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« Reply #50 on: March 30, 2011, 04:04:53 AM »
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Hello friends

I  am an RC Helicopter and Car Fanatic (Electric) my hobbie initially started when i was 10 yrs old and started off with an rc car as they where cheaper than helis i also switched to methane driven rc cars but found it really complicated and expensive and switched back to the electric ones finally switched on to an rc heli initially started off with 2 channel,3 channel and currently 4 channel with the introduction of brushless motors and lithium battery's in Rc hobbies this wonderful hobbie has become more enjoyable, affordable and eco friendly Folks this is the electric era for the rc world...

As i have more than 5 yrs of experience in electric cars and micro 4 channel micro heli please feel free to mail me on nishitcoolin@rediffmail.com for any issues or if u plan to buy an electric car or a micro 4 channel heli's and make this hobbie not worth giving up prematurely.

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« Reply #51 on: June 08, 2011, 10:14:30 PM »
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It was during my school days at IJHS, Thangassery that I happened to see a balsa plane at our school. Since then, I always wanted to own and fly them. After 27 years during which I almost forgot about it due to various reasons, It happened one day that I came across some videos of remote controlled planes on the net. All of them were of foreign origin. That's when I searched for rc hobbyists in Gurgaon as I was stationed there due to my job. I was very happy to have come across the Gurgaon fliers at Sohna on the net. One Sunday I went to the field in Sohna and met Mr. Jamal there. I was interested in Helis as I thought that helis required lesser space to fly. I was invited by Mr. Jamal to his house to have a look at his collection of planes and helis. I was attracted towards Hirobo sceadu 50. It was love at first sight.  I was explained about the fund required (approx. 75000 Rs.) to go ahead. I was not in a position to sheLl out that much moolah in one go. Hence decided to start with the Tx and Reflex sim. Which cost me approx 18000 Rs. Thereafter I practiced day n' night on the sim for almost a year by the time I could raise the fund for my heli. Thereafter everything that followed has been shared here in this great forumn. Thanks to Anwar Bhai for guiding me into this forum. Everyone in this forumn has helped me come up in this hobby so far. I would have quit this hobby a long time back if I didn't come across RCIndia. My special thanks to Anwar Bhai for his untiring replies to all my queries on a regular and prompt basis.

I am sure that RC India will be a helping hand to many hobbyists like me in future too.

That's me into this hobby, I would request everyone to post their experinces.

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« Reply #52 on: June 08, 2011, 10:19:07 PM »
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« Reply #53 on: June 08, 2011, 10:25:01 PM »
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Thanks Anwar Bhai. That was lightning fast. I am posting from my mobile and noted few spelling mistakes in my post. I am unable to correct as there is no option available for mobile users. Will correct the same as soon as I have access to my desktop.
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« Reply #54 on: July 04, 2011, 01:20:01 PM »
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I am in Rourkela and this is my first timer, carefully I am aggregrating the bits and pieces of this passion - obviously I wanna go to Quads od DIYdrone type got some spares sourced from Indian shops, brushles, props  Lipos, Rx-Tx etc. are on the way. These electronics are a bit dearer but can be sourced that is plus point - and is the adventure to integrate them to achieve the end mission. Ardupilot and all those thingys BUT I will test and try first on  the birdie hand crafted by foamies then mature to real quads with FPV and all those waypoints nav.
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« Reply #55 on: August 12, 2011, 10:08:49 PM »
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It all started when i was a kid watching HOME ALONE 3..seeing the small boy i was excited about having my own RC Car and having fun with it.as time passed i surfing internet gained more knowledge about RC Cars.dreaming of racing my own RC Car with other racers..after some days i see a advertise in DNA newspaper starring news of a group racing in Radi co. race track in panvel..i called up that guy and he advised me to come over the race track to see them race.i didnt knew that even RC Cars like such potentials exist,seeing them race was like a dream come true because i was passionate about the sport and wanted it to choice it as a carrier..but those are quite expensive cars for a boy like me. Shocked.now i have to sacrifice my bike to buy a new RC Car and i will do so because i realise that is what i want to do..but i didnt get admission in engineering so im doing architecture now,hope that it does'nt disturb my passion.. Sad

