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Help! I'm New!

#1
Hi, I am new to RC planes and I have a few questions.

1. How do I start?

2. Can I fly a plane without using a simulator (My computer doesn't support the software)?

3. What kit should I get. I want it to be good for beginners. For example, I want it to be durable, relatively easy to assemble (it can be challenging to assemble, I just don't want to mess up the entire plane by getting a cut wrong or something), and landing gear is optional but it seems important for a beginner to have.

4. Do I need a laser cutter to build custom planes? Building custom planes seems like a fun thing to do in the future, but I'll never be able to afford a laser cutter.

5. Is flying RC planes hard or expensive?

Please leave share any information/links that will help me answer these questions!

Thanks!!
 

JasonK

Master member
#2
Hi, I am new to RC planes and I have a few questions.

1. How do I start?
there are multple ways, but generally, pick a plane friendly to learning to fly, built it and start flying
2. Can I fly a plane without using a simulator (My computer doesn't support the software)?
yes, simulator just saves you from having to rebuild when crashing while your learning.
3. What kit should I get. I want it to be good for beginners. For example, I want it to be durable, relatively easy to assemble (it can be challenging to assemble, I just don't want to mess up the entire plane by getting a cut wrong or something), and landing gear is optional but it seems important for a beginner to have.
I have a 'getting started cheap' link in my Signature, you can get going for around/under $200 if you focus on keeping your price down.
4. Do I need a laser cutter to build custom planes? Building custom planes seems like a fun thing to do in the future, but I'll never be able to afford a laser cutter.
nope, you can build foam board planes with just a hobby knife/razor blade to cut it out and glue to put it together. watch the build of the Tiny Trainer and you will learn all the needed skills to build. Cutting out plans isn't covered, but that is basically following the lines.

5. Is flying RC planes hard or expensive?
that is all relative... it is hard when you start, but gets easier as you learn.
expensive - depends on your definition of expensive and what you choose to build/etc. As I pointed out above, you can get started around $200 and I saw someone flying a plane that was probably more expensive then my car a few weeks back.
Please leave share any information/links that will help me answer these questions!

Thanks!!
 

CarolineTyler

Legendary member
#3
1. How do I start?
If you can find a flying buddy/club - that's a super way to get going, nothing like flying/trying to fly with frends

2. Can I fly a plane without using a simulator (My computer doesn't support the software)?
Of course, I initially taught myself to fly way before flight sims were a available with a ni-cad battery powered Multiplex cub over a long grassed field. Just be prepared to crash more, and have fun to repair.

3. What kit should I get. I want it to be good for beginners. For example, I want it to be durable, relatively easy to assemble (it can be challenging to assemble, I just don't want to mess up the entire plane by getting a cut wrong or something), and landing gear is optional but it seems important for a beginner to have.
Tiny trainer - easy build and a great starting place.

4. Do I need a laser cutter to build custom planes? Building custom planes seems like a fun thing to do in the future, but I'll never be able to afford a laser cutter.
Not at all, a decent sharp blade is all you need.

5. Is flying RC planes hard or expensive?
It's as difficuilt/expensive as you let it be. Like all obsessions, it will absorb as much money as you allow it and you can push yourself to make it as difficult as you want - pattern flying / 3D flying is a whole mountain of learning that I personally am not climbing ;)
 
#5
there are multple ways, but generally, pick a plane friendly to learning to fly, built it and start flying

yes, simulator just saves you from having to rebuild when crashing while your learning.

I have a 'getting started cheap' link in my Signature, you can get going for around/under $200 if you focus on keeping your price down.

nope, you can build foam board planes with just a hobby knife/razor blade to cut it out and glue to put it together. watch the build of the Tiny Trainer and you will learn all the needed skills to build. Cutting out plans isn't covered, but that is basically following the lines.


that is all relative... it is hard when you start, but gets easier as you learn.
expensive - depends on your definition of expensive and what you choose to build/etc. As I pointed out above, you can get started around $200 and I saw someone flying a plane that was probably more expensive then my car a few weeks back.
I have tried the tiny trainer. stay away from it. it is really hard to keep in the air, though yes it is indestructible. try the simple storch. should work better.
 
#6
I have tried the tiny trainer. stay away from it. it is really hard to keep in the air, though yes it is indestructible. try the simple storch. should work better.
My experience has been that the Tiny Trainer is one of the easiest planes to fly I've ever touched. It's not necessarily the most "fun" to fly, but it's simple. It just needs some speed to keep it in the air.
 
#7
My experience has been that the Tiny Trainer is one of the easiest planes to fly I've ever touched. It's not necessarily the most "fun" to fly, but it's simple. It just needs some speed to keep it in the air.
I have built many different variations, and done what some people said would make it better, and it never worked. maybe two succesful twenty second flights at max.
 
#8
I have built many different variations, and done what some people said would make it better, and it never worked. maybe two succesful twenty second flights at max.
I've done the same and agree have never had good success, my first real "flight" was actually on the FT Racer and I wish I had started with that instead of going through 5 other planes that were supposedly good "starter planes"
 
#9
I have built many different variations, and done what some people said would make it better, and it never worked. maybe two succesful twenty second flights at max.
Huh. I can get flights of several minutes with a 3s, and there's more than enough power to get me out of any problems.
 

Monte.C

Legendary member
#10
My scratchbuilt "Trainer-Stik" was the first of my designs that I successfully flew, and it flies great, slow & gentle & well-behaved. As I look at it now, it's surprisingly similar to the FT Tiny Trainer even though I was hardly aware of the TT at all. Just look at that TT; How could it NOT be an awesome first plane? I can't see what all the discussion's about.
 

Merv

Legendary member
#12
My experience has been that the Tiny Trainer is one of the easiest planes to fly I've ever touched. It's not necessarily the most "fun" to fly, but it's simple. It just needs some speed to keep it in the air.
I have seen some of the kits that did not have the CG marked in the correct place. If you balanced where marked, it was tail heavy.

If you moved the CG forward, 1/4 to 1/2 of where it was marked on the kit, it flew great.
 
#16
Welcome. The tiny trainer is a good starting plane and yes they are other one's that are good too. for me it was the the FT mighty miny arrow easy to build durable. bank and yank. the only thing you need to remember is that you need to climb high so you can have time to correct your mistake's do not make the mistake alot of us have done by staying near the ground ( unless you are going for the trophy of the one that can go into the ground and come out some where else then you win a prize) most of all just have fun.
 

Monte.C

Legendary member
#18
Welcome. The tiny trainer is a good starting plane and yes they are other one's that are good too. for me it was the the FT mighty miny arrow easy to build durable. bank and yank. the only thing you need to remember is that you need to climb high so you can have time to correct your mistake's do not make the mistake alot of us have done by staying near the ground ( unless you are going for the trophy of the one that can go into the ground and come out some where else then you win a prize) most of all just have fun.
Haha playing whack-a-Mini Arrow! I'm guilty of staying too close to the ground for sure. That's ok, the plane flies awesome until it "lands". @skymaster I think you're ok - You're a knucklehead same as I am and I get your stupid jokes.