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« on: March 14, 2009, 02:22:40 AM »
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I will start by posting my story.  Hope this will also help the newcomers, to learn how people figure their way around and get trained in this hobby.

In case you didn't figure it out, I am also trying to stimulate some discussion  Wink 

So, what's your RC story ?  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009, 02:27:47 AM »
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Well, couple of times in 2006, me and my brother visited the Qatar Scientific Club's RC airport in Qatar, and saw the various planes and helis people were flying there.  Most of the people were Qataris. Some Europeans, Americans and other arab nationalities were also there, but we saw no Indians.

Then my brother picked up a GWS Dragonfly EP helicopter from one of his trips to HongKong.  That was the first heli I tried to fly.  It was a tough job the first time, and crashed the poor thing a few times (between my brother and myself).

Finally in early 2007, we located one of the hobby shops in Qatar and I bought myself a RealFlight G3 simulator.  I also registered as a member of the aviation wing of Qatar Scientific Club, which is the legal requirement for owning and operating RC equipment in Qatar.

I learned the basics of flying on the sim.  I spent countless hours on it; and since I started with helis, it took me longer, I feel.  I looked around for small helicopters, and found that Align Trex 450 was one of the best selling helis. It was a bit expensive in the hobby shop in Qatar, so I ordered one online from http://www.rc-expert.com, and since I was a beginner, I asked them to build it and ship it.  That decision for proved half right and half wrong.  They did not build it 100% right (it was more like 80% right), but I do feel that if I built it myself as a total newbie, I would have done a much worse job.

Then I started seriously practicing 3D moves on the sim, and started slowy trying them out of the 450. I think I have crashed it probably around 20 times so far, trying various things.  As I got better at flying, the frequency of crashes has been coming down  Grin

So there it is, my RC story !  :Smiley

And here are my top tips to beginners.....

1) Get hold of a simulator.  It does not need to be anything complicated or top of the line brands, just something as simple as FMS.  Practice on it until you get your orientations right, and delay flying the real thing until you are very much at ease with flying on the sim.  It is a painful experience to crash your beloved model, but most people tend to enjoy rebuilding pretty soon.

2) While using the sim, try putting your aircraft in unusual positions, or set explicit targets.  For example, if you are flying an airplane, try to land on a partical small piece of the landing strip many times in a row.  This helps you learn to control the aircraft using small last-second corrections.  If you are flying helicopters, try to hover nose-in, or at least learn to use the rudder to immediately put the heli back into the tail-in position.  This will save your heli when you fly the real thing.

3) While flying the real thing for the first few flights, ask a senior member to help you on a buddy-cord (trainer cord), so that s/he can take control in case you are disoriented.


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Well my story started soon after I returned from the Gulf in 2004 after a stay of 15 years .
The start was as usual with Balsa Models both myself and my son Venkatesh started learning at first , then I soon realized that footing the bill of  two of us crashing Balsa planes was proving to be quite expensive , sims were also very expensive those days  so I preferred Venkat  continue learning as he was young and I will wait my time out  as and when it became feasible .
The 1 st plane was a glider picked up when I went down to Europe but  soon I got my self a Super StarEP which we converted to EP to GP  had a Magnum 0.15 engine on it .  Grin
This was followed by a Great planes PT 60 with a 0.61 OS on it , this served us well for a long time and was re built time and again , my only issue during this phase was that we were way too dependent on experienced seniors right from repair till tuning the engine  and come what we tried breaking this dependence was not working out as the experienced persons had a wealth of knowledge which was difficult to replace or learn.
Then I came across RC Groups and was pleasantly surprised to find that planes similar to the PT 60 had been converted to EP and this was technology that I could understand with some basic school level physics , this was far more simpler plug and play type .
So there I went back to converting from GP to EP Grin , this is what is called a full cycle .
Got the set up and converted the PT 60 from GP to EP  but soon realized that years of crashing and rebuilding had  created some inherent defects in her which could be resolved but were really not worth it besides Venkat had got bored of the PT to an extent after having flown it for a few years  so thought of changing the plane but the choise was limited as it had be a 60 which could take the PT's set up , I could not discard  such a huge electric set ( eq of an 0.91 engine ) especially considering the price I paid for it , so back to hunting and finally zeroed in on the Pheonix Tiger 60  a low wing trainer got her and converted her to electric .
Around the same time started my hobby shop in a small way .

