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Old Jun 06, 2010, 09:45 PM
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I am just starting out, too, although I flew RC planes in their infantcy 50 years ago as a kid. I also own a real Cessna.

I have two powered gliders - a Radian and a DA 2500. Unless you are a quick study, I think the DA 2500 might be a little much for you to start with. I am beginning to fly my Radian now and plan to "work up" to flying the DA 2500. It's a lot heavier and faster than the Radian, whereas the Radian has only rudder, elevator, and throttle to worry about.

Ultimately you will be able to do more stuff with the DA 2500, but you have ailerons and flaps to contend with - a lot of controls for a beginner.

Jets CAN land and take off from grass (if it's short enough to allow them to attain takeoff velocity).

Since you have the LAKE, why not take a look at AMPHIBIANS or a Cessna 172 or 182 model with FLOATS!

Enjoy!
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Old Jun 07, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Thanks for your advice! i think this seems like a really fun hobby. The amount of information though is a bit overwhelming there is so much info on this forum..itīs just amazing
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Old Jun 07, 2010, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for your advice! i think this seems like a really fun hobby. The amount of information though is a bit overwhelming there is so much info on this forum..itīs just amazing
The best option when learning to fly is to find someone who's experienced who's got a buddy box but If you're learning solo...I strongly suggest getting used to flying on a simulator on your computer first. Then when you're proficient with that buy a "two-channel" electric floater like the Radian. Although the intermediate and advanced class planes look real cool, once you're in the air you and your wallet will appreciate the simplicity beginner models offer.
Keep in mind....you will be literally throwing your investment to the wind so try to take small steps first. Get informed, get proficient and take your time.
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Thermaling?

Ok guys,

Well I bought a Super Easy Fly from BH, and actually quite happy with it. That is, UNTIL I broke a prop. Not standard to anything I can find, and even though it still shows as "In Stock" @ BH, it ain't. I ordered one, along with a spinner and a servo and though all was well. WRONG!! Later got a note (and a credit) stating that they didn't have the props in stock, with no info on when they expected them .

Ok, enough of the venting. Still don't hate BH, just a bit disappointed.

So, I'm going to order a Diamond 2500 from them today, but no one has mentioned how this beast thermals!! Sure, it's a hot rod and loops and rolls with relative ease, but, can it soar??

Thanks guys...
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 10:30 PM
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It flies very well...Nice feature and the EPO material is strong enough... Great!
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 12:52 AM
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Ok guys,

Well I bought a Super Easy Fly from BH, and actually quite happy with it. That is, UNTIL I broke a prop. Not standard to anything I can find, and even though it still shows as "In Stock" @ BH, it ain't. I ordered one, along with a spinner and a servo and though all was well. WRONG!! Later got a note (and a credit) stating that they didn't have the props in stock, with no info on when they expected them .

Ok, enough of the venting. Still don't hate BH, just a bit disappointed.

So, I'm going to order a Diamond 2500 from them today, but no one has mentioned how this beast thermals!! Sure, it's a hot rod and loops and rolls with relative ease, but, can it soar??

Thanks guys...
It thermals OK -

2nd flight with mine in Feb - see log !
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 01:23 PM
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It thermals OK -

2nd flight with mine in Feb - see log !
Great. Mine IS on order and shipped. Should be here this coming Friday, so, perhaps ready to go on Sunday.

Also recently bought a Turnigy video camera (quite small). Might have to mount it to the 2500 .

Thanks for the response!
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 10:51 PM
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Hey guys, Iv'e been reading this thread for the past week and decided to pick up a Diamond 2500 for myself. It Arrived in 2 days after ordering from BH. I assembled it this evening after work and took her out for the maiden. The first launch I rolled nose first into the ground from 20 feet high after too steep of a throw. I expected the worst, but the glider wasn't damaged at all! The second launch went great and after putting her through her paces with rolls and loops I went to lazily gliding around with the power off for a good 10 minutes or so riding on thermals. In summary, a great plane for the money!
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Old Jul 02, 2010, 05:42 AM
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re removing decals since the foam is EPO you can spray with Tamiya TS paint

I am wondering if you think this would cover the decals on the wings which are said earlier in this thread difficult to remove


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Old Jul 02, 2010, 08:25 PM
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I flew my diamond 2500 today for the first time. I must say that this plane flies awesome! It is a big plane and it feels heavy but it floats in the air. I even found a thermal and kept it up for a while. On my second flight I went verticle from the hand launch all the way to about 300 feet.

The finish is not perfect by any means but it more then makes up for it in the air. It is a little sluggesh on the control surfaces but it has great climbout from a hand launch. I cannot wait for Colorado next week to fly it in the mountians. My only regret is buying the radio that came with the plane. The radio is crap so I ended up using my Futaba 9c and another receiver. I'm very happy with this purchase from Banana Hobby.
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Old Jul 07, 2010, 06:18 PM
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Just put my Diamond 2500 together last night and hoping for a maiden this week. I plan on using the stock radio initially. The only issue was adjusting the flap linkages during initially checkout. After running up the motor, I was very impressed with the power. Looking forward to getting her in the air!

What's the landing speed like with flaps?

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Just put my Diamond 2500 together last night and hoping for a maiden this week. I plan on using the stock radio initially. The only issue was adjusting the flap linkages during initially checkout. After running up the motor, I was very impressed with the power. Looking forward to getting her in the air!

What's the landing speed like with flaps?

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It crawls! All three of my landings were like a butterfly with soar feet.
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It crawls! All three of my landings were like a butterfly with soar feet.
Great! Were you strictly gliding or did you need a little power on final? Thanks for the feedback!

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Great! Were you strictly gliding or did you need a little power on final? Thanks for the feedback!

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No power was needed on approach.
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Thanks Bruce!

All the best,
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