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Old Dec 09, 2014, 08:57 PM
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Looking for my first build

Any opinions or advice? I have purchased a how to build rc planes book, and recently joined a club, just looking for anything to help me in the process. I am going to start by building a workstation. Doing searches now for ideas. I think I should go with some sort of trainer as my first build.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 09:19 PM
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Most trainer plane kits are simple construction. As far as ease of assembly and great instructions; I am partial to SIG kits. It all depends what you personally like as you're browsing.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 09:53 PM
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I would recommend a cheap, non flying model, just to get the feel.

Something like this;

http://www.guillow.com/lancer.aspx

or

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXE282&P=0
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 10:12 PM
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You can get a lot of excellent information here:
http://www.airfieldmodels.com/
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 10:27 PM
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I have a sterling P-47 kit coming and I am seriously considering that airfield building system
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 11:00 PM
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The Sig Senior or Senorita kits have great instructions and build into great flying planes.
The Great Planes PT series are nice planes too. They have a PT- 20, PT-40, and a PT-60. They are an easier build that the Sig kits.
The PT-40 would probably be the best to start with.
I am talking glow planes though. I have only had a little experience with electrics, and they are all small ARF park flyers.
I've been flying for 15 years and still have a PT-40 in my hangar. It also makes a nice stable platform for a float plane when you have advanced and the trainer gets left home too often.
Keep us posted as to what you decide.
Dave

That P-47 would make a nice plane down the road, but would not be very good to learn to fly . Do yourself a favor. Find a trainer to start with.
Watch the classifieds here. You might find a good deal on a trainer kit.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 11:54 PM
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The P-47 is a 20" wingspan rubber band powered kit. I don't think I would even attempt to power it, just to practice building. I do fly a corsair right now but it does have the SAFE technology, but I haven't used it. I will look into that PT-40, Thanks.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 12:59 AM
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The P-47 is a 20" wingspan rubber band powered kit. I don't think I would even attempt to power it, just to practice building. I do fly a corsair right now but it does have the SAFE technology, but I haven't used it. I will look into that PT-40, Thanks.
Thumbs up! you are on the right road to a building future.

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Old Dec 10, 2014, 07:50 AM
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The Sig Senior or Senorita kits have great instructions and build into great flying planes.
The Great Planes PT series are nice planes too. They have a PT- 20, PT-40, and a PT-60. They are an easier build that the Sig kits.
The PT-40 would probably be the best to start with.
I am talking glow planes though. I have only had a little experience with electrics, and they are all small ARF park flyers.
I've been flying for 15 years and still have a PT-40 in my hangar. It also makes a nice stable platform for a float plane when you have advanced and the trainer gets left home too often.
Keep us posted as to what you decide.
Dave

That P-47 would make a nice plane down the road, but would not be very good to learn to fly . Do yourself a favor. Find a trainer to start with.
Watch the classifieds here. You might find a good deal on a trainer kit.
Along with these excellent suggestions, I would add the Sig LT-40 to the list.

Sig Manufacturing has an excellent line of kits, that contain photo illustrated instructions. I don't see how you could go wrong with a Sig kit.

http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/SIGRC58.html

http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/SIGRC60.html

http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/SIGRC67.html

http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/SIGRC74.html

http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/SIGRC49.html

After years in the hobby, I still have a Kadet.

It's not difficult to convert any of the kits on my list to electric, if that's the way you decide to go.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 07:57 AM
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Here's a link to a nice Seniorita build. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2273204
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 09:49 AM
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First, electric or gas?

For rank beginners I recommend several things.
1. Flight simulator for your computer. You can get the free one and it will accomplish what you need. Learn to fly on it first.
2. Get a cheap ARF to learn to fly on. Yes, it is more difficult than the simulator and you will crash

Learn to build in parallel. For electric I like to recommend Mountain Models or Stevens Aero kits to learn on. They are inexpensive, easy to build and they fly well. Several types of trainers to choose from. Most of all they are inexpensive to outfit with motor and electronics.

BHOFM also has a valid point. If you are not sure you will like building then try a Guillows kit first. You can get them at Hobby Lobby craft stores and use the online 40% off coupon. Build it as a non-flying model to learn how to build. They are not easy kits to build but will teach you all the techniques for most airplane kits out there. If you are still interested in building after one of those, then you are hooked

If you are in a club consult with them. There is usually a pilot training system that they have set up with an instructor and sometimes even a club plane to learn to fly on.

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Old Dec 10, 2014, 10:07 PM
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I am going to be working on setting up my build room, any advice would be appreciated
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 10:14 PM
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Have since moved the small table to the left end of the larger table.
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 12:19 AM
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You can get a lot of excellent information here:
http://www.airfieldmodels.com/
Thanks for posting. Will come in real handy.
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 12:23 AM
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Nice looking setup
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