Then one day at the field I noticed a guy flying some  planes that did not look like ARF's  as they say curiosity killed the cat  and went to have a closer look and there was ISMAIL ( Izmile ) with his SPAD's . Aesthetically they looked no where near the ARF's  but I was hooked to SPAD and building your own plane from a Sheet .
Since then scratch building has been my favorite part of Aero building especially SPAD's for their sheer simplicity and durability.

Venkat now has become a  fairly good flyer and teaches me now on a MULTIPLEX Easy cub  and has also gone on to win the IIT sp4mm3r in Mumbai with the Glider called Mr MOSS  a SPAD glider.

The success of Mr Moss is like a dream come true for me cos I finally have a beginner plane that does not cost the sky unlike the Balsa planes I went thru when we started .

ALL I CAN SAY FROM MY EXPERIENCES THAT THIS IS A GREAT HOBBY AND  A TEACHER  .
THE BEST PART IS BEGINNERS HAVE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD  FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF BUDGET AS WELL AS AVAILABLITY ON INDIA . THIS IS POSSIBLY A GREAT TIME TO GET INTO THIS HOBBY.

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Hello Friends:

Thanks to Anwar I have been invited to join this Forum and I look forward to learning and sharing experiences in R/C. Good job my friend. At the age of 51 not out, i find myself engaged in the following activities:

1. Running the R/C Museum in Thrissur, Kerala which opened last week.
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2. Running a Model Aeroplane manufacturing facility in Trivandrum, Kerala.
www.aero-sports.us
3. Setting up a residential R/C Academy at Vagamon, Kerala.
4.Setting up a Microlight Flying Academy at Vagamon, Kerala.
5. Setting up an Aviation Museum at the Vagamon site.
6. About to take over a popular aeromodeling magazine as the owner wants to opt out.
7. Getting ready to open Indias largest adventure Sports park (2000 acres plus) at Vagamon, Idukki St, Kerala.
8. About to set up a Gnat Memorial museum dedicated to the IAF in Thrissur, Kerala.
9. Getting ready to fly our first offering of a R/C Trainer named " Playboy!". Fiber Glass Fusalage, working landing and anti collision lights etc. the works!.

So as you can see , my hands are full. I am looking for R/C Flyers who wish to find employment in my small but growing firm. I will be grateful if you can give me some leads.

Thank you & Best Regards,

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Iam a bit too new to this hobby to have long and wonderful stories like u all but still want to share my uptodate xperience in RC field. :)well...thus goes my story...being a complete novice,one fine day impulsively bought a RTF 6 ch helicopter(walkera 35C) off Ebay india,only to break a vital linkage in it's maiden flight.It's been 6 odd months,the helis still to take to air again,primarily due to scarcity of spares for these brand of helis here in India. Angry.After this misadventure wid a Heli this time around bought a RTF aeroplane(sapac T-34 mentor) again from Ebayindia.As usual in the very first flight..err.attempted flight the gears of the brushed motors broke after the aeroplane had a nasty crash just a few seconds into it's maiden flight.the plane remains grounded till date. Embarrassed
But couldn't let myself get bogged down like tis after a few failures.This time around i did my share of homework(i think) as to what to buy next.and picked up a GWS slowstick for my first actually flying trainer model and a GWS Estarter along with a decent radio(a JR PCM 9XII).At the time of writing this I would have completed the GWS slowstick build and will maiden it in a day or two.In between ive also done lotso training on my sim(realglight G4).I think im ready for this wonderful hobby!!!!
So my bit of advice to fellow beginners-Go for a good beginner model like slowstick,easystar,slo-V etc.and do not forget to get hold of a SIM.
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Dear All RC Passionates of india, Smiley
Here is a very interesting story of mine, which I want to share with you.

My story as an RC guy started with very less budget here, when I made my own servo...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946112

Then it was continued with the work like here, with my first failure...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946113

Then I started search for RC stuff like here...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=988677

Then a guy called Jack, responded and sent a great stuff, which is more than enough to build indoor small foamies....

Then, after so many builts and failures, at last, I made this.... please watch the video and comment!

