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Old Mar 05, 2010, 08:57 PM
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beginner from scratch - What to buy? (YANT - Yet Another Noob Thread)

Hi,
It has been long time since I have started thinking of purchasing a RC (Plane or Heli).
Now that I get some money, I would like to start realizing that project. Howver I have not any clue on where to start.
Or to be more precise, I know I get to spend some time on a Simulator first, then buy small real plane (Super Cub), then increase the difficulty.

So, if I am correct, I would like to know what simulator I should purchase? I expect that simulator to precise my willing to buy a plane or a heli...

The transmitter is a big confusion for me too : Should I invest in a good one ? like the DX6i? Should I purchase PheonixPro with the DX5e?
Do I need a receiver for futur use on a real plane ?
Do I need 3, 4, 5, 6, 7way transmitter?

My goal is to be able to pilot a foam SU-37 or MIG-29 foamie from 6mmFlyrc

Please give me some practical guidance on how to proceed?
Thank you
MSpencer
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Skip the simulator, and go with a Dx6i and Super Cub LP BNF.
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 10:00 PM
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better yet add a cable to that DX6 and download RCdeskpilot to get your stick controls down
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 10:06 PM
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hold off on the DX6i until you decide you want to stick with it. Get a Flyzone playmate or parkzone Mini Super Cub. Both under $100 with basic radio.

Now at this point, If you like to fly, research what you want next, and use the prior purchase to turn your friends on...
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 11:36 PM
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Isn't better to put $100 more and have a nice transmitter like the DX6i ? and simu on Phoenix Pro ? later I would be able to add just the Super Cub to the DX6i (will the Super Cub LP work with the DX6i? is it a good set up?) ?
I mean I don't want to put $100 for like a month of play then I will be tempted to upgrade to the DX6i
I am pretty sure that I want to have some RC fun!
This only this that makes me hesitating with the DX6i is that 6ch won't be sufficient for my goals in 6 months or so (I don't know, when do we need more than 6ch?)
Doesn't make sense?
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 11:54 PM
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Based on my personal experience last summer, I would caution on starting too small... I started with an Air Hog ($20), some cheap RTFs, which frustrated me more than taught me to fly, and then I went with an Apprentice 15e RTF, which is a 4 channel big foam high wing trainer $300, which comes with a the Spectrum 5 channel (if you have a local field where you could get some Buddy Box time)...

I would recommend spending the $$ and getting a good simulator. I got RealFlight G4.5 and have since upgraded to G5.

My buddy started with a Super Cub LP (3 channel High Wing), RealFlight G4.5 and taught himself to fly, then moved into a Trojan (4 channel low wing) when he joined our field.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 12:37 AM
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Isn't better to put $100 more and have a nice transmitter like the DX6i ? and simu on Phoenix Pro ? later I would be able to add just the Super Cub to the DX6i (will the Super Cub LP work with the DX6i? is it a good set up?) ?
I mean I don't want to put $100 for like a month of play then I will be tempted to upgrade to the DX6i
I am pretty sure that I want to have some RC fun!
This only this that makes me hesitating with the DX6i is that 6ch won't be sufficient for my goals in 6 months or so (I don't know, when do we need more than 6ch?)
Doesn't make sense?
You won't need more than 6 channels unless you get into aircraft that will require so. The vast majority of planes out there are simple 4 channel planes- even BIG planes, like 150CC or 200CC 3D gassers use simple 4 channel control.

6 channels will let you operate the 4 primary channels, as well as 2 additional channels, such as for a bomb drop or retracts or flaps.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 12:45 AM
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Skip the simulator, and go with a Dx6i and Super Cub LP BNF.
^^this. It will save you money in the long run. Think about buying a used Dx6i.
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^^this. It will save you money in the long run. Think about buying a used Dx6i.


Not quite sure about that... By my accounting methods, I save $200 every time I do something funky and hit the Red Reset Button on my Real Flight Transmitter...


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Not quite sure about that... By my accounting methods, I save $200 every time I do something funky and hit the Red Reset Button on my Real Flight Transmitter...


That bad with a super cub eh?
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 01:58 AM
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my mini super cub has slammed head into paved ground twice, side-swiped a chain link fence, been stuck in a tree twice (and retrieved with a football), and the only replacement part I ever bought was a lost landing gear ($4). Oh and I needed some scotch tape, a few drops of foam safe CA, and a stick of hot glue. Point being is this plane can handle all the newbie "oh $***!" abuses, and continue being a gluten for punishment without much repair effort. Oh yeah, it doesn't even look abused--it hides it's scars well. $99 well spent.
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Don't buy a used radio, planes are expendable, a good one you will have for a very long time.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Don't buy a used radio, planes are expendable, a good you will have for a very long time.
Dont buy a crap radio....
Nothing wrong with a good used 2.4GHz radio.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Just buy a new one, how much cheaper do they need to be. There is something wrong with it, its used. You can find brand new DX6i for around $175 shipped w/rx. A dx6i isn't that great of a radio.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Go with the DX6i and the Super Cup LP BNF. You will never regret going this route. I am not qualified to recommend a good sim.
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