I am just getting started in R/C, with a goal of eventually building some reasonably detailed WWI, electric powered R/C models in the 1/6 scale range. I have yet to successfully fly an R/C aircraft, although I have successfully destroyed one aircraft twice. I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so I have a lot of space, but no mentors.
Currently, I am about to complete a glider for training purposes. Then I plan to rebuild my motorized trainer. I also have 3 WWI aircraft (fokker D.VIII, Bristol M1C, and Nieuport 17) in the research phase, and am honing my modeling skills with smaller stick and tissue, rubber powered models. I did a little control line modeling 25 years ago, but drifted away from it when I graduated from college (Texas A&M, class of '76).
It seems to me difficult to find much interest in WWI aircraft in the U.S., but I subscribe to an English magazine called Flying Scale Models(available in the U.S. through http://www.wiseowlmagazines.com/)
which has a reasonable coverage of both WWI aircraft and electric powered R/C.
I suspect that the seeming lack of interest in WWI R/C in the States is due to the fact that the planes are slower than their WWII cousins, and that there were no American designed and built aircraft that played a major role in WWI. The low speed and the fact that the pilots of the prototypes devloped air combat is what makes them appealing to me. These guys were amazing!
Anyway, there are some R/C afficianados out here, but I suspect that most of those interested in WWI aircraft are not in the States. Anyone else?