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Old 04-17-2011, 06:45 AM
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I am new to the air RC world. I am interested in building a twin engine RC plane. Something like a Dash 8 or Saab 340.

What components would I need?

I have been looking at some hobby sites but there are so many different combinations.

I am looking to use brushless motors with an 8 in. prop.

Any reccomendations on motor, controller, receiver...etc.

Thanks

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Welcome to RC Universe and to RC flying!

There is a tried and true path for getting started in this great hobby, and it begins with a proper trainer. Your first plane should be simple, stable, and very forgiving. The two planes you mention do not fit this description. The biggest mistake you can make as a first time flyer is to choose a plane because you think it looks cool or neat.

You may think you want a plane that flies fast and is very manuverable. What you actually need is a plane that flies slowly and whose design makes it difficult to do wild and crazy things!

Here is some reading that may help you.

[link=http://www.modelaircraft.org/mag/FTGU/Part1/index.html]Introduction to Aeromodeling[/link]
[link=http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_7100376/tm.htm]EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ELECTRIC POWERED FLIGHT[/link]

The second link above is actually a long series of forum postings by Ed Anderson that are full of excellent information. You may be interested in post #16, entitled "The Mythical Best First Plane." It may help you understand what you should be looking for as your first plane.

Start with a proper trainer and avoid the expensive mistake of choosing "too much airplane" as your first plane.

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I am new to the air RC world. I am interested in building a twin engine RC plane. Something like a Dash 8 or Saab 340.

What components would I need?

I have been looking at some hobby sites but there are so many different combinations.

I am looking to use brushless motors with an 8 in. prop.

Any reccomendations on motor, controller, receiver...etc.

Thanks

* do you have a coach or instructor to show you how to build this plane?

* do you have a coach or instructor to show you how to fly it?

Do you think full scale pilots start out of twin engine Dash 8s? Of course not, and neither should you.


Twin engine home built? Sounds like a highly likelypath to failure. Hate to deliver the news that way but that is how I see it.

You may be very very successful, but likely not.

Buy a foam RTF and learn to fly it. The HobbyZone Super Cub is about the best. While you are learning to fly that, you can build your twin engine plane. At least then you might have a chance of not destroying it immediately.


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Well here's my progress so far.http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_10...m.htm#10478863
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