In you tube:



But still am waiting for a real outdoor big fly....as like here...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1046000

Thanks for patient reading... Smiley
Awaiting your comments and replies...//MEROG
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Anybody else (especially people who have joined RC-India recently) care to tell their story  ?  Smiley

Reading such stories are emotional for fellow RCers !
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dear all,

I started with this hobby 2 to 3 years back. I accidently got in to this when i was searching the Internet, for something creative for my son who was othere wise spending lot of time on video games. Thats when i came across RCGROUPS and also the many electric possibilities. Till then i was thinking that aeromodelling means only Methanol engines and motors cannot carry the battery weight.
When i saw that we can make our own brushless motos from CDROMS etc. i was really fascinated. I loved motors since, as far back as i can remember.
So in fact even before learning to fly, i bought a Brushless ESC and made some brushless motors from old CDROMS. Since i did not know flying i gave it to somebody who was scratch building foam planes, to try.
My excitement had no limits when i saw my motor taking the plane up.
Since i was old, i was not sure whether i will be able to pick up this hobby and sustain it. so i was very carefull in investing money.

I visited the local flying site (Jakkur) and took advice and help from many. Prashant, Rajeash, Raghavendra all helped me and gave support. Especially, i should mention Sajeev who is currently in US, who helped me a lot and did the initial hand holding. Many many thanks to him..

1. Spent lot of  time to read RCGROUPS.com, various interesting threads and updated myself in terms of this hobby- technology- min 100 hours.
2. Made up my mind that i will start with electrics. Main reason: i am familiar with electronics and that most of the repair i will be comfortable.
3. Down loaded FMS and practiced on a trainer model: more than 10- 15 hours.
4. Went and got familiarised with the People and the equipments : few visits to local flying site.
5. Bought a second hand Futaba Radio, and a complete plane from one of the flier.
6. This person (sajeev) helped me a lot and did the hand holding and advize very patiently and sincerely.
7. He even built a small trainer plane some thing like STC only for teaching us.

From then there was no looking back. We had a time when we used to have a new plane every week.

The whole money spent from the time i started to till i manged to fly a trainer independantly was about rs10,000.00 including all items and the xmitter. though i would have spent a lot lot more by now,  having spent> 2.5 years in this hobby.
 
my son also leanrned to fly (may be one 5th of the time i took) but he is not so keen in building/ repair. He only likes flying. Due to his presuure on studys he is not seriously in to this hobby now, though occationally he comes with me to fly. also one cannot be in this hobby without ample time esp if u are scartch building.

Few tips:
Once u are able to sort of handle a plane, then
1. In electrics, the max money goes for the Lion Battery.
2. Be very carefull in buying/ using them.
3. Always be carefull about propping the motors as per the KV rating, else u won't know how much current it is drawing and if more can puff your battery.
4. Check the current drawn for any new motor/ prop combination.
5. Go to max 60% of the given C rating for most of the Lipos.
6. Learn to Build light and strong.
7. Take time and there is no hurry.
8. Saving time and doing shortcuts are expensive savings. Grin
 
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Bumping the thread, so that anybody who joined RC India recently can narrate their RC story also  Wink
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Here is one heck of an RC story... 

http://www.modelaircraft.org/MAG/mhill/hillindex.htm 

Long, but every bit worthwhile. Note that there are many pages, so don't forget to click the "Continued..." link at the bottom of the pages.

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The smell of Balsa and Quickfix. Incomparable.   

That’s how it all started somewhere back in 1974/75. Dad got me an Aurora Hunter Balsa Chuck / Catapult glider from India Hobby Centre. He sat me by his side as he painstakingly assembled it. It was love at first sight for me. I discovered another respect worthy facet of my Dad – He could make Aeroplanes. Wow! The smell was maddening.

Once assembled, he left it to dry and instructed me not to touch it for the next 24 hours. Those 24 hours must have seemed like eternity. Memories have fogged – dimmed by the years of  rushed adulthood, but I do remember the tragic end of this story. The next evening, after he decided that she was ready to fly, we headed for the terrace of the house that we lived in. He took up position at the end of the terrace, pulled back gently on the catapult and she soared gracefully into the air. I was memsmerised. But someone had a different ending planned out. A sudden gusty breeze blew her off track and Dad and I helplessly watched as she glided out sight into the muddled cityscape below. A multitude of street urchins whooping and running after her as she gracefully glided down into their waiting hands. I was inconsolable. I remember, Dad didn’t speak a word. Neither did he console me. That is the way he was, less of words and more of action. He left home immediately and returned triumphantly with a second Hunter kit. He handed it over to me and said, “Now, you make it.”

