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May 17, 2001, 09:55 PM
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What have you currently been flying? For how long?
They are good looking and flying planes, but not good for a rank beginner.
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May 18, 2001, 12:05 AM
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If you haven't flown EDF before or a touchy model then the F-16 might best be left until later. If it is really cheap buy it now and fly later!
May 18, 2001, 01:58 AM
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F 16-Any good as a second model?

I can get an F 16 going cheap (new).What are they like to fly? Is this the next step or am i trying to run before i can walk
May 19, 2001, 02:29 AM
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I would not try that as a second plane. First, an EDF is not easy to handle and it is less forgiving. If you can get it cheap, share the secret. But you better learn to walks fast before you can run. Stay with the mundine(sp?) plane now and learn the skill. There is plenty of time to crasht eh fast planes later in life, an incentive to stay with the hobby, crashing plane after it's time.

May 19, 2001, 07:11 AM
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Assuming you mean the Kyosho F16, it is NOT an appropriate second model.
Zagi if you're a typical pilot, X250 if you're ahead of the curve.
May 20, 2001, 12:30 AM
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Listen to Andy. I've seen him fly his F-16 (at DEAF last fall). What a beautiful plane to see in flight!

Andy really knows how to fly a plane, but it still made me nervous watching him launch this one. It seemed like a rather intense experience for him as the pilot and he only flew it once that Saturday.

If you want to try something jet-like, try the TwinJet. I've really enjoyed flying mine.

Another thing to remember is that the kit is only part of the cost of getting one of these into the air. Do you have the ESC and packs capable of handling the amp draw associated with a high-performance EDF like the F-16?
May 20, 2001, 03:20 AM
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Message to Andy W.

You posted almost 8500 messages in less than two years!! Translates to 10-12 messages everyday, most impressive!

May 20, 2001, 04:59 AM
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Hi Rich,

I wonder what you mean by "cheap". They were listed at 130 not so long ago, but they now appear to be 80 in most places, and if prices continue to follow the T33, it could be listed even lower.

I have been flying for over 25 years, and although I've looked at the F16 (though not seen it fly), there are two things stopping me buying it:

The wing loading appears rather high for me to find it an enjoyable flying experience, though many would buy it because of the high wing loading!

A friend has a T33 which originally flew in a mediocre fashion for 3 minutes. The model now has a 200+ Astro 05 brushless with 3000 NiMh in it, and it now flies well for up to 9 minutes, but it's nowhere near the performance of my ElectroStreak which flies for just about as long on a 35 Velkom 24/10 using 2000 NiCds. My ElectroStreak isn't anywhere near the ultimate in performance, but I'm not recommending it for a near beginner.

Good luck, John

May 25, 2001, 06:16 PM
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Thanks for all your comments a little more homework and practice is required