Learn to fly from a chair. Several of our club members have a chair set
at the flight line and nobody has ever protested or made a stink about it.
If they do... tell them to stick it.
We had a member who was a diabetic and lost a foot. We installed a post and
a swivel bar chair for him to fly from. I have seen someone fly from a
wheelchair. The short story is get busy flying Ed, it can be done easily.
I bet electrics will work better for you than wet power because of the
collateral efforts, but I could be very wrong.
I am slowly gravitating towards electric powered models, Jim. Just for the
reason you described. Don't want the wife whacking her fingers in glow
engines. She used to get them going really well. She was a good modeler. Now
she's a great quilt designer and even has a business selling those designs.
I've seen a video of that little biplane flying. It seems to do everything
that I usually do with a model and then some.
Good luck and hang in there.
Here is a little background and information for you. I love doing touch and
goes which really works out an airframe when I am, as normal, pushing the
envelope. I probably have destroyed 25 or 30 airframes from an altitude of
less than 5 feet when the wings stopped flying because the engine quit and I
was pulling hard next to the ground. That being said, I tend to watch out
for models that will accomplish all my flying tasks including that one,
which means I really don't like floaters. In October I went to the annual
fly in San Angelo where the wind was blowing. You could literally hear it
blowing through the wires. A few of the locals were doing touch and goes
with electric birds and it really caught my attention because most electrics
I have tangled with didn't have the power to ROG more than once much less
deal with 20+ MPH wind.
Check out the new (to me I admit) ParkZone F4U PNP or the T-28 PNP at
Horizon. Get your batteries from Hobby King (they cost just under $20 each
and are 2200mAH) and go forth and fly. Of course this may not be your
style, but it sure caught my attention and has made me reconsider electrics.
I have one now. I am sure that the genre will continue to improve and I
look forward to that with anticipation. Moved up on my 'to do' list is an
electric conversion of a kit I have in the shop now.
I wonder what kit you have in the shop? I picture all your planes as large
There is a swap meet in Hico Saturday. San Antonio is a long way from there
but I know a couple of guys form there will be at the meet.
I have all sizes. My collection includes a few electric park flyers, a .15
sized TaylorCraft, more than one .19 sized birds (AT-6's and P-51's with
backup kits in the attic), several .40 sized birds, a couple .60 sized and
then a bunch of larger stuff.
I am looking to convert a 4 Star 120. It is light weight enough by design
that it should convert well. The other candidate is a SuperSportster 40
which I have built and flown before. The issues to consider will be ESC and
I know what you are saying, Jim. I like just about all sizes and types of
models. There is always some fun aspect to exploit about all of them.
I also agree that having a model that will not tolerate a little wind can be
frustrating when that is all you have to fly.
My little Pitts looks really good, in the plastic and on the video. A video
is available at Hobby Lobby, as usual.
I'll look into that Corsair. Sometimes you need a little weight for immunity
Hi, Ed. I won't be selling this one unless something drastic happens. This
is probably what I'll end up flying (this type) for a while to come.
What have you been up to in modeling?
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