Post by JH Post by Gaz
A few questions from a complete 100% newbie.
I did ask one or two questions a while back....
I am not particularly interested in joining a club, i understand they can be
a great help etc, but I am an antisocial kind of person and like to try
things out myself, i dont mind crashing a few times, I understand that many
parts are modular and fixable, barring a complete B52 style catastrophe....
I am very keen on getting a fuel based plane rather then a battery, i get
the impression that battery operated planes have low flight times etc, if i
am wrong on that then please correct me.....
Obviously i will need a trainer, something that is super duper easy to fly,
but not pussy enough that a six year old child would get bored within three
try slope soaring with a Rudder/elevator model, with a good dihedral;
the simpler the better : and the tougher the better.
I learned on a Miniphase: a tough-ish first slope soarer to fly, but it is
simple to build and can survive surprisingly hard landings. It can fairly
whistle along as well.
Find a good 45 degree slope and only try your first flights after you have
had an experienced hand balance, trim it out and test glide it. Then get
him to get it up there for you on a light and smooth day and train you how
to do figures-of-8s . After a couple of landings, you should be able to
cope on your own.
(If you are that independant, build two fuselages whilst you are at it.
You'll need them. (And a bin-bag.)) :-)
I xcan only reiterate my learning curve.
Club =was useless. Too little flying timne and no one want to teach me
Switched to electric, and stared flying at te back of te house. Some
success, but te real breakthriough was
(i) got Realflight G2. That simulator is harder to fly than the actual
models! If you can do it on the sim you can generally do it on the
planes. Its not cheap but copies are available on Ebay now that G3 is
out. FMS do a free one, but its not so good I reckon.
(ii) got a simple cheap electric model. I should have got a slow-stik.
But I learnt anyway. Skip the nickel battery buiness and go straight to
LIPOS - on something like the stik you will be able to fly for half an
hour or more - or 3x 10 minute flights which is more than you will ever
get at a club.
(iii) when you are thoroughly bored, move on and upwards. There are
plenty of more challenging foamie planes to try. Or a balsa one. I have
been flying my 60mph almost goes straight up forever electric (brushed
motor: 20 quid, 60 quid battery pack though) tonight. Flew for three
flights (testing after repairs) about 15 minutes total and still only
took 1/3rd of the pack to do it.
(iv) Join the e-zone www.ezonemag.com and ask ask ask and ye shall
recieve info and real help. Its the best club there is.
(v) get a halfway decent computer transmitter: I recommend the Futaba
FF6 meself - rather than the 6EXA - because it has sliding rather than
digital trims. Use Hitec servos and whatever recievre you can lay your
hands on. I get a lot of stuff off Ebay but thats maybe a false economy
for a beginner.
(vi) when you get bored with the simple electric stuff, sell it all on
ebay, and buy something better, That may indeed be a glo outfit, but my
guess is that unless you have a fancy for really big planes with 20cc
plus engines in them, or need > 100mph flight speeds, you will find
enough to keep you happy in the electric arena.
If you have access to a decent slope and wind, slope soaring is good and
cheap. Sadly I don't, so its power all the way for me.
Unless you are in love with internal combustion engines, leave them
alone till you are better able to cope. They have a knack to starting
tuning and so on, that you really don't want to know about. Electric
with LIPOS is switch and go, and a piece of plastic shite like a
slowstik is slow, easy to fly, and gets you over the basic hump of
learning. Save the complex stuff for later on. If you get a basic
charger and a couple of packs, you will have over an hour flying time
without recharging. And you can recahrge any time - with LIPOS it
doesn't have to be 'hot off the charger' to fly.