I thought I’d jot down some highlights of 2012 from the point of view of my hobby, mostly for my own benefit, so I can look back and at least have a record of what happen!
The year began with my first renewal at the Wanstead MFC, meaning I’d officially been affiliated with a club for a year. From a model point of view I was finishing the Mini Tyro which I had started in October 2011 but failed to finish in time for the birth of our daughter Nuala in November. For obvious reasons Christmas was busy, so the little Tyro had to wait until the New Year. Powered by a Indian Mills 75 and with mini RC gear I was very pleased with the result. The downside was I didn’t get round to maidening it until well into April!
During the spring I was building the P51 Mustang, which my wife bought me as a Christmas present in 2011. With the new baby it didnt progress very quickly, but hey ho, a hobby is for enjoying, not worrying about! I spent quite a bit of time finishing it with a paint job and some decals, trying to make it look like a proper P51. She stalled into the ground on the first flight, only damaging the prop thankfully but teaching me to keep the speed up on future flights!
It was around the summer I decided I was bored of the Blade 120SR and the Blade MSR and I sold those too, promising myself I’d get out with the 450 3D more often, which I’m pleased to say I have done. Regularly getting out and putting all four batteries through it.
Sometime around the late Summer, we visited the mother in laws new house in Wiltshire, and I discovered an amazing hill only a 5 min drive from her house. Hmm, a nice big glider stored in her garage might be in order. So within a few hours I’d convinced myself and had a Phoenix 2000 on order! I now keep the Weasel down there too.
Also around this time I had a nice comment from a reader of the blog on my Wagtail page. In short he asked if he could buy it because he wanted to fly it. I’d never flown it so thinking it was better off with somebody who would actually use it, I said yes and a deal was done.
To finish the year I started another vintage model, this time the Diamond Demon which didnt get finished in 2012, but it will be soon.
I treated myself to the lovely flybarless collective pitch Blade 130X just before Christmas, and the final model of the year was a Stinger 64 EDF from Hobby King, which was my Christmas present from my wife this year.
Phew! now I’ve written it all down it feels like a hell of a lot of changes and new stuff in one year. We are planning on moving home in 2013, so I expect things will be a little more static!
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