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11-26-2006 08:21 PM  11 years agoPost 1
maller

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Bucks County, PA

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I've never flown an RC plane before. Thinking about messing around with it over the winter. On the sim (G2), it's pretty easy to fly one. I'm just having a real hard time landing. But, if I can get that down on the sim, should I be able to go out and fly (without a buddy).

Also, there are some combos for sale that include everything (ARF, motor, transmitter). They're not too expensive. Can anyone suggest one? I'm thinking of the one from HobbyCo (NextStar 46). It's $370 for everything.

Thanks.



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11-26-2006 08:35 PM  11 years agoPost 2
merlin3

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dayton, ohio

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The nextstar is an ok plane to learn on, I've taught people on one before. However if you already fly helis well then you will outgrow the nexstar in a few flights. Maybe look at something a little more aerobatic and find someone to help you with the first couple flights.

Justin - Team Horizon, Team Byron
2-700x, Trex 700n, small helis

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11-26-2006 10:07 PM  11 years agoPost 3
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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This is a World Models 'Skyraider'. 5.3 lbs fueled, 54" wingspan, symetrical airfoil wing (aerobatic), and with an OS 46 AX and an 11x6 APC prop it'll climb straight up. It's very stable and easy to land. The OS engine is a plank engine but it runs fine on 30% heli fuel with a #8 plug.

I've since removed the fake canopy because it'll be carrying a camera there.

If you already have a tx that'll do helis there's no point in getting a complete setup with another tx, obviously.

Landing planks? Easy. You don't land them. You hold them 6"-12" off the runway for as long as you can until they land themselves.

PS - Nothing like starting with helis to prepare you for planks!

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11-26-2006 10:14 PM  11 years agoPost 4
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of Chicago

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Can't go wrong with a Stick 40.

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11-26-2006 10:14 PM  11 years agoPost 5
Nightstalker

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UK (BEDFORDSHIRE)

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go straight for a 3D plane, u can fly them slow and land almost to a spot and the better u get the more the plane will give back to u
this is my one

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11-26-2006 10:38 PM  11 years agoPost 6
Andrew_S

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Gaston, South Carolina

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Whatever u get, dont do it without a buddy......

Drewskie

www.congareeflyersinc.com

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11-26-2006 10:46 PM  11 years agoPost 7
TDriver

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Portage IN

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First off what kind of fling do you want to do?
If you just want to go out and relax get something like the nexstar
If you want to flip and flop alittle get you a 4-star 40 or 60 (you will love the way they fly)
All out 3d you cant beat a profile .
But like said before have someone there that can fly and help you or you might not have it but one flight....And nothing else safety

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11-26-2006 11:11 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Rotor

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Springfield, MO USA

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Andrew is correct when he says, "Whatever u get, dont do it without a buddy......"

You may think you can do it on your own but I wouldn't count on it. Get someone to buddy box you until you actually can do it on your own.

My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly

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11-27-2006 02:16 PM  11 years agoPost 9
smokingtommy

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east sussex ,england

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flying a rc plane is great fun you can relax abit more than when you are flying a heli if you have never had a go on a plane i would get a good rc plane buddy to help you landing can be tricky it depends if your plane is good at low speeds or if not it will tip stall and that hurts the pocket a trainer is a good place to start and can also do some nice moves stall turns,bunts and i even get mine to tail slide check my gallery

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11-27-2006 05:02 PM  11 years agoPost 10
jfint

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Simi Valley, CA

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I've instructed several people and I have come to this conclusion, a typical RC trainer airplane is not really a good trainer. I tend to agree with about the second statment on here. You absolutely can't go wrong with a stick, it is something that can progress with you. Another that I have only flown a few times,(my student who owns it doesn't get out much) is the hanger 9 P-51 PTS. I'm not a huge fan of those evolution motors, but ditch the 3 blade prop, put a servo on the flaps and ditch the gear door thingies and this is a fun plane. It was deffinately working for him as a trainer(even with all the stuff I said to ditch) and came ready to fly.

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11-27-2006 05:18 PM  11 years agoPost 11
dgshaffer

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New Jersey

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I've never flown a plane before in my life. I built an electric foamy and got bored with it in short time. Then a friend told me about this. $279 and all you need is a receiver and a prop, period! Everything is included and assembled including the battery.
You can literally have it ready to fly in just an hour and that includes programming the radio!

Fully 3D but with dual rates and expo you can set it up to fly as agressive or as relaxed as you'd like.

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11-27-2006 05:20 PM  11 years agoPost 12
blockatvalpo

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Reston, VA

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I had a trainer, and I outgrew it fairly fast. They are nice and relaxing, but that is it. I bought a Sig Somethin' Extra, but I have not had a chance to fly it. I have some pics of it in my gallery. Since I don't have the space to fly it, I think I am going to sell it.

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11-27-2006 05:27 PM  11 years agoPost 13
Bris89gt

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IL

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I learned the hard way when I did my first flight on my Nexstar.... I crashed because I didn't have a "buddy" there to help me. I did the whole sim thing also (G3). A buddy cord and an instructor is a wonderful thing. If you do go with the nexstar I personally found the AFS to be more of a burden than anything. What I found helpful is that every spring I take up my "trainer" to get me to shake that first flight of the season jitters. And I agree with the others, you will outgrow your trainer fast. But that's just my 2 cents.

If at first you don't succede, re-build and try again

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