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PATRICK HELPINGSTINE PHOTO AND BIO PAGE
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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
Champ.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OTHERS
WITH IN THE R/C HOBBY-------- Currently
DMAC Vice President.  Anything I can do to
help.  
First flyable kit I ever built
Piper Rubberband
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.   
Electric
Flyer