Dad, that was the moment when you changed my life – forever.

In 1976, when I was in “Big School” Class 6, we were allowed to go out of the school premises during breaks. We didn’t need permission to do so, as long as we were back in class on time. Short break was for 15 minutes starting 10:15 am (or was it 10:30???) and Big break was all of 45 minutes starting at 1:00pm.  I schooled at St. Xavier’ Collegiate School, Park Street, Kolkata. It is not just an establishment, it is a legend amongst educational institutions.

Then there was Paragon Toy store within running distance! 5 minutes to reach and buy the F4 Phantom Catapult Glider, 5 minutes to run back and 5 minutes to catch your breath and reach class, clutching your precious package!

This F4 Phantom was designed and marketed by a legend Mr. Irshad Anwar. (Any relation to our Administrator?) Mr. Irshad Anwar owns a Hobby Shop in Kolkata called Kadet Models. I am still in touch with him.

India Hobby Centre was a little further away! 12 minutes to reach, 5 minutes to drool at all that they had. Buy the Spitfire Chuck Glider @ Rs. 3.50 and run back to school. It gave you a clear 10 minutes of flying time till the bell rang! I bought my last Hobby Centre Chuck glider 15 years ago @ Rs.75/-. A Jap Zero in green. They have sadly stopped manufacturing the product. I have maintained the Zero in MINT condition.

This story would be incomplete without the mention of Mr. Tapan Dutta of India Hobby Centre. He was my friend, philosopher and guide. After my Dad, Tapan was the only other person who guided and nurtured my interests. Tapan has since left Hobby Centre and I can’t trace him out. I will rate him as one of the finest street smart aeromodellers that I have met. There was NOTHING that he didn’t know. Tapan, my friend, where are you?

Dad passed away in 1996. Just before he passed away, I modeled a Torpedo Boat and it went on to win a prize in the Annual Eastern India Boat Modelling Rally somewhere in 1992/93. When I came home with the medal, he shed a silent tear. Thanks Dad, for being there for me and understanding me.

So, that is my story. I am by no means a fantastic modeler. Scant knowledge of RC. But you know what, modeling is in my blood. Aero, ships, cars, trains, subs, hovercrafts, rockets – you name it. Been there (a little bit), done that (a little bit)! But you can’t beat me on enthusiasm. Willing to experiment, willing to try and never say die!

I really appreciate this forum. There are so many wonderful people willing to guide you and nurture you and have patience for you. It is like Dad and Tapan all over again. God bless all the forum members.

As I said, that’s my story what’s yours ?

Cheers!

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•   Does ANYONE here have the contact details of Mr. Tapan Dutta of Kolkata?

•   Quickfix has all but disappeared from the market, I have the last tube left. Anyone knows where I can get it from?
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Wow !  What a story  Clap Salute Thumbs Up

BTW, I have no relation to Mr. Anwar of Kolkata.  I have heard about him through friends, as he was one of the early suppliers of RC gear, and my friends used to get stuff from him.

PS: I took the liberty of merging this post into the "Your RC Stories" thread.
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Good read!

You can use Anabond or Fevikwik both are same as Quickfix - Cyano based glues. They should be available in most hardware shops selling construction/furniture items.




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Thanks Admin. You know what's best. Take care.

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Thanks Izmile!

Stupid question, but  do they smell the same??? Giggle Corogamist? I need to learn from you, my friend. Will hit you when I need guidance.

Cheers!

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Yea. They smell the same and should bring dreams of your childhood past..  Wink  However, I wouldn't advise you smelling it.
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VC,
That was really well written, and touching.
Though my dad was never into RC or really took interest, i hope one day i can teach my son ( who is 1 year old at present ), and get him to learn to build and fly. Good to meet you here.

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Dear Gauravag,

I wish you all the best my friend! I don't have a son, but my daughter often comes around and potters with my tools and balsa sheets. Lets hope someday she will express interest in building one for herself. She is my biggest fan!

God bless!

