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Old 10-03-2010, 05:11 AM   #1
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info First rc plane 3ch or 4ch suggestions and help??

Hi,
i have been looking to get into rc planes for ages. I have been through rc helis and have had fun but am sick of them. I am wondering if i should go for a 3ch plane such as a super-cub or a mini super-cub or i have been told that i could start on a airfield skytrainer (http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a182-sk...4g-v3-red.html) and save the money i would of spent buying two planes.
wondering which you would recomend for a beginer??

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:37 AM   #2
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Hi,
i have been looking to get into rc planes for ages. I have been through rc helis and have had fun but am sick of them. I am wondering if i should go for a 3ch plane such as a super-cub or a mini super-cub or i have been told that i could start on a airfield skytrainer (http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a182-sk...4g-v3-red.html) and save the money i would of spent buying two planes.
wondering which you would recomend for a beginer??

thanks
Depends if you have access to a club where they provide pilot instruction. If you are on your own, IMHO, you have a better chance of success with a three channel rudder, elevator, motor model. But with a club, they may be able to provide a "Buddy Box" training system with a master/slave pair of transmitters, you fly the "slave" the instructor has the "master" transmitter. If you get into trouble, the instructor instantly takes over.

(With a rudder elevator only model it is difficult to rotate the model inverted. But with a model with ailerons, rolling the model inverted is very easy to do, and for the new model flyer with little experience in flying models, an inverted model, especially close to the ground may not last long. )

But, if you are serious about trying this, be sure to buy a good radio system with at least four channels. The bottom of the line Spektrum brand radios are a good place to start looking for a radio system.
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i'm sure somebody is going to say parkzone t28 for 4ch. that is more of a third plane. as for now, steer clear of it. i would start 3ch, then go for that skytrainer. super cub would be good, but you can get i skyfly or skyfly 2 for much cheaper, with similar end results.

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:25 AM   #4
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ok thanks it looks like getting a 3ch would be smarter. i dont have a club to help so im on my own . il have a look at those skyfly's. thanks for the help
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I bought the Mini Super Cub for my first plane. I'd never flown an R/C plane before. I took it out to the field, threw it in the air, and flew it around. FWIW

The Super Cub is always at/near the top of any list of good first planes.

Another terrific first plane is the Radian, but only if you have a pretty large field to fly out of.

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ok thanks it looks like getting a 3ch would be smarter. i dont have a club to help so im on my own . il have a look at those skyfly's. thanks for the help
Another vote for the Cub. They look nice, they usually fly well. And are easier to land than some of the models out there.

Some 10 years ago, I had a 10 foot wingspan Piper Cub with electric power. Power was an Astroflight Gearerd 90 motor with 38 RC2400 Milliampere Hour Nicad cells! Flew very well, sold it after flying it for about five years.

The model, even though it was giant scale flew very well. Acrobatic though, it was not.
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The SuperCub is good, the EasyStar is not only a very forgiving flyer, but in a crash it has the amniable tendancy of bouncing instead of braking. Fron what I ghear this applies to a lot of Multiplex's Elapor planes.

Another very easy plane for a beginner to handle is the Miss Stik, This is a balsa plane (actually their are four models), but can be bought either as a kit or an ARF.

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Hi
I add another vote for the Mini Super Cub
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/HBZ4800.html
I got one for a relaxing sunday flyer and love her
heres some more nice planes for the novice and even for when you have more experiance
Parkzone J-3
http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...ProdID=PKZ1100
The Mini NexStar and NexStar
http://www.hobbiconexstar.com/
Hobbico Switch RC trainer and aerobatic trainer all in one
http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...530/index.html
Do enjoy
Mini Super Cub
Parkzone J-3
Mini NexStar
NexStar
Flyzone Switch
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What kind of weather do you have? Some planes won't fly about a few miles per hour of wind. The Parkzone J3 is strictly an 'indoor plane' here in Kansas, for instance.

