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Old 03-21-2013, 04:45 AM   #1
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Default Just wondering if this setup would work.

I have never purchased an ARF before, so I am new to the whole "setup" aspect of things. I wanted to price an aircraft setup for my personal wish list. I will probably not get this any time soon, but I'd like to get an idea of cost and setup options. I'd plan to run this on my DX6i

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http://www.bananahobby.com/4-ch-fms-...plane-arf.html

Receiver: too big?
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store..._Failsafe.html

Battery:
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...Lipo_Pack.html

I am probably way off here, just wanted some ideas.
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As long as the battery fits inside the plane, I don't see why it wouldn't work.

When I buy a plane/motor, I try to make it compatable with parts and batteries I already own.

Part of the reason I've stuck with park flyers is having a good stock of 1300-2200 3 cells laying around. I like having 10 batteries all charged up and ready to go. Then I can fly all day without even packing a charger, or have pleanty of extras if were flying in a group.
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The battery you selected is a bit overkill on C rating vs what is needed. But higher C rating isn't going to hurt anything.
I can't say for sure if it will fit because some of the foam models have no spare width for the battery.

The RX is going to be reasonable size to fit in the plane. Those "orange" RXs are close to the same size as the comparable Spektrum DSM2 RXs.

I personally prefer the SkyLiPo packs from Nitroplanes.com vs the packs from Hobby King. Price isn't much different for equal packs when you look at the difference in shipping from the Hobby King international (Hong Kong) warehouse vs from Nitroplanes' warehouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Note that you have to look up what connector is used in the ARF package's ESC. Its looking like a JST on Banana Hobbies' recommended pack. (which I consider inadequate for anything more than 1S 250 mah) The connector on the Turnigy pack you linked is based on 3mm bullets which is equal to the E-Flite EC3 (check polarities...)
For the size plane you are looking at I'd go with either EC3 or that yellow plug. Deans is good too. The 4mm bullets typical of Sky LiPo are a bit overkill but would work fine too.
If it has the little JST connector on the ESC plan on getting out a soldering iron and changing it.
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I personally love deans, but that yellow plug will work with the es3 connectors as well, so if you already have some e-flight battery's/esc, it will plug right in.

We ran jst's on my dads slow sticks till I finally convinced him to try the 1300-1800 size 3 cells. We were running 800-1000 from his old eflight helicopters.
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I'd want to go with a more conservative setup in all likelihood.

So I'd mainly have to look up the limits of he ESC and which connectors it uses?

If I did order from HK it would be from their USA warehouse. I got my micro batteries from them in just a few days.

I ordered a servo from their international warehouse and it took a month to arrive.
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I have never purchased an ARF before, so I am new to the whole "setup" aspect of things. I wanted to price an aircraft setup for my personal wish list. I will probably not get this any time soon, but I'd like to get an idea of cost and setup options. I'd plan to run this on my DX6i

Plane:
http://www.bananahobby.com/4-ch-fms-...plane-arf.html

Receiver: too big?
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store..._Failsafe.html

Battery:
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...Lipo_Pack.html

I am probably way off here, just wanted some ideas.
Matt, if you have not already bought the receiver this might be a better choice. Even though I prefer Spektrum they are pricey and I have used this little receiver and they work pretty well.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s..._Receiver.html

That battery should be fine with this plane but you will save some weight and control bay space by using the smaller receiver. Looks like right now you would have to order it from China but sometimes they do stock these in the US warehouse.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:45 AM   #7
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If my battery choice is on the big side I could go smaller. Like I said, I would not be looking for an over the top setup. Until I get REALLY good at flying.

What would be a decent battery for it?
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I think you'll be fine with what you've selected except maybe go with more milliamps on the battery. I'd look at a 3S 1000 or 1300 @ 25C. My SkyAngel mini's vary in cabin size. Jpowers usually provides an 850 3S 25C in their stock versions. What's the stock battery they provide if you were to buy the RTF version? Maybe go with something along the same lines . Love the Butcher Bird. Holding out for the HK(TopRC) 1200mm version. Not very expensive and has split flaps, retracts with sequencer doors, lights, etc.

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Probably going to buy this once I sell my RC car.
http://www.bananahobby.com/4-ch-fms-...html#navImages

So, I'll have to make a decision on battery and charger as well.

Not my first choice as far as BF109's go, but it is the only one that I know of with spare parts available.
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i think you'll be good to go with that setup. i have a few of the FMS 800mm warbirds, they all fly awesome ! i also use some orange rx's from hobbyking, no problems

plus your getting free shipping on that FMS plane from Banana Hobby!!....i just ordered a bunch of FMS parts and took advantage of the free shipping on the FMS stuff

nothing to it, but to do it !
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They do fly well...but they are not for a novice. Their new V2 planes look very nice. I have done the sky raider, p40 and zero....they all fly nice, but they like speed.
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Take a look at the trainer types. Not as exciting looking as a warbird but if you have little or no experience flying RC planes you will do better with a trainer.
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Well... he said first ARF, not first airplane.

No, these are not good for beginners. But I've seen people succeed with worse choices as their first aircraft.
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Yes this would be my first ARF. Id not fly it right away though because i wil take my time setting it up. Ill go orange rx to go with my DX6i.

I have experience with the Champ and Ultramicro P40 from Horizon, which I love. I also have a full size PZ Trojan but have not had the chance to fly her. The P40 is usualy what I fly until I get more time and better weather. I actually find the p40 easier to control than the Champ.
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If you can fly an ultra micro warbird... the Dynam (or near equivalent) should not be much problem at all.

OMG the over-sensitivity of some of the ultra micro warbirds on ailerons near center... 75% expo for the P-51. (40% expo is plenty for the original version Su-26)

The T-28 will be very easy compared to the P-40 and a bit easier than the Dynam warbird.
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Wonder if this would be worth the extra $$ over the "orange".
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...er-SPMAR400#t3
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Wonder if this would be worth the extra $$ over the "orange".
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...er-SPMAR400#t3

You can be sure it has a better warranty and better customer service...
And a far lower DOA rate
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