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Old 06-08-2004, 11:54 PM   #1
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My son and i are looking at getting into the hobby and we are looking at 2 setups.

1)Purchase a Hobbico Nexstar

2)Sig LT-40 ARF,OS .46 AX Engine and a 6 channel Futaba radio

I am leaning towards #2 but i could use some input on selecting a radio.I want it to be a Futaba because that is what are instructor will have.Any thoughts or comments appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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I learned with an LT40 and a 46FX... good combination, stable flyer nothing wrong with it although you will find that the main gear develops a bit of a "squat" after a few hard landings... not a big deal, just bend 'em back. The LT40 is also quite robust... I rebuilt mine twice (looked like a banana it was so crooked...still flew...looked funny, but it flew!)... before finally... "retiring" it in spectacular fashion!

Can't help you with radios though...I use Airtronics, but getting something your instructor can buddy with is a good idea.

BTW, whereabouts in Yukon? I spent(did?) time in Ross River and Faro... been outside for 20 yrs though!
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Old 06-09-2004, 06:43 AM   #3
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#2 might be pricier. Both are fine setups. The Nexstar comes with a computer simulator as well so lots of bang for the buck.

Which 6 channel radio were you considering and more important, what is your budget?

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Old 06-09-2004, 07:39 AM   #4
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To keep things simpler, I would suggest Nexstar, Nice looking and flying trainer. It comes with a Futaba Radio, OS 46FX and as Nuker Said, a simulator as well. Later on, you can still use the flight pack and engine on another plane.

You can actually open the box at the field and fly it after 30 minutes of work.
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Old 06-09-2004, 08:22 AM   #5
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I learned on a Kadet LT-40 with a 46 FX and a 6 channel Futaba radio system. I still fly it more than all my other planes combined, and give intro flights to interested parties using it. I have lawn darted it really seriously twice and have rebuilt it it to lesser degrees several times due to hard landings and such. Obviouly I rate it highly.

That being said, I kinda wish the Nexstar had been available when I started. Getting the simulator with it is a really big plus, allowing you to get plenty of stick time before you go to the field. We have a chap who showed up with a Nexstar, wanting to learn to fly and he was able to land on his second flight due to all the sim time he had put in. I must have had 15 or twenty flights before I had the nerve to try a real landing. (and it wasn't that pretty, either)

Also I am quite intrigued by the wing cuffs and speed brakes the Nexstar has, allowing you to tailor the performance of the plane as your proficiency improves. I have not flown one, but would really like to try it.

My heart says LT-40, but my head says the Nexstar is a great choice.

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Old 06-09-2004, 08:45 AM   #6
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I had the privledge to test fly two NexStar 40's at our training session last Thursday. All I can say is that for the price and the completeness of this plain, engine and Futaba radio system complete.....I am very very impressed.

Everything is installed and factory tested. Even the engine is completedly setup and ready to go. I primed up the engine, gave it one flip and it started right up and ran perfectly. No fuss, no hastle!!!

Out at the flightline and onto the field, full throttle and she beautifully lifted off and flew absolutely perfectly! It is very stable in the air. Line up with the center line of the runway, cut the throttle and brought her in for a greaser landing. Awsome airplane!!!!

This is the most complete setup I have ever seen. The plane comes ready to fly. It is a futaba radio system and an OS engine! It comes with an AutoPilot already installed. It also comes with a flight simulator that uses the Futaba radio so the student gets the feel of his own radio.

And the best part is the price. My student told me he purchased this plane package from Hobby Hobby in Mississagua and with tax he only paid around $530.00 for everything!

Now that is an awsome deal for an increadably flying trainer package! And one more thing. It looks like a nice airplane, not a square box like some trainers. I can't see that anyone could go wrong with this plane!
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:20 AM   #7
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Old 08-19-2004, 11:01 AM   #8
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I would say, go #1.

For the completeness, and the added 'flight sim' is a great deal. Also, in time you will get a new plane (more advanced). And soon both you and your son will each want his own radio & plane.

Plan to buy the next plane, and the computerized radio then.. You will then have two complete flyign planes, one for each of you!
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Old 08-19-2004, 11:26 AM   #9
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Seeing as the original post was made in early June, I'm assuming you've already made a decission and purchased your plane.... what did you go with and are you happy with it so far? Any comments you may want to pass on to other beginners? We've had a couple guys out at our field in the past couple of days asking what they should buy... Nexstar being one of their options too.
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Old 08-23-2004, 08:26 PM   #10
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Well i guess its about time i post some info on what we bought,been busy with work and the family.My son and i purchased a used setup from a coworker of mine.He bought this setup but never flew it,below is a list of what we purchased for a total of $300.00

Kadet LT-40 (KIT)
GMS .47
Older Futaba conquest 4ch
Electric starter
Electric fuel pump
Rechargeable glow driver
Misc tools
Misc spare parts
field box
Spare props
Field battery

I have to say that my son and i are having a blast with this setup.We joined the local club in July and after 18 flights with an instructor i soloed.My son is also in the process of learning with an instructor.We have a total of about 50 flights on the plane and we head to the field whenever we get the chance.After my son gets his wings we hope to try out the skis this winter and the floats next summer.

Thanks to all those that replied to our post.CP140 we live in Whitehorse,What brought you to the land of the midnight sun?I would recommend this plane to anyone looking for a trainer.The nexstar was the plane we were going to purchase from great hobbies,but this deal came up.One thing i like about the nexstar is the flight sim,I purchased real flight G2 and it has helped me and my son.Already looking at purchasing a second plane this winter.
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