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Old 12-17-2003, 02:52 PM
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Default Okay, all you experts, which plane should I buy - I can't decide!!

I have been looking at these plane all day! and I have come down to these planes. Please do not suggest any other plane unless it is lightweight (low impact when I crash) and under $125. (like these - its all I got!) I know a lot you think these are junk, but I got to start somewhere. Thanks for your help!!!

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Default RE: Okay, all you experts, which plane should I buy - I can't decide!!

I dont vote for either..................... you will outgrow commander right away.......go for the aerobird Chalanger
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:10 AM
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Default RE: Okay, all you experts, which plane should I buy - I can't decide!!

well, i must recomened the OK models Pop Angel, as it is RTF, has controls exactly like a "proper" e-plane, full 3 channel operation with throttle and rudder on the one stick.another good trainer might be the Electrafun, as it has a very good repuation, for flying in wind that grounds all but the biggest IC airplanes, at i saw one flying in 40 MPH wind(good pilots only). the areobird chalanger it good too
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Default RE: Okay, all you experts, which plane should I buy - I can't decide!!

I started flying in March of 2003. I had no interest in building models, so I
went the R-T-F route. I think this is such a great way to get started.

I was a first timer. However I am also one of these guys that goes into
intense
research when I get interested in something. After several months of research,
talking to people, flyers I decided to start with an electric parkflyer. I
looked at lots of planes and packages and selected the Aerobird.

It is a super value and very easy to fly. It includes a peak charger that can
be used in a car, as well as the batteries for the radio. Wings and other
parts are cheap and available at most hobby stores.

The new version, the Aerobird Challenger looks to be an even better performer.
Also, it has two flight modes - Sport for the beginner or relaxed flyer and
expert for the more advanced or aggressive flyer.

HobbyZone AEROBIRD CHALLENGER
THREE CHANNEL ELECTRIC PARKFLYER

Very inexpensive and rugged for a three channel starter - $115-$150
The plane comes complete and fully assembled. Charge the flight battery with
the included 12 V peak charger, put
on the wing, put the included batteries in the transmitter and up you go!
With a little throttle management you can get flights of 12-15 minutes on a
battery.

The plane is very rugged, but there is a full line of parts available at
reasonable cost. You can replace the whole main fuselage for $49 including the
motor and all the flight electronics. A wing is $15 and the tail is $9. So, if
you crash badly you can get everything for under $75 and you are back in the
with a three channel plane.

In addition to being a fun parkflyer, the plane glides very nicely. We
thremal soar the Aerobirds at our glider club field. Because the plane only
has a 42" wingspan it can't go as high as the sailplanes because we would lose
site of it. I have also read reports of people slope soaring with the
Aerobird. This is a very versitle plane.

If you are interested I have written up a tips sheet on how to fix the
Aerobird.

Here is a review of the Aerobird ( before the new Aerobird Challenger)

http://www1.wildhobbies.com/news/def...&articleid=853
On these pages you will find Videos of the Aerobird in flight
http://www.parkflyers.com/html/aerobird_video.html
http://www.modelflight.com.au/model_flight_videos.htm

With 100+ flights on the Aerobird, I fly in 15 MPH winds and fly with great
confidence. Personally, after all the bad landings I am amazed that the plane
still flies, I love it and have recommended it to many friends who fly them
now as well. They all learned very quickly!

SKY SCOOTER PRO II

The Sky Scooter Pro II is another plane I like and recommend to new flyers.
You can get it as an ARF or as a RTF package with a 72 MHZ Hitec 3 channel
radio for about $160. The charger is 12 V, but is not a peak charger, so you
will eventually want to get a peak charger. On the recommended batteries you
get about a 5 minute flight, but there are other batteries you can get that
will extend that to about 10 minutes. I think the Aerobird is a little easier
to fly, but I really enjoyed flying my friend's Sky Scooter Pro II. It is
worth a look.
http://www.hitecrcd.com/Funtec/Pro2.htm
Videos
http://www.hitecrcd.com/Funtec/videos.htm


From Electric Park Flyer to Sailplane

THE GREAT PLANES SPRIT SELECT 2 METER

If you are more interested in sailplanes than parkflyers, the Spirit Select is
completely assembled with all the electronics installed. It includes a 72 MHZ
three channel radio. It is branded Hobbico, but it is really a Hitec radio.

Here is a link to the site where I purchased it for $139 complete!
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXVK55**&P=7

Here is a link to the ARF version where you can find links to two product
reviews. If you want to do some building, the ARF is the route, but for an
extra $40, I got the radio and the plane ready to fly. For me that was
perfect.
http://www.greatplanes.com/airplanes/gpma1045.html
Video
http://www.greatplanes.com/gallery/gpma16.mov

The plane has spoilers built in the wings that are not set-up when you get it.
If you want to use spoilers, you can set them up later, as I did. The third
channel on the radio operates the spoilers. The included instructions tell
you how to do it.

I started flying the Spirit in Mid July and have about 65 flights on it. I now
have that down pretty well. This plane has a reputation of being a great
thermalling plane but I have heard of people flying it on slopes as well. I
is so great when I get it so high it is just a dot in the sky. I recently
built an electric power pod for it so I can launch it with an electric motor
if I like, but can take it back off so that I have a pure sailplane. I
definitely recommend it as a first sailplane.


SPECTRA MOTOR GLIDER

I don't have one of these, but if you are more likely to buy a motor glider
than a pure sailplane, there is a version of the Spirit called the Spectra.
Essentially the same plane, but with a motor. Again, tower has it for $199
RTF - Add $10 for Eveready's and you are set.
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXVJ51**&P=7


Both the Aerobird and the Spirit have been a pleasure. I would recommend them
to anyone starting out in electrics or gliders who would like to go the
ready-to-fly route rather then building.

If you are interested in sailplanes/gliders, visit this link and look for the
article on getting started with gliders.

http://www.rclibrary.com/index.php
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Spend the extra 25 bucks and get the Areobird Challenger if you want a pod and boom plane. It is much more versatile than the other two that you have on your poll.
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