|We've All Got To Start Somewhere! - Diary Of A Newcomer|
I only found a few more items on the Auction site, and mostly in America,
but by then the bug had bitten. I managed to track down several Model
Web Sites - including the excellent 'Newcomers' section here on Flying
Sites - and through the links found my way to the BMFA site. Ooh, a 'Classified'
section… there's bound to be something suitable for a beginner…. And that's
how I came to own my first Radio Control model aeroplane, at the tender
age of 35!
Next step, join a Club….after a chat with people at the local Model shops, I discovered 4 or 5 clubs within travelling distance - although a couple of them were out of action due to the 'Foot & Mouth' crisis. After a visit to my nearest club, I sadly received a somewhat 'lukewarm' reception and being a firm believer in feeling 'comfortable' anywhere new, I decided to check out the next closest. So on a dry but windy Saturday I visited Binbrook Aerodrome in Lincolnshire, home of the S.H.A.R.K.S. After meeting some of the members and the Chairman, I was introduced to their resident 'Ace Trainer' and aerobatic display Wizard, Wayne.
He kindly offered to give my model the once over, and pronounced it a good buy. It turned out that he had one of the same aeroplanes with him, and soon had his Kyosho in the air and started explaining the basic theory of flying to me. 5 minutes later, Wayne handed me his Transmitter (brave man!) and I found myself 'on the sticks' flying for the first time! What a feeling! Wayne guided me though a few left hand and right hand circuits, until I ended up almost over the pits (oops! slapped wrists) so I reluctantly relinquished control back to him, but I was now determined, I would learn to fly my own aeroplane.
So, my adventures in the world of Aeromodelling have begun, the next
step is to find a reasonably priced Radio Control to fit into the Kyosho,
and then get her checked out and flying fit… now, wonder if there are
any Radio Controls for sale in the BMFA Classified section……