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My 3.5 year old son does not seem to have the patience to figure out the sim  Roll Eyes  He does great driving cars on a game console though.  Have to wait a bit longer  Lips Sealed
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Anwar Sahab,

If I may say something here. Very often, we push our children into hobbies and pastimes that we enjoyed as children. We assume that what was of interest to us HAS to be of interest to them. For example, I was literally forced to learn the sitar and pick up Indian Classical music. I never really understood the nuances, nor was I interested in learning beyond a point. The first chance I got, Dad presented me with a Yamaha Keyboard, bye bye sitar!

Young Mr. Anwar is showing the right spirit on the driving front. I hope he finds happiness in that. After all, he is a chip off the old block! Perhaps in his opinion, Aeroplanes are best left to 'young' old men like us!

My apologies if I have said something disagreeable.

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I tried to get him try the sim for a total about 10 minutes across two attempts Cheesy  So there is no question of pushing.  Will try again 6 months later, and if that is not working, 6 more months later  Roll Eyes  I would like for him to fly once, and then give up if it is not his thing. You don't know if something is enjoyable unless you try it, right ?

There is a certain amount of pleasure in seeing more people in the hobby, even if it is our own kids !
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You can use Anabond or Fevikwik both are same as Quickfix - Cyano based glues.

Not at all. Quickfix is similar to STIKFAST. These are cellulose based glues and completely different from cyanoacrylates. Also they rely on solvent evaporation for bonding - that's where the smell comes from!
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Well surprisingly this happens to by my first post... and I am so elated that it is about how I got into this hobby. I am still novice at RC heli and this post is probably the right thing to start with. As a kid I was always interested in RC cars. And the maximum that I could get hold off was a wired small battery operated car. I made a note to myself that when I start earning the first thing I would buy is a big RC buggy. Well years passed, I did start earning but by then I never has time and resource to see my childhood dream come true. Fortunately the dream did come true when I travelled to US. I got the meanest RC car. After having played all tricks and crashing the car to every obstacle in the house, I decided it was time to get myself a new RC toy. That is when I wanted to get a RC heli. I was not sure how well it would go so I invested in a 2 channel micro heli. The initial experience was truly very disappointing. I realised I could not control the flight.

I realised I need to dedicate more time if I want to learn to fly heli, well I almost postponed for years until I moved back to India. Probably 6 months back is when I started to get to know of these 3-ch, 4-ch and what it meant. That did explain my disappointment in the initial 2 ch micro RC. I was expecting too much control with a 2-ch heli. However the next frustrating thing was that it was near to impossible to buy a RC heli in bangalore. The shipping chargers and other constraints kept me away from owing a heli.

Thanks to my wife who has gifted me Lama v4 for this Christmas. I was so surprised to receive an email that the Lama V4 has been ordered to by address.  Just waiting for the parcel to arrive. She has even ensured that I get a simulator and a trainer kit. Planning to train on the simulator before the maiden flight. 
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May she inspire others to follow! You Sir, are one LUCKY chap! Whaddya know - Santa still visits the big boys! Welcome to the club.

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Another great story/experience... and here is to all the wives who understand their husbands and their passions Thumbs Up

I realised I need to dedicate more time if I want to learn to fly heli, well I almost postponed for years until I moved back to India. Probably 6 months back is when I started to get to know of these 3-ch, 4-ch and what it meant. That did explain my disappointment in the initial 2 ch micro RC. I was expecting too much control with a 2-ch heli. However the next frustrating thing was that it was near to impossible to buy a RC heli in bangalore. The shipping chargers and other constraints kept me away from owing a heli.

I am confused about this part.  Almost any type of heli should be locally available in Bangalore  Head Scratching

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Hello anwar, probably I am still not searching at the right place  Violent. I did find some Indian sties on this forum from where I can buy one, but they seems to be very expensive Thumbs Down. Even items on ebay.in is very expensive. The cost of having one shipped from outside india seems much cheaper Grin. After having searched online I did find three address in bangalore one in commercial street, one somewhere near ulsor and one in indrinagar I believe, but could never visit them.

