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Old 01-01-2006, 01:36 PM   #1
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nexstar rtf vs superstar 40 for a first timer ....

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I've come to the conclusion that either of these two planes would be a great first gas plane... just wondering if any of you have any opinions on either one..



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Old 01-01-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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Check with a local club. One of the members might have something suitable for sale and cheaper than the hobby shop.
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also check with the locals to see what they use for training gear...if the instructors have Futaba compatible training gear, then the nexstar would be fine...i was gonna get a Hangar 9 alfa trainer for my brother's father in law but the local club uses all futaba radio gear, so the JR gear that comes with the alfa wouldn't be the best choice.
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Trainer plane

This is my opinion. I looked at the Nexstar RTF. It is a nice plane and flies well. The problem I have is the engine is a .40 This tends to be underpowered for the most part. Also the radio is only 4 channels. This is a match to the plane as its only 4 channels but if you want to get another plane that needs more servos you are kinda limited. Also its only a standard analog type radio.

My suggestion (this is what I bought)
Hitec Optic 6 Computer Radio Comes with all the servos and receiver etc. $200
Evolution .46 $105

Trainer PLane $100-150

Comes out similar money to Nexstar RTf package but with a lot more to work with after.
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some one has done his homework...sounds good to me ,that what i would do if i was to do it all over again.
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:24 PM   #6
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They both fly well. The Nexstar is better looking but the Superstar is a better trainer in my opinion for a couple of reasons.

Superstar has simple wire landing gear that can be straightened after a hard landing
Nexstar has plug in aluminum gear legs that will break the plywood mounting structure in a hard landing. Tough job to fix.

Superstar has rubber band wing mounting that lets go in a cartwheel. The box cabin structure is easy to repair if it splits open
Nexstar has a semi-rigid wing mount and the curvasious cabin area is more difficult to repair if broken.

Superstar has a slab sided box fuselage that can be rebuilt if you crash straight in
Rebuilding the front end of a Nexstar is more trouble than it's a new fuselage.

Superstar comes with no gimmicks
Nexstar comes with an electronic wing leveller and wing attachments that won't help your learning experience at a club.

Even if you get your wings without any mishaps, you will bust up your model eventually. The Superstar will fly again straight and true...Nexstar will track poorly on the ground and / or fly funny after a major repair.

The Humber Valley club typically has the following trainers in the summer student program; Nexstar (6), Kadet (3), Superstar (2), Alpha (2), Other (6).
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I would trust Gary (Bent) here; he's a good enough instructor to teach me to fly.

I was Other (6). I bought a Vmar Apache III and toasted it, while flying inverted, full throttle in to the ground. It flew well enough, but it was to designed to fly inverted, was not assembled well, and had some really cheap hardware.
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Aceplant did the math and I did the same. Optic 6, Flight packs for several planes and one radio to do it all. You can do one engine and swap if you wish. Go to 46 or 60 then.
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Sorry, should add the plane of first choice is LT 40.
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