I used to be on this group and then I got busy in my music and such, but a lot of modeling has changed for me over the last few years. I was into e-flight big-time.
I will spare you the story ? but basically, I had to back away from all model competition, and that meant that I lost interest in model development, the associated testing, and even sport flying. Of late, this has changed and though I will still not be competing, I would like to do some sport flying...which I do understand is the principle form of model flight.
I have taken a little time to figure out how I should "get back in." And no, it does not include going out and jumping into 2.4 gig,4-cycle gas, and planes costing three-times my first car. I am returning to where I was when I checked out. My last glow flight was mid-June, 1998 ? at a Houston contest (naturally).
I remember when I was maybe 24 and all my modeling things were kept shiny and new, and then some real old codger would come on the field and his flight boxes had a 1/4" of gunk on them, his planes looked like trash...so did he, now that I think about it...and I would think, 'Hey, guy! Have you no pride for the hobby?!!!'
I am getting back in and I do not want to be that old guy...well, I will be 74 but I mean about the other stuff.
So, I have just this a.m., put new coats of gloss polyurethane on old flight boxes and will start checking my parts supplies...if I can figure out where they might be. Just a month ago, I gave away a ton of fuel tanks and wheels and accessories, so you can see how recent this decision is.
I am amassing an order for model stuff now. (I had to call an OFB to ask if my Sullivan starter was 6 volts or 12. Obviously, I knew this at one time.)
So there are other things I used to know, and I will be asking about them around here. Bear with me. I am a fast learner...or re-learner in this case.
And by the way...some things haven't changed in all this time: I still feel violated when I pay my AMA dues, and I am reminded of this each month when the magazine comes. This comment is not meant to start another long debate, but it is just a statement of my (and the AMA's) consistency. Ken Cashion, AMA 69222.
P.S. I did not go back and read every posting since I was here last because there were 12,654 of them. I apologize for this slight to the group.
I will go back and read all that were posted since my birthday in October. Selecting that date seemed arbitrary enough.