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Old 09-13-2012, 07:31 AM   #21
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:10 AM   #22
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Re: beginner rc plane? which one to buy

I have trained a number of pilots with the Park Flyer type trainers at my club, and All have regretted their purchase for different reasons, including not able to fly in wind conditions , and the lack of ability to to take off and land their next larger planes ( .40 sized wood built up) the park flyer flight envelope doesn't prepare you for more complex and larger airplanes.( I have bought the club a Trainer that I use to train people who show up with unsuitable trainers )
That may be the case for you, however it's not always true for everyone. We have an all electric club here in Halifax, where most of the guys are quite happy with the park flyer style. I've also trained many people with small electrics and all were happy and grew and advanced with park flyers. Some of them have even joined the large scale clubs in the area and still only fly park flyer type aircraft.

It really does boil down to personal preference, flying style, and of course, monetary consideration. The best advice is to check out some local clubs and get a good face to face point of view, see some planes in action, and make a good informed decision.

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #23
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Re: beginner rc plane? which one to buy

What I would buy:
- a good DSMX full range radio from hobbyhobby
- a good airframe from hobbyhobby, balsa or foam (small for park, larger for club)
- cheap, but OK electronics from (receiver, esc, brushless motor, servos, charger and batteries)
Those will cost less than $300 (for a park flyer, but more expensive for club size) and later, you can buy a low wing plane and move all electronics into the new one, so you have a new plane at the cost of the airframe. If you decide to join a club, you have a good radio already.

If you opt for a club, expect the cost to go up: a DECENT 40 size electric + 4 batteries + charger+ shipping + buddy box + cables + club membership + insurance will add up to $800-$900

If you buy a cheapo RTF (FM, brushed), you'll find out that there is nothing to move into a new airframe, so , your cheapo RTF will collect dust on the shelf and you'll spend more money on a new plane. Total waste of $150

I wouldn't buy a RTF. I would stick to 2.4 DSM2-X and brushless
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:13 PM   #24
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Re: beginner rc plane? which one to buy

the apprentice sucks in any wind over 5kmh go with nitro go to a club and lear, ive learned more flying a nitro powered plane in 3 weeks than i did a year of flying the apprentice.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #25
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my son started with the Super Cub, then he had Easy star, now he is getting into the extra 300 try the Super Cub if you have never flown before is easy
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:01 PM   #26
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Re: beginner rc plane? which one to buy

ty for all the response, i end up giving up on buying any of the planes, i couldnt find places near by my location that i could fly, and i couldnt really find a local park big enough i could fly them in.... im now looking into RC helis, they seems to require less space for landing and stuff, do u have any any recommendations for that?
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #27
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you can start with an um j3 cub or champ
then move to a t28
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Re: beginner rc plane? which one to buy

I think it is best to stick with a pusher for any new flyer. Easystar/Bixler/Skysurfer or the other 5 same planes of the same config. If not that then my next choice would be the Parkzone supercub. But a newbie can expect irritation of nose overs, broken props and bent shafts with any tractor prop config. Also tougher to land on wheels than just on the belly, without causing damage.

For a first plane trainer, the radio doesn;'t matter too much. Probably best to have a 2.4GHz radio, but most of the $25 chinese ones will perform exactly the same as a Spektrum one for these purposes. Then the flyer can learn more about RC to make his own choice for a higher end radio later on.
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