well guys this was my story..
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« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2012, 02:02:45 PM »
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I first saw a RC plane in a army function in Jabalpur when I was 7 years old, and when I asked my dad for one he told me it was very expensive and not sold in India. I have been playing with different RC trucks, cars and buggies since and finally laid my hands on a RC -co axial helicopter yesterday. Well its not very expensive or pro hobby but a good heli to start learning I believe. Hoping to have lots of fun!
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« Reply #57 on: May 01, 2012, 08:33:56 PM »
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After looking such wonderful stories of RC lovers here is mine one which is bit different!!
It was a sunny day in Berhampur, Odisha and my parents decided to visit Gopalpur on sea which is just 15KM away. The year was May 1998. I was in standard 3 and vacation was going on.
We reached the beach around 4'o clock, and everyone of my family except me and my brother went for snacks.
What my bro discovered that two persons were busy with a Plane model (Nitro) and after sometime they started flying it. Later we come to know that both of them are Cadet soldiers from Nearest Gopalpur Army Air Defence Collage.
The plane was flying very high and the guys were very easily controlling the plane almost half an hour until we left the place, both of us become excited for a while and then went to them to ask about the plane, but unfortunately papa called from behind as the time to back home.
The next whole week my bro started some design with thermocouple and coconut leaf stick (very light weight), but we have no idea that which motor to use. We used some toy motor with a hand launching fan (a kind of toy) propeller. The plane never moved a inch also.
years after years me and my bro used many prop and motors but never knew about it until I went to Hyderabad in 2011, where I found a BLDC motor....and then internet did all for me and I designed one foamy and one card board with help of the modern ESC, 6 CH Tx/Rx, just flew it last January for the 1st time....and barely I can remember the past of being excited with watching those Army Plane models.
Anyway I am still a beginner and have to learn many more thing!! Thanks to RC India forum for such a nice opportunity to get together every RC lover.
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« Reply #58 on: September 10, 2012, 10:07:31 AM »
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Best experience being in field ( Baner Club)  with people who are actually working for this hobby as hobby but not for making money from it. Special thanks to all of them who helped me to get into it. People are too good with newbie's. This is the place where a person who is getting into RC should visit 1 ever in lifetime. Thanking you people again i may miss out some names but still trying my best, thank you mohan sir (Pune), Guru sir (Shimoga), Amit sir, Praddy sir, Sameer, and all who wer available. thanks a lot.
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« Reply #59 on: September 10, 2012, 11:08:27 AM »
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My dad was an architect by profession, and I'd stand by him, assisting, when he would work with his tools, I'd be his assistant in drilling holes, cut stuff, make architectural models,  stencil his maps at times, even cover and bind our books. Ended up being the inquisitive types, opening up everything from BO motored toys to camcorders, tv, vcrs. I've been hit by 15A of current on live wires, have fainted messing with the EST on a tv and other funny experiences which come with a warning, don't imitate at home. I saw RC planes first in the movie shortcircuit, where Johnny 5 controls an RC plane with his awesomatic, TGTBT, hardwired functionality of owning random electronic stuff  (as long as it had electronics, J5 could take over the controls). Johnny flies the plane into one of the goon's backside... and that would make me laugh everytime (I know fully understand the consequences of having a prop in the backside). Then came Mad Mission 2 (a.k.a Aces go places, and it was like a bread jam movie, I'd watch it atleast 4 times a day, loving the rc robots and the cars, I can never forget the first transformer robot in the movie). Soon enough I was after my dad to get me a similar car that could transform into a robot (this was the 80s). And he was daddy, he had to get one and he got one...! which I opened up just to know what was inside, how was the systems of gears and booms working etc etc. Miss you papa.

