Hobby Lobby Telemaster 66

(Built Summer 1986)

Specs:

Power:
> K&B 40

Radio:
> Futaba Conquest 4ch AM

This was the first radio controlled model airplane I built.  I built the plane when I was 13 years old during the summer.  It took about 3 weeks working non-stop.

Unfortunately I did not know to reinforce the wing center-section, and the wings folded during the first flight.   The instructor/test pilot had the plane up to about 500 feet and I had been at the controls for about 30 seconds.  I re-built the plane and continued to learn how to fly.

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Me building the airplane, summer of 1986.
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Getting ready for take-off
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Very first take-off.
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First time with the controls.
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Re-built plane during run-up.
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Training in progress, getting ready for first solo.
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First solo flight.
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Plane in one piece after first solo!