Getting back into the hobby after a 6 year break. What has changed?
After graduating college and moving into a smaller place I got out of flying my airplanes. I finally have some space now to store and fly them so I want to get back into the hobby.
How much has changed in electric flight in 6 years? It seems now that most people are using 2.4 GHz radios instead of 72 MHz. If you've got a 72MHz transmitter (as I do) is there any reason to spend the money to switch to 2.4?
How about batteries? I hope they have dropped in price and increased in performance but I don't have a clue. I actually flew my Twinstar airplane this morning for the first time in years using the same old lipo battery I had years ago. I'm sure the battery performance dropped off from when it was new, but I couldn't tell.
What website do people use to shop online? I used to use Tower Hobbies, but it looks like it hasn't changed much since then. I would like a sight with more features like customer reviews, rating systems, intelligent navigation and sorting, and multimedia enhancements. Is there an amazon.com equivalent in the rc airplane sphere?
Hobbypartz for lipos, headsuprc for assorted motors/servos/etc, towerhobbies for some stuff, and Hobby Hangar is a nice LHS nearby to you. It's about an hour drive for me, I have a smaller one 30mins away called Awesome RC that usually has whatever I need.
If your 72mhz works, there's no reason to switch for right now. 2.4 is cool, but if it aint broke dont fix it!
Batteries have gotten hundreds of times better, motors and stuff are better, planes are getting bigger and much smaller, electronics lighter....
Overall it's a great time to be getting into or coming back into the hobby
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