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Old 02-16-2004, 03:13 PM
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Hello! I am new to airplane(I’m sure this will become evident to you very soon...by the stupid questions that I am going to ask). First of all before I ask anything I would like to thank anyone that takes the time to read this.

Ok I bought this electric plane at Ebay. http://tinyurl.com/yq4nm
(Go ahead and tell me that I bought the wrong one!) What can you tell me about this one...do you have any helpful info.

Now to get a little more specific: I am worried that I might crash the plane.
I a driveway with about an 1” of hard pack snow level enough to take off? Is it level enough to land? Or should I throw it into the air to start it. And would I be better of to try to make as soft a landing as possible in the snow(here in New York where I live we have about 1 foot of snow)?

And last of all is there any site that I could learn more?

Thank You for any help
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:32 AM
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Default RE: I have some questions.

From the looks of it, this plane is definitely a hand-launcher. All the control comes from the two motors, so you won't be able to steer on the ground. It probably doesn't have an excessive amount of power for takeoffs, either...

For $25, don't expect much in the way of performance. It may fly, but then again even the best of pilots may not be able to get it to fly. The old adage holds true, "You get what you pay for."

At least you didn't spend a significant amount of money on it. Because it was so cheap, it'll be a fun challenge, that's for sure.
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Old 02-17-2004, 12:31 PM
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Default RE: I have some questions.

Just like I thought...still I thought not much money is wasted. So what would you recommend?
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:14 PM
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Default RE: I have some questions.

Check the top of this forum for my "Good First Planes" thread. Sure, they'll cost you a little more than $25, but you'll get a whole lot more enjoyment out of any of the options we've listed.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:51 PM
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I just have two questions:

What exactly is an "autopilot brake for easy landings?" and why can't I have one of those?

and, Why can't *I* get a 10 minute flight on a 5 minute charge?

I think I screwed up. I was supposed to spend LESS money. That's it.
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:58 PM
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Default RE: I have some questions.

As you might imagine, pgitta is being very sarcastic. These features are not typical on a plane like this or most for that matter.

It's just as they say. You shouldn't expect much from this plane. And if you are looking for advice in this forum, take it from me, you won't get any cheap recommendations here. To start out right you might want to get a GWS Slow Stick. It will cost you a lot more money, but you can change electronic parts if you move up in planes. My advice, if you really want to get involved in RC then commit to it enough to get a good trainer plane like the Slow Stick. Otherwise, you'll wonder why anyone would ever get started at all.

Visit http://www.4mht.com/ for the best value on a complete Slow Stick without surfing the entire web. E-mail Terry (owner) and tell him you want the complete Slow Stick. He sells them for $175 with all you need to fly and keep flying. Good Luck.

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So, did the plane ever end up flying?
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So, did the plane ever end up flying?
Well so far I have been able to get it far enough off the ground that the propeller breaks
Good thing that they gave me an extra set. I have broken them all now though. Still this does not create a very big problem for me...Since I have both a milling machine and a lathe I just made another one.


The farthest it ever flew was probably about 150 feet.

I'm just thinking of making my own airplane...Does anyone know where I might find plans...And also things like the transmitter, and moter?
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Old 02-20-2004, 10:54 PM
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Any decent hobby shop in your area should have whatever you need. There is always some good plans featured in Backyard Flyer. However they are usually like 20 dollars for the full set of plans. A good model builder could probably just go off the limited plans in the magazine though.
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Old 02-21-2004, 12:06 PM
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Are any palns availible on the web?
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Old 02-21-2004, 02:33 PM
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There are a couple at [link=http://xoomee.com/torc.htm]xoomee.com/torc.htm[/link].
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I think spad to the bone http://www.spadtothebone.com/ has some nice trainer plans. As for all the other stuff, look aournd. www.horizonhobby.com has stuff. If you want an ARF or something, go with the GWS Slow Stick at the aforementioned horizon hobby site. There is a kit too, if you search GWS02 that has a radio and everything else you need but is a Pico Stick FD, and I'm not sure how those compare to the Slow Stick since i haven't got one(yet). Look around, ask questions, and don't get discouraged. (like i used to be) Most of all, have fun.

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Where is the best/ cheapest place to buy a tranmitter, reciever, and servos?
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