I came back to flying Helis when I found the technology had improved (SAFE and such), making learning curves simpler. I started out with the Blade 200SRX. But then I found the world was invaded with quadcopters. As a big fan of Horizon Hobby, I purchased many of their quads.
- Nano QX (regular, FPV, and the 3D)
- The QX 180
- QX 200
- Plus several more indoor quad fliers, my favorite being the Latrax Alias.
Then I found Flight Test and immediately was hooked. I feel like they are the Josh's that taught me to appreciate fixed wing flight. On one episode they had a Sportsman S+ and they handed the controller to Jen (wife of Josh B). I went out the next day and got me one of those...a great learning airplane.
I have built so many of their planes, my little bride of 39 years organized an intervention. "you have got to stop" was the general theme. I have retired a few and lost a few to Mother Nature, but below is my operational inventory. in no particular order...
- Spear (2)
- Versa pusher, Versa Tractor, Blunt Nose Versa.
- Mini Arrow. (2)
- Sportster (2 minis and 2 FT's)
- Sparrow (3)
- Mini OA1
- Mini SE5
- Tiny Trainer (2)
- Mini Guinea (2)
- FT 3D
- Bloody Wonder
- FT Mustang
- Mini Speedster
Then, typically from evaluations seen on the FT channel I have purchased:
- Sportsman S+
- The N-ROCH 3D
- The Sukhoi SU 29 3D
- The YAK 54 Mini 3D
- The Walkera F210 racing quad
I have 6 Radios, 3 pairs of FPV Goggle (Dominator V3 my fav) and a staggering inventory of parts.
I found an ebay sale last month...5 mini quads (not micro) that I knew were quite capable for a 100 bucks...typically 39.95 each. I bought 10. I put 4 in the xmas children's toys box at my office and gave the rest away to any young person that showed interest while I am flying at the school across the street. (this in fashion with Josh's mission to get more people in the hobby.)
So, am I a fan of flight, or a fanatic that must stop like the little bride thinks. You can bet on what I think...
View Poll Results: Is Jack a Fan or a Fanatic that must be stopped?
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12-23-2016, 10:18 PM #1
Flight Test Fan or Fanatic? Help me...
12-24-2016, 12:06 AM #2
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- Jul 2016
Wow you are definitely a fanatic!!! I'm jealous!!! I have built maybe 15 scratch builds/speed builds. I have bought 3 or 4 RTF/ARF. I have bought 3 toy quads. I currently have 2 radios and about 5 flyers. I keep crashing and building. Your hobby room looks great. I love the way you store your planes. Don't stop but I think you have enough to play with for quite a while.If you don't crash you aren't trying hard enough!!!
12-24-2016, 02:30 AM #3
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- Alexandria, VA USA
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I think you are fantastically organized in your storage solution.
Looking at your hanger list, the next great frontier is the community designed planes like the nnP-39 and localfiend's PBY CatalinaThe table is my friend. The trees, not so much.
My hanger listing, build threads, conversion projects, and Taranis radio mods are Over Here....
12-26-2016, 08:46 AM #4
The trick to hobbies and woman who start to do that "You have too many" (insert whatever) is simply point them to their ***elry box or their shoe storage areas and just blink at them a few times without saying a word.
As for your post I would say you are passionate more so then fanatical as you are far too organised to be a fanatic.
EDIT: Wow seriously? The word ***elry gets the first three letters blocked? Isn't that a touch more PC then the world really needs?
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12-26-2016, 10:09 AM #5
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- Aug 2016
- Brisbane, Australia
Fan? Possibly! Fanatic? NAH! Not really as he hasn't build every model yet!
OBSESSED! That is a better term!
12-27-2016, 05:25 AM #6
Yea, you got it bad. I have been in the hobby almost a year now and wonder when my wife is going to say, don't you have enough airplanes?
She is OCD about being clean and organized so I make an effort to not make too much mess..
12-27-2016, 09:42 AM #7
If I had the money I'd be just like you! But being 13 isn't quite full of finances and any money I get usual is spent on parts for the few planes I have. I've bought 4 RTF/ARFs (only one of them left ) and have built 4 FT kits (on the Sea Duck now) and have a Spear waiting to be built. Scratch builds on the other hand, well I've lost track of them!"I landed it." -David Windestål
•Carbon Z Cub
•Giant 120" P-61 Black Widow (check build thread for updated info!)
•Champ •Super Cub LP •BlitzRCWorks SkySurfer (don't buy it! It catches fire!), •Foamy F-15 •2x FT Guinea Pigs •FT Bushwacker • FT Sea Duck •FT Mustang •FT Spear •Lots of my dumb or not so dumb Scratch Builds!
12-27-2016, 03:51 PM #8
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- Nov 2016
Well i restarted the Hobby at 1.11 this year and i have build the Spitfire the scout the alpha, i had the mini corsair speedbuild kit in stash snd plan to build a lot more. So i know exactly what you think. I would say..... Fanatic
12-27-2016, 05:16 PM #9
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- Apr 2016
- Green Bay, WI
Looks like you are at just the right level of obsession. It has not taken over the whole house...yet. I started with an RTF Apprentice and on the first day at the flying club I talked to a guy with a Bloody Wonder. I then drank the figurative kool-aid. Not sure how many FT planes I have built and crashed. I think I like building more than flying. I am to the point that I have to take them out "flying" (crashing) just so I can free up some electronics for the next build.
I wouldn't say that I'm an expert builder by any means. I just love to build and build. I'm not a very good RC pilot either but sometimes I crash accidentally on purpose. Usually doing something beyond my capability.
So, it seems to me, from my perspective, you are a bit of a hoarder. And by that, I mean that you may not be very good at crashing. I'd look into that...78% of the facts that I make up are loosely based on a guess...
01-10-2017, 09:32 AM #10
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- Jan 2016