Thank you so much for putting time into putting that list together. I am pretty interested in the second on your list. However mostly everything else is out of my price range. I'm still looking around for that Art Tech Cessna I showed you earlier and only found it on Banana Hobby, which is so overpriced. I might go for it but im taking my time.
I have the Art Tech Eurofighter and love it.. Please take the advice that you should NOT be learning on a plane like this.
I understand you say a trainer is out of our price range but how will you feel if you TOTALLY destroy the Euro on your first flight - If you are a Beginner this is HIGHLY Likely.
You need to gain the eye hand co ordination and muscle memory on a slower more forgiving plane - Your control inputs and corrections have to be automatic when flying a jet like this... by the time you think "which way do I push the stick" it will be a pile of broken foam and electrics laying on the ground..
A simulator is the most cost effective way to give yourself that coordination and muscle memory, but a basic training aircraft will be worth it's weight in gold for you..
Having said that when you are ready to fly it, you will love it... here are a few tips I have picked up from my Euro - Youtube vids below...
1. The CG is critical... If it is just 1/2 inch too far forward the plane loses a lot of manouverability. It will still fly stable and I was flying it like that for a while, but when I corrected the CG it became a different plane, much more manouverable and capable of some beautiful slow high alpha passes... It takes off better and lands better. So the CG is critical.
2. Weight... Keep it as light as possible... It has good power but not overly so - the stock battery is 1600 Mah but that needs a fair chunk of lead in the tail to balance it.. I now only use 1300 mah 30C batteries, with one small fishing lead sinker glued between the two engine nacelles at the back and the planebalances andfliesPERFECTLY!
These batteries give you about 2 mins 45seconds of flight.. I use an electronictimer... landing after this time will have 25% remaining in the batteries (not good todrain LiPos too low)
This may seem short but I'd rather have a zippy high performer for just under 3 minutes than a heavy more sluggish plane for 5 mins (ie a bigger battery) but that is just my opinion.
3. The supplied landing gear wheels are rubbish, and mine would not take off from grass with the stock wheels.. I replaced both the mains with Dubro 2.25 wheels and the nose with a Dubro 1.5 and it now takes off from grass beautifully ( Even better since I perfected the CG)
3. The supplied radio that came with my Euro looked cheap and nasty so I replaced it with a Futaba 6EX 2.4ghs and a 617 FASST reciever - it doubled the cost of setting up theplane, but for me, a good radio is cheap insurance. This also made it easier to set up differential elevon (ie more up throw than down - as this will give you far better axial rolling)
4. When you set up the elevons, they should both be set to just 1/2 the thickness of the elevon above the trailing edge of the wing.. This works perfectly for me with the CG I now use
Here is a video of my elevon movment.
This next video is of the plane just before the first flight - it still has stock wheels at this point and the elevons were set slightly too high
And two videos of it flying... I have over 100 flights on it now.. no crashes and I love it
Circuits (you can see the new wheels clearly at the begiining of this)- www.youtube.com/watch
Some Low Fast passes - www.youtube.com/watch
And finally - a flight with one of those on board key chain cameras... www.youtube.com/watch
You can hear my electronic timer beeping after my landing...
The past few days I have taken it flying at the local park just before sunset.. The air has been completely STILL and a warm 28 degrees (c). Perfect flying conditions, and I just do low passes withabout 30 degrees nose up andthe plane barely moving more than 10 kph..and about 60% power. Rock Steady and stable in the calm conditions... The spectators love these low slow passes 3 feet off the ground and it just looks AWESOME!