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Old Jun 09, 2014, 05:54 PM
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Total noob! Trying to decide between some planes

First, I want to apologize if this has been discussed. I'm using my phone and trying to hide it from my boss. Heheh

Second, if I'm beating a dead horse please direct me where to go!

A little over a year ago I bought the Hobbyzone Supercub and after a few shakey flights it nosed dived and split in half. I just dug it out of the garage and I was able to salvage the motor and electronics. The rest is trash.

This past week 3 of my buddies bought Champs and so now I got the itch again! I'm looking at three different planes at the moment and I'm hoping to get some insight from you folks. My goal is to learn how to fly well enough so at some point in yhr future i can get myself a sweet low wing warbird! Here are the three on my list. I'm not wanting to spend more than $150 and these seem decent.

Duet
Champ
BlitzRCworks Mini Flight Trainer (Banana Hobby)

I'm excited for any input. Thank you all!
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 07:02 PM
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Of those the duet would be my choice. If you could spend more, I'd suggest Apprentice.
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 07:06 PM
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I was looking at that. I'm just concerned about crashing. I spent about $170 on the SuperCub and only got about 4 minutes of fly time before I busted it. These smaller guys seem more durable. That's why I'm here though, I'm open to anything!
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 07:31 PM
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Get the Champ!!
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 07:42 PM
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Ill be doing most of my flying at a park so whatever can handle the most wind is what I'll be looking for!!
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 08:01 PM
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What is needed to repair the super cub? Parts for those are pretty reasonable.

The Champ is an excellent flier in the ultra mirco class, but it doesn't take long to master it, and it is a calm day plane.

The Apprentice is definitely not a park flier, but the Safe mode is IMHO the first training tool of its kind that actually prevents crashes. It also flies well and does inverted and basic aerobatics well for a trainer, so you aren't likely to get bored with it. It's also tough, and parts are available and reasonably priced.
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 08:19 PM
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Basically the whole fuselage blew up. The gear that powers the prop snapped. Ill take a picture of everything I have. I was thinking about taking it in to my LHS and seeing if they could rebuild it for me. I believe I got the one with the SAFE. Didn't help me much haha.

Also, what's the definition of a Park Flyer? We have huge soccer fields with lots of open space


Update: calle my LHS and they told me they could put it back together for me. I'm definitely going to go that route but I also want one of these micros to mess with
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 08:19 AM
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Yeah, I was going to say that one of the advantages of buying one of the major brands is parts, even the whole fuse, are usually reasonably priced.

I'd suggest flying that one for a while, until you have a good handle on it.

Is there a club nearby? Making contact with them could be the best thing you could do. They may even have a designated instructor with a plane you could fly.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 08:24 AM
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I'd suggest flying that one for a while, until you have a good handle on it.
I'm in agreement here. The SuperCub is going to handle wind much better than say, a Champ. When setup correctly and balanced, that SuperCub should be a docile bird. Get a simulator and get some time under your belt and you should be handling the Cub well after a few flights. Then you can save your $$ for your first aileron equipped plane.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 09:12 AM
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Go for a Champ. Once you can actually fly look at something else and maybe bigger.

If you aren't confident to teach yourself get a simulator too or some tuition.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 10:03 AM
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+1 on the sim....orientation is critical and accounts for a lot of crashes. Give yourself some altitude so (when) you make a mistake you have time to recover.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 11:05 AM
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the DeltaRay .

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Old Jun 10, 2014, 08:08 PM
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I would get same plane as my friends and fix my cub for a big plane. Later you and friend's can going flying, have ribbon combat's. Race each other and try new things. Learn upkeep and repairs and help each other. You well be getting better and have your cub ready for times to windy for the Champ. The Champ can be so fun its very cool to fly with someone with same plane. Landing contest, flying throw things comes when you get good with the plane. Plus I like doing crazy things with a cheap plane to repair.
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 08:24 PM
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Those were my thoughts too. I think I'll go with the Champ as it seems to be the most popular. I'm going to attempt to rebuild my Supercub myself so I can teach myself how it all goes together.

For around $65 it looks like I can get a new fuselage with electronics installed. Does anyone know what exactly it all comes with? Judging by the pics it looks like it comes with the motor/mount/prop shaft...etc

Can anyone confirm?
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Old Jun 10, 2014, 11:02 PM
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the champ is a great plane. For a beginner its definitely a calm weather plane, but the truth is, It can handle as much wind as YOU can... A couple months ago a buddy and I were at the park wind surfing our champs (mine brushless but still 3 ch, his stock brushed) while we waited for the wind to die down enough to fly our bigger planes.....
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