Anyway thanks to this forum Clap, I now have found couple of sites to procure it online. I have already added couple of blades Giggle and battery into my cart. I am sure I will need them.
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http://www.rcindia.org/gas-glow-nitro-planes/gloster-gamecock-latest-project/msg17332/#msg17332
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Ahhh! Inspired by VC's story I am compelled to write my own! May not be as flowing or well narrated as VC but nevertheless here it is.
A small town boy from Ranchi, heard his dad narrate stories of him flying full scale gliders and talk about his instructorr in the air wing NCC during his college days. The flame was perhaps kindled and the boy tried to make gliders out of broom sticks and pieces of wire but to no avail. From there on it was cardborad contraptions strapped on with pyrotechnic rockets in a hope that these would take off but again to no avail.
Then one day happened to visit a common friend who was into static models made out of thermocole, I was hooked and after repeated visits one fine day the guy showed me a Kiel Kraft free flight glider and a Webra 3.2 cc diesel, thes were like gems to me more precious than Kohinoor, I could only touch and feel them and be satiated for the time.
The guy was studying at St Xaviers School Ranchi, where a gentleman Rev Father Lombard used to teach the students aeromodelling on his own expenses, these articles were gifted to the common friend when he passed out of school.
From this common friend I managed to get the address of India's Hobby centre, Calcutta. But then being in Std 8th did not help. I had the address preserved like a treasure. After completing my 10th class in 1988 I visited Calcutta where a relative stayed. My first foray out of Ranchi all alone and what do I do first thing after putting up with the relative? Head out to Hobby centre with the tattered piece of paer which had the address on it. Asking directions land up at Hobby centre and wow! I was like Alice in wonderland. Oggling at all the goodies there and my brain calculating the money I had been given for the trip, thinking ways and means so that maximum could be spent on goodies in the shop.
Met Mr. Tapan (same as mentioned by VC) at the counter and showed me around, finally I ended buying a Chaser rubber powered (in todays terms it would be an ARF), a Me 109 chuck glider and and kit for Yellow bird. On further persuading Mr Tapan he took me upstairs to one Mr Kumar, on being ushered into his cabin, this lad of all 17 years mustered all his charm and ingreji he could, and announced to Mr Kumar that he wanted to learn more about flying planes and would India Hobby Centre have any such facility? The gentleman smiled, make me sit down gave me some magazines to read (all concerning aeromodelling) and thereafter explained that they did not have any such facility. The gentleman was Mr Ravi Kumar, son of Mr Suresh Kumar (who can truly be described as grandfather of this hobby in India).
Anyway having blown up my allowance on the three planes I did not have much to do in Calcutta and soon returned thereafter to Ranchi.
First thing after being back was to get the Chaser and Me 109 ready (just slot them in together ) and start flying them, no knowledge of aerodynamic and no internet to support your quest for information it was plain simple experimentation which taught quite a lot to me. However my experiments soon bore the unintend result where both the models met thier demise.
Meanwhile the Yellow Bird kit had few pages of instructions and reading and re-reading those pages gave me some rough idea on what to do with the wood pieces . The model was soon assembeled using fevicol (much heavy compared to other glues) and was ready for test flight. So it was one calm summer eveining the model was taken out with lot of fanfare (to show off to friends) to the local field, where it was launched into the tail wind with full stretch of the rubber band supplied. Off she went high up, ran out of steam, put her nose down, dived for a couple of second and then straightned out to repeat the process again. (looking back now I know it was tail heavy). The model stayed in the air for about 9-10 seconds but boy! was I elated? I was on cloud nine top of the world, a hero in my own eyes and envy of my friends. I had built a plane it had flown. This model used to be aired out almost daily during the early morning and late evening hours when the winds were calm, couple of times picked up quarrel with other users of the field as some one dared touch my prized posession.
That was the begining in this fascinating hobby, which has taught me a lot, and continues to do so each day. Gave me oppurtunities to make friends from across the globe and learn from them.

Will continue the story further as and when I am able to post
                          
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Seems to inspire me to write my own story too. One day I will !
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Awesome! Fyingboxcar, you took me back a looong way as I read your story. So nostalgic - Tapan and Rishi (You met Ravi, probably a younger brother of Rishi) and India Hobby Centre. Why does the past always seem so beautiful? Did you know that the Yellow Bird is still available? I have a Hangar mate of your Me 109 - The Mitsubishi Zero! The Me 109 was yellow and rust maroon, the Zero is green. They also had a P 51 Mustang in silver. All these combined were inferior to the Original Spitfire in natural wood finish with black lines and markings.

I have requested Rishi to let me have one Spitfire if he can find one, maybe I will get lucky.

I am so happy that I found someone like you here. You've touched my heart.

