Any Rc Hobbist Here?

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Very Well-Known Member
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    When we lived in Colorado, we stopped by a RC Park inside a State Park/Reservoir. Seeing these guys fly their planes around was pretty cool. We thought about getting one, but didn't do it until we moved to North Carolina and wife bought me a small RC plane for Christmas. There was really no where to fly the thing where we lived, and besides that, the controls/construction of the plane looked too complicated for me. I wound up giving it to a Maintenance Man for his older son. After to moving here to Florida, my wife bought me an RC Helicopter that I can fly around our living room. I've gotten pretty darn good controlling it. It shoots plastic missiles and I (accidentally shot one at my wife's back one time). They are very small and didn't hurt her at all, but did stun her.

    I use to have a Manager years ago that turned his entire backyard into a RC Race Car track. It was pretty cool until he got tired of it and tore it down.

    One thing I do know, and have found out, some RC things are pretty darn sophisticated and expensive!
     
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    Back when I owned a house with a large yard, I would've loved to have a RC self propelled power mower.:)
     
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    I fly 5 foot sailplanes, I have 3 of them, and a 4 foot bald Eagle replica .... As to expense, I have a $400 plane with a tiny 'brain' ... can even land itself and if you get mixed up in the air, orientates itself automatically.
     

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    Oh boy...my grandsons would love you!

    Don't worry, I'm not proposing. :)

    There's an open area by my daughter's house where I've seen some very big planes being flown.
     
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  5. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Did you read my post about having an RC small helicopter that I fly in our living room? I have fun flying and have gotten pretty darn good at landing it as well.

    Just look at us old dudes playing with these RC toys. Gotta love it!!
     
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    There's a guy at the end of my street that's always outside playing with an RC car....usually on the sidewalk but sometimes it goes into the street and he makes me nervous...I'm always afraid I'm going to run over it.
     
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    Not an enthusiast but I do enjoy chasing the cats around with my remote-controlled police car. The cats aren't so crazy about the game, though. A helicopter might even be more fun.
     
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    My son has crashed and lost one ... we searched for hours ... i've lost two and it's heartbreaking to watch a few hundred dollars smashing into the ground .... My son lost a $1200 plane ...was just too powerful and got away from him faster than he could think ..
     
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    If it weren't for we boys, few would know of the world of toys ...
     
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    Now the big RC thing is flying drones.
     
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    I can imagine, that's a lot of money to lose. My ex liked the RC airplanes also but he didn't have a very expensive one but he took it to the park along with my then 7 year old grandson and somehow it got out of the park and onto the road.

    He ran to try and get it but a lady ran right over it before he could get it. He says she did it on purpose, he was so angry!
     
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    The good ones are pretty expensive and the cheap ones are crappy..fun for a bit but don't last long...at least not the ones my grandsons had.
     
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    I'd like to have one that I could fly over my land with a camera to see what's there that I haven't come across. Areas of the land are difficult to walk through. I can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars on something that is going to crash and die, though.
     
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    Too bad...it would be a good way to do what you say, but a decent one is expensive and doesn't mean it won't crash.
     
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    It seems like there are a lot of people who have those small drones because when there is a storm of some kind, someone posts a video on Facebook showing the storm (or whatever the weather did). It might be that you could just hire someone who has a drone to fly it over your property up north and take the pictures for you ?
    It wouldn't be like having your own where you could fly it over anytime you wanted, but it would be a good way to get an aerial video of your property, and would be cheaper than spending hundreds of dollars buying a drone and then having it crash somewhere out in the woods.
     
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    I know of someone who used to do aerial photography for a living using planes, and he may still use planes for some areas. Now he uses programmable drones though; expensive ones that he can program to fly a specified grid and then return.
     
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    Cody I posted some pics in the wrong reply i think ... One of my RC planes .. the bald eagle is down below somewhere ...
     
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    I just saw them...post #3....pretty cool!!
     
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    Aww ...bummer for the little guy
     
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    Thank you Chrissy : )
     
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    Yeh Ken , now they literally do most anything you can think of ... riding a bike and the guy had a programmable drone just following above and a little behind him ... but the idea of package deliverys they are working on just frazzles my mind, lol ... I picture 3 pounds of nails falling out of the sky !
     
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    Yeah, especially if you could tie some cat treats to that helicopter...how long do you think it would take for your cats to bring it down and get those treats @Ken Anderson ?
     
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    My grandsons always get remote cars, motorcycles, planes, etc. for Christmas. This past Christmas they even got a small drone. Since they are young it doesn't take very long for them to wreck these things and put them "out of service" for good...which is probably for the best since they really aren't very good at "driving" these things.

    Here in Lafayette we once had a Business with a racing track for slot cars. I was a teenager then and bought my own slot car to race on the weekends. I never won any prizes, etc. but I enjoyed racing my personal race car around that track. :)
     
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