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Old 04-14-2015, 08:50 AM   #11
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Yup, I was right... that IS cool!

Is that the actual aircraft that you flew?
Not only is that the actual a/c that I flew... thats actually me at the controls!! We were conducting a search over Lake Simcoe and a local guy on the shoreline was snapping pics of us as we made passes over the area, he emailed them to us at the squadron... I think we would have been at about 300-500feet in the pics.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:10 AM   #12
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

A Have you bought & tried a Sim like Real Flight? It will save you $$$$$

B There are several very good clubs locally that will be happy to get you flying much quicker than on your own & you'll learn the safety rules too. If you attend any of the local Fun Fly events (we have many) you will meet a lot of great people.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:25 AM   #13
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A: No not yet... just haven't gotten around to it. Right now I am enjoying tinkering with the models. Any versions that run on a iMac?

B: I haven't really found that I would have a lot of time avail generally speaking to make various membership costs worth my while. (equation of time avail vs cost) My plan is to simply find some wide open spaces and play a few times this year... thats it. Don't worry, I do get the safety rules etc...

Not worried about the $ if I crash etc... these were so cheap afterall. I understand it could be frustrating if I had thou$ands locked up in them... Thats not the case! I'll consider a club etc once I have more time to spend at a field.

My point here is I've heard the "Hey join a club" advice lots, and while it is sound advice I will wait a bit... though I do appreciate the advice...
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:09 PM   #14
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Update! Working on the Super Sportster 40.
Engine in, electronics in, landing gear and wings done. New rudder and elevators being covered.
Once I get the grease off the fuselage that will be next.
All told, I might have $100 in this so far... and learning lots!
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:47 AM   #15
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

Hercplt,

Keep at it, that Super Sportster from what I have seen will be a sweet flying & fun plane once you get the trainer days over with!

The club idea, even if you only fly a few times it is well worth the membership fee, just having someone experienced check over your plane's set up and a lesson or two will pay for itself! Crashing leads to frustration and this could turn you off the hobby.

Not to mention most clubs I am familiar with filled with great guys and I have made many friends by being part of a club!

Either way have some fun and keep posting up!

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Old 07-07-2015, 12:21 PM   #16
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Update! Working on the Super Sportster 40.
Engine in, electronics in, landing gear and wings done. New rudder and elevators being covered.
Once I get the grease off the fuselage that will be next.
All told, I might have $100 in this so far... and learning lots!
Glad to see my old Super Sportster is getting a new life!

I get the advice everyone is giving you about joining a club and I get your point too about the time available etc.. I didn't join a club when I started (flying off the autorotation area at 403 Sqn in Gagetown) but I did get a simulator. Spent many hours on it until I could take off and land where and how I wanted. Same as the real aircraft.. You need to fly IT - not the other way around.. Made all the difference in the world.. To this day I've never crashed a plane due to pilot error while flying... I did lose a few because of bad setups where batteries died in flight or elevator control was lost etc.. THOSE are the ones that could have been prevented by talking to guys with experience..

Oh and super duper graphics and super accurate physics blah blah blah isn't required to just get the hang of it. Here's one for the Mac: http://www.greathobbies.com/producti..._id=IKA3081004

Cheers!

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Old 07-08-2015, 01:15 AM   #17
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

+1 on finding a local club. Knowledge is king.
A good simulator is money well spent too.
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Old 08-09-2016, 07:08 PM   #18
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

Everyone like pictures.... and of course an update!! Been a while... but made progress on the Super Sportster!
Maybe someday I'll have time to actually figure out the flying part... in the meantime fixing them is fun...

Also found another sportster that needs work... matching pair?

Blue one is not perfect... but the first one I have recovered...

Enjoy
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:21 AM   #19
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

Welcome to a great hobby!

In the interest of keeping you in this hobby I would like to reinforce what has already been said.
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there's no better teacher than trial and error.
I started flying on my own too... in 1978, 2 very short attempts... gave up and sold the remains... 1982 another disappointing try, put the pieces in the closet... 1992 - 93 joined a neighboring club wanting to learn on a glider, no one had the time or interest for gliders, more broken dreams and birds... 1995 determined to learn, multiple broken planes, found like minded guys locally, formed our own club and built a field - all of us rank beginners - unbelievable carnage but we finally did it!

That is how the "trial and error" teacher taught me!

I noticed that you said "if I crash it"! No - no it's "when I crash it"! In fact we could get a lively little betting pool going here on how many seconds it will take!

I am very familiar with the Eagle II, there were a lot of them in our club when we started. It is basically a sound "sport trainer", one of those planes advertised as a "fully aerobatic trainer". We scattered them all over our field especially the ones with the hot .40 sized engines in them. Not a plane that self corrects for a "learn on your own" guy. It's a sweet 2nd or third plane UNLESS YOU GET SOME HELP IN FLYING.

I know this sounds very negative but I am not trying to discourage you, just save you from all the dark days I had going down the road you have chosen. Join a club? Ya, sure, good - but I get you! It can be very intimidating and you are not ready for that I sense, but DO get someone with experience to help you PLEASE!
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:18 PM   #20
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Re: This Newbie's Fleet!

Please consider, even if you truly do not care if you loose a plane you are not showing much respect for the thousands of people that have spent endless hrs building relationships with property owners and townships to be able to have R/C fields . these planes fly high & fast and can travel a mile with ease , in the unlikely event you do get up and leveled off it will most likely fly out of sight before you figure out how to bring it around ..Not trying to knock your abilities,but please consider what is at risk.
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