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Old 05-19-2005, 06:49 PM   #11
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hmm i dont no every other flight i usally crash or have a bad landing, lol but some of this stuff is wasy diffrent from electric
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:29 PM   #12
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Hi Planeswithwings,

I think the most important thing is to define the type of flying you would like to do with electrics. Example, do you want to fly indoors, outdoors, 3D, sport flying etc. Once you tell us they type of flying, then we can probably point you to a few good models.

I found that when I first got into electrics I was disappointed with what I considered the lack of power. Most of this was my fault, I built the plane as if I was building a glow model and made sure everything was strong, they were too heavy and I tried to compensate with larger motors etc. Later I found that lighter is better.

Some of the GWS foamies are good starters, example, for indoor, you could start with a Pico Stick. If outdoors look for something like the Formosa, but be sure to tame down the control surface throws on it! These models will not break the bank and most come with a basic motor etc.

My favourite electric plane is the ElectroStreak, I upgraded the motor to a Magnetic Mayhem (the stock motor was a little weak for my liking) and then later with one of Oilman's brushless motors with LiPo's. I fly outdoors with this and belly land on grass. It flys very smoothly and does most manuevers, it impresses glow pilots who see it fly.

The most difficult thing with electrics is matching the motors, batteries and props. A good aid for this selection is MotoCalc (free download for 30 days) - but don't download it until you really need it or the trial period will end before you use it! We can help get you started with the program once you download it.

My recommendation is that you pick a plane out, then ask here before ordering and get opinions.

As mentioned earlier, getting a good charger is very important. I would make sure the one you buy will charge all three major battery types - NiCd's, NiMh's, and LiPo's. Probably the cheapest I would go would be the Hobbico Mk II - it will charge two packs at a time, but needs a clean 12 volt power source (car cigarette lighter socket, 12 volt battery, old PC power supply etc.). However, it will not do discharge cycles. Again, before you buy one, you may want to ask here first if it will do the job for you.

Hope this helps.


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