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Geting started Answered

I would like to help people start building and flying model aircraft!

I started flying unpowered gliders with my dad at the age of 5 by the age of 8 I could do figure 8ts with the same model of unpowed glider, then I moved to my own plane a wingo which is a great durable slow park flyer, the kit comes with every thing you need except for a controller, servos and glue. I put a brushless motor and a lipo battery with this setup I could fly strait up until you could barely see the plane (about a mile high). After that I got my first 3d trainer a ucando which is also durable and constructed with hot glue!!! So far I have crashed into a blueberry bush and torn wings to pieces, but I am in the process of gluing back together.

I prefer electric models over gas or glow models; their cheaper, quieter, smaller and more durable. Here is a great place to find beginner and advanced electric planes. Their are also different types of kits, ARFs (Almost Ready to Fly) are my favorite type of plane they include most of what you need for the plane inside the box, most only take 2-6 hours to complete and dry. Much easier for beginners to build and not mess up. Normal kits have only parts and dont usually include motors batteries or any thing else, they can take weeks to build but can be much cheaper. And theirs a third RTF (Ready To Fly) more expensive than ARFs but most of the time all you have to do is charge the batteries!

You should visit your local hobby store to find out more about the local clubs and flying fields it is illegal to fly some sized planes in naborhoods I am not familiar with all the laws but I only fly at flyingfeilds. A plane like the warp would probly be fine to fly in your back yard or naborhood field.

You should know that making model Rc planes can be addictive, expensive, and when you crash and destroy what you have been working on for a month extremely frustrating.

Join the AMA and your local flying club, model aviation is a great way to make friends and meet new people, oh and its fun! For all ages!
horizon hobby is a group of hobby stores. hobby store locator
If you have any Q's please ask!
Id also like to start a list of good trainers
the yard stick is not as durable as the wingo but can be found every were
the wingo a great beginer
ucando a 3D trainer (get a wingo first)

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Chompers

10 years ago

one of the most popular, and best starter plane availabe is the HobbyZone's Super Cub RTF.
is three chanels, and very easy to fly and fun

link:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552389

i didn't learn to fly on one, but many have, and lost of good things have been said about it

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bigpinecone

11 years ago

another great trainer is the slo-v or the slow stick. the slo-v is by parkzone and comes RTF(ready to fly) the slow stick is by GWS, and is only in an ARF form (almost ready to fly) meaning you need servos a battery en ESC(electronic speed control, powers the motor) and a reciever and transmiter. i'm gonna get a slo-v this sunday too which i think is gonna be fun, i'll keep ya posted Regards, Nick

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KentsOkay

11 years ago

Do'h! I thought I was pretty slick with model airplanes, but youv'e definetly done more RC than me.

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Iv never heard of Estes, Id go with a wingo or yard stick (clickable links in topic), but id start by going to your local hobby store and talking to them about getting started, ask them where your local flying club is. Go to the field and talk to people & tell them you want to get started and hopefully some one can help you out. (Clickable hobby locater in topic) You should know that making model Rc planes can be addictive, expensive, and when you crash and destroy what you have been working on for a month extremely frustrating.

I havent done any rocketry (besides match rockets). most of my planes and supplies have been from greatplanes/electrifly

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CameronSS

11 years ago

What about the Alpha 60 RTF and Alpha 40 RTF trainers from Hanger 9? They come with a four channel radio, pre-run and adjusted engine, receiver, etc. Supposedly with a screwdriver and some Scotch tape you can be flying in an hour. I've heard only good things about it.

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Sounds like a great beginner to me, but id start with an electric their cheaper and more durable. I spent $300 on a similar rtf and crashed it first flight totally destroyed the plane but the most of the parts still worked so I sold them to my dad and he put them on his piper cub. A stick (clickable link in topic) is a great cheep beginner that can be found any where it can be found as a kit, arf, or rtf.