Joined Oct 29 2011
64 years old
North Canton, Ohio
I began building RC in 1968. It was a scale Aeronca Champ, built from a Cleveland kit. As I was building the Champ, I was also building my first radio, a Heathkit 6ch. I used these to teach myself RC flying. I had the Champ hand launched by my brother, and was flying it the very first time. I did have to make many repairs as I went through the rest of the learnig process, but the Champ survived the experiance and was retired after a couple seasons. It was too soaked with glow fuel residue for the Ambroid to stick.
In 1970 I started in giant scale with a design of my own. It didn't fly well mostly because it was very underpowered, but I learned a lot. I went on to build many kits from just about evey manufacturer avaiable so us. I've been building giany scale in earnest since the mid 80s. Early on, my youngest brother took an interest in RC and we have shared our love of the hobby for decades now. We now build giant scale together, as well as sharing the flying of them, and other types of RC.
I have never had a lot of money to work with. My dad was killed in a plane crash when I was just 13, and my youngest brother Brian, was only 5. My mom did her best to raise us on her own, and we did alright. Being a very talented person herself, my mom always enchouraged our artistic interestes and always supported my interest in building. I got married in 73 and a couple years later, began our rather large family of 8 kids . Again, not much money to works with. I built what I flew and repaired what I broke, so well in fact, that I began to fix airplanes for other guys. I love building and find the challenge of fixing even more challenging in some ways.
Now the kids are grown, and I have more resorces, but enter the now 6 grandkids. I guess I will never be able to just buy the big planes I like.
We buld, we fly, we break, we fix, we fly some more.It's all good.