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Old Sep 22, 2010, 12:37 PM
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My thoughts: More is almost always less.

Every time I see a jet advertised as having 11 servos, twin EDFs with twin 360 degree vectoring landing lights, retracts, smoke, illuminated afterburners, forward slats, airbrakes, opening canopy, moving canards, split flaps, ejecting pilot etc I think to myself "Wow, I bet that looks great when showing of to your mates on the ground. And I bet it flies absolutely crap too." With all that stuff there's more to go wrong and more weight to haul around the sky.

Give me a well sorted, simple and lightweight jet every time. Hell, I even reduced the number of servos in my Typhoon by one and in my new F16 build I've reduced from 4 to 2.

the force is strong with this one!!!

weight is your enemy
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 03:14 PM
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Well I also bought one of those keychain cameras so I will be sure to record my maiden flight for everyone's entertainment, lol.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:48 PM
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Well I also bought one of those keychain cameras so I will be sure to record my maiden flight for everyone's entertainment, lol.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 09:18 PM
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You are correct merlinfan! I got to fly one of those Skyray's and they do fly really nice! Not touchy at all and still fly pretty quick! Gear hold up good as well!

Can we have more info on these Skyrays"? A link perhaps?

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Old Sep 22, 2010, 09:25 PM
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Can we have more info on these Skyrays"? A link perhaps?

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Hobby-lobby used to sell them...I don't see them on their site anymore!
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 07:45 AM
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Well I also bought one of those keychain cameras so I will be sure to record my maiden flight for everyone's entertainment, lol.
Oh yes, one of the few times it's okay to add 15 grams and a little bit of drag.
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 09:52 AM
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Hobby-lobby used to sell them...I don't see them on their site anymore!
Yea, same, I checked Hobby-Lobby but they seem to have stopped having it. I saw some other site a couple days ago (like Hobbypeople, or Hobbyking) which had one also. But that's the perfect training EDF, great slow speed performance, and can get going pretty fast (mine went 70mph with stock straight and level). Though now mine is modded with an epoxy external shell and rudder, and removed the landing gear (after fixing it) since it didn't work worth a ****.
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 10:17 AM
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That's the one.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 07:48 AM
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I would say dont be afraid.

if you have researched your butt of and know everything you think you need to know, ask for help, but take other people's responses with a grain of salt.

they are only, like opinions man. not facts.
Mate, I totally agree with you. The biggest problem with the RC hobby, is the "in crowd" telling you what you can't do. In Australia, it's fat old guys telling you that your first plane should be some $600 balsa thing with a glo engine and a Mode-1 radio.

'Scuse me? Eff off, old timer. My first plane was an Aerobird Xtreme and that thing was a total pig but at least it was only $50 and shrugged off smashing into a tin shed at full tilt. I fly Mode-2 and have been teaching myself aerobatics based solely on Scott Stoops' "Mastering Radio Controlled Flight". It suits me just fine and it's how I like to learn.

My next plane was a Mini Super Cub, then a Radian, then a T-28 Trojan. I can now push the Trojan almost as far as she'll go, but of course she's extremely forgiving so a Sukhoi Su-26xp has joined the family to learn twitchy controls and an airframe with little to no coupling.

I just purchased my first EDF - a Starmax F-16. Arrived today in fact! Being the cautious type, I just spent 90 minutes alone on the retracts, setting the servo throws correctly and adjusting the control rods to ensure that I do not get collapsing landing gear. I plan to spend many hours assembling it and testing the electrics before I ever go for my first flight, including hitting the sim for a few hours to get up to "speed" as it were. All of this is being done with my Spektrum DX6i, a radio which I know can handle the job.


I've also been doing long set-up approaches on my Trojan, aiming to get the softest landing possible, all day every day.

My first flight will be a couple of simple circuits followed by some high altitude stall speed tests to get a feel of how she "falls off the wing" - gracefully or violently - and where that dividing line is. After that, I'll land and take stock, adjust the CG and control surfaces if needed, and repeat the flight.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 06:14 PM
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Well done Kaldek, that is a good thing that rarely seems to get mentioned. Every flight should be planned with what you hope to achieve and what manoevres you are going to perform. Particularly as you learn a new aeroplane. That way it is easier to fly in a positive manner, and also it may help to be in a better position to turn into your final approach if the circuit is one that has been thought about before launching. The flight will also be more rewarding if you can then tick off what went as you wanted it to and what you would like to improve upon.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Is the bananahobby a-10 a good second edf? I've been flying parkzone prop aircraft for a few years, but only started edfs this year.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Is the bananahobby a-10 a good second edf? I've been flying parkzone prop aircraft for a few years, but only started edfs this year.
Which one? I have flown a couple of the A-10 and they aren't too bad.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 06:12 PM
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Is the bananahobby a-10 a good second edf? I've been flying parkzone prop aircraft for a few years, but only started edfs this year.
A-10s should fly good i would think. I'd be cautious of bananahobby though. My friend got the thrust vectoring F-15, and he's kinda new to the hobby, though he had a lot of problems. Crappy servos, HORRIBLE customer service, and his RTF radio he got with it wouldn't bind to the reciever (for some reason it didnt come bound), so he got a new reciever from BH though that one didnt work, then one day it just randomly bound up. We even tried switching in a spektrum reciever, though for some reason juice is given to the reciever from the ESC for a moment, then stops, so you can't change out recievers and stuff. He had a bad experience with them, so I'd be careful if you can't buy the kit version (airframe only).
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