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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:53 PM
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Anyone into RC Planes?

Got a Super-Cub for Christmas and can't fly it for sh!t. Any tips on learning to fly better? I've changed my second cowling, prop and spinner. Good thing parts are cheap!
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:55 PM
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Got a Super-Cub for Christmas and can't fly it for sh!t. Any tips on learning to fly better? I've changed my second cowling, prop and spinner. Good thing parts are cheap!
I had the grand idea that I wanted one of these. 1st day I flew it into a pine tree about 60 feet above me. Lucky there was a fire department across the street that wasn't doing anything and they got their ladder truck and got it out. Embarrassed the hell out of my girlfriend. Sold it at a yard sale year later.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:58 PM
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Hah, I've done that already too. Before this one I got a smaller "trainer" plane. I enjoyed watching the wing and body separate mid-air. I knew a single piece of double stck tape wouldn't hold. Not sure why it's this hard.
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I have been building and flying R/C for a very long time. It is not hard, beginners tend to over control their planes. Get a simulator, this one is free.

FMS simulator

Everything is easy when the airplane is flying away from you. When it is coming towards you left and right are backwards but I am sure you found that out. Pick a calm day, avoid windy days. Don't be afraid to use the throttle, a fast flying plane is easier to control than one that is stalling.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 10:21 PM
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TahnksForrest, I found some good apps for the iPad. It was way too windy today to fly so that was part of my problem. I think I'm also going to gain more altitude next time to have more reaction time. Should allow me to also get a better feel for the controls.
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Are you using the motion sensors on the ipad? IMO, I think using the control sticks on your radio will give you much better results, muscle memory and all that. That FMS simulator can do that. Or just use the keyboard. I learned the hard way back in the 80's when there were no simulators available. Took a month to build and 30 seconds to drive it into the ground.

Just make sure you don't get it too far up or out. You will lose orientation of the plane and won't be able to tell if it is coming or going, up or down.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 11:04 PM
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I'll look at that sim, I think your spot on about using my own radio. The iPad is fun, but I remember thinking it was nothing like actually flying.
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If you think planes are tough, try a helicopter (a real one, not one of these opposite-rotation blade jobbies). Much tougher to fly, way more difficult to fix!

+1 on a simulator. Might also try a real simple one to start- air hog, etc...
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I have got a few electric helicopters I would like to get rid of if anyone is interested. Radio , battery charger and tools. The whole shooting match.
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Hey Abe,

Are they collective or fixed pitch? What brand are they? I got a few on the shelf but just can't find the time to fly them anymore. Just got a new radio last week and hoping to get back into it.
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All 3 are collective pitch and all are electric.
1. Esky 450 size that has updated servos, gyro, and emc.
2. Twin Rex 450 size Chinook. This bird uses all Trex hardware that is available everywhere. I got the bird from Chuck Bassani who is the editor of a rc helicopter magazine. He did an article on the product and I have the magazine issue that it was in. Very cool helicopter. All of the servos are there , emc, gyro.
3. Is a 30 size Hirobo llama that has been converted to electric.
If you are interested and I will dig it all out and get a really good inventory of what I have.
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If you think planes are tough, try a helicopter (a real one, not one of these opposite-rotation blade jobbies). Much tougher to fly, way more difficult to fix!

+1 on a simulator. Might also try a real simple one to start- air hog, etc...
I got one about 2 years ago and have been too damned scared to fly it (Blade heli). Any sims out there for it? Ive sat and have a few hours in a Navy/ Marine Huey simulator and did rather well so I definitely get the dynamics. Im just afraid of cracking the thing up.
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I wish I could give you some advice on planes but never bought one...I would love too, but it gets expensive!
They have electric trainers as well which I would imagine would be easier to handle before upgrading to bigger gas powered!

I did build a re-issued kit of the Tamiya Subaru Brat that I once owned back in the 80's....for my cough, Kid!

And, imagine how much practice you would need for this B-52!
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That is cool guys!

I grew up with my parents owning a hobby shop and taught customers to fly
Great tips are already posted, YOU CAN DO IT!
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