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Old 04-18-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!

Thinking about getting involved with RC planes. I have a big interest in gas engine models but am wondering where I should start. All hints and tips are welcome!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:42 PM   #2
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go to a club near you and let the questions rip the guys will probably be more than happy to help you out. My opinion on a first plane would be some type of SPAD they are cheap hardy and fly nice.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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There are a lot of nice trainers avalible now that have some basic flight sims with them like the nexstar and the hanger 9 trainers. I do agree though go to the flying field talk to the instructor and ask what he recomends for a first plane.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:54 AM   #4
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Larger Spads are good if you are inclined to build one. Otherwise, a 40 size trainer like the Nexstar or Eagle 2 is the way to go. The instructors at your club will have their preferences.

Personally, I learned on the Eagle 2 and it is such a stable machine that you will earn your wings in no time.

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:04 AM   #5
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I started going to my local clubs indoor flying, and they set me up with a Airhogs little foamy, what a blast. very simple to control once you get the hang of it. Now I have upgraded to a 4ch foam Cessna. Making small steps is the way to go. have fun with it.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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Where are you located? you can use the MAAC site to locate a club in your area and contact info.
We would be glad to help you out, but were a bit out of the way up here.

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Old 04-22-2008, 04:44 PM   #7
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My opinion:

Buy a used transmitter (decent 6-channel, 10 model memory, JR or Futaba), receiver, and a good used ball bearing .40-.46 engine. Go to www.spadtothebone.com and build yourself a debonaire, BUHOR, or (time permitting) a SPADet. Get yourself an instructor and you'll be set

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Old 05-15-2008, 01:14 PM   #8
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Good place to start IMHO is a simulator and a single trainer plane like the Nexstar which comes with a simulator so two birds one stone.
As above welcome to the addiction and believe me it can be as much an addiction as any alcohol or drug. Another good place to start is not to do what I did with the addiction aspect. Get a single trainer and focus on it, I got so wound on the hobby that I now have 14 airplanes hanging in the house along with numerous kits that were too good a deal to pass up. Have so many projects that I simply stopped looking. In fact at one point I turned the hobby into work not play. You can easily get carried away (ask me how I know). Thank god for an understanding wife.
Off to crash a couple and make some room LOL.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:08 PM   #9
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i have a kadet mark 2 plane trainer ...what do u think of it...
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:10 PM   #10
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i been trying to learn solo but thanks to the plane no breakage...
awesome strong airplane..."it's harder than it looks what's your suggestion..play solo or not to play solo that's the question

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