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PATRICK HELPINGSTINE PHOTO AND BIO PAGE
DMAC CLUB MEMBER BIO
NAME-------- Patrick Helpingstine
TYPE OF OCCUPATION-------- Network
Administrator for Lakeland Industries, Inc.
in Decatur since 2003. Hope to retire
soon. Previous to Lakeland, owned
NetMaster Internet services for 5 years
before selling out to Hiwaay. Before that,
worked for 10 years with various DOD
contractors in Huntsville. And with
Sherwin-Williams and Glidden for 5 years
each before that.
HOW LONG BEEN IN THE HOBBY--------
Since May, 2008, but I've always been
interested in flying, airplanes, helicopters.
Anybody remember Sky King, Whirly Birds?
HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN R/C--------
Wife gave me a Hobby Zone Firebird
Freedom RTF for Christmas in 2007.
PLANES YOU ENJOY ARF - BUILD UP –
SCRATCH OR ELECTRIC-------- Used to
build model airplanes (non-flyable) when I
was growing up. Helped a cousin fly the
planes he built when I was about 12 (I was
his retrieval unit). Built a Piper Cub kit that
had rubberband power in 72. Now fly all
electric - built a Back Engine Gyro kit,
Macchi 205 ARF, Piper J-3 RTF, Cessna
182 RTF, NexStar RTF, P-40 RTF, P-51
RTF and Alpha 450 PNP, Micro Champ,
Micro T-28 and Micro Albatros.
YOUR FAVORITE PLANE TO FLY-------- To
tell the truth - at this time - the Micro
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OTHERS
WITH IN THE R/C HOBBY-------- Currently
DMAC Vice President. Anything I can do to
First flyable kit I ever built
Powered - 1972
Back Engine Gyro built from a kit - haven't flown it yet.
|Macchi M.C. 205 Veltro (Grayhound) Electric ARF from VQ Models in Viet Nam
Note: Extremely high quality craftmanship in the parts.
|Finishing up this NexStar Trainer - Had to repair broken nose wheel mount
and cracked fuselage tail section - came that way from TowerHobbies but
didn't notice it until finishing the assembly. I'd give them a C in craftmanship.