It was a wired car and that time, I converted it to a RC by pulling out stuff from other toys. This was the start of me getting into electronics... and there was no turning back. My dad got me the next lovable toy and it was an airplane. I soon banged into a building and never could repair it...implied I had to have a plane and fly it successfully someday...the seed was sown...

So a couple of years back, while I was in one of the first world countries, i managed to get hold of a park flyer (and it was bl**dy expensive by all means). Flew it for some time, and the DIY keeda struck again...

I think we've all had our dad's play a big role in paving the path, and I'm kinda following the tradition. My two year old now uses his crayons as a driller and makes a buzzing sound imitating me drilling holes...he loves to move the Tx sticks and whenever an airplane flies overhead, he says "ye papa ka hai"...
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« Reply #60 on: December 25, 2013, 01:03:05 PM »
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« Reply #61 on: December 25, 2013, 01:19:43 PM »
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My two year old now uses his crayons as a driller and makes a buzzing sound imitating me drilling holes...he loves to move the Tx sticks and whenever an airplane flies overhead, he says "ye papa ka hai"...
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« Reply #62 on: December 25, 2013, 06:19:13 PM »
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It feels great to be a part of such a wonderful hobby... Smiley
Last year while watching the movie 3 Idiots Grin(it was I think 12th time I was watching it) plan to start building a Quadcopter came to my mind. So, I started thinking of building a light weight quad of toy motors and mobile phone batteries etc Giggle Grin(now i realize how stupid I was that time) On one of my seniors suggestion i started studying everything related to Quadcopter on internet. I remember an airshow was also organised in our college and that was the first time when i first saw an RC airplane. It was a "Mutliplex Easystar". That was the time when I finally decided of entering into this hobby. Students from MNNIT-Allahabad helped me in ordering things for my Quadcopter and airplane. I remember it was 17th August when i first met Gaurav Agarwal Sir Salute Bow and that very day he helped me in completing my Quadcopter. He even maidened it that day. And from then on I got deeply involved in this hobby completed my cessna-172 although it crashed Bang Head. From then on not even a single day goes when i don't touch my radio. Recently I organised a Moss glider workshop in my college in which almost 120 students took part.
I make a promise to myself and everyone here of always respecting this hobby and abiding by its rules and regulations.
Also, I would like to thank Bow Bow Bow Bow everyone who helped me to come into this lovely field and gave me knowledge and checked me where ever I was wrong specially Gaurav sir, Girish sir, Gusty sir, Yashodhanp sir, Shantanu sir, Shobhit sir, bilal, abhay
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« Reply #63 on: May 05, 2014, 06:37:02 PM »
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Hi,
So here goes my rc story  Grin
My journey of whole engineering started when I was 12years old.....
First I was into electronics
Basic electronics like resistors,capacitors...etc I learned assembling circuits into breadboard and then (ahh finally) I learned to design circuits... here is the point where i got into bit of advanced ones
Then I started getting into the world of microcontrollers.... At first basic input/output and then algorithm development....
at that point i could practically (surely not theoroticallly) qualify as a btech in electronics(not actually)
after this came pathfinding algorithms(really basic AI(artififical intelligence)).....
Till this time i was 14 years old...
I participated in IIt sp4mm3r for an event named Grid Masters in association with YUPS tech. solutions....( An institution where I learned a lot)..
At that time it was my first Event in IIT (i was a kid  Bang Head)
I unfortunately lost the event (due to my  >Cheesy battery)
but the real fun in sp4mm3r is enjoying ohter events and exhibition in the fest
With my friends while waiting to get in to see the exhibition ... I came across a Quadcopter
the pilot who was flying was really a rude guy.... i went near him and enquired about it.... he drived me away like a begger saying that i am a kid (he dint know i knew all this stuff)...
I went inside the exhibition and i saw the same Quadcopter's demo....
there was a very generous person who was answering....
I went in asked him about the code which the control board runs....
He told me it runs a algorithm named PID .... he gave an example of a cycle and explained it to me...
After this incident I told it to my sir ... and I told him that it is not my cup of tea ( As I was a kid)
He told me 'manish age is not the factor that decides your ability) yaayayayayaya and that boosted my confidence
Then I started researching on PID...
I almost made my Quadcopter (with arduino as control board).....ant atlas! my 10th std came as a big hurdle...
So now coming into how i came into airplanes...
Once my sir was teaching me about Airfoils....(how things fly)..... and I got interested into flying...
Then after a bit of research I got into this hobby.....
My first build with a Radio, esc, servos etc was a Hovercraft (for participating in IIT's hoveron event)
then now I am building my first airplane .... The FT Flyer  Grin
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Looks like all of you guys were child prodigies  Smiley mine is nothing so fancy but here goes

