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Old 10-12-2020, 07:23 AM
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Hey all, I have no equipment whatsoever. I'm building an Royal Sr. from scratch. What equipment should I look at getting for a beginner such as myself?
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There's an open ended question... and about the only answer I can give is "it depends". Some of it might depend on what your goals are, and if you want a system to take you into a future of RC for a while, in which case it would make sense to buy a more sophisticated system with more channels and options. If you're just wanting a good sport flyer system, some of the less expensive systems are still very nicely equipped as well... so on that aspect you might understand how it "depends".

As for brands, there's a few stand outs, and we all have our favorites for several reasons. I'm partial to Spektrum, with Futaba being a close second. Both offer good components, and they all work as they should as long as the end user takes time to study and learn, and sets everything up correctly. I'm partial to Spektrum because for me the telemetry options were very enticing, as well as selections of transmitters and components. They seem to stand out to me, and many other people. Service and product support play into it greatly as well, and I've not been let down by any of it with Spektrum. So with that, there's Futaba is good equipment too I used Futaba for many years with no problems...,, and now FRSky is apparently gaining ground as well, but I've not studied much on their offerings..

Most systems offered these days don't really come as a whole set, so you have to search out your own servos, whether it be for same brand or different from your tranmitter(Tx) or receiver(Rx). Most all mainstream servos are compatible with modern systems with no problem at all.

Same for receiver batteries, so study battery technology as well. There's different battery chemistry's now available as well as different capacities available, gone are the days for most of us using the old Ni-Cads. There's much better components/batteries on the market now. Nickel metal hydride)NiMh) is even going away, but some stick with those for some reason. I use LiFe's on my smaller sport planes, which is a very safe lithium phosphorous based battery, very stable, and is rated at 6.6v's, which is also compatible with most all modern systems/servos.

If you're looking at a giant scale, you can get into LiPo based, which is lithium polymer, not as safe per say as a LiFe battery, but yeilds a 7.4v rating, which for the high-voltage(HV) systems is nice, as it gives the HV rated servos extra punch and torque. I've had good experiences with all the above, and I use LiPos on my giant scale projects.

For a newer flyer, and any sport flyer though I would recommend LiFe's, and size/capacity would depend on the plane and servo-count in said plane, and what you'll actually be running off of the battery(s). You'll need a modern charger that's compatible, and most of the chargers will charge any battery on the planet, and do it in about an hour. Gone are the days of charging planes overnight. I can charge everything(giant-scale or small sport planes) in 1 hour and be ready to fly.

So from my perspective, I'd say start research transmitters, and because I'm partial I'd say look at Spektrum/Horizon Hobby and see what's there that interests you. Both Futaba and Spekrum can also be found on TowerHobbies website too... as well as the Rx's and batteries.

We all develop our favorite components over time, and when you're just starting out, it's always recommended to visit a local club, make some friends, and ask some questions. There you'll get first hand looks at what they're doing, and why. Some will also say "buy what they're using", but I won't go that far, but will say just study it for a bit.

I'm not even sure what a Royal Sr. is but it sounds like a classic model of some sort, as the name "Royal" was once the cream of the crop in kits, and I'm all for classics. If I saw one I'd probably recognize it, as I've been in this hobby for most/over 40yrs, and it's always cool when someone comes into it. Albeit it can get confusing, but just be patient, and study everything as best you can.

I'm sure I could go on.. haha... but I'm going to Google Royal Sr. and see what comes up... and I'll also leave you with the question of "what is it?"... That tidbit might help people give input as well.
I hope this all makes sense, and gives you at least something to start with... welcome to RC. Hang on for the ride!!!

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Sorry it took me so long to respond. Life.
Royal/Marutaka Corsair Senior, it's a long discontinued kit that I found the plans online. It has an 60 1/2" ws. The Corsair is hands down my favorite warbird.
From the info I've gathered, I'm going to get something relatively inexpensive as far as a transmitter and see if enjoy flying as much as I hope to do. All the peripherals, I'm going to need no matter what so I'll do some more homework and see. Thanks for the reply. I uploaded the plans in this post
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Old 11-20-2020, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by i.RIDE_H0ndA View Post
Hey all, I have no equipment whatsoever. I'm building an Royal Sr. from scratch. What equipment should I look at getting for a beginner such as myself?
You haven't yet stated your experience with building and flying RC model airplanes . If you've never built/flown one before , your gonna need to start with a trainer and build your way up (literally) to the Corsair . If you've built/flown before and are returning to the hobby , great , things on the hardware side have gotten really good in the past decade or so , and starting back into it with a modern foam trainer will get you back into it quickly . If this IS new to you , plan on the Corsair as being somewhere around your fourth or fifth airplane depending on your learning curve .....
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Zero experience. I'm going to get a high wing and learn on that. I'm lucky, I live in SW Florida and there's a field 2 miles from the house. I go there and pick people's brains and watch them fly. I do plan on waiting to fly the large Corsair, too much time and money to go crashing on the maiden. I just really enjoy building the planes, anything in fact. I'm now designing and fabricating CNC plasma and/or router tables. So many projects....and I'm health compromised so I've been in this house for going on 8 months now. I sure wish National Balsa had better shipping rates gonna need to buy some of their stock soon

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