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Old Aug 31, 2004, 03:03 PM
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You guys have to help me out I know nothing about getting a plane

Well this my first time on the site and Im pretty new to RC airplanes.

But I need some help picking out my first electric. Ok my price range is around $100 so pretty small. I want it RTF kit. The style of the plane doesnt matter that much. I want it to be some what strong and fast.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 03:09 PM
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well hate to be mean but for a 100 dollors you arent going to get fast of strong
Save up and read the form and you will learn lots of things.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 03:21 PM
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If you can afford a little more, there are some good choices around the $150 price point. Search on here for 'slo-v', 't-hawk', 'aerobird', or 'sky scooter pro 2'. That should be enough choices to get you started. Be sure to check the beginner's training area. Knowledge abounds here. Another thing--seek local help if at all possible; your chance at success will be exponentially increased.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 04:27 PM
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Sticking to your requirements of a RTF within a hundred dollar budget, you might consider the Hobbyzone Firebird II ST which goes for $84.99 complete with radio gear, one battery, and a battery charger.

It's just a 2 channel and the electronics can't be later used in another plane. But, if $100 is your limit, it will get you in the air. They are stocked by many local hobby stores, or you can order one from Horizon Hobby.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Shop/ByC...ProdID=HBZ5500

Everyone will rightly suggest better airplanes and more elaborate radio gear, but that would definitely cost more than $100 for a complete outfit.

Good luck.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 04:34 PM
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This would be under 100.

But this one for 108 would be better in my opinion.

Didn't see the fast part, but you really don't want to start there. I couldn't find anything fast in that price range.

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 04:45 PM
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unless I'm reading it wrong those kits don't come with a TX or charger at that price. Around 200 is bare minimum for a SS setup.

The Aerobird or Slo-V would be the closest and for speed I'd say Aerobird. It is a little high but is an excellent beginner plane and it goes fast. http://www.hobby-warehouse.com/hozoaech3chr.html
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 04:54 PM
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This would be under 100.

But this one for 108 would be better in my opinion.

Didn't see the fast part, but you really don't want to start there. I couldn't find anything fast in that price range.

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The first one looks good, is it? I dont want it to be a peace of crap with now power.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 05:04 PM
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Lakedude, you be da man. Thanks for catching that.

They do not include a transmitter. That is another 50.00. But after reading your post again, I do not think you will like any of these.

You might want to try the Sky Scooter Pro II. I think I saw them somewhere for about 129.00 with everything. You can crash those till your hearts content. They are fast and flyable. You can find it here and it has everything including charger.

Here is another place you can check.

They fly and you will experience the thrill.

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 05:11 PM
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Lakedude, you be da man. Thanks for catching that.

They do not include a transmitter. That is another 50.00. But after reading your post again, I do not think you will like any of these.

You might want to try the Sky Scooter Pro II. I think I saw them somewhere for about 129.00 with everything. You can crash those till your hearts content. They are fast and flyable. You can find it here and it has everything including charger.

Here is another place you can check.

They fly and you will experience the thrill.

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Looks more like a toy.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 05:17 PM
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They are all toys. Just different looking ones.

I have plugged the SS Pro II at speed and all it did was get dirty. I ran it into a chain length fence. Broke the prop (which you get a spare) and broke the nose off (glued it back on) and flew it again within 20 minutes. It will handle the wind well, is fast and will do loops, rolls, and inverted flight. It is fast and stable. It looks like a toy, but flies like a plane. It is close to your price range and includes everything including charger.

Have fun looking.

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Old Aug 31, 2004, 05:18 PM
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what about something like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...917198428&rd=1 Im sure its not the best but Could i put a new motor in it? Whay type of motor would it be? Is it really up gradeable?
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 05:29 PM
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I also found this any thoughts ?

http://www.hobby-warehouse.com/c47skw.html
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 09:39 PM
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Based on your requirements, I think the sky scooter pro II just may be the best one for you. The first plane you posted (from e-bay) is a sketchy proposition-from overseas, it may be on a frequency that's not not legal in the US, where I'm assuming you are. I really would recommend dealing with a dedicated hobby supplier for your first purchase. The second plane is $86.99 just for the plane. You will also need batteries, servos, a receiver, a charger, an ESC, and a transmitter. Well over your budget. I know the sky scooter looks like a toy in the pictures, but those are just decals. You don't have to put them one. I have seen several sky scooters painted up to look like a Navy A-7 Corsair II, and it's pretty convincing. So, if the looks are what turns you off of that plane, remember it's easy to change that.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 09:45 PM
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I will support the first reply. Under $100, I would suggest you save your pennies till you can afford a three channel plane.

Make it a high wing Throttle/rudder/elevator plane.

High wing because that helps make it stable. Rudder/elevator becase I feel they are easier for a self trainier to fly than an aileron/elevator plane.

Pursher planes will reduce the damage to motor/prop and you are less likely to get hurt or to hurt someone if you hit them since the prop is not in the front.

having said all that:

Aerobird $125-$150
T-Hawk $150
Easy Star $190
Slow-V $140


Aerobird and T-Hawk are teh faster of the group which means they need more room. No more than 5 MPH wind when you are training. Once you climb to altitude, you can fly these at half throttle. They glide VERY nicely. Both are rugged.

T-Hawk comes with spare parts and two batteries, but a house charger. Aerobird comes with peak charger but no spare parts.

Add the Aerobird charger to the T-Hawk for $19 And you have and you have a nice package with two wings two tails, two batteries and two chargers. Good deal! Both are very rugged.

Easy star is sort of half parkflyer/half glider - medium speed and stable - Made of foam. Fairly tollerant to hard landings. Easy to fix.

Slow-V is nice and slow, easy to fly but will tollerate not more than 5 MPH wind and that is after you have some time with it. Slow is good for beginners, but you must train in almost calm conditions!!


All are good choices.
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Slow is good for beginners, but you must train in almost calm conditions!!
It's kinda like writing your learners permit for driving, and then trying to step into Michael Schumakers car (Formula 1 racer). Maybe 0.001% of the population CAN do it, but you're probably like me, and will be in the *other* 99.999%........

Something to think about...

WHat these guys have suggested are good planes. If you don't want it to "look like a toy", you will have to put in some time and effort on your plane. You will also want to be fairly sure of yourself on the sticks, because nothing sucks more than stuffing an expensive bird into the ground (right, guys? )

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