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Old Jan 28, 2016, 07:00 PM
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What is a good option for my first 3D electric plane?

I've wanted to get into 3D planes for a while now, and I was looking for some suggestions on a good first electric 3D plane. I saw the 47" Extra 300 from 3DHC, and it looked like a good option. I'm concerned that something like a 58" Edge 540 or 60" Yak 55 is too much plane for someone's first 3D'er. What do you all suggest, and how much will I generally expect to spend on all of the electronics needed to fly one of these?

Planes in question:

47" Edge
http://extremeflightrc.com/47-Extra-...lue_p_630.html

58" Edge
http://extremeflightrc.com/58-Edge-5...low_p_686.html

60" Yak 55
http://extremeflightrc.com/60-Yak-55...eme_p_704.html
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 08:35 PM
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the first 3D plane should always be a fomie.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 09:30 PM
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There is a part of me that wants to disagree with you VR Eyedoc. But financial responsibility suggests I agree.

Uni, edges are great, Yaks are a bit more difficult to 3d, better suited for extreme aerobatics.

Buy an epp (twisted hobbys) frame or two, then buy a balsa. 60" is easier to 3d.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 09:33 PM
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 09:51 PM
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Thanks for the input! I'm flying a foam scratch-built FT Racer right now. It's great because the airframe was almost free to build, the electronics were very cheap, and it costs me only my time to fix it if the electronics aren't damaged. However, it is also not a true 3D plane, so there is that.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 11:44 PM
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I would suggest a twisted hobbies EPP as well. The main thing is you want something you aren't afraid to crash. Spending $700-$800 on a 60 inch and then never 3Ding it because you are afraid to wreck it doesn't help you at all.

Cost would depend on what you model went with and what electronics. But somewhere in the $300ish range for everything assuming you get the TH power pack.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 11:49 PM
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the first 3d plane should always be a fomie.

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Old Jan 29, 2016, 06:11 AM
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It's always a good idea to look at old threads.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2586436
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 06:19 AM
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Foam is your friend! TH foamies rock. Learn foam- go balsa as countless others have.
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Old Jan 29, 2016, 12:25 PM
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I've seen people learn to be awesome at 3D with 50cc airplanes. the most important part is knowing the kinds of things that you enjoy and pursuing them with a quality airplane

Foamies help you do things low with general wild abandon. If what you enjoy is also tumbles, and KE spins and things with energy, then foamies probably aren't the way to go.

Either way, it's all about the practice.
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Old Jan 30, 2016, 11:50 AM
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I think epp foamies are great for learning orientation and getting over the fear of the airplane being in certain positions. They are also great for rolling. The next plane should be a less expensive smaller balsa in 42 to 48 size that can fly on 3s. My favorite so far is the 3dhs slick 580 Learn the basic inertia moves.. You can fly anthing after that.
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Old Jan 30, 2016, 03:27 PM
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the first 3D plane should always be a fomie.
yep i started out with katana md from Precision aero bactics but that was not a good idea. I think i had 2 flights on the thing and it was toast.
I reccomend something from twisted hobbies if you have a few hours of building under your belt.
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Old Jan 30, 2016, 05:03 PM
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Mine first was the original addiction. Looked so easy to fly. It didn't make it through the 2nd weekend. The twisted hobbies crack yak, on the other hand, has been with me for coming up on two years in April.

In my mind, the confidence to fly it aggressively is the most important thing. It only takes a few minutes for the glue to dry and you are back in the air. Beat the snot out of it, learn a few things, then try your hand with balsa. My two cents.
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DW Foamie Fusion (hybrid EPP-Depron). I love mine and still have one for park flying.
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Old Jan 31, 2016, 12:55 PM
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I know a lot of people recommend the twisted hobbies airplanes and they are absolutely fine, but for the price I like the techone or value hobby epp airplanes. The are just as good for learning the moves and there is virtually no difference for what you are trying to do.. For example value hobby has a 32" model for $25. I actually prefer the hardware on the techone airplanes. The foam on the twisted hobbies does feel a little more dense.
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