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Old May 17, 2012, 02:10 AM
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back in the hobby - first post on the boards - need advice

I've been ghosting the forums here for a few weeks & need some advice...
So, after a 16 year hiatus from the hobby, I got hooked into some youtube videos of the new foamie warbirds & it reignited the fire. After looking at how far the hobby (especially electric/foam detail) has come since I last flew RC & how cheap it was, I wanted back in.
I wasn't stupid enough to right away go buy a starmax or FMS warbird like I wanted to. I used to fly a nitro p51 until in a snaprole the wingspar failed at the root, but it's been 16 years since I augered that in & that was my last flight.
So I bought a harbor freight 3ch cub for a whopping $60 out the door. diahedral wings, underpowered 380 brushed motor & nimh battery.
I wasn't as bad as I thought I would be. After swapping out the battery for a 1000mah 7.4 lipo & a jst connector, I can fly it 8-9 minutes no problem. After a few bumps & chewed wingtips, I've gotten so I can grease landing (95% of the time anyway). I can also take it off from pavement no problem.
Aerobatics require a lot of altitude as the motor is waaaay underpowered, but I've gotten good at those again too.
Now, I need an intermidiate step to go to something more complex. I'm looking for a 5ch or 6ch medium to large, fairly stable & not too expensive suggestion. Maybe even just a kit so I can put my own stuff in there. I'd like something with flaps, & retracts would be nice too, but not necessary.
Thanks for all the help guys, this has already been a great forum to get me back in!
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Old May 17, 2012, 02:21 AM
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Made the same move a couple of years ago after an absence since 1975.

Started with an E-flite Apprentice, then moved to a Parkzone T-28, and now a Parkzone Extra 300.

Enjoyed the T-28 the best although no flaps or retracts - a nice step up from a high-wing basic 3 or 4 channel starter.
Old May 17, 2012, 07:50 AM
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Nothing flies like a stick, I would recommend a Mini Ultra Stick. Especially getting back in the hobby after a vacation. No retracts, but should handle everything else.
Old May 21, 2012, 02:02 PM
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For flaps and retracts Parkzone offers a nice election on most of their warbirds. I currently Fly their P-47. Very well powered and fun to fly. Slightly tippy on low speeds
Old May 21, 2012, 02:17 PM
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Just get something that'll fly right out of the box. IOW, a bind and fly and something small that you don't have to take apart. Parkzone and EFlite bind and fly planes have the least amount of issues.
Old May 21, 2012, 10:03 PM
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I ended up getting a fms 800mm f6f hellcat - I've already chewed it up a bit, but at least I can keep it in the air. Once I get confident with this, I think I'll be ready for the big warbirds again.
Old May 21, 2012, 10:51 PM
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If you do not mind building up ARF kit, there have been 1 meter ws GWS warbirds NPS kits available on market, ie. P-40, FW-190, AT-6 and the sports Formosa II. You have to buy 480 size 900 - 1000KV outrunner + prop 10 x 6 + ESC30A or 40A + 3S 2200mAh 20C lipo for powering any plane in this category. 480 size motor might be with the same output as 2 stroke .15 glow engine. You flew niro P-51 before, I'm sure that you are aware of the size and output of .15 engine. You might need bigger motor set up flying Formosa II.

Old May 22, 2012, 09:32 AM
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Take a look at this forum
Rtf or Arf retracts - flaps

Sale price: $99.00
Old May 23, 2012, 03:17 PM
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I am like you, last in the hobby 1989. Rejoined my old club and took a Hobbico P40 and Telstar out of mothballs along with a Telemaster 70 - all unbuilt ARFs. While I was building them up I converted the P40 to electric. None have flown as of date. I am playing with a Beechcraft Staggerwing foamy and a Advance 25e - both electrics none of which have been flown but ready to do so. . I am practicing getting my air legs back with a 3 channel park flyer trainer from Hobby Town. I flew three high wing foamies in the last two months and all crashed to smithereens so back to basics I have gone. Lots of good flying to you and welcome back from another Old Timer
Old May 24, 2012, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by mcnowhere View Post
Take a look at this forum
Rtf or Arf retracts - flaps

Sale price: $99.00
That t-28 is the deal! Thanks.

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