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“Creating Interest In The Radio Controlled Hobbies”

How can we all spark the interest of radio controlled hobbies in young people’s minds?  This is an area that we as RC modelers should be working on any way we can.   Some suggestions would be to set up some informational seminars or sessions at the local schools.  Approaching the scout troops in your area is another possibility.  It may be a matter of just getting the word out to people that would like to be a part of the hobby but just don’t know how to get started.

If we can work together to create more activity on blogs, forums, and other means, it will help to explain the benefits and rewards of the hobby.  We need a way to get more of the young people participating in these blogs and forums.  Encourage them to ask questions and make comments as to what information they are looking for.

Not everyone is interested in all different types of RC hobbies.  Some will only be interested in one specific hobby such as RC model cars.  I don’t know of too many people that are knowledgeable in all areas of the hobby.  I for one am not an all around radio controlled hobbyist.  My main area of interest is in RC flight.  I am encouraging all experienced RC hobby enthusiasts from all areas of the hobby to submit items of their interest and I will get them posted in this blog.  I am sure that everyone reading this blog has something of interest to share with others.  So I invite you to submit your comments and suggestions as well as any questions that you may have.

Thanks in advance for your input.  See you next time.

“Radio Controlled Hobby Nostalgia”

As I get to thinking about building radio controlled model airplane kits, I remember back to my first airplane.  I not only built the airplane from a kit, but I also built the radio from a kit.  It was a Heathkit radio that I bought through a catalog, and when it came it was in a million pieces, more or less.  At first, I was frightened about this, but having just built my own airplane from a kit, a I figured I had a good chance of being able to build the radio, as well.  It was an eight channel radio system with four servos.  Building that radio was somewhat of a challenge.  Mostly because the parts were so tiny and my soldering iron was very large, but I succeeded in building the radio.  I still have that radio today, it is 34 years old, and it still works as good as it did when it was new.

I flew many different airplanes with that radio, and I intend to keep on using it as long as it keeps on working.  It has survived many crashes, some were completely fatal to the airplane.  So apparently I must’ve done something right.  I have had to replace the battery packs a couple of times, but other than that, it has served me well.

What I’m trying to point out here is that there is a lot of enjoyment and personal satisfaction to be gained from building your equipment from a kit.  I don’t think the Heathkit company is even in business anymore.  I guess that means that if I should have a serious flying accident or a radio failure, I’ll have to replace it.

It is installed in an older plane that is mostly just junk that I use only when my other ones are out of service, so if I should have a radio failure and lose that airplane, it really won’t hurt my feelings to badly.

I still haven’t got my kit yet, and needless to say I haven’t started building it yet either.  I hope it shows up soon because I want to get on with building that kit and creating the video of the process.  I just talked to an old friend tonight, who has covered his airplanes with silk and dope.  That method of covering the airframe was used even in the construction of some full size aircraft.  In this day and age that seems to be a lost art.  I consider myself very fortunate that I will be able to learn that process from him and pass it on to you.  See you next time.

“Are You In The RC Hobby Mindset For Spring?”

Winter is fast giving  way to Spring.   Are you ready for the upcoming radio controlled modeling season?  Is your club or organization planning some events for 2008?  I will be happy to help you get the word out.  Just add your event list to your comments and I will post them in the upcoming blog entries.

I want to remind you of the purpose of this blog and that is to promote the advancement of our exciting and fullfilling hobby.  If you are an experienced modeler, I ask for your input (use the comments at the end of the post) on your special interest within radio controloed hobbies.  As stated before I am interested in all areas of the hobby including boats, indoor and outdoor cars and trucks, tanks, helicopters, and last but not least radio controlled model airplanes.

For the new people that have an interest in joining the sport of radio controlled modeling, if you have questions regarding anything in the area of radio controlled hobbies, use the comments at the end of this and all subsequent entries to ask your questions or request information on the area of your interest.  I will be glad to help you in any way that I can and will help you seek  answers from others int he hobby if I need assistance.  We are all in this together.

Currently I am waiting for a kit to arrive so that I can start producing a video of all the steps of building a radio controlled model airplane from opening the box to getting it into the air.  I will explain each step as we go along and record the process on dvd and make it available to anyone that wants it.  My plan is for clubs and individuals to have the video for use in instruction and training.  In this effort, I ask for assistance from anyone with experience in building and flight training to provide the best information possible.  Thank you in advance for your help.  Please communicate to me and others through the use of the comments.  I’m the OldManFlier and I will see you next time.