I got my first R/C when I was about 6. A Tandy Gold Porsche that went forward, and only turned in reverse. Possibly the same one as Retroman.
But I always remember eyeing off The Fox, Hotshot, Frog, Grasshopper, Hornet, Wild One etc at Toyworld and LHS.
Never allowed to get one. "Too expensive" "You'll get bored with it in a few days and not use it" Was what I was told.
A kid at school said he had a Boomerang, but nobody believed him - until his Dad brought it in one day. I was jealous as h3ll!
After many years of looking and dreaming, came that xmas day in 1988 (when I was 11) that I opened up this big box, and inside it was a brand new Falcon!!!
I think BeetleLover knows where I'm coming from. It appears we were exactly the same age, and on the same xmas day we both got Falcons!
I'm guessing it was the same kit too, with Acoms Techniplus radio gear, 7.2v 'Racing Pack', 15min fast charger that had that timer dial and clipped onto a car battery.
Even to this day, it was the best present I ever received.
I had a ball building it, and painting it myself.
Turned out pretty good actually. I have always had an eye for detail (even when I was very young), but also had plenty of practice from building a swag of static models.
Funny thing was, it was meant for my little brother. Who had never shown any kind if interest in R/C at all.
I was supposed to get a mountain bike, but the cycle store couldn't get one in in time for xmas.
I'm so glad that was the case!!!
My brother got an Academy Road Runner II that xmas instead.
I got the mountain bike the next year for my birthday, so all worked out well.
Anyway, I still have my original Falcon. I'm in the process of restoring it at the moment.
And have another Falcon project in the mail.
As well as a new built Shelf Queen project that I have started collecting parts for.
I now have a big wish list of Vintage and Re-re models. (And more Falcon projects)
So as for the "You'll get bored in a few days" excuses, my parents couldn't have been any further from the truth!!