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Old May 03, 2011, 02:29 PM
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Megatech Ambassador

Hi,

I want to get into this rc sport, and I am trying to decide on what beginner electric plane to get. A hobby shop near by recommended me the Megatech Ambassador. Not sure it is going to be the right one for me.

Any suggetion are welcome.

Thx
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Old May 03, 2011, 02:37 PM
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Welcome to RCG Carlos,

Not to knock the MT Ambassador but, I'd suggest that you look into the Hobby Zone Champ @ ~ $90USD. There is a ton of positive info on the HZ Champ here on RCG.

Good luck and good flying!

BTW, here's an RCG link to a review thread on the HZ Champ (there are more Champ threads in the RCG micro section).

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1433792
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Old May 03, 2011, 02:43 PM
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Thank you,

Appreciate it.
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Old May 03, 2011, 02:50 PM
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Also keep in mind that any RC plane is only as good as it's replacement parts supply (or "parts support"). Many of the more experienced pilots here will suggest a high wing 3-4 channel plane that the local hobby shops in your area carry replacement parts for.

It can be difficult, if not impossible, to keep a model "in the air" when you can't get replacement parts for it.
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Old May 04, 2011, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Carlos Pesantez View Post
Hi,

I want to get into this rc sport, and I am trying to decide on what beginner electric plane to get. A hobby shop near by recommended me the Megatech Ambassador. Not sure it is going to be the right one for me.

Any suggetion are welcome.

Thx
The 4-ch Ambassador isn't the best choice for an absolute beginner. However, Megatech does make inexpensive, durable, easy to repair & fun to fly RTF 2-ch, 3-ch & 4-ch airplanes if you're still considering this brand. I'm speaking from experience as I have/had five Megatech RC planes.

I started out with their pusher-prop Cosmic Flyer & then switched over to their Sky Vector. I'll have to say, my first flight on the Cosmic Flyer got me hooked on RC aircraft. I had very good luck with these 2-ch planes & spare parts were readily available. The main thing to watch out for is finding and/or maintaining the CG (Center of Gravity). This is critical for all planes & most manuals have this "reference point" included in the set up instructions.

I learned 4-ch flying & mild aerobatics on the Megatech Freedom Flyer Cessna. I liked that plane so much that I decided to upgrade to the Ambassador.

For me, the Ambassador is a great flying plane. I fly this one regularly even though I have larger & more advanced planes in the hangar. It's a great plane for small parks in light winds. I'll fly it in winds over 10 mph without any hesitation but I don't recommend doing this until you become a more experienced flyer.

One major negative of the Ambassador is that the steerable nose gear is worthless. It's weak & it's almost impossible to get it to track straight. Because of this I've converted mine into a fixed set up somewhat like the Freedom Flyer & it's much better.

One idea to consider is possibly getting the Ambassador as a second plane for aileron training but only using three channels, elevator, rudder & throttle until you are ready for four.

The Ambassador is similar to the Freedom Flyer except for the upgraded brushless motor, speed control & Lipo battery. Even though it's a 4-ch plane, it really doesn't need ailerons to make turns due to its design & the dihedral of the main wing.
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Old May 04, 2011, 04:47 PM
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I have flown a number of Megatech products and would not reccommend them, myself. I have had a number of poor quality and customer service issues with them over time and I think there are much better products out there.
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Old May 22, 2011, 08:22 PM
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My first plane was a Cosmic Flyer and had a lot of trouble controlling that one and felt like it was a bit underpowered (it's 2ch, rudder is not proportional, just left, right, middle) and I gave up on RC flight until recently.

As I learn to fly on the Champ I got, I want to see if I can improve the Flyer into a 3ch, rudder & elevator proportional and use a 6 cell nimh instead of 5 cell. We'll see.
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