I have only been flying for about 4 months. Taught myself how to fly. Currently I have a flyzone micro cub and a flyzone micro fokker dr1. Both of which are 3 channel. How much harder is it to fly a 4 channel and what would be a good 4 ch plane to start with? Would it be better to learn on a micro size or move on up to a 36 to 48 inch wing spanned? I do need to stay with a plane that I can hand launch and grass land. Been kinda looking at the corsair with the skidders for grass landings but not sure if that would be a good 4ch to start with...?
Great information all the way around. My opinion is that you have the ability to fly almost anything larger given your experiences. Your approach has been almost identical to what I would have done had the quality little airplanes available today been available back when I really got started in R/C.
I have a question you can help me understand if you wouldn't mind. I own a little larger DR I than yours but am afraid to try to fly it again until I find out about the angle of incidence of the three wings. My guess is that the top wing should have a slightly lower angle of attack than the lower wings to enable the ailerons to be effective untill the critical point of a fully stalled condition, but I'm not about to take a chance until I get some accurate information. I measure the vertical distance between the wings front and back to check differences of wing incidence on my other WWI flying machines and seem to be seeing reasonable data, but those three wings have so far got me stumped.
I own two (2) "killer" size PZ F4Us (the first and the last) and love them both (see threads on this forum). My latest one normally flies with gear and those neat "tanks." At high altitude testing, ROG areas can be scarce so the ship will probably fly without main gear and tanks. It will be hand launched like the older "whistling death" was before I added some very nice working landing gear to it whenever no good ROG (roll on ground) areas are available.
Be looking forward to vicariously enjoying some of your future flying adventures.
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