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Old Mar 05, 2010, 09:57 PM
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beginner from scratch - What to buy? (YANT - Yet Another Noob Thread)


Hi,
It has been long time since I have started thinking of purchasing a RC (Plane or Heli).
Now that I get some money, I would like to start realizing that project. Howver I have not any clue on where to start.
Or to be more precise, I know I get to spend some time on a Simulator first, then buy small real plane (Super Cub), then increase the difficulty.

So, if I am correct, I would like to know what simulator I should purchase? I expect that simulator to precise my willing to buy a plane or a heli...

The transmitter is a big confusion for me too : Should I invest in a good one ? like the DX6i? Should I purchase PheonixPro with the DX5e?
Do I need a receiver for futur use on a real plane ?
Do I need 3, 4, 5, 6, 7way transmitter?

My goal is to be able to pilot a foam SU-37 or MIG-29 foamie from 6mmFlyrc

Please give me some practical guidance on how to proceed?
Thank you
MSpencer
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Old Mar 05, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Skip the simulator, and go with a Dx6i and Super Cub LP BNF.
Old Mar 05, 2010, 11:00 PM
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better yet add a cable to that DX6 and download RCdeskpilot to get your stick controls down
Old Mar 05, 2010, 11:06 PM
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hold off on the DX6i until you decide you want to stick with it. Get a Flyzone playmate or parkzone Mini Super Cub. Both under $100 with basic radio.

Now at this point, If you like to fly, research what you want next, and use the prior purchase to turn your friends on...
Old Mar 06, 2010, 12:36 AM
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Isn't better to put $100 more and have a nice transmitter like the DX6i ? and simu on Phoenix Pro ? later I would be able to add just the Super Cub to the DX6i (will the Super Cub LP work with the DX6i? is it a good set up?) ?
I mean I don't want to put $100 for like a month of play then I will be tempted to upgrade to the DX6i
I am pretty sure that I want to have some RC fun!
This only this that makes me hesitating with the DX6i is that 6ch won't be sufficient for my goals in 6 months or so (I don't know, when do we need more than 6ch?)
Doesn't make sense?
Old Mar 06, 2010, 12:54 AM
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Based on my personal experience last summer, I would caution on starting too small... I started with an Air Hog ($20), some cheap RTFs, which frustrated me more than taught me to fly, and then I went with an Apprentice 15e RTF, which is a 4 channel big foam high wing trainer $300, which comes with a the Spectrum 5 channel (if you have a local field where you could get some Buddy Box time)...

I would recommend spending the $$ and getting a good simulator. I got RealFlight G4.5 and have since upgraded to G5.

My buddy started with a Super Cub LP (3 channel High Wing), RealFlight G4.5 and taught himself to fly, then moved into a Trojan (4 channel low wing) when he joined our field.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 01:37 AM
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Isn't better to put $100 more and have a nice transmitter like the DX6i ? and simu on Phoenix Pro ? later I would be able to add just the Super Cub to the DX6i (will the Super Cub LP work with the DX6i? is it a good set up?) ?
I mean I don't want to put $100 for like a month of play then I will be tempted to upgrade to the DX6i
I am pretty sure that I want to have some RC fun!
This only this that makes me hesitating with the DX6i is that 6ch won't be sufficient for my goals in 6 months or so (I don't know, when do we need more than 6ch?)
Doesn't make sense?
You won't need more than 6 channels unless you get into aircraft that will require so. The vast majority of planes out there are simple 4 channel planes- even BIG planes, like 150CC or 200CC 3D gassers use simple 4 channel control.

6 channels will let you operate the 4 primary channels, as well as 2 additional channels, such as for a bomb drop or retracts or flaps.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 01:45 AM
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Skip the simulator, and go with a Dx6i and Super Cub LP BNF.
^^this. It will save you money in the long run. Think about buying a used Dx6i.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 01:57 AM
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^^this. It will save you money in the long run. Think about buying a used Dx6i.


Not quite sure about that... By my accounting methods, I save $200 every time I do something funky and hit the Red Reset Button on my Real Flight Transmitter...


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Not quite sure about that... By my accounting methods, I save $200 every time I do something funky and hit the Red Reset Button on my Real Flight Transmitter...


That bad with a super cub eh?
Old Mar 06, 2010, 02:58 AM
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my mini super cub has slammed head into paved ground twice, side-swiped a chain link fence, been stuck in a tree twice (and retrieved with a football), and the only replacement part I ever bought was a lost landing gear ($4). Oh and I needed some scotch tape, a few drops of foam safe CA, and a stick of hot glue. Point being is this plane can handle all the newbie "oh $***!" abuses, and continue being a gluten for punishment without much repair effort. Oh yeah, it doesn't even look abused--it hides it's scars well. $99 well spent.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 07:46 AM
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Don't buy a used radio, planes are expendable, a good one you will have for a very long time.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Don't buy a used radio, planes are expendable, a good you will have for a very long time.
Dont buy a crap radio....
Nothing wrong with a good used 2.4GHz radio.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Just buy a new one, how much cheaper do they need to be. There is something wrong with it, its used. You can find brand new DX6i for around $175 shipped w/rx. A dx6i isn't that great of a radio.
Old Mar 06, 2010, 10:29 AM
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Go with the DX6i and the Super Cup LP BNF. You will never regret going this route. I am not qualified to recommend a good sim.


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