Started out with a used Falcon when in grade school. Didn't even have a radio, just the roller, with a motor and some bald tires. Took it apart, cleaned it with my toothbrush (what grade school student needs that anyway??) and admired it for months until I could purchase a radio/receiver and servos from another kid at school.
Since that time, have owned over 130 RC's total. Largest was 1:5 scale on 10s with twin motors, smallest was 1/24 scale but with a Steve Neu motor and ran on tiny 3s lipos.
Now I'm just an old fart, trying to get a better hand at painting and mastering assembly details/tasteful mods. Still love my latest project as much as I did my original Falcon.