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3D Beginner ... not sure what to get?

Old 07-04-2007, 05:37 AM
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I think I got a good hold of aileron controls on my Wing Dragon 4. I am planning on moving to 3D. Is there any plane out there that I can start with? I want an ARF if possible and something that is not expensive than $100. I have an Ultra Stick 25e but I think this is a little too much for me right now (It is too fast/expensive electronic to crash). I need to start with some foam plane (non flat outs), something like this but in ARF. Can someone recommend one?

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Old 07-04-2007, 07:07 AM
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Hi egens1 look at the tiburon its real real nice, flat outs should be your next step in learning, they will take more abuse than a plane that has a full body, take care, Chellie



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Old 07-04-2007, 02:51 PM
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Try these planes they're not pretty but they're really tough, cheap, and light ($14.95, buy a 3 pack at that price, thats what i didi) . I started 3D about 3 months ago. The brushless motor you can get from unitedhobbies.com for 9.95 and 450 - 800amh lipos for under $20. (Think along the concept of nurf balls, thats somewhat what you have here)

Believe me i've learn't more about controlling a plane out of crash situatiuons and pulling her back to 3D than any other plane. It all happens in slow motion if you throttle back. I've crashed her maybe 20 times with a good thump that would have me gluing and repairing if it were made of depron or balsa. Tip: Don't necessarily go for the pretty 3D looking plane go for the palne that will get to to a 3D pilot quickly and then you can invest in the looker. http://www.slofly.com/videos/3d/

When i learnt to drive a car i started with something that would take a beating and not cost an arm and a leg. .... get the point? Good luck.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:45 PM
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Is this any good? It is from hobby-lobby?

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Old 07-04-2007, 08:37 PM
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Depron foamies are good because you can make copies of the parts before assembly, assuring that you'll always have a backup airframe. EPP is probably you're best bet. Can take bounces and is easily repaired at the field. My E-foamies Yak-54 has more than paid for itself over 8 months of my and several other peoples abuse. Countless crashes, most just pick it up and throw it back in the air type. I needed a plane I could drag the rudder across the grass and not care. This one is a built up airframe and airfoiled wing. Flies great too. The Super Zoom is another EPP airframe that can take a few doinks and has a "real" airfoil.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:48 PM
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Hey now,
Just about all of the flat foam 3d models will work good enough to learn 3d basics. The EPP models bounce better but lose their structural integrity quickly, they still look o.k. but don't fly so well after a few crashes, bend, twist, flex, not so good really.
Balsa? Well it goes crunch fast. Flies much better, but dies much faster.

What's *really* important is that the model is cheap enough that you can buy/build several of them (you *will* kill planes doing this.).
*And* that you don't care about the airframe, not even a little bit.

Idealy you should get a pack of fan fold foam, Dow "blue core".
Get a pattern from one of the online free plans places and cut out a bunch of planes. This way you'll always have a fresh *crisp* airframe and won't spend a lot of time or cash on them.

Later on you can get pretty models.

I started with an E-Flite Ultimate bipe, then "stole" the wing pattern from the Hobby Lobby cheapO Yak and designed my own biplanes and even triplanes. After destroying many of these I moved up to balsa planes, my current favorite is the Extreme Flight Yak 54 (47" span). So much nicer than FFF, but I really don't want to prang it. there isn't enough frame to rebuild...
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