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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Recommendation for beginner plane?

Hi everyone, I have been reading a lot for the past couple months on RC planes/heli's etc. I have never owned an rc plane or heli, but I am very interested in FPV, I live in the woods but there are plenty of fields to fly in around here. I have read that the super cub and a few others are good planes for beginners, but I would like to ask if there are any particular planes that would work out to learn to fly on LOS , and then fly fpv later on.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:36 AM
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Bixler/Skysurfer.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:41 AM
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A lot of platforms come to mind, HK bixler (or equivalent) definitely one of them.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ampaign=bixler
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:03 AM
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The Albatross from Crash Test Hobby. I know several folks who learned to fly with them and then started FPV on the same airframe. More than likely, if you stay with the hobby, you will acquire more aircraft with other performance characteristics.
I have two Bixler's (one clipped wing for "yank & Bank" and the other for FPV) I fly but I still have my Albatross. I use it to teach new flyers and introduce them to FPV. It's an extremely durable and crash worthy airplane. Here is the CTH web site--check out the videos.
http://crashtesthobby.com/products/albatross

You will also find a thread for them here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1771648
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:34 AM
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thanks guys, I think I will start with the bixler 2
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:33 AM
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If its for beginning FPV then i suggest goin with the bixler 1.1 and not the 2. i have both and the bixler 2 has way less room access in the belly to stuff equipment without having to gut the plane. just my .02
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:14 PM
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Ok I am looking at getting this plane here at HK ,http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00mm_ARF_.html

I already have a dx5e tx, I still need to buy the rest and I know nothing about the ESC's . I am sure I can get my battery and reciever from my local hobbytownusa
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 04:12 PM
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then just get the the one that comes with motor installer already or better yet buy the one that comes ready to fly for 102 bucks and just keep the extra TX. that one comes with ESC battery and everything already pre installed
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 04:27 PM
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Ok I am looking at getting this plane here at HK ,http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00mm_ARF_.html

I already have a dx5e tx, I still need to buy the rest and I know nothing about the ESC's . I am sure I can get my battery and reciever from my local hobbytownusa
Bixler 1 is fine. My first plane was Hawk Sky which is just an EasyStar clone
just like the Bixlers are too. Just be aware that you really cannot FPV with a
spectrum controller. Also, that albatross looks pretty good too. If I were a
beginner I would consider that. EPP planes can be darn near indestructible.
But it looks like you'll have to do all the electronics yourself (Motor, reciever,
servos). Which really isn't that big of a deal, you're gonna have to learn to
do it all sooner or later, right? Just make a post in the newbie help section
when you need help (not here in the FPV section since you aren't doing FPV
yet).

-Blues
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:04 PM
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You can FPV with the Spektrum.

Just keep your flights within about 500m or so till you are confident and competent at flying your rig. When you can fly around and to your hearts content and are competent with all the wiring and setup of the FPV gear, you can then look to get a better radio that can be joined with one of the many UHF long range systems out there, or get yourself a module based radio thats cheap (the Turnigy 9XR is looking to be a great radio apparently) and get some FrSky gear that you can literally plug and play into the 9XR radio and go for gold. Read up on the forums here about how well the FrSky stuff plays with FPV, then read more and more till you eat, sleep and sh....breath FPV.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:15 PM
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You can FPV with the Spektrum.

Just keep your flights within about 500m or so till you are confident and competent at flying your rig.
It depends on the frequency he chooses. 1.2ghz or 2.4 ghz, and you'll be lucky
to get 500m. 5.8ghz and he's fine.

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Old Jan 21, 2013, 12:37 AM
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Im old school...

Multiplex Easystar...they were all the rage!
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:22 AM
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thanks guys, I think I will start with the bixler 2
no room for fpv

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00mm_PNF_.html

lots of room and tough !!
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Important advice! Learn to fly LOS first before trying FPV. Alot can and will go wrong with transmitters, cameras, receivers, etc. If you can't fly and land LOS you will eventually have a disaster.

So learn to fly and land LOS first, then do FPV.... good luck!

I recommend the easystar II. Good beginners plane and easy to convert to FPV.
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:56 AM
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It depends on the frequency he chooses. 1.2ghz or 2.4 ghz, and you'll be lucky
to get 500m. 5.8ghz and he's fine.

-Blues
I think you might be mistaken.

http://www.dragonlinkstore.com/v2/node/22
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