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Wait for the rest of the story please
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We are still waiting for you to complete your RC story...
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Gaurav, will do as work and other issues including the pending completion of 40 size Tiger Moth have kept me occupied.
But as committed by you, why not let us all hear yours?

VC,
Yes as said in my post it was Ravi Kumar. My next post would tell you how I got introduced to Rishi, (who, today I can call  a good friend).
BTW I still have a yellow bird kit stashed away, when I need to build one, use the plan cut parts from good quality balsa, ply and spruce and make one. These fly much better than the ones made out of locally supplied wood. Yes I do remember all the P 51, Zero, and Spit apart from the Me 109.
These and the rubber powered Chaser, and the folding wing interceptor were American design. I have a magazine in some where which I need to pull out to find the names of the designer.        
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In fact, Rishi and I were talking just the other day and reminiscing the good times. I really want to go down to Cal once and visit the old place and see if I can find any of the old stuff to keep as milestones of Memory Lane.

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I got a book from my uncle which was about the basics of modeling and radio control.I also wanted to become a pilot and want to.So,as I ove cars and airplanes and want to start in rc,I will get a car first and an aircraft later.
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wow! My dad used to get me so many chuck airplanes and catapult and rubber powered ones from IHC Delhi!!! When I grew old enough for my parents to allow me to fly a diesel one - sadly the shop closed down....Anyways I still want to own a R/C engine powered airplane!!
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Realy, I am excited to read your story.You all are luky enough to fulfill your dreams.Carry on, My best wishes for you.
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This is my 30 year experimental story-------(MORAL- anything and every thing flies)
As a kid was facinated with planes. Poor dad, so statred models in cardboard, for that matter any thing thar resembelled an aeroplane. Built static helis from small papayas, and ship models from banana plant skins also. Mom called me a "kabadi" (trash collector). At hyderabad, came in touch with Mr Anwar (AMI NCC) as teenager. Built my first sheet thermocloe plane (Rs 20/-) that time and test flew at the military farm on the way to Medchal. Successsssss...................... That was a go. Worked hard and became a professional pilot (no details to share) and now on the B-737 NG. Bought my first futaba skysport in 1998. Lots of kitbuilding and modifications to suit my availability. Was in contact with Mr Sharma senior of sharma models Jodhpur( form C/L to rc flying. Ever the passion became strong for models. Time to experiment more. became intrested in electric rc. Went to US bought spd 400,batt pack props abd ESC from tower hobbies. A friend gave me an ORPHAN XBM-11 heli without a TX. Tried tweaking the electronics for a month. No gain, pulled out the motors and built a DORNIER 228 from styrofoam (hi density) from airconditioner packings ( sad, people don't know what styrofoam can do......Its gold for me). However the xbm-11 batt pack burnt the ESC (25$ in drain). Ordered an ESC 40A on ebay HK, got it for nuts (Rs 450/-) proven and tested. Would love to interact with pros and novices in delhi. I live in the model ac world- a world of my own, so all are welcome to my planet.............happy landings.

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That Dornier is beautiful!  Salute

I agree with you on the high density styrofoam bit. It IS gold!!!

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Thanx VC and subbu,the speed controller in the pic is a greatplanes 20A controller. Sure u must be wanting the RC  dornier plan. I've attached in this mail. Try and good luck.  Prabhat

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My sad Story
Today was the first day of my flight(Maiden Flight) i had built a 3D model and it crashed .
can any one advice me on how to hand launch the plane and basic of flying 
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Wow ! Looks like you did not follow the time tested rules like having a high winger first, and trying to seek local help on your first flight.  If you are in Mumbai, lots of help should be available.  These rules/tips exist to maximize the chances of first time success.  But I am sure you will recover from all this, especially since you started with a model you built yourself Thumbs Up

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my rc story
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one fine day a 6th std. boy(me) was surfing rc videos on youtube when he came across the rcpowers   f117 bomb drop video and started following Dave Powers.
Watching his videos for around 20 days was enough for him to decide to make planes(rc only Giggle).Took time to convince father (nearly 15-25 days? Bang Head).now i am in class 8 and am addicted to rcpowers videos still  Giggle Thumbs Up
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Me too.It is hard to convince dads to do this sort of stuff and especially when you are in 10th.(me)Finally,I have convinced him Wink.But it did take a lot to get there.I will have to make some sacrifices such as letting the comp out of my room Sad.But totally worth it.And who cares when I can get the internet whenever I want to? Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #47 on: October 11, 2010, 03:23:28 PM »
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 Over the past several years, I gained a great interest in foam RC aircraft from visiting forums and doing alot of reading and experimenting. Since I had a stack of 1/2" x 4' x 8' sheets to insulate my atttic with, I thought it would look better in the air than somewhere where nodody could see it. I also had 2 bundles of fanfold that was supposed to be used for insulating. With all that on hand, my scratchbuilding started. I crashed plenty and always came back home and got back to the drawing board and developed something different.

