Does this mean that there will be strange lights seen in the sky in your location? :bigsmile:
After a brief brush with rockets (small) I’d stick to ground based R/C ing if I was going to get back into it.
Slope soarers can be fun but can be very short flight and a week to repair - ask me how I know.
I just want a gas car of some sort maybe a Baja Bug or something similar …………… Oh hell another way to spend money!!
The micros aren’t the best to start with. They break easily and aren’t as easy to repair. I would start with a foam cub of some sort. It is easy to glue foamies back together and the cubs are one of the easiest planes to fly as they are high wing and very stable. The Spektrum DX5E is a good raido. A lot of people go with them as most of the planes that come from E-flite can be bought bind and fly so all you need it a Spektrum radio and you are good to go.
I had a mig foamie and they don’t fly that great. They stall out and it was hard to bank with it. You had to take a slow turn or it would start dropping in the turn if you turned to hard. Plus you have to keep the speed up or it basically wants to fall out of the air.
Yea, E-flite makes ok planes to start out with. I knew a guy who had a Parkzone Habu and it was pretty fast. Parkzone makes good planes too. I had one of their Mustang P51-D’s and crashed the crap out of it and would just glue it back together and keep flying. Plus you can buy new bodies for cheap if it gets to the point where it is so full of glue it won’t fly right anymore which is the problem I ended up having with my Mustang. The Spektrum DX6i would probably be better as if you want to get into heli’s then you have a 6 channel capable radio already. You could even surf ebay and pick up a used radio for cheap. I have a Futaba 6EX and it works for me. It doesn’t have all the features I would like but it works. The Spektrum radios would probably be better though as like I said, a lot of planes come B-N-F with a Spektrum receiver(rx) so you can bind it straight to your controller. Also, you can program different profiles for more than one plane on them. The profiles remember the trims and settings so you don’t have to change the trim every time you change planes if you get into it like that. Another thing to look into is a flying wing. I have one and it is fun to fly. Plus you can make them fast and they are made out of foam and easy to repair.
As for 3D, it is just doing stunts like in the video. You can do rolling harriers, hover, knife edge, waterfalls, and much more. They are just so fun but you have to get used to flying first. Another thing I suggest getting is a RC simulator to practice on. It will save you from having to fix stuff all the time lol. If you go to Hobby King, you can get a simulator for $15-$25. I have the one that works with my radio and it came with a DVD that had a few different older simulator programs on it like RealFlight G5 and PheonixRC. Hobby King also has lipo batteries for really cheap. I have a bunch of the 3S 2200mah packs. They also have nice chargers for cheap. I have a Hobby King Quattro 4x6 that can individually charge 4 packs at a time. But yea, let me know if there is anything else you need to know or anything. I haven’t flown in about 6 months or so but still have all my stuff. I need to get a job so I can afford all my hobbies lol.
Gliders fly sooooo slow so you have time to correct your mistakes. Being a pusher prop it wont break the prop on landing, which even folders do, and its repairable with foam safe CA for probably 10 or 20 crashes. I fly mainly foamies now because theyre dirt cheap and super easy to fix and modify. One day when I get a piece of land big enough, ill get back into bigger ones etc.
That would get you started anyway.
The dx5e is ok, I have a dx8 and a dx4 that came with a rtf kit which cost almost nothing, and a few old 72 mhz futaba computer radios etc.
The ones that come with the hobbyking kits are fine. Ive had one similar for probably 5 years and it never skipped a beat. Although my futaba is 20+ years old and still works perfect too.
If I was going to buy a radio to start off with, dx8 is awesome, dx7s is just as good but often you can find the dx8 cheaper, and the dx6i is what I would buy as a minimum, because you can save 10 models on it, the dx5e can only save the one. A PITA to re set up everytime etc once you get into it.
I also use these receivers which have flown great for the 2 flights so far haha
The only thing that sucks with glider is that they are slow responding. I had problems when I first flew one and was still fairly new at flying. I would give it too much one way and when it finally went it was to late to try and get it going back.
Another thing is to find a hobby shop near you and have someone help you setup your radio (expo and things like that) so that you are pretty much ready to go when you finally get out to fly.
Times have changed so much, I’m not sure what I would recommend (other than something larger that a micro). I started with a .40 size Midwest Aerostar (about a 4’ wingspan) many years ago. Once I got that down I advance into the faster, less stable, more aerobatic stuff.
If you are looking for a trainer, look for something with a flat bottom wing and a reasonable amount of dihedral (slight wing upward angle). Unlike a car or boat, there is no pause button with planes and crashes are inevitable, so get something easily repairable and lightweight for it’s size.
The best way to learn is to get someone with experience to get the plane off the ground and up to about 2 mistakes high, take over getting the hang of it, and be able to hand it back over if it gets out of control.
I think I am going to go with the Champ RTF kit. Easy to get into. Has remote, batteries, charger and plane is completely built. If it is something I get into, I can save up and get a nice controller, and other BNF planes.
I dont think any of the E-Flights come with a controller. I really want to hold off on buying an expensive remote until I find out if its something I really like
The Champ is definitely not the looker that the Sbach is, but would probably smash it up. And the the complete Champ kit is cheaper that just the Sbach plane. Was looking at some larger planes, but the micros are just more interesting and will be a better fit for me right now I think.
My dad bought my sister a yellow balsa wood nitro plane kit years and years ago that never got put together. Maybe if I get into this I can snag that up anb put it together
I kind of figured they all were like "house brand" type deals. From the looks of it, the Champ comes with a 4 channel radio too, so if I need to I could get away with not getting a new one until I can afford the one I want. I really wanted something faster and cooler looking, but I guess that's like giving a Lamborghini to a 16 year old.
Looks like it will be here next Tuesday... can not wait
Want me to have my fiance record the carnage? S)
I will be sure to let you guys know how I make out for the first flight.
I have two 500 mah lipo cells sitting here that I am wondering if I can mod into the Champ for some extended flight time… Horrible aint it. First plane, have not even got it, and already thinking about modding it…
If it’s on it’s way…then go with it. It’s a fine trainer.
It’s light, crashes ‘lightly’ (saving some grief often) BUT it does have some issues, but then EVERYTHING does.
Being light it blows away in ANY wind. You need DEAD CALM conditions. This is critical starting out. This it the main problem in those areas with constant wind.
For your first flight you need LOTS and LOTS of clear space. Any tree within a 1/4 mile will reach out and grab it, guaranteed.
ALL the components are ‘disposable’. It’s a good one trick trainer that is not worth modding and has nothing much worth keeping if you like the sport, but MANY trainers are that way. You can easily spend 2x that amount on a decent transmitter alone. A good kit with stuff worth keeping would set you back about $500. OTOH you WILL trash your first (2nd, 3rd maybe) planes if you don’t get some help/instruction. So, cheap ain’t bad to start since so many people go it alone now. An experienced flier with a buddy box is the best instruction route but you can’t do that with the Champ.
There’s way more to learn about RC flying than lights. Staying away from jets until you can fly WELL is one important lesson. You have 2-3 steps (planes ) to go once you master the Champ. It’s not a cheap sport even if it looks that way to start.
Not to get off-topic but I’m curious if those who happen to have a private pilots license have an easier time starting out with R/C models?
I’m guessing it isn’t an advantage since most of the skills are different but I’ve always been curious. I have a private pilots license (that I no longer use) and I’m not currently thinking about R/C planes but I’m still curious.
I’ve seen people flying them and it looks interesting. I can see that a lighter plane would be harder to fly with wind and I can see that a heavier plane probably does better (successfully) landing on a hard runway rather than trying to land on grass.