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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 20, 2013 @ 03:14 AM | 5,911 Views
As someone who's been in the hobby for over 34 years, I've seen and heard a lot of crazy things over the years. As someone who's been around the flying field more than a time or two, I know when to disregard someone's advice as BS, but it irks me when self-designated "experts" express their opinions as gospel. It is bad for the hobby, as new members will take the bad advice and could possibly be scared off due to the problems they face.

What are some of the hallmarks of bad advice?

1. "It works for me regardless of what the other 20 people here are saying."
2. "I've flown it this way over 20 times, and not a problem!"
3. "Well, I know what works. 'Nuff said."
4. Calls people names after they disagree.
5. Ignores people after they disagree.
6. Ignores all relevant conversation after the disagreement and continues to state 1-3.
7. Posts endless videos and photos to prove how right they are and how wrong everyone else is.

What specific pieces of bad advice are out there?

1. Use bigger LiPo's without regard for ESC or motor ratings. "I do it all the time, and I've had no problems."
2. Use bigger props on motors/ESC's without matching the amp draw.
3. Making up CoG numbers or positions based off their own experience. "This is where my plane balances. I don't know why yours isn't balancing at this spot."
4. Advise taking off a foam airplane with flaps is safe and okay. "I do this all the time and...Continue Reading