While growing up my family was living in this charming small town called Jabalpur. Like all typical small towns going from one end to another took hardly 45 minutes . In summer holidays there was only so much you can do .Options were :

1) Go to Gwarighat/Gilharighat for a swim in the river Narmada
2) Loiter around "Jalpari" or "Sadar bazaar"
3) Go to the local clubs ( Narmudda/Jyoti club ) and play billiards and badminton
4) Go to the Universal book store and buy Archie comics and MAD

So for option 4 when one could pester parents enough to get hands on Archie's (which costed Rs. 45 vs typical Diamond comics that would cost 10 and parents didn't prefer that, come to think of it 1:4 ratio of getting kids out of your hair) one would obviously read it cover to cover, word by word

And the most amazing part of reading these comics were the ad's . Delightful ,Tantalizing ,Some almost impossible and total drool worthy   Drool . That's where I first saw RC stuff and knew this was one of those must do things in life. A few of the truly inspiring ads from those days  Roll Eyes

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I am a electronics enthusiast since childhood and would like to hack stuffs to know whats inside and try to make them work in some different ways.
Years ago when i was around 15 my uncle(Dads younger brother who is in NCC) show me a cox powered plane some 20" WS.
its a FF model and he flew it for me from the top of his building.

i still remember the image of him using a syringe for fueling and flick started it after few attempts. he launched it from his terrace and it flew for some 30 secs before landing in someones rooftop in well crowded thiruvottriur(a place in chennai) since then i always wanted to fly a model and tried in numerous ways to start this hobby.
once i had a plan for a diesel engine and stopped at every CNC lathe i could find to make an engine for me. back then i thought people make the engines on their own and i never know there is one big market for these stuffs. then i came across medicine man glider from makezine.com and tried cutting the plans from a solid signboard. before completing the model i could see it turned out too heavy and i scrapped it off and my desire to fly a plane was put to rest for a while.

then one fine day, like a year and a half ago i was reading some article and this google ads lead me to thehobbyshop.in(currently inactive) and this fever started again. bought my first electronics from them and after a few unsuccessful attempts now i reached a level where i could build and fly a model confidently. i have built around 8 models so far and only 4 of them were successful. Still going strong and solid.
This is my RC story. whats yours?

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i think in 2010 i was browsing the web for info about how a helicopter can be at a place so stable. It is then i read in some website 'coaxial rc helis are more stable'. Then i didnot know what 'rc' meant. I googled it and found out about remote controlled aircrafts.I always loved and was interested in helis. So from then i started learning about rc helicopters.I have two indoor rc helis right now
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I am software engineer by choice.  I had no idea about rc and aeromodelling.  But then I created a quadcopter for them which is capable of doing FPV.  I came through a lot of video tutorials and explanations.  And now it has become my passion.  Because of the ban on the usage of these DRONES(AS WHAT THOSE IDIOTS CALL THEM)  i had to stop developing these in the office.  But it was so much fun,  knowing about these things. It has lead me to the stage,  wherein I am scratch building one for my own self. 
I find it really addictive.

