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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:06 PM
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Should i get this plane as first one.

This would be my first big one other than my aero aces.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MODEL-CESSNA...QQcmdZViewItem

Or should i go with something else. Tell me what you think.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:11 PM
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If you willing to spend 100$.. get a slo-v or something instead.. just my 2 cents.. wait for the more knowledgeable people to post!
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:13 PM
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If you willing to spend 100$.. get a slo-v or something instead.. just my 2 cents.. wait for the more knowledgeable people to post!
Ya i was planning on getting a slo v but i think im pretty decent at flying even though thier aero aces and on the simulator i was flying a plane with ailerons and was getting the hang of it quite nicely. I like the slo v but it seems as it doesnt go very high or have any speed.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:17 PM
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Probably not as your first 'proper' model. The Cessna is an aileron model with no, or little, dihedral to help with self correction.

Unless you feel you can fly good enough already to handle it and have built up a lot of experience.

If your a regular reader here, you should know what the usual recommended models are for a first timer.

Have a serious think before committing to the Cessna if you really want it.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Ya i was planning on getting a slo v but i think im pretty decent at flying even though thier aero aces and on the simulator i was flying a plane with ailerons and was getting the hang of it quite nicely. I like the slo v but it seems as it doesnt go very high or have any speed.
Although simulators help you with orientation and other ''basic'' things, it will not really teach you how to really fly an airplane. It is much harder to fly an airplane in real life then on a simulator.

The Slo-V is a GREAT beginner plane, but if you don't like flying that slow, then I would recommend getting the Multiplex Easystar or the Hobbyzone Supercub. Both of them are about $160 and they are both RTF's.

Also, don't waste your money buying planes on Ebay. I would say there is a 90% chance that the planes on Ebay won't work. Unless they are from a well known airplane company.

So, even though you have a lot of time on a simulator, I would still suggest getting the two airplanes I recommended above. If you get either one of them, you WILL be happy and you'll enjoy this hobby way better.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Hate to say it, but if you buy this Cessna as your first real plane, make sure you have three things: a large field so you have plenty of room to plan your turns; a low-temp hot glue gun; plenty of glue.
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 04:02 PM
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How about getting a GWS E-Starter? It's an excellent aileron trainer. Stable flier, cruises at low speeds, and can do loops and rolls whenever you're ready!

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Old Jun 20, 2007, 05:57 PM
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That plane looks (from the video) like it may fly OK, but here's the problem:

After your first crash (95% chance it will be 1:30 into the first flight, 5% chance it will be 2:00), where are you going to get spare parts for anything that can't be hot-glued back together? You can't because you bought the plane off e-bay. And now you're out $80.

Trying to save money seems so important when you start (believe me, I did it too), but when it comes down to it, you will be much better off spending 2 or 2 1/2 times the money on:

Hobby Zone Super Cub RTF
Easy Star RTF
GWS E-Starter RTF Package

I would not buy that plane.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 01:05 AM
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Hobby Zone Super Cub !!!

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Old Jun 21, 2007, 10:15 AM
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Avoid this plane. Avoid planes on e-bay. For $140 you can come close to building yourself a GWS e-starter. For $10 more you could get the always popular Hobby Zone Super Cub. Listen to Chuck.

And I don't know if I've ever heard anything bad about the Easystar.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 10:58 AM
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For $40 LESS you can get a Wing Dragon. http://www.hobby-lobby.com
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 12:13 PM
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I've just been thru this delema as rusty on flying, only few sailplanes not powered and this was many years ago, fortunately found sites as this one and the Super Cub mentioned fortunately bought this wonderful trainer with 100 per cent success, over 16 flights todate, no problems other than usual pilot errors, and this Super Cub is thrill to fly, 15 to 20 minute flights by lowering the throttle, do lazy loops, takes right off the pavement and still doing grass landings, told you I was rusty. its The Winner...Bar none..<>..

Have the Decathlon 480 and super buy at $109 but does not fly out of the box, less forgiving on the controls, now considering if to replace the motor as plunged it in too hard damage to shaft etc, did manage 4 good flights but will drop a wing quickly on your learning stages, not the trainer...like it for a 2nd plane, considering replacing the motor...

The Super Cub climbs quickly when trimmed right, fly in zero winds, I mean zero winds, occurs in evenings and very ealy AM'S, now fly in less than 5 MPH steady, gusty will give you fits..

So get the Super Cub and an accomplised pilot to insure success, my hands were full even with past flights...

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WARREN Sterling, Illinois..<>.
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 06:49 PM
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brutenight22

The T-hawk is a favorite in my book. AOk for a beginner in stock form, and a super performer with a brushless motor installed. Easy to modify and repair.
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