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Old 03-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Up til now, have always stuck to 4 wheeled RC cars and trucks, and I current have a Traxxas Tmaxx 3.3

When i was young, my uncle took my out to fly his planes, and I remember him saying I had a knack for it, but that was many years ago.

I am looking to get into flying planes myself, and am looking for advice for good "starter to mid" options.

I dont know whether I should risk going used, or buy new....

Appreciate any advice / opinions
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:15 AM   #2
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Re: newb to aircrafts

Are you going to learn to fly it "all by yourself" or will you be going to a club that offers flight instruction? (Club instruction is almost always free provided you are a member of that club)

The planes I would recommend would be based on how you plan on starting out.

Also- are you thinking of going electric or glow powered?
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: newb to aircrafts

likely nitro, but im really open minded as far as which way to go. I run nitro in my buggy so figured Id stay the course...but....

Im sure there must be a local club here in North Bay, as I often hear planes in the distance when I golf.

That being said, lets assume there isnt a club... I dont want to wreck good planes to start, but dont necessarily want super cheap either.

Same with remotes... looking for some insight there as to what people like / dislike about certain types and options
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: newb to aircrafts

I'm mostly self-taught on an "AXN Floater-Jet" which I crashed over and over (and over and over and over). Now that I've flown other planes I can say it wasn't a great flyer, but it was cheap and repairable with masking tape and a glue gun. (Past tense because it's been retired to the trash). I probably won't ever get another foamy but it was a perfect plane for what it was. I've flown a Bixler as well, and boy it is soooo easy! It's about as pretty as dead walrus but it flies like butter. It'll balance perfectly with a 3 cell 2200 right up in the nose and even handle inverted flight. It'll loop, roll, and glide, so you can figure out what type of plane your first "real" one will be.

I don't have any non-airborne RC, but look at it like this: If your radio fails when you're driving, you'd have to be extremely unlucky to take some damage to your car/truck. If you're flying and your radio fails, you'd have to be extremely lucky to not take any damage to your plane. The moral is: get as much radio as you can afford.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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Re: newb to aircrafts

It's cheaper and easier to fix if you crash a foamy as opposed to balsa. I like the ultra micro planes for how easy they are to toss in the car and can be flown almost anywhere. 3ch would be a good starter, but if you can fly aileron, then maybe the Parkzone T-28, which also comes in ultra micro.

A good flight simulator also makes an invaluable tool. I learned both helis and planes. Very cheap to crash.

+1 on the radio. The best computerized one you can afford is a good idea. And think about how many channels you'll want in the long run.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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I'm almost certain there's a club in North Bay & you can find it through the MAAC web site ( I returned to the hobby 2 seasons ago (had a few years experience in R/C before moving on to other interests) & did it on my own with a powered glider & Apprentice (foamy trainer) & Real Flight. I have the good fortune of being able to fly behind my house (farm land) & don't disturb the neighbors thanks to electric power & would NEVER consider glow again (the only choice when I flew back then).
BUY a sim, new or used, because it will be far cheaper than destroying planes, & talk to your local club for guidance on a trainer or go it on your own starting with a powered glider like a Radian if you have a decent place to fly.
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