It's been along time since I have payed any attention to RC Planes, I've
only flown a couple and never have owned my own.
I would like to get into it some with a gas motored plane and a decent radio
so I don't have to buy new equipment down the road again.
I would imagine you folks here have alot of suggestions, I'm just looking
for some good advice as to what to look for, how much equipment I will need
and so on.
The world's most common motor size is a 40, for casual flying you may
never want more than a 4-channel radio. I prefer smaller planes, but
most people would do well with the above setup.
When I got back into flying I started with electrics, and I'm loving it.
Just go to the field and fly, and no gunk to clean off when you're
done. I've seen cost breakdowns that show an electric breaking even
with a gas plane after a season of buying fuel, but for me it's worth it
just for the quiet and not having to worry about castor oil all over trunk.
Ditto. For the smaller sized planes - sort of gas .10-.25 - the
electrics really are all in all less fuss and a lot cheaper. And equally
as powerful as teh gassers.
A lot depends on what aspects of teh hobby attract - if its the smell of
nitro and shooting bull with the buddies down the strip, stick to glow.
If its the fun of seeing uour own creations aviate - electric is for you.
Its totally possiuble to buy a simulator and a slow stik and solo
yourself in a few weeks without any instructions at all. If you want.
Here's my two pieces of info. R/C Universe www.rcuniverse.com has a
very active beginners forum. Just about any question you have about
beginning has probably been asked and answered there. Lots of threads
on engine, plane, radio selection. The AMA has a club locator tool at
http://www.modelaircraft.org/clubsearch.aspx . This is a good place to
find a club and instructor.
Ted shuffled out of his cave and grunted these great (and sometimes not
so great) words of knowledge:
What I am going to suggest is pretty much generic in nature since I
don't know what part of the world you live in. These suggestions are
based on United States.
Avoid the RTF (Ready To Fly ) packages.
The engines range from having marginal power FOR A TRAINER to OK.
Rarely do they have adequate power for use in a second plane. The
radios are usually base level 4 channel radios.
Since the majority of trainers fly pretty much the same, I would suggest
a 40 size ARF trainer. It is a readily transportable size, easy to see
and is able to handle most wind conditions with no problems. An ARF
will get you in the air quickly and you will not have to worry that
perhaps you built in a warp or constructed something incorrectly.
For an engine I suggest a USER FRIENDLY BALL BEARING 46 engine.
By user friendly I mean an engine that will start easy, be easy to tune,
have excellent power and above all, be reliable. OS 46AX, Thunder Tiger
PRO and Evolution engines all fit this category. 99% of them run great
right out of the box. There are many good engines out there, however,
quite a few of them require a bit of "fiddling" with to get to run
properly. A ball bearing 46 will have more than enough power, not only
for a trainer, but for use in future planes as well.
For a radio I would recommend a 6 channel (or more depending on the
budget ) COMPUTER RADIO. Initially you will not be using a lot of the
functions, but by the time you get to your 3rd or 4th plane you will
probably be wanting things like flaps or retracts. The 6 channel can
handle that as well as things like mixing of control functions,
exponential, being able to save the trim settings for multiple models in
memory and much more.
Because different brands are popular in different parts of the country
and the world, I would also recommend that BEFORE buying a radio, go to
your flying field and see what brand is being used by the majority of
the people there. When you have a problem (not IF, but WHEN ) manuals
are nice, but a live person with knowledge of your radio is much better.
While you are at the field, find out which are the LEAST USED
CHANNELS and get the radio on one of those channels. It will minimize
your waiting time for the channel to clear so you can fly.
With some careful shopping you should be able to come within 15% of the
price of most RTF packages and a lot less than some of them.
An excellent source for information is RC Universe
Hope this helps.
If you're going to join a club and they have a buddy box you should
seriously consider getting a radio that's compatible.
Ask if there's any bad channels. I don't think it's nearly as much of
an issue with narrowband receivers, but 20 years ago it was always
prudent to ask if there was any local interference on any particular
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