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Old 03-05-2013, 07:42 AM
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Default Want a flight sim, dont want to pay the price. :/

Are there any which are easier on the wallet than the big ones that are for sale out there?

Also, is the DX6i compatible with any of them?
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:37 AM
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With some help from others here, I found the low-dollar sims with adapters for Spektrum on E-bay for real cheap. I use the adapter with my 6i no problem. The one I found came with something like 'Dynam simulator' on a little disk, but I just use R/C Desk Pilot and FMS. On E-Bay, just search for USB RC simulator JR, since JR and Spektrum are compatible.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:25 PM
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Cool thanks for the info! I downloaded the "Free version" of clearview, but I guess on that version you cannot add the user created airplanes. It was cool that you could fly with the keyboard though.

I also downloaded rcdeskpilot and all the PZ planes. The only thing is you apparently cannot fly with the keyboard so I will be looking for a cord adapter for my DX6i.

Seems as though the full version of clearview is like 40 bucks. Hopefully I can find an adapter cord cheaper than that and just run desk pilot.
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Would this work?
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=66345686982
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mattman0182 View Post
Yeah, that looks like the one I got. With stuff this cheap, you never know, but at $5, what can you expect?

I looked at Clearview, but my current computer can't handle it. I need a computer upgrade, then I'm going back to RealFlight, to be honest. I like all the view options, and it just feels more (If you'll pardon the expression) real.
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It looks o.k. but the details say it has a 2.5mm connector. It should be 3.5mm if it's going to work with JR/Spektrum....so either it's just typed wrong or it needs another adaptor which isn't supplied.

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Old 03-05-2013, 09:55 PM
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Good eye! Hmm, might pay to shop around a little more...
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:19 PM
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Shame Realflight is over $200 or id get it. I have played it at the hobby sho and enjoy it.

I could go for the $15 dynam sim and use that usb controller with the other apps, but id prefer to use my own radio.

Ill do some looking Round and thinking.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:59 AM
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I used to use FMS Flying Model Simulator. It is free to down load and you can find 100's of planes by making a search for FMS planes.

You need an adapter to hook your transmitter to the USB port, I found mine on Ebay for less than $ 5

http://modelsimulator.com/
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:02 AM
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Clearview is a nice program its $40 and works pretty good. There are also a quite a few planes you can download and put in the sim.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:41 AM
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Check the classifieds on RC GROUPS for used Realflight sims I got a version 5.5 used for $85, works perfect and comes with the controller and can be used with your transmitter if you like

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildflyer View Post
I used to use FMS Flying Model Simulator. It is free to down load and you can find 100's of planes by making a search for FMS planes.

You need an adapter to hook your transmitter to the USB port, I found mine on Ebay for less than $ 5

http://modelsimulator.com/
What search term should I use on eBay? Just Jr/spektrum adapter?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:35 AM
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Try "USB simulator cable". That gets me 50+ offers, most of which mention JR.

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:09 PM
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RC Planemaster ... comes complete with USB connected Tx ..... mine cost just over 20 Pounds UK ... ( about $30 all in ) on ebay ...

Some say it does not run on Win 7 ... well it does run on 32bit Win 7 (Starter) .... I have it on my machine right here.

Plenty of sellers on Ebay offer it ...

FMS - that's old hat now and there's far better out there ...

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:33 AM
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Do yourself a favor and get a good simulator! The first crash you avoid by practizing in the simulator will make it pay for itself!

ClearView is a decent simulator for beginners, but a lot of the models are "dumbed down" and fly a lot easier than they would in real life. But it will do for learning basic maneuvers. $40 for the software is not bad. Then you can get one of those "mock transmitters" for about $20 on eBay.

Yes, you'll be down $60, but you'll end up a better pilot and you'll crash fewer planes. Ask me how I know...
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Man, don't mess around with the el=cheapo sims--- get a Realflight and be done with it!

You won't be sorry and remember,

BUY CHEAP- BUY TWICE

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Yes but you can get an infinite number of (free) RCDeskPilots or FMSs for the (expensive) price of one RealFlight.

If you start on a free sim and learn the basics and then decide it's worth spending loads on a "better" sim it's not cost you any more. And if instead you decide the free sim is all you need you've saved enough to buy another model or two instead .

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Originally Posted by giflyrc View Post
Man, don't mess around with the el=cheapo sims--- get a Realflight and be done with it!

You won't be sorry and remember,

BUY CHEAP- BUY TWICE

Roger aka GIFLYRC
Forgive me taking offence at this ..... but I will defend RC Planemaster against such ridiculous rubbish !

I agree that FMS is the pits and not worth installation ... but ~$30 for RC Planemaster is a good investment and is a very good sim with all the control trimming / weather / wind etc. that you need. The Graphics may not be super-duper Hollywood graphics - but that is not the point. The point is that the model in the sim react and fly like the real model ... RC Planemaster DOES THAT and for a lot less cost than Phoenix / Realflight etc.
Second it comes with the same USB controller TX that Dynam and others have - just a different sticky label on front.

I have to admit that I get a bit tired of reading advice that connects cost with 'quality' ............ that may have been true years ago - but not now.

I've been RC'g for more years than I care to remember .......... in fact before Proportional radio became the norm ... and I fly RC Planemaster when weathers bad .. I want to practice manoeuvre ... keep hands in ... etc.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:34 PM
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There's a good deal on RealFlight right now:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXCREN&P=ML

I just picked one up and I'm switching from Phoenix to RF because I'm into 3D and RF is a tad more 3D friendly.

I'm probably selling my Phoenix if someone is interested...
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