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Beginner Airplane Setup and Links:
“A Couple of Recommended Beginner Airplanes…”
-Note: if you want more SPEED, buy the Bixler V1.1 RTF instead, as it uses a higher-Kv motor and smaller prop. If you want more THRUST AND EFFICIENCY (longer flight time), buy the Bixler V2 RTF, as it has a lower-Kv motor and larger prop. Also, the Bixler V2 RTF comes with a better Transmitter, since it is 6-channels instead of only 4.
What makes a good beginner plane?
Here are some good characteristics to look for:
Necessary Airplane Supplies:
14.5) Battery charger lead (for the XT-60 connector), $3: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=10266&aff=281904
Optional Flight Simulator
Optional Soldering Kit
Optional Workshop Tools:
-Note: to balance a prop, you'll need some medium-viscosity Super Glue (ie: CA, or cyanoacrylate) to add weight to the light prop blade, some sand-paper (220~280 grit or so) to lighten a prop blade and/or smooth added CA resin, and some "CA accelerator" to get the CA to cure almost instantly. Here are links to those items, except for the sand paper, which you can buy from your local hardware store: HobbyKing medium CA ($3), 2 oz. accelerator in pump spray bottle ($4), 8 oz. accelerator refill ($8).
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Other Good Beginner Plane Features to Look For:
Examples of other planes with good beginner characteristics:
I’d have to say that this Tuff Trainer is also an *excellent* and economical choice for a beginner. Though it is a tail-dragger (which is undesirable), it makes up for that by having a “prop-saver,” which protects the propeller in the (very likely) event of a nose-over. (A prop-saver is device that allows the propeller to be attached using a rubber O-ring, so that it flexes/bends back in the event of a nose-over or crash, and prevents the prop from breaking). This plane is also made of very tough EPP foam, should be easily repaired using a hot glue gun and strapping tape, and is 4-channels, so it has aileron control!
List of other EPP (VERY DURABLE) planes from CrashTestHobby.com. For a beginner, check out the Albatross or Pelican! http://www.crashtesthobby.com/
Features to Avoid for a Beginner Plane:
Examples of planes to Avoid for a Beginner:
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