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Plains Producer, Wednesday March 27, 2013
CHUCKTSEEKER holds an ultra micro Parkzone UMX Stryker 180 in his right
hand. The glider is a Parkzone Radian. This picture was taken on holiday at Lake
Natimuk in Victoria. TOP: Chuck’s You Tube page. RIGHT: A Parkzone Habu 2 EDF
under construction. BELOW: Showing the number of views from his YouTube page.
OUR VERY OWN
ANY locals in the Balaklava
district will recognise his face,
but did you know he’s known
by millions around the world,
through YouTube, as “ChuckTSeeker?” Of
course the TSeeker stands for Thrill Seeker!
He’s the envy of his fans, because he gets
to test remote-controlled model planes for
some foreign manufacturers, usually before
the plane is released for sale to the public.
Boys and their toys!
So in this story, our man will be referred
to only by his on-line name of “Chuck.”
Chuck’s interest in flying model planes
started back when he was a lad, but he never
got to pursue his hobby, because of other
After many years, he resumed flying
by purchasing his first remote controlled
helicopter, which then rekindled his love of
remote control planes.
So how, and why, has Chuck become
famous on YouTube?
As we all know, putting a remote con-
trolled model together can be harder than
it looks, and the instruc-
tions can be hard to
So Chuck got an idea.
“I’d made family vid-
eos for years, so I decided
I’d video an ‘unboxing’ of a model, showing
the unpacking of the model, and go through
the instructions in an easy to follow way.
Then I uploaded the video onto YouTube”
“An American manufacturer saw my
video and was impressed, and contacted me
to meet him when he came to Australia.”
The manufacturer then encouraged Chuck
to make more videos and introduced him to
an Australian importer, Mike, from Model
Flight in Adelaide, who now supplies Chuck
with the models for the reviews.
Chuck gets to test pre-production and
pre-release models, often making
him the first person in the world to
see and test the planes and gliders.
His maiden review can still be seen
Things haven’t looked back
since then, with Chuck now hav-
ing made 165 videos.
New releases for outdoor
planes, coincides with the north-
ern (USA) summer, while indoor
models are released in time for the
northern winter season.
Planes, jets and gliders are gen-
erally made of foam, with the Ultra
Micros weighing under 90 grams,
and the larger models, some made
of balsa wood, weighing between
one and two kilograms, and pow-
ered by electric motors and LiPo
Kit planes are painted already,
but Chuck often airbrushes his own artistic
“touch” to his planes, turning them into
Chuck also likes flying
helicopters, but doesn’t
test them. Instead he films
young ‘ace’ pilot, Hamish
Scott, from Adelaide, who skillfully puts
the helicopters through a series of 3D tricks.
Once the planes have been assembled,
Chuck takes them outside for testing.
“My partner, Corinne, does all of the
videoing, and now I’m more confident with
the whole process, I can give a commentary
as I’m flying,” said Chuck.
He must be a good pilot as he hasn’t
crashed any of the test models yet, but does
admit to being nervous at times!
“People appreciate having the average
”Joe Blow” giving them simple instructions
and tips in an enthusiastic way, on how to put
the models together and fly them,” he said.
“I tell them if something is difficult. I
don’t try to make it look easy, just to keep
the manufacturers happy.”
Chuck has gained a huge audience be-
cause of his honest reviews, and his popular-
ity is shown by having had over one million
views on his YouTube channel. He receives
more than 30 emails every day from around
the world from people with queries about
models or flying.
“It’s been a big learning curve for me,
and shows what you can do at any age.”
As they’ve gained more confidence,
Chuck and Corinne have also improved their
website and videoing techniques, and have
made a studio for filming of the unboxings.
Chuck, a father of three, is relishing the
chance to fly the model planes, something
he’s always loved, but with the kids’ sport-
ing commitments, had not had the time to
do until recently.
“People watch professional “pilots” in
action and they make the flying look so easy
but it’s not,” he said. “You have to learn
how to fly it, and it takes time.”
n You can see these types of planes in
action at the South Hummocks Model Aero
Club, which is based at the old South Hum-
mocks cricket ground. The group meets on
the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
Phone the club’s President, Rod, on 0428 858
752 if you would like to know more, or just
pop out and have a look at the planes, and
their talented pilots, in action.
The members are more than happy to
teach and give instructions on how to fly.
In the meantime, check out Chuck’s You-
Tube films and add one of these very cool
planes to your Christmas wish list!
A Yak 55 3D decorated by “Chuck.”
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