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Old 03-01-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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Flying large scale planes???

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I have been seeing alot of the larger scale planes for sale lately and was wondering how hard they would be to fly for a beginer???

Obviously the bonus is that they are easier to see but are they harder to land/take off then a trainer??? And i'm sure they crash just as nice......

Input??? Thanks
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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im not a very experienced pilot just yet, but what i have found is that the bigger they are the better they fly, they dont get bumped around as much in the wind, like i just wrote in another post, im fully self taught and i went from my foamy cessna up to a tiger trainer and thats going from around 30" wingspan up to a 74" wingspan and wow what a difference, so i cant wait to move up to giant scale... all depends on the plane too, they all fly different eg. taildraggers are more difficult than a trike

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For large scale to learn on, (not "scale" though), try something like this:
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #4
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As your probably aware, to be considered scale, a model plane has to be fashioned after a full sized counterpart.

That being said, as was previously mentioned, how easy or difficult they are to fly depends on the type of airplane you want to model.

For example, a J3 Cub would be considerably easier to fly than a P51 Mustang, as it was basically designed as a trainer type plane with built in designed stable flight characteristics - things like a flat bottomed airfoil and diehedral.

Even thought considered scale, the designers of scale model planes sometimes "cheat" just a bit by building in some of the more stable flight characteristics to make them easier to fly - things like extending the fuse length and using slightly oversized tail feathers so they aren't so touchy at the controls.

All the same, true scale models are somewhat more difficult to fly than trainers. Usually the takeoff and stall speeds are higher than most all trainers. Also, if the model you chose has a full semectrical airfoil, it won't self correct in the air. A trainer with lots of diehedral will level itself if you let go of the sticks. Not so with a semectrical airfoil. You put the plane in a banked turn, let go of the sticks, and it will stay (usually) in that configuration until to turn it back using opposite ailerons.

Just because a model plane is bigger doesn't necessarily mean it will fly easier. You can get away with a lot more in the air with a trainer than you can with a scale model, as the trainer is designed to fly slow and stable and will self correct. A scale plane means your flying it at all times and not relying on the plane to correct itself as most trainers will do!

Your best bet is to go out to your club field and observe the guys who are flying scale planes. Ask a lot of questions and choose a scale plane that will be fun to fly for your first scale model. Even if you have your wings which you got flying your trainer, ask an instructor for help! Nothing to be ashamed of getting back on the buddy box until to get the feel of your new scale model. Better that than asking for help picking up the pieces!
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Keep in mind too that to crash what is usually a trainer (40 size) is not all that big an investment. Now, to crash one of these big fellas (when being used as a trainer), might discourage you pretty quickly.
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If you mean giant planes aka "Big Birds" (not necessarily scale), this one is at the top of the list:

You take your first training flight on this one. It is a very forgiving airplane..I have flown several of them powered from .60 to 91's....

When you are bored, switch on the high rates and have fun - inverted, knife edge, loops, rolls, etc. (snaps and spins are difficult because it is too stable)

It does well on wheels, skis and floats too....
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