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Old May 06, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Hi all,
Okay, this is my first post and it might ramble on, but please bear with me.
My dad flew a Piper Cub long before I was born, then gave it up when I came along. His love of flight must have brushed off on me because one thing we both have always been interested in is RC flying. Once I was grown and out of the house he got back into flying until health problem forced him to give up his ticket. Now that Iím grown, I still have the ďbugĒ.
I began by surfing the net watching various videos on Youtube, as well as several blogs on the subject, and came to the conclusion that my best bet to get started is on a simulator. Again, more research led me to purchase the RealFlight G6.5 simulator. I should be receiving it later this week. I intend to spend a lot of time on the simulator before purchasing a plane.
When searching for a plane I would like it to be a forgiving trainer, but on the other hand I would like it to be able to be one I could be happy with for long time. I also like the idea of being able to use floats for water take off and landing at a future date. So far, these are the contenders Iíve come up with. Iíd like your opinions on these models or if you think thereís something better that would suit my needs.

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/...listType=hopup

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/search/HBZ7300.html

http://www.nitroplanes.com/07a002-185-red-rtf-24g.html

http://www.bananahobby.com/5-ch-edo-...aster-rtf.html

While Iím at it, I noticed that although there are many plane models available through the Realflight simulator, I donít seem to find any of these listed. What would make a good model to use?

One other thing, many of the videos and blogs Iíve seen suggest using an instructor for the first few real flights. I agree this would be a good idea, but the nearest RC club is about an hour away. Is extensive simulator training enough before the first flight? And what do you consider enough simulator time. I was thinking an hour or two a day for a month or so.

Thank you in advance for your input.
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Old May 06, 2013, 03:19 PM
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1. sim time helps. flying a piper cub on RF should be sufficient but you can download plane code for other models iirc.
2. don't fly in wind for the first few weeks.
3. hz super cub or champ. i've seen folks put floats on both. my vote is for the cub since its more easily upgraded.
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Old May 06, 2013, 06:26 PM
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Hi all,
Okay, this is my first post and it might ramble on, but please bear with me.
My dad flew a Piper Cub long before I was born, then gave it up when I came along. His love of flight must have brushed off on me because one thing we both have always been interested in is RC flying. Once I was grown and out of the house he got back into flying until health problem forced him to give up his ticket. Now that I’m grown, I still have the “bug”.
I began by surfing the net watching various videos on Youtube, as well as several blogs on the subject, and came to the conclusion that my best bet to get started is on a simulator. Again, more research led me to purchase the RealFlight G6.5 simulator. I should be receiving it later this week. I intend to spend a lot of time on the simulator before purchasing a plane.
When searching for a plane I would like it to be a forgiving trainer, but on the other hand I would like it to be able to be one I could be happy with for long time. I also like the idea of being able to use floats for water take off and landing at a future date. So far, these are the contenders I’ve come up with. I’d like your opinions on these models or if you think there’s something better that would suit my needs.

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/...listType=hopup

http://secure.hobbyzone.com/search/HBZ7300.html

http://www.nitroplanes.com/07a002-185-red-rtf-24g.html

http://www.bananahobby.com/5-ch-edo-...aster-rtf.html

While I’m at it, I noticed that although there are many plane models available through the Realflight simulator, I don’t seem to find any of these listed. What would make a good model to use?

One other thing, many of the videos and blogs I’ve seen suggest using an instructor for the first few real flights. I agree this would be a good idea, but the nearest RC club is about an hour away. Is extensive simulator training enough before the first flight? And what do you consider enough simulator time. I was thinking an hour or two a day for a month or so.

Thank you in advance for your input.
A good plane for going on your own ( without an instructor ) is the EZfly ( $ 25 for the airframe ) from Fancy Foam . It is made from EPP foam so it can take bumpy landings , and the motor/prop are NOT on the nose so they won't be damaged if you nose it in ( most crashes are nose first ) .

The airframe kit consists of cut out foam pieces that need to be glued together ( I use low temp hot glue ) , and then you have to install the electronics , which you can also get from Fancy Foam . In my opinion doing all that is a GOOD thing ( and not difficult ) because it teaches you how an RC plane works . If you're going to fly RC planes , you HAVE to do repairs , maintenance and make adjustments , so if you've put the plane together yourself it's easier to do all that .

The EZfly is a VERY stable flyer and has excellent self-righting . I would say before flying it ( at a HUGE , OPEN field with no trees , buildings , etc. , practice ( on your sim ) making BIG turns with as little banking as possible . And also practice ascending by gradually increasing throttle , and descending ( and landing ) by gradually reducing throttle . The biggest mistake beginners make is over-controlling , when properly set up the EZfly will practically fly itself !

http://www.fancyfoam.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=309

Fancy Foam also has a float plane version of the EZfly

http://www.fancyfoam.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=345

If you decide to go with this plane , let me know if you have any questions - I'll be glad to help !

Al

P.S. I have sailed catamarans ( Hobie 16 , Prindle 18 ) since 1976 . Lots of " flying " hulls !
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Old May 07, 2013, 11:03 PM
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Take a look at the SNOWBALL, prop is protected by the skids/floats, its also made of EPP or even Blue core foam ( insulation sheet sold at lowes or home depot for under 10 bucks), the blue foam is water prooff!! EPP sucks up water fast and you will sink!!!,, whats fun about the snow ball is you can fly off land or water without taking floats on and off all the time,,watch some of the videos on the snowball page ( link is below) buy the RC parts from Hobby King for half what others are listing them for, and if you cut the foam out yourself its around 10 dollars ,, both the Snowball and the Ezfly offer the plans for free on thier threads, think about scratch building your plan and then you can repair it yourself because you have extra foam ,, no fear that way!,,
Snow ball RC page forum
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ht=snowbal+atv
EzFly forum page, if you want to see more about it before you decide ( free plans also)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1174874
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