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Looking for Second Hand Simulator that's worth buying

jd7792

Senior Member
#1
Money's getting a little short and I was hoping to upgrade my basic simulator (FMS) as it just doesn't really do it for me!
Is there anyone out there with a Realflight or a Phoenix Simulator that you are finished with and would may be like to sell?
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#2
Clearview RC Fight Sim is a 40 dollar download and you can use the same controller you use for FMS...
A big improvement over the FMS sim.
 

Ak Flyer

Fly the wings off
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#3
Some guys on here are talking about being able to buy pheonix somewhere for 13 bucks. Might want to keep searching the threads for a bit.
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#4
somebody was selling a dongle out there that reportedly comes with pheonix and some other flight sims...
can't remember where... maybe it was HK?
 

earthsciteach

Moderator
Moderator
#6
Please allow me to be the voice of dissent. Personally, I don't feel that simulators are worth much at all. Buy an inexpensive airplane, go out, fly, crash, repair and repeat. But, that's just me.
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#7
I'll quickly disagree with teach here.
It's rare that I do so I'll jump on it.
I'll quickly concede that nothing beats flying time on a real RC plane...
BUT
The sim is invaluable to help work out orientation, especially if you are teaching yourself w/o the benefit of a trainer, buddy box and all the other nice things. I highly recommend a cheap or free RC sim to help work out out the left/right- coming and going and a few other "monkey" skills.

Once past the orientation and basics the value of a sim becomes more of a what do you want to gain from it. For me, the 40 bucks for Clearview is about my cost vs gains threshold. Pheonix and Realflight have some really cool features such as online play where you can do stuff with your friends but for the money they cost, I'll just buy more planes :)
 

earthsciteach

Moderator
Moderator
#8
HOW DARE YOU, NINJA! I challenge you to an air-to-air duel, sir! Just come on out to PA. I'm as broke as broke can be due to further adventures in automobile repair, so I can't afford air fare. :p
 

lobstermash

Propaganda machine
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#9
I think sims are good for learning some of the more difficult aerobatics, like inverted flight, hovering, knife edges and rolling harriers. Stuff where the control through the manouvre isn't necessarily immediately intuitive.
 

Tritium

Amateur Extra Class K5TWM
#10
My sim is worth the price of the 12 dozen flying craft I have NOT crashed in reality! ;)

It is however, not near as fun as the real thing.

Thurmond
 

Ak Flyer

Fly the wings off
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#11
Please allow me to be the voice of dissent. Personally, I don't feel that simulators are worth much at all. Buy an inexpensive airplane, go out, fly, crash, repair and repeat. But, that's just me.
I don't care for simulators to learn fixed wing planes since there are such good trainers out there and they are very tough. Learning 3D however can be an expensive thing to do and a simulator can save you tons. I bought a simulator for learning helicopters and I wouldn't recommend doing it in any other way.
 
#12
I ordered the USB dongle from dealextreme and it also came with some simulator software.
Free shipping made it OK :)

A Note - the supplied simulators also comes with a crack so they are illegal
 
#14
I ordered the USB dongle from dealextreme and it also came with some simulator software.
Free shipping made it OK :)

A Note - the supplied simulators also comes with a crack so they are illegal
My 3D maps on phoenix are not working, do you have the same problem?
I also bought it from dealextreme.com
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#15
HOW DARE YOU, NINJA! I challenge you to an air-to-air duel, sir! Just come on out to PA. I'm as broke as broke can be due to further adventures in automobile repair, so I can't afford air fare. :p
There is nothing I'd rather do than provide you with some much needed smackage.
I wish everybody could resolve all of their interpersonal conflicts with RC combat!
Oh if PA (I tried spelling it out but forget it) weren't so far away... We have another UnCivil war coming up on Sept 22. I think you'd fit right in :)
 

jd7792

Senior Member
#16
Please allow me to be the voice of dissent. Personally, I don't feel that simulators are worth much at all. Buy an inexpensive airplane, go out, fly, crash, repair and repeat. But, that's just me.
I only have a the cheap FMS sim, which I agree is very un-realistic but I do have to say has helped a bit. Thats why I thought maybe it was time to update. I am already flying, sky surfer, and have built 2 scratchbuilts but I would like that extra help, if foam was cheaper here in australia I would be happy with the build, fly crash and burn process, but if I can get that little extra confidence without having to spend a fortune i feel it would be worth it.
 

Cyberdactyl

Misfit Multirotor Monkey
#19
Yes, a sim will save a beginner hours of grief out in the field. I can't recommend them highly enough. I would almost go as far and say they are a MUST for someone who has never used a transmitter in the past.

As was said above, www.DX.com offers several dongles and dongle+sim packages.

I purchased a dongle and 2 DVDs with most of the leading RC Sims. I must admit, I did feel a bit guilty, since this offering cannot possibly be above board in regard to copyright infringement.



 
#20
I bought this kind of dongle, but it did now work as intended with my turnigy 9x. Instead, I now use Smart Propo plus by connecting my remote directly in the line-in of my pc. I can get 5 channels with this so I can use landing gears or work with helis...