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Old 07-28-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hello all I have decided to dive into the world of RC Planes. I have been doing alot of reading over the last couple weeks. Reading various reviews and watching flight videos. I'm looking at a couple trainers, I'm leaning more towards the NexStar Select RTF Trainer from Hobbico. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-28-2005, 03:02 PM   #2
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Be sure to join your local club and get your MAAC. Find out if they have a student night and do your best to go out regularly as it takes constant practice to get your wings.

My trainer (and others I have helped) have been the Sig Kadet (they have different versions of the Kadet). Great plane. I recommend it. Get a quality engine for it to as I have worked with one that had a cheaper engine in it and it was surprising how much less power it had for the same displacement as a better quality engine. Night and Day when taking off and wanting to do some basic aerobatics like a loop.

Keep your dog (if you have one) away from the prop! Mine insisted on sticking his nose in it (while my plane sat idling) even with me yelling at him and WHAM! A little piece was sliced off and the stupid #$%@ went to do it again! It was a very minor wound (my wife wasn't impressed with me).

Have fun and post pic's!
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Old 07-28-2005, 07:52 PM   #3
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the kadet is a great trainer and the Nexstar is also I have trained people on both . With the Nexstar it is ready to fly in 20 min plus charge time and has a simulater include we have tried the flight stabilization system and reccomend leaving it unplugged also DO NOT install the flap type units that screw under the wing it makes the plane very slow to respond.

On the down side the radio is very basic which I think makes it a little less useful down the road. But the engine is definatly a keeper.

the kadet lt40 with a good 46 and a 6 channel radio possibly computer if you are sure you are going to stay in the hobby is also a great combo.

the Kadet seems to be easier to repair in case you crash and seems to me to be a little mopre robust.

Again this your dollars involved so consder the options and also try to get an instructor for a better chance of success.
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:43 PM   #4
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I will have to look into the kadet lt40 hopefully they will have one where I am going. I know it is better to buy quality parts at the beginning so you can re-use the radio and the engine for later planes that some how get into your fleet. It looks like I may have to stay in this I want a jet one day.
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:29 PM   #5
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first plane

I learned on the nexstar and would recomend it to anyone one. Contary to what people have said on this site in the past I used all the include features ie stablizers speed brakes etc. and it did not harm me in moving up. But there is also a new plane with alot of the fetures the nexstar has, But is a mustang and a six channel radio with it . this new plane is from Hanger nine and is on the Horizon Hobbies web site.

In closing the nexstar was a great plane to learn on and my brother is using it to learn now.. The two guys that I fly with were very impressed with the nexstar and both said that they wished that they would have had it to learn on

Just my opion
Thanks Steve
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:42 PM   #6
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Would that be a good trainer plane then. It looks like you could put a 1.00 4 stroke engine it which would be sweet. And retractable gear would be cool. Unless I'm looking at the wrong one.
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Old 07-29-2005, 08:26 AM   #7
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The Nextstar is a good choice. We remove the speed brakes and auto pilot for students to give them a standard learning experience. Not looking for a debate, just a comment.

There is also a warranty with the plane when flown with an instructor that Hobbico has honored. I've always like the Hobbico Avistar as it's a good semi-symetrical wing foil and can have throws increased to make a slightly wilder plane when you are ready for it.

For learning, find an instructor and stick with a high wing trainer plane so you can learn easier and enjoy the hobby even faster. Again just an opinion.

And remember to have some fun

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Old 07-29-2005, 09:27 AM   #8
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We also use the Nexstar and the Kadet here for training. We also removed the speed bars on the wing and unplugged the AFS unit.
The simulator software was beneficial to the student and learn time was fast, but we agree that the radio was of low end quality for stepping up
to the next plane.
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Old 07-29-2005, 11:52 PM   #9
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Alright well I didn't end up getting the NexStar Combo Kit. The low quality remote and older engine really through me off. So I went ahead and got a....

Sig Kadet LT-40 ARF
Eclipse 7 QPCM Radio
Thunder Tiger Pro-46 (2-Stroke Engine)
Hanger 9 PowerPro Starter
VoltWatch Battery Monitor
Some CA
Little bit of Epoxy
Couple Blades
Couple Glow Plugs
Fuel (10% Sport, Syn 75%, CAS 25% Oil Conent 20%)
And a fillin Station

Thats about it. Please give me your thoughts on what I bought and any suggestions about anything I should need to know.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:31 AM   #10
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Hi there .I would reccomend the hanger 9 alpha.It is cheap,flys real good and a trouble free evalution engine.It is what i started out learning on this spring and so far no crashes,but sure 1 is coming.Mine came with the sim,which I spent a lot of time on in winter,,made a big differance in learning this spring.Nexstar is also a nice plane, built tough,heavier though!I just like the alpha for its value anda trainer is what it is,learning us for bigger better things ,so I didnt wanna spend any more to get going than I had to! Ur choice,good Luck!!!!
At least in rc flying ,we live to fly another day if we crash!
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