My previous experience of Model Flying, was back when I was 14 (or 15?) year's old, i.e.;
- I built a balsa & tissue paper, 'Free Flight' plane, powered by a two-stroke Internal Combustion (IC) engine, which crashed (on it's maiden flight), was rebuilt & flew successfully (but, only once). I then lost interest, as I didn't have enough money to 'upgrade' my plane, by adding Radio Control, and there were plenty of other distractions to 'amuse' a teenage boy.
Winding forwards 40+ years, I found myself toying with the idea of taking up Model Flying again, especially as;
- The cost of getting a RC plane into the air, with an Electric Motor (powered by a LiPo Battery) and 4-Channel (or 5/6-Channel, if you want flaps) Radio Control, is a LOT less now. I also have better access to more 'disposable income', mind you, it is amazing the lengths one goes too, i.e. to hide the true cost of this hobby from one's partner.
So, I bought a plane, found a Flying club, and soon discovered that RC Model Flying is both an exciting and frustrating hobby;
- in fact, the RC Flying hobby can be summed up by the following logo, which appears on the front of baseball cap my partner (Wendy) 'kindly' bought me for Christmas 2013;
Build - Fly - Crash - Repeat
I am getting better, but, still crash from time to time, however;
- I now accept this as a 'necessary' part of the hobby, and, I keep on buying/building more and more Planes.
In May, of 2017, after a LOT of procrastination, I finally bought myself a Parrot BeBop 2, and, since then;
- I have had a lot of fun, making aerial videos with this Quad-copter.