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Old Feb 24, 2012, 07:03 AM
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Any advice for a newbie?

I'm really sorry if there's a sticky on this somewhere I haven't seen, but at the risk of asking a question that's dealt with over and over somewhere else....

I've been flying rc since last spring. I'm not great but ok as a pilot. I was fiddling about on the simulator a couple of days ago and realised that I could do some simple aerobatics (badly) that i thought would be beyond me- a bit of a harrier, some pretty wild hovering, that sort of thing.

It was fun, made me think about getting a starter 3D plane.

Any advice on what to get? Here are my considerations:

Cheap! My wife will kill me if I turn up with another full fuse plane!

Durable EPP - I'm going to crash it, quite a lot.

I live in the UK, so Uk suppliers preferred though not completely necessary

I'm also thinking about size- while it would be nice to have a big meter span plane, i wonder if it would be more versatile if i had a smaller one I could carry around and have a quick fiddle early in the mornings after I drop my kids off at school, in a small park.

Are there any probs asociated with flying small light profile 3D planes outside?

Any tips on motor etc to go with any particular kit?

Any advice on the best way to teach myself some 3D? Shall I just practice on the simulator, watch some vids, try it out in the park?

Would I be better off making myself a scratchbuilt profile maybe? If so is there any that would be recommended?
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 07:11 AM
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Mark at Park Aero has all the Twisted Hobbys models and recommended power combo. I'd say the Edge would be your best place to start.

http://www.parkaero.com/twisted-hobb...raft-171-c.asp

Edge thread
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1537032
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 07:38 AM
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awesome thanks! that looks great!

definitely a better bet than any of the hobbyking offerings yeah?
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 10:16 AM
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YEAH! Did you get one yet? I have the crack yak and sbach from them, love em.
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awesome thanks! that looks great!

definitely a better bet than any of the hobbyking offerings yeah?
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Are there any probs associated with flying small light profile 3D planes outside?

Any advice on the best way to teach myself some 3D? Shall I just practice on the simulator, watch some vids, try it out in the park?

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I'll make a stab at answering a couple of your questions.

As for flying small 3D planes outside, it generally is determined by size and weight, with weight being affected by the thickness of foam. I'd say flying a flat profile foamy outside, you should go no smaller than 26 or 28" wingspan, and stay with 9mm foam. The thinner foam is better suited for indoors. Even with 9mm foam, your plane will be light and floaty (great for 3D) so won't like much wind. That's the trade-off.

If you get a good profile foamy, you will be surprised how easy it is to fly. That will give you confidence to try slow harriers and even hover after only a few batteries. Just don't try them too close to the ground. And have fun.
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 02:10 PM
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thanks for the advice guys, and yeah, i've got my edge sitting in its box- going to start the build in just a few minutes!
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Old Mar 07, 2012, 03:00 AM
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get the E-flite AS3X 3D bipe
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Old Mar 07, 2012, 03:02 AM
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should fly well at the marshes
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 06:27 AM
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i would not recomend the beast 3d for learning 3d moves cuz its not that easy. Great little bird, very agile and docile specially with winds but its not easy to hover and other 3d maneuvers
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 08:21 AM
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or the AS3X Sbach 342
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 10:18 AM
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thanks for all the advice guys. i ended up with a twisted hobbies / rc factory edge.32"

it's a really lovely little plane, and i can fly it in a tiny area compared to my bigger birds. I can zip it about on the park instead of a trip to the marshes. lovely.
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 10:25 AM
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The Edge is a GREAT plane! It has a wide speed envelope,and will do most 3-D manuvers well!Ron
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