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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:31 pm

I never really 'pushed' my hobby on my kids so this Sunday my 17 year old son walks into the room after being in the bathroom and apparently was reading some of my 'library material' and has a 1973 issue of Aircraft Modeler in his hands and ask me if I ever built a plane ''using just plans" (I think this was probably the first time he ever pick up a magazine, even though the 'little' bathroom is full of them.) I said sure, in fact a couple times I'd just build right off the magazine plans making up scale, he got kinda excited and said "lets build one", I didn't know what to say ( I almost kinda thought he was sucking up for something he did) There was a rubber band powered 24" Curtiss Robin in the issue, so I said how 'bout this and he thought it was nice. So today I actually cleaned off the work bench as A.) It needed it and B.) If he came home from school and really did want to we could start. So this evening we started to build a 24" Robin, dug out the o'l Dremel scroll saw and cut some ribs and framed the wing!

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Post  dckrsn on Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:43 pm

How's that feel Mark? Karma?sunny
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Post  RknRusty on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:10 pm

That's great! Log your build so we can watch too.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:31 pm

dckrsn wrote:How's that feel Mark? Karma?sunny

It was nice, I had to keep reminding myself to "just shut the hell up" and not say anything at times and let him go at it, but he did ok!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:35 pm

RknRusty wrote:That's great! Log your build so we can watch too.

Geez, I don't know, we'll see. I am thinking micro R/C, with transparent orange fuselage and transparent yellow monokote wings!!!!!
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Post  crankbndr on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:38 pm

Wow thats really neat, my son 16 thinks Im nuts running these little engines.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:24 pm

my kid thinks I'm nuts as well, it was probably a combination of curiosity and boredom, but I think he did enjoy framing up the wing tonight.
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Post  nitroairplane on Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:57 am

Well right now I am just getting my dad into the hobby!

Building his first RC plane a little glider with a pee wee .020 but we have done little rubber powered model in the past but he has never done RC.
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Post  fit90 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:14 am

Man am I jealous! I hope you and your son have a great time building together. With a little luck it will lead to flying together and then maybe a hobby together. I would love for my daughter to take an interest in this, or any hobby with me. Keep us all posted. I wish you well.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:03 am

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Post  andrew on Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:43 am

Kudos, Mark. You've gotten your son into a building mode and with a little encouragement, you can keep his attention turned away from the many distractions that teenagers face today. They have far too many temptations available and anything we can do to keep them focused is money in the bank.

My fifteen year old flys like a maniac on my Phoenix sim, but doesn't want to go the field for fixed wing flying, probably because I stay longer than he wants. OTOH, we do fly helis together since we have sufficient room by the house and he can leave anytime he wishes.

In looking at your drawings, I can't count the number of yards of freezer paper I've gone thru, both from scaling up, drawing a building set from a full-size plan or my own designs. I enjoy the drawing and building as much a flying.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:38 pm

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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:52 am

Looking great man!
FF rubber?
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Post  fit90 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:11 am

Looking great!
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Post  dankar04 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:11 am

Nice job, looking good!!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:38 pm

just came back from Hobbytown....ouch! I've just moved into the 21st century!!!

I feel like a total newbie: motors, esc, props, etc.. but, it's cool....now I can ask all the young guys the newb questions!
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:22 pm

lol Mark that move sucks!
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Post  RknRusty on Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:05 pm

Looks like beautiful work. Are you biting your tongue and jamming your hands in your pockets while he works on it?

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:26 am

Yep, most of the time, but sometimes not! It's moving along pretty good, he's bugging me to get working on it ASAP when I get home. As we're getting deeper into project, there's some friction as he has that teen "know it all" attitude (geez, I wonder where he got that?) I find myself taking short cuts to appease him, as he wants it done now and I want it as prefect as possible, that and were taking a rubber band FF design from a magazine and beefing it for R/C so I want to take a second or two to figure out how we're gonna re-engineer the thing, but he's learning it's not always 'A' into 'B' and 'c' fits into 'D', overall I'm really impressed with his building skills and having a blast.

He also made the decals, cut from monokote trim sheet, downloaded logo, Harlem Huskies, #80 WR
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Post  nitroairplane on Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:02 am

Nice!
When it's done who's goin to maiden it?
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Post  RknRusty on Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:19 am

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First down Huskies, number 80, Boesen!

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:08 am

I will, he doesn't have a lot of stick time, I see throttling it back, trimming it out, and give it to him.

He want's to go out Sunday, with the GWS Slow Stick!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:17 pm

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Post  mitchg95 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:15 pm

wow that looks really good mark!! good luck on the maiden flight
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Post  nitroairplane on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:48 am

mitchg95 wrote:wow that looks really good mark!! good luck on the maiden flight

Very nice but imagine it with a pair of number 4 trexlers!
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