the guys that have lots of free time to practise and more or less unlimited financial means to buy even better plans.

Flying F3F and F3J for some years was a great time but not the thing I like in my deepest heart.

Since October I am working on my work shop.
It is quite small, but when I have finished all the work, I will have a workbench to build 2m parts, enough space to store my remaining gliders and all the tools and small parts you need for (simple) woody builds and to work with the scrall saw and grinding machine.

My first project will be the original 1980th Dandy from Graupner .
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Dec 31, 2018, 04:59 AM
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Cheers and good for you.

I like the expression of youthful accomplishment & happiness you've got in those '78 - '82 photos. Goes with the visceral, basic flying you were doing, in terrific locations.
Dec 31, 2018, 01:19 PM
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It's too easy to get trapped into that buying more expensive stuff all the time.
I've done it a few times and ended up not really enjoying myself.
Keeping it cheap and simple is SO much more fun.
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Apr 29, 2019, 12:53 PM
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Everything prepared


My workshop is now in good conditions. Ok, not finished finally, but will support the building/repair/modification of the remaining old gliders.

Was a challenging time to learn how to built furniture and using the tools like router, circular saw, jigsaw and all the other stuff.
But have built all by myself - workbench, cabinets, wall cupboards, drawers, sideboards, ...

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I am so excited to jump into building again after 23 years! And the first time with a supporting environment and tooling.
It took "only" 4 decades of time but sometimes dreams come true .
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Apr 29, 2019, 01:13 PM
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Planned projects until July


  • Recover my glider darling Draco 3001 from Carrera. I bought it in the early/mid 1980th.

    2013 at the local airfield

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  • Recover my beloved glider Zorro from Robert Schweissgut. I bought it in the late 1980th/early 1990th . Very good flying plank.

    early 1990th in South Tyrol

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    2012 in Switzerland

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  • Scratch Built of Dandy from Graupner. I had three of them. In the late 1970th the first glider where I was the pilot and not the glider or the environment.
    #1 and #2 died because of infirmity based on the many hard landings and crashes.
    The last were destroyed during a move in 1997

    1983 in Switzerland

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Plan is to have them all ready for the summer vacation 2019 in South Tyrol, as a revival of the many great slope sessions I had with my father there between the late 1970th and early 1990th.
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