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#1
I am in need of a very cheap RC TRainer plane and I'm not that keen on scratchbuilding as I'm low on glue. Something under 75$, and small. Does anyone have a suggestion of which plane I should get? Thanks in advance!!
If you can read this, you can eat a cookie :>
 

Tech3811

Active member
#2
Honestly, the only thing under 75 dollars that will fly pretty well is something scratch built, in which I would recommend the Flight Test Tiny Trainer or Simple Scout. If you really don't want to scratch build, the I would recommend something over $100. There are definitely smaller planes that are under $75, but I personally have had very bad experiences with them. If you already have the electronics for a scratch-built plane (motor, ESC, transmitter, receiver, servos, battery), then you can pretty much make a great flying and very rewarding plane for under $10. If you don't have these electronics, you can get pretty much all of them under 100 on amazon, or just buy a Flight Test "Power Pack" for whatever plane you choose to build. Then you can make a LOT of planes for cheap and just switch the electronics between them. If you still choose to buy one online, I would recommend: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0812CDSDY/?tag=lstir-20 This is a very forgiving plane, but it is still 4 channel and can be very fun for stunts as well. This is the equivalent of one of the Flight Test beginner planes. I would still recommend scratch building, so reply if you want some links for some good quality electronics. Have fun flying!
 

Timmy

Legendary member
#3
Honestly, the only thing under 75 dollars that will fly pretty well is something scratch built, in which I would recommend the Flight Test Tiny Trainer or Simple Scout. If you really don't want to scratch build, the I would recommend something over $100. There are definitely smaller planes that are under $75, but I personally have had very bad experiences with them. If you already have the electronics for a scratch-built plane (motor, ESC, transmitter, receiver, servos, battery), then you can pretty much make a great flying and very rewarding plane for under $10. If you don't have these electronics, you can get pretty much all of them under 100 on amazon, or just buy a Flight Test "Power Pack" for whatever plane you choose to build. Then you can make a LOT of planes for cheap and just switch the electronics between them. If you still choose to buy one online, I would recommend: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0812CDSDY/?tag=lstir-20 This is a very forgiving plane, but it is still 4 channel and can be very fun for stunts as well. This is the equivalent of one of the Flight Test beginner planes. I would still recommend scratch building, so reply if you want some links for some good quality electronics. Have fun flying!
Agreed
 
#4
Honestly, the only thing under 75 dollars that will fly pretty well is something scratch built, in which I would recommend the Flight Test Tiny Trainer or Simple Scout. If you really don't want to scratch build, the I would recommend something over $100. There are definitely smaller planes that are under $75, but I personally have had very bad experiences with them. If you already have the electronics for a scratch-built plane (motor, ESC, transmitter, receiver, servos, battery), then you can pretty much make a great flying and very rewarding plane for under $10. If you don't have these electronics, you can get pretty much all of them under 100 on amazon, or just buy a Flight Test "Power Pack" for whatever plane you choose to build. Then you can make a LOT of planes for cheap and just switch the electronics between them. If you still choose to buy one online, I would recommend: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0812CDSDY/?tag=lstir-20 This is a very forgiving plane, but it is still 4 channel and can be very fun for stunts as well. This is the equivalent of one of the Flight Test beginner planes. I would still recommend scratch building, so reply if you want some links for some good quality electronics. Have fun flying!
I looked at it- looks cool!
 

Timmy

Legendary member
#7
i know... on my other computer now
I've tried scratchbuilding 3x now but they didn't really fly- one broke midair, the other was the mustang, and the last floated to earth like a paarachute
It takes a while to get it to work, and you need to pay attention to detail, like CG, prop direction and so on. Once you get the hang of it, building the plane yourself is MUCH more rewarding.
 

Merv

Legendary member
#14
Back in the glow fuel days, I build several planes from cardboard. It has many of the same properties of foamboard. FB is a better product, a bit lighter and has a smother finish. Cardboard planes will fly just as well.
 

Tech3811

Active member
#15
Back in the glow fuel days, I build several planes from cardboard. It has many of the same properties of foamboard. FB is a better product, a bit lighter and has a smother finish. Cardboard planes will fly just as well.
Yes, but the slight weight and thickness differences do matter, so build off of plans especially for cardboard. Flite Test plans do not work with cardboard.
 

JasonK

Participation Award Recipient
#16
strength to weight ratio on cardboard isn't as generally high as foam, but yes you can build stuff out of cardboard.


FT even did one plane from a Pizza box.
 
#20
Yes, but the slight weight and thickness differences do matter, so build off of plans especially for cardboard. Flite Test plans do not work with cardboard.
Yes, true- cardboard doesn't "Fold over the spar" as well, the fold is always crooked, and you can't bevel cut. BUT it's stronger if you use it right! I should try making balsa-style builds with it.