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March 20, 2006

My Aerolectric R/C Trainer

A month ago, I found an unbuilt R/C (Radio Control) aircraft kit in the attic which I had bought way back in 1992... right before I had to drop the hobby. Well it's now built and finished, and here are the pictures. I was pondering how to finish the airplane and The Countess suggested an X-Files theme so, no matter where you go go, there you are. The X-Files is our number one, all time favorite show. We started watching it from day one when it broadcast (right after The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. with Bruce Campbell - one of our favorite actors.) The Countess used to be a part of the X-Files fan club on AOL (before there was an internet to speak of,) spoke regularly with with Glenn Morgan (who with James Wong and Chris Carter penned some of the best X-Files episodes.) The Countess was also part of the effort to keep the show on the air when it was very nearly cancelled... though she wasn't able to help with Briscoe County.

First though, a little background. It is a Midwest Products Aerolectric R/C trainer. The kit is no longer in production, and I don't know when it was last made. It is an electric powered variant of their Aerostar gas powered job. It is one of the first generation of electric powered R/C aircraft. I made some small modifications, by upgrading the motor to a Great Planes S-600 brushed motor and a Great Planes C-35 mini-brushed ESC (Electronic Speed Control - the original kit had a servo controlled on/off switch to control the motor) with BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuitry - which removes the need for a separate receiver battery.)

The plane is finished in black Monokote, with green Monokote trim. The circle-X and the lettering were done by downloading two X-Files fonts, setting it up in Photoshop, printing it all out, and using the printout as a stencil to cut the Monokote film with an X-acto knife.

Hope you think it looks nice, I want to believe!

Xfile_starboard  Xfile_port

Posted on March 20, 2006 at 04:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

You know, I finally connected dots. I was on alt-tv-xf back in the day and I don't know if I remember you as a participant, but I certainly remember your name now that I'm thinking of it

Love the plane :)

Posted by: Sara at Mar 21, 2006 8:58:21 AM

I don't think The Count had posted on Usenet way back then, and I know I didn't, at least in the X Files groups. If you were on AOL, you would have seen me in the X Files chats. There wasn't even an X Files forum on AOL yet. The guy who lead the club, Jerry, just created an X Files chat in Member Chats on AOL. I spent all my time in the X Files chats on AOL about eleven years ago. That's back when AOL still had communities and hadn't gone corporate yet. Glenn Morgan used to drop in on our chats and hang out with us. That was lots of fun. He even named characters after people in the chats. "The Thinker" was named after a guy who used the name "Duh Thinker" in the chats and fan club. There were only about twenty of us in those chats at the time. This was before "The X Files" caught on with the public. I wrote letters to Fox to keep the show from being cancelled. All of us in the chat fan club did that. I know that Delphi also had an X Files club, but I was never on Delphi. The Delphi and AOL fan clubs were the first two X Files fan clubs out there. We even made it into books and newspaper articles about "The X Files". I was proud to be a part of TV history.

Posted by: The Countess at Mar 21, 2006 10:14:04 AM

wow. The Count and Countess are geeks. I didnt realize.

Posted by: will at Mar 22, 2006 4:46:46 PM

nice work! -- thanks for posting the pics. Happy flying...

Posted by: alphabitch at Mar 23, 2006 11:23:45 AM

Have a great Convention!

Posted by: will at Mar 24, 2006 8:12:32 AM

Hi, Countess! I stumbled upon your blog and I'm thrilled to see another XF fan from "the good old days"! I was also involved in those AOL chats many many moons ago. In fact, Glenn made Mulder's computer password "TrustNo1" in honor of my screenname back then. And I definitely remember Duh Thinker -- he was a great guy! I wonder what he's up to now?

Anyway, keep up the great work! I'll check back!

Abbe
(TrustNo1)

Posted by: Abbe at Mar 28, 2006 11:24:54 AM