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Old Apr 19, 2001, 10:56 PM
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my first slow flyer

Does anyone have experience with flying the Hobbyzone Firebird? I do not own my first slow flyer yet and I'm trying to decide between the GWS J-3 (piper cub) and the Firebird as my first piece. I would like to own the J-3 for its independant rudder/elevator controll and the fact that it would feel more authentic and like I was getting into a hobby than buying myself a toy... but that toy is probably more durable and more able to be flown outdoors. Anyone with any positive or negative views about either aircraft, or any others, I welcome your opinions. Thanks,

~Neil
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Old Apr 20, 2001, 12:38 AM
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I flew the Firebird as my first plane. It tought me many lessons about how wind affects an airplane and such. It is in my opinion a lot more durable then the Lightstick type planes. I still feel that it was one of the best things I've purchased in this hobby so far.
It does kind of give you a little bit of false confidence, by being so easy to fly. But it also gives you a real taste of what flyingan r/c plane is like, then you can decide weather or not to move up to a "real" plane or not. Good luck!---Rob
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Old Apr 20, 2001, 05:50 AM
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Flys nice....just watch the video and adj the tail thumb screws for a bit more up.

it will pull "left" so trim for it

all in all, a very nice trainner....
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Old Jun 07, 2004, 03:45 PM
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Hi I flew a firebird 2 as a first plane and to say the least I had about 10 flights 8 out of those times I crashed and came back home (due to mine own error) and it still flies strong. Looks kind of ugly though lol
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Old Jun 07, 2004, 04:45 PM
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The firebird is a decent "Get a taste plane" Some call it a toy, But never the less it is still a R/C aircraft.

I tend to recomend 2 chan planes to children, and teens to start with, And usualy recomend 3 chan planes such as the Slow Stick, TIgermoth, E-starter(3 or 4 chan ) or Aerobird challenger. to adults.

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Old Jun 07, 2004, 05:02 PM
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I tend to recomend 2 chan planes to children, and teens to start with, And usualy recomend 3 chan planes such as the Slow Stick, TIgermoth, E-starter(3 or 4 chan ) or Aerobird challenger. to adults.

Ken-Ohki
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I don't agree with the recomendations. Teenagers have quicker reflexes normally. Why won't they be able to pick up the skills as fast, or quicker than adults? When I've gone to fly in's I've seen many teens flying patterns and heli's - very well!

I can see you recomending firebirds to children(10 and under) as they might just want to make it crash. It's very hard to crash a firebird and mean it.

The point of this is, I guess, is that teenagers and children are different - don't group them togethor. Think of teens more as young adults than old children. Or we'll have to start calling YOU Old Children! LOL
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Old Jun 07, 2004, 05:04 PM
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Neil, I agree with Ken-Ohki but would like to add that if you KNOW allready that you are in this hobby to stay (regardless of your age), than get the GWS J3 Cub (or some other "real" R/C plane) right away. If you just want to try this hobby out, the Firebird, or one of the other similar planes would be a perfect "cheap" way to do so.

The reason is that even though the initial cost may be higher for a plane with separate R/C-equipment, you can reuse (depending on what your next plane would be) all of it for the next plane, but with the Firebird, you have to get everything all over again. So, if you decide to stay in the hobby, the cheap introduction might turn out to be more expensive in the long run.

Edit: Ohh, I should add that if you turn out to be anything like me, all you will be reusing is the transmitter. Up to now Ive basically bought new equipment (receiver, servos, ESC and motor) for just about every new plane I have bought. I have a serious addiction to this hobby, and I am very reluctant to scavange an old plane for the equipment, and Im too lazy to just swap them between the planes. So my advice is only valid if you, unlike me are actually a sane and stable person!

Anders O
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Old Jun 07, 2004, 06:05 PM
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Go with the slowstick. I got one for my girlfriend, she loves it. It seems to defy the laws of phisics.
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Old Jun 07, 2004, 07:00 PM
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I wont get into a who learns faster, teens or adults debate. In my eyes its more of a maturity thing then the ability to learn how to fly.

But I stand by my recomendations for my own reasons, based on my own observations.


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