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Old Apr 13, 2012, 02:19 PM
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hey hows it going everyone? i hope i am in the right section.. i am currently into nitro R/C trucks and boats and want to get into airplanes. can anyone give me any advise on whats a good starter plane to get..

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Old Apr 13, 2012, 03:00 PM
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If you are looking strictly for a glow powered plane then this would be one of the best to learn with.

http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...FV5.html?E+Sig
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Old Apr 13, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Other options

Hi,

another very good option is the HANGAR 9 Alpha 40 ARF.

I have one (amongst a bunch of planes ) and use it to teach my son.

http://www.hangar-9.com/Products/Def...ProdID=HAN4400

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Old Apr 13, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Are you wanting a glow engine powered plane or a electric one?
Welcome to the forum.
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Old Apr 13, 2012, 05:07 PM
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I have had an Alpha 40 and a Tower Trainer 40. Both great planes and easy to fly. The Hobbistar 60 is another great plane, it will handle wind better and it has a bigger engine for when you want a bigger plane.
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Old Apr 13, 2012, 05:07 PM
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Thanks for the answers .. I am lookibg for A glow plug engine
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Suggest you get a trainer made of foam.

All you need for repair is glue and some scrap foam from the grocetaria and a sharp knife.

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Hi,
Having used both foam (electric) and Balsa ( glow) trainers I recommend a glow plane.

They can handle more wind and are more stable in flight.

They do cost more, but when you are done with them you have the options of selling them complete or using the components (servos, battery, RX and engine) to complete your next plane.

I strongly recommend that you join a club, where you'll get free instruction or go flying with a friend who is experienced and let him teach you. the best method is to use a buddy box.

A simulator will go a long way to get the muscle memory in your hands particularly when the plane flies towards you, but do not rely on it solely.

Trying to learn how to fly by yourself without any prior experience will be frustrating and very costly.


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Old Apr 15, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Kadet or Senior Kadet would be great starters. I know a few that put some Senior Kadets through moves they probably shouldn't be but they hold up well are are known good flyers. I would assume someone at every club has 1 of em at least. You can slow them down and actually fly backwards if you have enough wind. Very versatile. But of course, if you have a club nearby, check them out and ask them too. Hope this helps.
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Old Apr 15, 2012, 06:22 PM
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hey hows it going everyone? i hope i am in the right section.. i am currently into nitro R/C trucks and boats and want to get into airplanes. can anyone give me any advise on whats a good starter plane to get..

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You got suggestions to start with covered balsa and ply structured models.

Nothing wrong with that if you like doing repair work on such models. At worst you can learn while doing the repairs.

You will then need balsa and plywood, possibly the drawings, some finishing material (covering stuff), perhaps some iron if the covering is shrinking plastic film. Possibly complete recovering of some parts including matching the original color sheme.

Have your choice and enjoy.

Foam is so easy to repair as I implied in my previous posting.

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 08:00 PM
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Best approach is to find a R/C flying club. Lots of advise and resources. They will more than likely recommend a trainer (forgiving and docile) and you may hook-up with an already built one from another club member that is moving on to a model suited for an experienced flier. Save $$$ and when you're up to speed, you can pass it along.

Clubs can often be found through your local hobby shop (LHS).

As you can imagine, trainers, be it cars, boats, or planes are dubbed "beaters". They see the hard times, are are not often pretty. Ay the same time, they endear our respect because they serve to prepare us for the higher performance planes.

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Old Apr 16, 2012, 08:12 AM
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hey hows it going everyone? i hope i am in the right section.. i am currently into nitro R/C trucks and boats and want to get into airplanes. can anyone give me any advise on whats a good starter plane to get..

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Jrod0708,

You are receiving good advice in this thread.

I want you to understand that my suggestion was based on being alone and learning to fly by yourself.

In such circumstances there often is damage to the model.
A foamy can be repaired quickly and with little need else than glue, a shap knife and perhaps the need for some foam pieces.

Joining a club is of course a different avenue.

Then paying the club fees and the AMA and the travelling cost to the club flying field and thus getting a club instructor is possibly the best avenue for you.

You are the only one that can decide depending on your local facilities.

Best of luck to you.

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Old Apr 16, 2012, 11:37 AM
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realfligh g6 would be awesome first plane
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:54 AM
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Suggest you get a trainer made of foam.

All you need for repair is glue and some scrap foam from the grocetaria and a sharp knife.

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How does the foam react when raw fuel is spilled on it ?
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 03:09 AM
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How does the foam react when raw fuel is spilled on it ?
Tom,

I am glad you asked.

I just took what appears to be two types of plastic foams.
A foam cup and a foam tray that seem to be made of different foams judging by their appearacnce and structure.

I put about two cc (centimeter cube {if anyone is not familiar with cc}) of raw fuel in each. After 20 minutes the fuel had evaporated quite a bit but both foam seemed untouched (unaffected).

We buy the raw fuel in some plastic containers. Hundreds of fuel US gallons sitting on the floor at the local LHS.

Some foam is made with the same kind of plastic as the jars in which the fuel is sold.

I would not debate that all foams are impervious to glow fuel of some composition like perhaps high nitro.

The one I tried here is labelled 15% nitro.

It would be nice if someone posts if they had a different experience.

Best regards Tom.

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