    The biggest problem I had in the beginning, was my flying field. The only place I knew of at the time that didn't have many people there during the day, was a Sports Complex, by our local school. 3 ball diamonds (now 4) meaning lots of fences tall light posts all surrounded by trees. Not good for foam. Story continued....http://www.downloadzgalore.com/rcplans
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And you just bumped this thread, which I am sure is waiting for the RC stories of many others who have joined this forum in the past few months.  So, waiting for more and more stories/experiences from others who have not pitched in yet .....
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« Reply #49 on: December 25, 2010, 11:28:03 PM »
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This RC bug sting me long back in 1993 when I saw air show in Nasik.
 
All flyers were using engine powered planes. Unfortunately I didn't talk to any of the flyer.

After that journey was begin to find way to get a small size engine which I could fit to plane.

That made me discussing with many garage mechanics just to realized that those engines were "Special" and will not get easily here in India.

This forced me to think of way to power plane without engine … and thought came in mind about using electric motor.
 
Due to financial constrains it was not possible to purchase a dc motor but fortunately I meet a friend whose bro was doing TV, Tape repairing.

From his scrap I got my first DC motor. I tried to create a plane but it was too much heavy too take off from ground .

For time being I changed my focus and created my first DC motor car which use to just run circular … and then DC powered boat and then I found the gear system from mechanical clock.

From my experience till that point I know the importance of gear system and tried to use it with my motor but motor power was enough to move the mechanical gears of clock and ones again I changed my focus and created a crane out that clock gears.

Once I found a burned PCB hard drive and. I know that the hard dive motor runs more than 1000 RPM … one of my friend told that you need more than y 600 RPM to fly so I thought this motor should definitely work .

With loot of efforts and hard work (it's not that difficult … but I was not having right tools) I took out motor and got full confused as it has 3 leads.

All DC equipment I saw by that time had only 2 lead (except 2 in 1 LED)

I tried to power it with set of cell I had but it vibrate a little and no action… and failure again…

Then after 10 years latter …. one fine day my company send me to US and purchased my first indoor heli for 29$ … and I was so happy with it … but son I realize that it have very limited controls and you can’t do much with it.

In 2010 sep I got another onsite opportunity and this time I had enough money to spend on one RTF kit and when I told this to one of my friend about this he requested me to bring one for him too.

So I brought 2 planes "piper cub" and "EXCEED-RC ACCIPITER BADIUS" and I was on the top of word one again.

I charge my glider battery and whet to open ground  … when I used to give full throttle motor used to stop … but due to my impatience I hand launch my glider with half throttle only to crash and broke the folding prop.

With sad mood whet back to home …then I realized  that battery was not getting charged and brought 12 V charger to charge my NiMh battery.

Then tested full throttle and it worked  on next weekend went to small field and tested my glider and it went 100 M up in the air and started dropping wing and I was just freezed and watching helplessly.

As you could guess I crashed very badly… wings were broken .. then me and my friend tried to flew the piper cub but we even crashed that …

Finally when I came to know about Pune Airomodelers Association and meet Sandeep (He is really DON in this field)there. He flow the fixed glider very nicely.
 
As both planes are having brushed set up they are pretty heavy considering the thrush they generate so  thinking about upgrading to brushless setup.
 
Till now I learned following things.
 
1) If you want to get into RC first find the local club and meet as many ppl as you can related to this hobby

2) Don’t fly without Sr. flyers supervision  ... patience dude

3) Take advise and help from Sr. flyers

4) Don’t use brushed setup

5) Use http://www.rcindia.org .... well I know you already doing that ....but just in case  you have not resisted to site yet Smiley

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

Ashok.P

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« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2015, 11:29:05 PM »
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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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