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allot of great suggestions,do take into account the area you'll be using to fly in.....i feel like people think wide open farm fields but if your using a ball field ,the skyfly uses more room for comfortable flying. some foamies would make good planes for the imminent repairs. i flew the skyfly in an area of 3 ballfields and every now and the hit a floodlight pole. i also plowed the ground with it while learning more times than I'll admit to.but it kept on flying and parts like wings were cheap.....do let us all know what you choose and how your doing so your experience will hep others.........waitting to hear. best of luck and may fair winds blow your way the day you maiden .

narrow is the place to land...wide is the space to crash....choose the narrow way!
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Perhaps the easiest plane to fly, evah, is the Parkzone Vapor, but it will only fly in NO WIND at all. I have a Night Vapor and fly it in my driveway at night when it's totally calm.

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Old 10-04-2010, 12:19 AM   #12
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thanks for all you help. i am an ausi so the weather here is fair we never really get days with no wind but its not to bad. i think i will get the super cub as it is a bit bigger than the mini super cub so it should be more stable in some wind.

il keep you posted as to how it goes .
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I think that's an excellent choice. Remember to pull up slightly during turns and you'll be fine.

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Another cheap one endorsed by RcPowers is the (4ch) Dynam Hawk Sky. I dont know much about it but Im putting it out there. They have some informative videos about it.

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I see youve decided on a super cub, good luck!

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i'd second the hawk sky, the supercub it good but doesn't have the control to fight much wind

if you can fly helis, and not jsut the cheapy coaxials, you'll be find with ailerons

so far the hangar only consists of a: PZ Corsair, Skyfly 2, GP BLT (with custom ailerons) and a Slope diver (soon to be motorized), oh and about 4 other "in the works"....
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i'd second the hawk sky, the supercub it good but doesn't have the control to fight much wind

if you can fly helis, and not jsut the cheapy coaxials, you'll be find with ailerons
Hi
Coax helis are much much more then you give them credit for
I have at least 20 different coaxs in my fleet and they are very good for learning the basics and even after your experianced just plain fun, I learned on a CP helicopter 6 years ago and still find Coaxs a hoot
And then theres ones like this beauty
Do enjoy
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Start with 3ch & you have to learn all over again when you go to 4ch. Get 4ch & buddy box till you can solo.

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Originally Posted by BEAR-AvHistory View Post
Start with 3ch & you have to learn all over again when you go to 4ch. Get 4ch & buddy box till you can solo.
that's true, you will have to learn again. but most people simply can't handle ailerons yet, even with heli xp. before you ever go 4ch, i would strongly recommend a simulator. real flight basic would be good. it would actually be a good thing to have before you fly your super cub.

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I purchased a HobbyZone Champ from Horizon Hobby. I am really enjoying it. It is very easy to fly and very forgiving. It will fly OK in a light breeze.
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+1 on the Champ. I have the Super Cub & the Champ. They are both great planes, but I would recommend the Champ to start out. The Champ should be flown with almost no wind however.
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I recently got a Champ for my birthday last month, and have been flying pretty much everyday, as long as the wind is calm. Its a blast to fly, and I can't wait to move up to something else!
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Another vote for the Mini Super Cub. It's a great plane. Don't make the same mistake I made and get more airplane than you can handle. I tried to teach myself to fly back in the 70's with a scale Zlin. It lasted all of 10 seconds. I finally learned how to fly with a Sig Senior, in my opinion the best trainer ever built.
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As the owner of a Super Cub, I find the Hawk Sky MUCH easier to fly myself...

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Originally Posted by Aryna View Post
Hi,
i have been looking to get into rc planes for ages. I have been through rc helis and have had fun but am sick of them. I am wondering if i should go for a 3ch plane such as a super-cub or a mini super-cub or i have been told that i could start on a airfield skytrainer and save the money i would of spent buying two planes.
wondering which you would recomend for a beginer??

thanks
I've just recently got into the hobby as well. I bought a micro champ and it being a 3 ch plane was easy to learn on and great fun flying. I can do stalls recovery and the occasional roll but it's hard to do on a 3 ch. I then purchased a 800mm war bird and the change from 3 ch to 4ch is very difficult. With 3 ch the rudder was right stick. Now it's on the left whigh has been a pain to adjust to. I have wrecked the plane a couple times just trying to master takeoffs. The size and my lack of skill defiantly is the reason I've been unsuccessful but I think had I learned with rudder on the left I would be much better adjusted to the switch. I would recommend going with a 4ch trainer not a war bird just so that your control surfaces don't get confusing when you to step up to a 4ch.
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first reply since: 10-05-2010, 04:04 PM

Its been a long time since the original poster was a beginner.
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