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Old 12-27-2005, 01:29 AM
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Here's my background

-It's been about 10 years since I've flown RC
-I only flew RC for about 2 years, maybe 20 hours (or less)
-Only two aircraft I've flown are a SIG Four Star 40, and a Great Planes Stik
-I want an electric
-All my radios are old (Futaba) FM and AM
-I probably won't be joining any clubs soon
-I like warbirds (yea, like who doesn't)
-I'd like something I can keep in the back of my pick-up (it will be covered) so that while I'm working, I can stop off at a school yard or park and fly some for an hour or so.
-Like to keep the price around 250 bucks for everything
-I do have a charger from my RC car days
-ARF or Near ARF is preferred

So tell me what I should buy. If there is enough input, I'll put it to a poll and we'll vote on it.
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Old 12-27-2005, 05:50 AM
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Default RE: If you were me, what would you buy?

Hmm ....

You have radio gear. You plan to be an electrics park flyer, so it doesn't make sense for you to be looking at new radio. Your 10 year old FM Futaba should suffice - with a new battery pack.

For the back of your truck it sounds like a foamy will be the way to go. A rigid foam bird that will be relatively indifferent to temperature in the bed of your truck, and that will be stout enough to handle some mishaps while you limber up your thumbs again.

You will probably want a simple setup that uses a brushed motor and "can" batteries as opposed to LiPolys. Your charger should handle NiCads and NiMhs - be sure to check.

While not an ARF, I'd suggest you take a lok at Mountain Models' Magpie. It's a simple build, made of foam and has two wing options - with or without ailerons.

It flies slow enough to be at home on a softball infield. No landing gear to bust up - you can hand launch and belly land.

I see that Mountain Models offers a package that includes a kit with both wings, a brushed 350 size motor and gearbox, a 20 amp ESC, servos and a 650 size KAN battery pack plus connector for $ 160. You could go with that plus an extra battery pack or two.

Here's a link to the product page. There are a couple of videos on it, too.

http://www.mountainmodels.com/magpie.php

Good luck and enjoy!!

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Old 12-27-2005, 10:31 AM
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check out the superstar ep. I comes with and without ailerons, and is avalible rft and arf
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXGVZ3&P=ML
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXAPD1&P=7
it takes standard servos, standard 7-cell battery, and a 550-600 size motor
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Old 12-27-2005, 12:12 PM
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If you like warbirds look at the new E-flite P-47D Thunderbolt. This really isn't a beginner airplane but you could start building it and once you feel really have at it.


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Old 12-27-2005, 01:17 PM
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I'd vote for a GWS Estarter. Not a warbird, but for someone with limited time who wants to get back into the hobby after a period of time off, it may be a good transition.
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