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Old Jul 26, 2007, 06:22 PM
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Help!
I would like to build a plane...

Hello everyone,

I am going to be getting a ARF Trainer aircraft sometime in the future, but I have a lot of time over the rest of the summer, so I would like to build a plane. Any suggestions on what to look at? Basically, I probably won't even fly it until I learn on my trainer, but I would like something to do.

Any good kits that have good instructions? It can be any size plane, I just want to keep the cost for the kit as low as possible. I just want to BUILD!

I was looking at this: http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...rod_id=SIGRC66
And this: http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=TOPA0215

I know nothing about them, but they look fun to build.

Let me know please Just looking for something to do this summer

-Tanner
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 08:50 PM
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The sig wonder is the cheapest to build because you got a smaller engine and less servos to run it and it's smaller and it will take less covering and glue to build the elder 40 is bigger and will cost more to build and fly cause your going to need a bigger engine and more covering materal and then your going to need more servos to get it going the sig will be very fast but you going to need someone else to launch it for you the elder you don't need a person to throw it for you bu it will fly better than the sig cause you can fly slower but it all comes down what your looking for and what you want out of a flying plane what performance are you looking for In a plane and take your time building I've been flying for years and I'm building a cub right now just take your time and you will do fine hope this helps
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 09:02 PM
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Thanks Fly Inverted. Those were just two I was looking at quickly, so I am open to ANYTHING. Basically at this point, this year, I just want to build it. I will NOT fly it because I need to learn on a trainer plane...

http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=GPMA0480

http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...rod_id=HRRK506

I like the top on, and Great Planes are good planes I believe. But it is a bigger plane...

I really like war planes, so I might just build one of them...

...As you can see, I am interested in whatever, I have no clue So ANY suggestion for a good first build will be much appreciated!
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 10:53 PM
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Well since you are wanting to build a plane why not build your trainer, these are some really good ones that don't cost to much.
The advantages of building the trainer is that it will also train you to build.
Not listed in any particular order
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJ557&P=0
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXFG11&P=0
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXFG17&P=0
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJA29&P=0
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJ558&P=0
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 01:59 AM
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I built this one during the winter, great instructions, great plane...GMS .61 for an inexpensive but great running engine. then bought an ARF trainer for spring.
I am flying the Venture now and it flys fantastic...and very fasat when you open it up...
http://www.btemodels.com/venture.html Venture 60
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 06:48 AM
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My vote goes to the Great Planes Rapture 40 (big surpirise ).
Price is great,instructions are great,plane fly`s great.
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies! I LOVE to get replies

I am leaning towards a Great Planes plane, because they seem to be well made and good instructions...

http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=GPMA0220 <--- Rapture 40
http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=GPMA0480 <--- Dazzler 40

And I would like to do just what Belgarath did, get a ARF trainer and build a kit as my second plane

Thanks!
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 12:55 PM
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Try this plane:
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXE616&P=0

With This Motor:
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXDXL9&P=0

And Download This free simulator for your PC
http://www.flying-model-simulator.com/

The plane is really light, not much on the eye, but will almost guarantee
more than 1 flight the first day, even without an instructor.
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Thanks for the input Bonified . I am not really looking for a trainer though, because I am pretty sure what I want for that, and I already am getting a OS .46...

And I have RealFlight G3.5, but that free sim looks neat

Thanks again!
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 10:25 AM
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You have picked two very different planes to choose from as your first kit.
Each one is excellent in its own right.
The Dazzler would probably be a little more simple to build than the Rapture, but both would be worthy projects for a first time kit building experience.
If I were going to build the Rapture I would move the landing gear out of the wing and onto the fuselage, but that is just me.
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chashint
You have picked two very different planes to choose from as your first kit.
Each one is excellent in its own right.
The Dazzler would probably be a little more simple to build than the Rapture, but both would be worthy projects for a first time kit building experience.
If I were going to build the Rapture I would move the landing gear out of the wing and onto the fuselage, but that is just me.

Changing the landing gear to the fuse was a surprisingly easy mod to do. See here.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=676997
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 02:09 PM
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chashint and infinitemass, thanks very much for the replies

I think I am going to go for the Dazzler, just because you said it might be a simpler build for my first one. The thing is I know a guy through another forum, and he said I could have his kit that's a Great Planes Extra 300S that he has already built the wings, for only the price of shipping! The thing is I would just hope it would make it through the post without breaking, especially across the border.

How is the 300S? Is it an 'easier' build than some other planes? Thanks!

We'll see...thanks for the suggestions, please keep them coming!

Tanner
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 03:14 PM
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chashint and infinitemass, thanks very much for the replies

I think I am going to go for the Dazzler, just because you said it might be a simpler build for my first one. The thing is I know a guy through another forum, and he said I could have his kit that's a Great Planes Extra 300S that he has already built the wings, for only the price of shipping! The thing is I would just hope it would make it through the post without breaking, especially across the border.

How is the 300S? Is it an 'easier' build than some other planes? Thanks!

We'll see...thanks for the suggestions, please keep them coming!

Tanner
I built the .40 size 300s. The wing was the hard part. You should have no problem building the fuse. I have`nt flown it yet so no report on performance though.
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 03:19 PM
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OK, cool...I just hope if I get it, it comes in one piece!

Thanks infinite again
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Build your own trainer

[QUOTE=chashint]Well since you are wanting to build a plane why not build your trainer, these are some really good ones that don't cost to much.
The advantages of building the trainer is that it will also train you to build.

My favorite reason for building my own trainer is that I am new to flying. That made me likely to crash soon (and I did). Since I built it, I knew how to fix it, and was back in the air at no additional cost (the repairs only needed leftover stuff)
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