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Anyone Here Into R/C Model Aircraft?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:00 am


I am thinking of taking up R/C model aircraft as a new hobby this year. Anyone here into it already? What do you enjoy about it? Any tips for a newcomer? FYI, I live in the northern suburbs of Chicago and would love to be in touch with any clubs etc that are into this hobby.

Please respond if you are into this hobby and then I can ask more detailed questions, if you are willing to help! Thanks a lot!!
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RE: Anyone Here Into R/C Model Aircraft?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:02 pm

I have been flying RC planes for about 10+ years. It is a great hobby. It is both rewarding but can be frustrating sometimes. But overall, I have had a great time meeting people and building planes.

Tips for a newcomer... Definitely go out to a club and meet people. Some will let you fly their plane for a few minutes and help you get started. Definitely, get an ARF (almost ready to fly). It will give you a easy trainer to get you started. Check out Academy of Model Aeronautics' website http://www.modelaircraft.org I believe there is a link to clubs.

My most favorite and one of my first planes was the Great Planes Big Stik. It was an ARF, great trainer and also great when you want to start maneuvers.

Also, try going to your local hobby shop. The people there would love you help you.

Goodluck and happy flying,

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RE: Anyone Here Into R/C Model Aircraft?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 4:56 am

I've been flying them for some time, and I guarantee you'll get more adrenaline rushes than in a roller coaster!! (if you fly 3D like me that is  Big thumbs up )

What Gabriel said pretty much sums it up.

Hmmm... a good trainer plane would be this: http://www.horizonhobby.com/Shop/ByCategory/Product/Default.aspx?ProdID=HAN2475

I like hangar 9 a lot, and the alpha trainer is at a very good price.

Be aware, DON'T buy one of those toy-like electric trainers, they're just as expensive as gas powered ones, fragile, and have crappy "handling". And if it's gas powered, dont' buy anything smaller than a .40 sized trainer. (.40 means engine size for a given plane) , and .40 is the most common size and there are a lot of models to choose from. From there up you have typically .60 .90 and 1.20 sizes, but I've never seen a trainer above .60 . Usually in a trainer, the larger the wingspan (60in. plus) the more stable it is.

Also, don't let them fool you into buying a $200 r/c simulator, you're better off practicing in MS Flight Sim 2004, that helped me get the "feel" real quick.

Please keep us posted and if you have any questions, we've got answers!

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RE: Anyone Here Into R/C Model Aircraft?

Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:28 am

A guy i work with on the fire dept. had a nice RC plane he sold to me. Was REALLY cool....large plane. Well...I'd never flown an RC before...but I figured I fly a real plane...so an RC should be easy right??? LOL......didnt work so well. Got off the ground.....got up to about 50 feet....made a turn.....stalled it...and it dove right into the side of the fire station and disinegrated .....was a nice plane  Sad I'd love to get another one and actually learn how to fly the thing.

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