And just yesterday I explored how to find Cg on flying wing.  😂😝

By the way I am working on a 30" flying wing. As the first rc plane,  as the first scratch build.
With root chord of 11"
Tip chord 9"
Sweep 9"

Let's see where this takes me Smiley
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Hello from a Old Topic! Grin
My journey has been through Rc cars, helis, quadcopters and planes.
I had always been a fan of RC stuff since maybe 4 or 5, especially rc cars (that time, just toy grade).
At that time my grandpa used to live in Qatar, n they bought me a plane(not rc, but a battery-operated, toy). It was a white And blue passenger plane. i have that with me till now  Wink , but was lost earlier while shifting.
So, i grew up, with mostly rc cars. I got my first heli, *toy grade heli* w/ 2 channels i suppose, when I was 6.5 or 7, who know. That broke early.
I was still having many Rc cars.
And yeah, I was getting heli's time to time, one after another, of course when the earlier one broke. I used to fly micros at home, i got pretty decent at flying helis at maybe 9. Around 9, i got a big heli(toy grade) and a quadcopter. That heli I sill have with me but no idea where. I used to fly the heli in my buildings' premises. It was a 4 channel heli, and i got pretty good at flying heli(maybe better than).
Then came into my life a Cessna, 4 channel, *toy grade*, around at 10. I learnt flying plane quickly! But unfortunately it crashed when my small sister was at Tx. Since then, No aircrafts from me.
Still had a bunch of Rc cars and About 5-6 helis, all toy grade.
Continued with toy grade without even knowing that there is more to it.
2 years, nothing, just buying more cars and helis, and experimenting with the old ones, opening them up, seeing how it works and all. Also made a rc car with my brother, which was of 12, and I 11, a simple battery powered moving machine.
time went by...... I became 13( IM 15 NOW)
Then came a exhibition in my school, The teacher asked us to make any working model. And my mind was "atrangi" since childhood, I thought of making a Rc plane!! it was the month of december when I started making it, along with my friend rather, best friend
Still, i didnt knew about this hobby.
I took out the motors and everying from one of my helis, and also took the tail of the heli, and sat down with cardboard and glue.
made a old fashioned plane, about maybe less than 70cm in length & the wingspan lesser than that Giggle, ik you would be laughing now, but thats true.
I finished it, glued all the electronics i took from the heli, and bought 2 propellers. It was as heavy as a good mango!! Still i expected it to fly. I first tried it by throwing it from the walkway onto my bed, it didn't fly Cry
I tried making different designs by looking on the internet and some of my own for 1 week, day and night, but alas, all in vain.
I had already told my friends that I would make a plane that would fly, but unfortunately, i couldn't at that time.
The teacher saw my plane, and laughed saying that you wont be able to built a rc plane ever! I got embarrassed, i didn't went to school for a few days, fearing  puns and insults from my class mates.
I made up my mind to show 'em all that I can make a RC plane. *I still didn't know about rc hobby stuff*
I researched in my summer holidays, and got to know about the fascinating would of Rc. My Mom promised to buy me electronics for the rc plane, in that December, i.e after 1 year from the school incident. i was still researching, i got to know more....
Then atlast the time came, we went to DragonMart, where one can find everything, just google it.
Then we went in there, and searched for a plane shop, there were limited plane shops, but many car shops.
We found one, and went in there..... and boom!! I was just about to buy the materials when a man came from inside, maybe the owner, and asked my dad what type of plane we'r making. at first he thought that my dad was making, but then when my dad told I was gonna make the plane, he just*no words*.
He just kindda underestimated me,and told my dad that its a waste to buy it. i was in tears when that happened!! my dad too agreed and left the shop. Angry
i explained to him everything about the model i was thinking to built, but nothing happened..... Cry
I was in tears for about 1 day and didn't talked to anyone.
..Slowly i started studying more about planes in hope of getting the materials next time....
I still had no idea about hobby grade rc cars
while studying more, i just bumped into a youtube video of Rc drift cars, n i became fan of them!!!
i left planes and joined cars.
I just loved cars!
but still, no luck for me, no hobby grade products...
Then came 2017, I became 14 in dec 2016.
I bought my first rc hobby grade product in May 2017. It was a traxxas e revo brushless edition. i also bought nimh and 2s lipos with them.
Had no problems in controlling the monster truck!
n here i am now, Under pressure of boards.
Gonna step in Rc planes this May or june I suppose, have restarted research on planes.
So, yea, thats it, Thats My Rc journey  Grin

