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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:42 AM
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Trainers don't look like they do as some sort of prank on the newbies. The look like that because those characteristics make it easier to learn to fly. Which is what you should be more concerned about anyway. If you want a cool looking plane then buy one and don't fly it. If you want to learn to fly get a trainer.

There is another solution, and that is to find an instructor in your area that will train you on his equipment. Then you will understand what you need to do before you get the cool plane. You may be ready for it on the first one that you buy, maybe not, but at least you will have an idea.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:46 AM
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It seems like everyone that gets the RC bug wants the super fast edf jet or cool scale warbird, yes they are "cool" planes but terrible ideas for first time flyers. The high wing trainer type planes like the Cub or Cessna's are equally as "cool" IMO. Look up the long history of bush flying and STOL (Short TakeOff and Landing) capabilities of these planes and they get a little more interesting. EDF jets are loud, need to be flown fast and that's all they really do. Get yourself a Cub learn to fly and when you get some skill try short takeoffs and see how slow you can bring it in on full flaps I find it a lot of fun simply doing touch and goes all day staying low and slow playing around. I might be a little bias considering my first time in a real airplane when I was younger was in the back of my uncles Super Cub flying over Alaska landing on the beach and looking at moose and bears as we flew over head.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:53 AM
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My favorite plane to fly is my multiplex fun cub it's a great trainer and capable of growing with your skills. The two videos are of my fun cub and a little of what it can do maybe looks like fun to you good luck and don't ever give up on the hobby.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&v=l60ovzRJEIo
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=plcp&v=1wFe39g8Luk
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 03:33 AM
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Get a 3-D printer and design your own plane.You'll need to get the electric gubbins seperately:http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/fu...kies-1C6583330
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion. As for building a jet, I have a flying wing built and waiting to be tested. I kind of want to try a 3D aerobatic plane, they seem like they would be easy to start with, as many of them go quite slow. The only reason I never built a 3D is because my electronics are not suitable for that.
3D is a terrible choice for a beginner. Why don't you make something like this out of EPP

: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740049

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http://www.superflyrc.com/HyperFlea_p_139.html

Either way you'd need a capable transmitter to properly set up the control surfaces.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:45 AM
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My first plane was a Slow Stick - and there's not a more ugly plane than that. Thing is, once you get it up in the air and you're actually controlling a flying object, that feeling can't be described, and it's gonna make you not care what your plane looks like. Problem is, you haven't experienced that yet, so you don't know - regardless of what your plane looks like, you're going to love this hobby. So, just get a trainer and do it! You don't know what you're missing!
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:47 PM
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My first plane was a Slow Stick - and there's not a more ugly plane than that.
The Slow Stick might be considered ugly sitting in your hand but it's quite nice looking 50' in the air. And an absolute blast to fly, even for an expert pilot.

Slow Stick Blast Off! (0 min 35 sec)
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:07 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback! @ The Great Hobbies suggestion, the stuff they sell is very expensive, but I have been a returning customer for many years. It is right by my school so sometimes I went there at lunch with my friends to pick up parts, and I have always bought rockets there. Four years ago, when I was in grade 7 I asked for a Skyfly 2 for Christmas, me and my bud went out to a park the next day to try it, and it didn't go as planned. When I was holding the plane my friend bumped the throttle by mistake and the prop stuck my thumb, cut through my glove and right through my thumb about 1/3 of an inch from the top. I had to go to the hospital right away where they stitched it back on, it was right where all the nerves were, so it was really sensitive. ANYWAYS, it is four years later and I still haven't got that plane in the air, it seems like whenever I drive somewhere to try it, it wont go up, it just dives down. The problem is usually that the motor goes for a couples seconds, pulses and then stops completely, I still haven't gotten it fixed so I kind of gave up after going to Great Hobbies to get them to look at it. They told me it was the battery, so they charged it fast and it worked, but whenever I got to the field to try it, it does it again! It's really odd
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:08 PM
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Get a 3-D printer and design your own plane.You'll need to get the electric gubbins seperately:http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/fu...kies-1C6583330
That seems like it would cost thousands of dollars..
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:12 PM
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3D is a terrible choice for a beginner. Why don't you make something like this out of EPP

: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740049

or

http://www.superflyrc.com/HyperFlea_p_139.html

Either way you'd need a capable transmitter to properly set up the control surfaces.
I would love that F22 Epp/Depron Parkjet, but my electronics are too big and heavy to use.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:15 PM
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jasmine said it best, it honestly wont matter as much as you might think once you have it in the air and are flying it. I thought the same as you and in a way i still do, I'm not a fan of the cessna type planes compared to a jet type, but honestly not many people are. An F-18 hornet will always look cooler then a cessna lol.

Now even with the Champ, it is always fun to fly, my slowstick first impressions were the same as many the first time i saw it in person, man that thing looks ugly, but to this day i havent seen a cooler looking plane in the air. stuff to chew on
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:59 PM
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Does anyone know where I can order the battery, motor, servos and esc for this I would also need adhesive to build it, and I don't know where to get depron.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:21 PM
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[QUOTE=Zero3803;23291987]3D is a terrible choice for a beginner. Why don't you make something like this out of EPP

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3-D printers don't print 3-D planes! They print 3 dimensional objects.They are still pricey, but being developed for home use.You can turn your sketch into a viable object.It would be nice to get a CAD into a faom model in minutes.http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...abs-3d-printer
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:42 PM
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What would I make with it though?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 05:17 PM
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I started with the fullsized Parkzone T-28 Trojan. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...an-bnf-PKZ4480 It's not that difficult to fly. Just make sure you have a good understanding of the controls. I did practice a little bit on some free sims before flying the T-28.

My second was the Parkzone Habu. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...df-bnf-PKZ7080 I did pretty good with it, but I would not recommend it for a first timer.
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