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Paco17 09-04-2016 10:19 PM

Some advices
Hi guys, i finally decided to become a member of the best hobby in the world .Since i was a little kid i loved airplanes and 1 month ago i bought a 50cm wingspan WL toys 3Ch RC Cessna made in EPO .I started teaching myself flying watching videos on YouTube and reading articles on internet.I started handlaunching the plane , doing little landings and 3 days ago i finally took off and flew in the big sky. My dream si to fly the mighty 1875mm B17 that i found on hobbyking It has a big wingspan and in my oppinion you need a lot of experience and skills to fly it .Guys you have a lot of experience so please can you give me some advices and tips ? Is my training a good ? Where i live i can't go at a flying field because it's too far away and the selfteaching is the only option .So If you know some training exercices please can you sher them to me ? At the moment I'm working on the finall aproach and landing. And my last question si how many experience am i going to need to fly the B17 . Thank you for all .


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JetPlaneFlyer 09-04-2016 11:02 PM

The best advice it to keep practicing. Before moving on to more advanced models you would want to be totally comfortable with Cessna being able to fly well controlled circuits and figure eights in both directions, plus accurate and consistent landing with with both left and right hand approaches.

Bigger planes as a general rule are easier to fly but they are also easier to damage and more expensive to repair/replace if you get it wrong.

ron_van_sommeren 09-04-2016 11:08 PM

Some well-structured reading and handy e-tools for rainy/windy days. Will save you, and us :D, a lot of questions. Notably the 'what went wrong?' kind of questions :(
Will also prevent you from burning up several controllers and/or motors and/or battery:
E-flight primer and tools

And please, do your RC equipment, wallet, ego, battery, controller, motor, house/garage/car a big favour ... get a watt-meter. It will more than pay for itself, will save you at least one fried motor and one fried controller. Will also help you finding the best setup.

tobydogs 09-05-2016 02:01 AM

one word.......Simulator!!! Realflight 7 is a good one.

Glacier Girl 09-05-2016 03:46 AM

As others have lead to, experience, experience, experience.

When you can fly the plane, and not have it flying you, and you are comfortable doing so, then it's probably time to move on to something a little more difficult, like a 4 channel plane.

Word when you start getting ready to fly the 17, it will be a different bird. It's going to be a lumbering beast in the air. It's a bomber, not a fighter, fly it like it should be flown.

Best of luck!

dahawk 09-05-2016 03:57 AM

Originally Posted by tobydogs (Post 999697)
one word.......Simulator!!! Realflight 7 is a good one.

+1 in getting a sim. Warbirds can be tricky. Easy to stall. Get Realflight or Phoenix sim. You can find used ones
Might think about an Eflight T-28 as a good second plane after you have mastered the Cessna. Then you will at least have experience with a low wing.
The B-17 won't be too difficult to fly if you know what to expect. But yi're introducing some added complexity with flaps and retracts.

Have fun and welcome to the addiction.


Paco17 09-05-2016 09:12 AM

Thank you for your usefull advices guys .In a few days i will purchase a flight simulator and i will start flying .And 1 more think .What do you think of the SBD dauntless from freewing ? Is it good for a second plane ? I saw some videos on YouTube and this beautifull bird flyes very Well. What do you think about it ? Thank you again for all.


Wildflyer 09-05-2016 06:17 PM

In my humble opinion, my favorite plane for cutting up the sky and trying new types of flying is an EPP 3D stunt plane. They bounce very well and take a lot of abuse, you can fix EPP with regular CA glue, you don't need the expensive foam type. Most damages can be fixed at the field, new prop and you are ready to go.

My favorite plane of this type is the Hobbyking Reaktor

I fly mine with a Hobbyking NTM motor, I know it is a much bigger motor than it calls for, but I didn't like the low power of that one.

With this motor, I move the tail servos back to the rear of the fuse, for balance.

I use this battery

4 decent 9 gram servos and a speed control, and you are good for a lot of fun. I don't bother with the landing gear, I fly outside and those wheels won't roll in grass.

Even my best friend who is a VERY good 3D flyer likes this plane, and flys it every time he can.

On high rates the roll rate is CRAZY! , yet reduce the travels and it flys very tame.

When you get were you can fly this plane comfortably without crashing for 20+ flights, then you are ready to advance. It is very tempting to get a slick new plane, right after something like your cub, I understand, I re-kited several planes learning that myself. but they fly totally different than the cub, and you might not be ready for that. The Reaktor simply goes where you point it, and will teach you how to fly with a lower chance of destruction.

I want the B-17 myself, but I am holding off until I get my flying mojo back.

Vic Z 09-05-2016 06:32 PM

Originally Posted by Paco17 (Post 999708)
Thank you for your usefull advices guys .In a few days i will purchase a flight simulator and i will start flying .And 1 more think .What do you think of the SBD dauntless from freewing ? Is it good for a second plane ? I saw some videos on YouTube and this beautifull bird flyes very Well. What do you think about it ? Thank you again for all.


Dahawk gave out some great advise. The T28 was my second plane, and I am completely happy that I chose it. Easy to fly, very forgiving, quite capable, and easy to upgrade when you are ready.
I have no experience with the Dauntless, but I do know that you are adding allot of moving parts to the mix with that plane. Not only will there be more to flying it, but more to repair when you crash. And you will. We all do.
My opinion would be that ailerons would be enough to add to the mix, and with the T28 you are adding quite a bit of speed and maneuverabilty as is. Also the T28 is very easy to repair, parts are everywhere, and it loves glue:D
Best wishes,

Paco17 09-05-2016 09:46 PM

Thank you for all guys . I will follow your advices when i will choose my second plane. Thanks aga in . Best regards.;-)

dahawk 09-06-2016 02:39 AM

Dauntless is indeed nice but if you read the reviews a nose over queen. T-28.

GC986 12-07-2016 08:46 AM

Thanks for all the advice appreciate it :)

zoltron55 12-20-2016 10:34 PM

join a club you will learn from others mistakes. plus you might be able to fly other planes before you bye them. the knowledge the other club members is priceless + they are moer than happy to help a new guy get started

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