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I made my first wifi controlled four wheeler.
I had in it forward, backward, right, left, right spin, left spin features.
I made it with 2 300 rpm motors, 12 v sealed lead acid battery.

Controlled using esp, wifi chip. power channel using 12v to 5v and 3.3 v buck board.
All connections through bread board.

It was fun building it, especially fixing the wheel to the motor.
For some reason, I could not use the wheel screw, so I tried hot gun glue.
That started to give away when I mounted it with the battery and circuit.
I ended up using baking soda with fiwikquick.

Now I am unable to dismantle the motor from the wheel....  Grin
May be I'll have to use vinegar, to get back my motor and wheel separately...
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One step at a time :)



Somehow, i never came across this thread.
Here is my aviation-story:
When i was in the 4th class, we lived in Calcutta. i used to love trains (Father works in the railways). This new PC game known as GTA San Andreas had just come out. I heard that you could drive trains in that game as well. So Father got that game for me. Later on i discovered that you could fly planes as well. One day, i found a huge plane in the game ( based on the Antonov 225). It was love at first sight. I immediately decided that i wanted the model of the same aircraft. While i was searching for the model online, i came across a video of two Russians building and flying a giant scale An-225.
I wanted that too. So i told papa. He asked me to try and make it from thermocole and fevicole. I made a small model of the same and hacked three old RC cars for their power system. It sadly did not fly.
One day, Papa then said that he had spotted India's Hobby Center on Park street. He suggested we go there. This was in 2009. It was an awesome experience there. The kind person there suggested that i start with a basic model. I came back with a Chuck 747 glider and a Bobni Glider KIT. The chuck 747 was ARF-ish but the Bobni required assembly. It took us 6 days to build. Me and papa used to work on it everyday for 15 minutes and then left it to dry. I remember coming home from school and completing all my homework as fast as i could and eagerly wait for papa to get back from the office. I would not let him even change his office clothes as i dragged him to my study table where the glider was kept. I had Good fun with both of the gliders.
We then shifted to Delhi. Both of them glider were lost in shifting. I always wanted to build a RC plane however, i was limited by flying space. There was simply no place where i could fly my RC plane (if i had one). We again shifted to a new place in Delhi in may of 2013. There is this huge railways cricket ground behind our home. Having found my flying field, I started collecting money for my first RC plane (FT Flyer). Soon, in 2015, I tasted flight. There was no turning back since then. I have built one plane after the other.
I have also decided to take up commercial flying as my future job. I will be going to Australia in August of 2019 to commence my Flying under the Indigo Cadet Pilot Program. I am getting my aviation medicals done right now. In fact, i have my 1st class medical initial exam on the 22nd of August.
Happy Landings,
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My home was located parallel to the Airport , so while growing up i had the joy of watching each and every airplane or helicopter coming in or taking off.

I was and still continue to be particularly fond of the AN-32.

The Mig 21 was a great favourite but it was not so commonly seen.

There were many other planes i saw like the Dornier228, the Avro, the Canberra electric.

Also the IL76, which creates an awesome roar with its 4 engines.

There were helicopters like the Chetak and also the Cheetah, the Mil14 ,

Our school too had a Mi 5 stationed in it , which was used in the Bangladesh war. I used to climb inside the cockpit and had fun with the collective and rudder sticks.

