My new Stryker F-27!!!
I just started getting involved with RC about 4 days ago and thought I would share my story for those thinking about getting into it or buying the Stryker F-27 and ask for others opinions about my decision to jump to a 3-channel w/o experience on a 2-channel.
Like many I have wanted an RC plane for a long time, and after seeing a program on discovery I decided to do a search on ebay for rc planes. Whelp, I bought a crappy little no-name 2 channel for $30 and took it out for a couple of days, and decided it was a waste of time, so I went to Hobby Town USA and the owner there (at least I assume he was the owner) had a stryker out of the box and demoed it for me outside. I bought one that day (yesterday) and gave my little toy to my friend.
Yesterday I nearly destroyed it. I kept nose diving it on the launch, and when I finally got it in the air the first time I hit a light pole, hard. Took it home glued it and taped it up, and took her back out in a more open location that afternoon (this plane is indestructable). Couple more nose-cone damaging dives off the launch until I got it up and noticed I was having to fight the plane to keep it up. Well, I removed the tape last night elmered the pieces of the nose cone back together, and and adjusted the linkage so that the ailerons wouldn't be forcing my plane to the ground.
Today I got started pretty early and met a couple of my friends at another park that is more open than the one closest to my house. My friend Donald flew the little ebay plane I gave him, and his brother-in-law flew his firebird which is also a 2-channel. I had no trouble launching the plane by hand. I love throwing it w/o throttle, hitting the throttle, and watching as the plane take toward the sky after losing height off the throw. I did have to bring the plane down to adjust the linkage again (I over did it a little the first time), and from that point on, it flies extremely stable and true. By the end of the day, I was performing loops and barrel-rolls w/ the plane still in the limited 'A' flight mode, and have been able to land the plane softly.
After seeing their 2-channels scoot around, I'm really glad I got the stryker and started with a 3-channel plane. I have given this plane alot of abuse, and it suffered nothing more than aesthetic damage. Plus, the parts are cheap. I can buy a whole new fuselage for $19, and the nose-cone and wing tips are break away and replaceable. So, although it seems to be geared towards aerobatics, I think it is a great trainer.
Well, I hate to make my first post so long, but I'm really excited and hooked already. I'm gonna fly this plane for some time I'm sure, and then I'm going to start looking for a 4-channel - hopefully a 3d. Have I missed out on any fundamentals by jumping into the 3-channel or did I just avoid the "training wheels"? Any suggestions for maneuvers to practice to become a decent pilot?