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Old 11-06-2009, 08:46 PM
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Tomorrow a lucky guy is coming over to pick up my Sig 4 Star and all the other crap you have to have to fly a nitro airplane. I just want to charge the batteries and fly, so I'm making the switch. Thank you in advance for your suggestions. The following are what I am looking for:

-2.4 DSM2
-Available parts, batteries, upgrades
-Capable of slow flight (not a cub!)
-Wingspan of at least around 24" or so, the bigger the better
-Capable of landing on grass, no landing gear at all is ok
-Some acrobatic capability
-LiPo
-My target price range is around $400

That's about it. I am a decent pilot, not the best, but not the worst either, intermediate I would say. I'm considering all options from kits to rtf's to flat 3D foamies. I would like to be able to use the same transmitter with other airplanes in the future, but that's not a deal breaker. Thanks again!!
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:55 PM
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Parkzone T-28 PNP, or the Typhoon 2 PNP.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:59 PM
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Seeing that your in Oklahoma, I'd go for the T-28. Not too many "Slow flyer" foamies do well in your kind of wind.
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Here is an option.
MScomposites Unique.
This plane will fly slow or fast and will do 3D. I am by no means an expert pilot and it is one of my favorite planes. I can land it on a dime and take off in less than 3 feet.
Plane $64.95;
http://www.midamericahobbies.com/com...ck-p-2968.html

Brushless Motor $5.99
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=6524

Brushless esc $8.99
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=6460

3s 1000mah lipo $13.00
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=6470

4 servos $14.00 total
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...ec_Micro_Servo

9X7 prop $0.90
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=4264

Misc linkages and rods.

Im running a DX6i with AR6100E receiver. You can pick up a DX6i for about $150 with receiver.

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Thank you for your suggestions!! Only two suggestions though! Whats going on here!!
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:43 PM
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T-28 is great. I fly gas stuff and started to get into elect. My T-28 and Mini Ultra stick are always with me.

Can't go wrong for ARF's.

Just my $.02 worth

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I decided on the PZ corsair RTF. Looked like the most bang for my buck & everyone seems to be happy with the airplane from what I've read in the forums.
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Bute,
sorry but I have to dissagree. Most bang for your buck? I don't think so.
At $279.00, that is ridiculous. I have less than half that in my plane
The Bananahobby AT-6 is a very good EPP foam plane and I didn't have to spend a small fortune to get it. I have crashed it several times with very minimal damage. Only broke the plastic cowl, which I bought 5 new ones at $1.50 each.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:24 PM
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I doubt you have less than 140 in your airplane and radio gear!

Maybe, less than 140 in your plane alone. I have to buy a radio system too!
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:47 PM
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Yes I do have less than $400 in my Unique including my radio gear. Just add up all the stuff I listed and there it is. $258.00 that is WAY under $400. If you don't like the Unique, you could get the Bananahobby AT-6 for $89.00 RTF, rip out all the gear and use all the stuff I Listed and it will only be $282.
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My target price range was 400. I bought the RTF Corsair for 277 shipped. That is everything I need in one package. Everything I was looking for is included, 2.4 rx & tx, esc, lipo batt., charger, servos, cool airplane. I can use most of this stuff in another plane if I want too. I looked at those bananahobby planes, but they were smaller (harder for me to see) and of lower quality. The Corsair flies like a champ, best of all I was back up in the air in 4 days after I sold all my other stuff. Those 3D profiles look cool too, looks like about 100 bucks or so for evrything you need from hobbylobby. On a plane like that I wouldnt mind going as cheap as possible.
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MAN! Could of had the DX6i[:@]
Oh well, hope you have fun with what you got. That's what it's all about. I know I'm having a blast with my planes. I even feel better when I don't give my hard earned cash to companies that I think charge too much. I don't mind shopping around to get a better deal. I also enjoy putting in the hop up parts, it's kind of rewarding.
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bute 56,

Welcome to the light side! Don't let Wheelnut rain on your parade. He spends way too much on his planes. I can build a great flying foam plane for $20. With all the good planes out there you cannot really go wrong. I have yet to fly an electric I did not like.

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"Way too much on my planes"?? please tell me where you can get a brushless motor for less than $5.99 and a 3s 1000mah lipo for less than $13.00. I would love to know.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:15 PM
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Thanks Fisher. Tell me more about bulding a $20 dollar plane!
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Yeh, I can't wait to hear this one. You can't even get a receiver for that much. Not a 2.4ghz anyway. Then add servos and control rods and horns, esc, battery and so on..... good luck.
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You can build a foamy from these plans for way under $20.00.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=851608

Didnt say it included all the electronics, but a motor, 30a ESC, 1500ma 3s Lipo and 3 servos can be found on Ebay for under $50.00, eazy.

I have been doing it for some time now...

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Ok,
but that still isn't in line with what we are talking about on this thread at all.
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Wheelnut: where can you get a DX6i with receiver for $150? The cheapest I've found is $199 and that is with the AR6200 full range receiver, which is probably too large to put into a parkflier.
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I'm sure he will have a answer[&o]
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After 2 minutes of research, I found this new in box DX6i right here in our RCU back yard for $135.00, no rx.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=572976
And this rx on ebay, buy it now for $39.99,
This next one is a slightly used DX6i for $135.00 and since there is also a new one for the same price, then you might be able to get this one for a little less.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=570606

So that is a set-up for $175, that is only $25 more than I paid. I bought mine about 2 years ago, when it wasn't so popular and all of these little planes weren't out yet. If you look hard enough and mabye long enough, I'm sure you will find a similar deal.

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I'm sure if you look long and hard enough, you can find a deal somewhere. This is America, afterall. I'm just saying that the standard price for a new DX6i without a receiver is $150 before tax and shipping and with receiver, it's $200 before tax and shipping.
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Ok, but standard doesn't count when there are two of them sitting in our RCU ads for $135

I bet you can get either one of them with free shipping and of course no tax.
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Well I really wasn't looking for all the bells and whistles or anything top of the line. The 5xe seems to be doing exactly what I need it to do. I don't like getting caught up In the old "well, for 30 dollars more..." scenario. One thing is for sure walking out the back door to go flying sure beats driving to the rc club to do it, not to mention not having to pay AMA and club dues! Thanks again for the help.
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Amen, Brute56
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