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Old 02-22-2007, 11:02 PM
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I have a couple years experience in glow rc airplanes. I have a trainer and 4*40. I also have a fairly large area in my back yard and 2 kids so I have a hard time getting to the field. I was interested in getting started in electrics and getting something that I can fly in this space. The area is about 75 yards by 40 yards. I have a futaba 9C. Any suggestions on setups including aircraft?
Old 02-22-2007, 11:21 PM
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Try a Slow Stick with a Hacker A20-22L outrunner and a 1320mah 11.1 Lipo battery. Use a 25A ESC. and 2 micro servos. Set the bird up with MAX throws on rudder and Elevator. GREAT backyard flyer.
Here's a video of mine in my backyard.

http://www.rcuvideos.com/view_video....29ef7f2705dfbc
Old 02-22-2007, 11:53 PM
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slow stick may be your best choice, and outrunners and lipos are a hoot but I changed mine back and forth and like both stock with nicads or hopped up, you can do loops and hard turns or even rolls an inelmans if you put alerons on it,your bub scoooper
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:33 AM
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Since you've got experience already with glow planes, you might be able to pilot a more sporty-ish plane than the various 'Sticks.
I'd give the GWS Big Tiger Moth 400 a whirl. It's got ailerons, is a nice, slow flyer, yet can do almost all manuevers. I have a flying area similar in size to yours and fly from it all the time.
Stick in a brushless outrunner and LiPo battery, and you'll get both better performance and lighter weight. That'll help keep it in your area. Even though it's got ailerons the TM400 is VERY stable and in fact might just be the single best aileron trainer there is. Heck, the Tiger Moth in general is one of the very best PLANES there is (in the RC world anyhow).
If you're wanting to play it safe, the GWS Pico Tiger Moth is another great choice. It's a genuine slow-flyer in the style of the 'stick planes but far more realistic in appearance. Not too aerobatic since it's rudder and elevator only, but can do most manuevers.
Personally I'd go with the Big TM and immediately go brushless, not even installing the stock power unit. This outrunner comes with a GWS mount and has the same type of prop shaft the standard one does - just hook it up instead of the stock unit and you've got a big performance increase at little cost. Of course you'll need to get a brushless speed controller for it, also.
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:48 AM
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stevenj::: Not much room (225'by 120') kinda small for a tigermoth unless you can get cum'fy with it in a bigger space then go to the smaller field after all the dumb thum'in that comes with a absence from fly'in and a new plane, THEN like my bub Flyer 1 (a guy who gives GOOD advice!!)said " get a tiger moth 400 or pico (the 400 will turn on a dime) after you get used to her, I spaced out on the tiger an I've got one!!!your bub, scoooper
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Old 02-23-2007, 11:41 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Flyer 1, what servo recommendations, battery size, motor, receiver, and ESC do you reccommend for the big tiger moth 400.
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Thanks for the advice. Flyer 1, what servo recommendations, battery size, motor, receiver, and ESC do you reccommend for the big tiger moth 400.
I'd go with the motor I linked to above (inexpensive, and come with a GWS mount). It's a simple straightforward drop-in replacement.
The Castle Creations Thunderbird 18 would be a perfect ESC to match.
Hi-Tec HS-55 servos would likely be my first choice, and I'd recommend a 2-cell LiPo battery of at least 1250 mah for power. You'cd go with 3 cells, but the additional power isn't really needed for close-in aerobatics (and they're more expensive to boot).
I'm also a big fan of the Castle Creations Berg Microstamp 4L receivers - they've got full range unlike many of the tiny receivers and are practically glitch-proof. I've had 6 of them with nary a single problem.
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How about a helicopter instead? Far more fun in confined areas.
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fsteveenj ::: Heres my little field, they started a subdivision a few years ago an the drainage holding pond got cleared then they've only built two on the other road into it, these were the last two two acre lots they thought theyed ever sell!!( got three)surounding the hold'in pond, I'm now wait'in to close on my private fly'in field at a steal $$$$ after a good rain I have 150' / 50'of 6" deep water runway, POP ON THE FLOATS!!! If you look at the pixs you can see the size and the runway, this is about as small as I feel com'fy in with fly'in my planes without just go'in round in tight circles, any smaller you'll need a pico tiger-moth, or a slow-stick your bub, scoooper
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:08 PM
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This video shows the spaces I'm used to flying in close to home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lfswRRF_Ik

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jlywe1:: great video my bub, your bub, scoooper

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