I had no fascination for the toys in the market. I built my own.

I loved building and flying planes very early. Having No guidance, and no raw materials. I fabricated wings out of the wood. but mostly learnt all the basics from paper planes.

Chuck gliders taught me a lot.

Presently into RC . Thanks to the Internet.

I have flown Planes & Helis .

Still love to build planes.

This site has been a great treasure trove of knowledge for me.

And the best part has been knowing that there are other people out there who share the same joy and passion for flying. 


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Early years….

 My introduction to the wonderful world of model planes came through an obscure book in my high school library, "Modern Aeromodelling" by R.G.Moulton, in the early '70s. At around the same time I was aware of India's Hobby Center through their ads in either "Illustrated Weekly" or "Junior Statesman"(can't remember which) promoting their K100 and K150 diesels.

 A trip to IHC,Delhi in '72 resulted in my first model airplane purchase, a rubber powered model that was relatively "state of the art" for that period. It had a blue plastic, blow moulded fuselage with yellow tissue covered foam wings and a red moulded plastic prop. It came ready to fly with the rubber strands to power it as well as the rubber lubricant.I can't remember the name of this model but it surely ignited the passion for model planes in me.

 The following year, I bought my first kit from IHC, Kolkata. It was the Mercury Gnome glider that introduced me to the challenges and joy of kit building. Trying to source items like a building board, glues (Quickfix and Fevicol come to mind), tissue for covering(kite shops or stationery stores were my sources - unfortunately no Silkspan or Japanese tissue), "dope"( Nitrocellulose lacquer or NC lacquer sold in automotive paint stores) etc in the small town of Jamshedpur was challenging but that was part of the fun. At that point, I had not even seen an engine, but I had found sources for Methanol, Ether, and Castor oil for future applications!

 A year later, a school mate acquired  a Cox PT-19 control line model powered by a Cox 049 glow engine. Running the engine was fun, but power was lacking and engine runs were erratic due to lack of Nitromethane in the home brew fuel. It meant that the PT-19 didn't see much airtime, at best a few laps per flight. Around the same time, a family friend had recently returned from Japan with a semi scale P-51 control line balsa built-up model powered by an Enya 15 glow engine and needed help flying it. The sound of that engine was music to our ears! We tried flying it at the local field, but needless to say, the sound of the crackling Enya soon attracted a crowd of locals. Sensing the difficulty in controlling the crowd, we packed up and later found an alternate site to fly it….the dam at Dimna, for those who are familiar!

 Spurred on by the glow engine experience, I bought my first engine from IHC, Kolkata, the K149 diesel ( a Frog 149 Vibramatic) and a C/L trainer, the Skybee (I am not sure I got the name right). Every trip to Kolkata meant a visit to IHC to ogle and dream at their offerings…… their A-M/Frog/Mills range of diesels, their F/F planes like the Inchworm, C/L planes like the Peacemaker, Blue Pants, and the Miss World(?) r/c trainer. I can vividly recall the inviting aroma of diesel fuel, Cryptomeria Japonica (the locally available equivalent of balsa wood) and Quickfix glue wafting through the store.

 Kolkata, to me, was the mecca for modelling at the time. That is where I bought my collection of “Radio Modeller” and “RCM&E” magazines from the second hand book/magazine stores, where I made an annual trek to Behala airport in the winter to watch the model airplane competitions, Sunday morning visits to the “Maidan” to see r/c flying and where I had my first glimpse of Graupner Grundig, Skyleader andMacGregor radios, from single channel escapement to proportional gear. This is also where I met Irshad Anwar who acted as my “mentor” in my pursuit of R/C modelling. His skill on the sticks of his Kraft radio guiding his “Atlas” through the full pattern was equally matched by his masterful control of his C/L “Nobler”.

 Thanks to Irshad and Tapan from IHC for all these wonderful memories…….

 
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Lovely, quiet flyer. Many of us had a very similar initiation

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