matd
Hey all. 1st off im a rookie and im sure it will show in this post but anyways, ive been wanting to fly since high school but $$ was always holding me back but now im at the point where i got the cash to "crash".

I got the parkzone j-3 bl cub (rtf) from the local hobbyshop and started to teach myself to fly. for the most part i love this plane but ive crashed it a few to many times so now i need to decide if i should replace the fuselage or move on to a new plane.

while flying i noticed that it was hard to turn even in low winds even after upgrading the motor to a 480 brushless. i think a plane with ailerons would help with this. i just got a dx7 transmitter so i can upgrade to more channels and a flight sim to practice on. also i think wind is a problem. id like to fly on days other then no wind days.

anyone have advice on what plane i should get to fly with ailerons in mild wind and that i can use some of my electronics or at least my 480 motor? or should i just upgrade to a gas power? also id like a nice look to my plane like a warbird of some sort.

any help would be great, im kinda at a x-road here.
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heretic806
The first major problem with the hz cub is that it is too light, and you have to remember that it is a trainer with lots of dihedral it also has a natural tendency to climb because of the incedence of the wing but the up side is that it is fairly cheap to fix and it has lots of potential for mods such as ailerons. My friend had the same problem with his so I cut ailerons in his new wings and add a piece of 6 mm foam between the fuse and trailing edge of the wing to give the plane a more level flight. It all seemed to help now I'm just trying to get him to stop having high speed meetings with the ground.
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matd
thanks for the reply. i was thinking about maybe making my own ailerons but then i would need to invest more $$ into a plane that if my mods were not right would still not fly.
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heretic806
flyzone makes a real nice super cub that is already 4 channel for around $150
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matd
was looking at something like this http://www.nitroplanes.com/90a233-gas-mustang60.html i know its a big step but ive been flying like a pro on the simulator

i do like the super cub. looks really stable
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heretic806
still a difference from sim to real life and a big difference from high wing to low wing design way different flight characteristics not to mention the cost of fuel, glow plugs, starters, ect.... so guess it would really depend on are you willing to invest in all the extras
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matd
thanks for all your insight. being that im still a rookie i think i might grab that super cub. i see lots of people that say its a great plane to start with and has all the xtras im looking for. gas seems like a bit to much for me right now
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kaptondave
You can save gobs of money and have some fun by building your own planes. Start with something simple like the Extra 300 from Dave Powers. The plans are free.

http://www.rcpowers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=625

Your 480 motor may be too big for it but you can buy the Microjet V3 motor from Grayson for $20.

The great thing is that if you crash it is easy to repair and cheap to replace. After you learn to fly on a plane like that you can move on to something else.
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Mr.Pilot101
I had a Piper once. Nice lookin' plane, but that's about it. I always recommend the Dynam Hawk Sky. Ailerons, brushless motor the whole deal. It's only $109 and it's such a great trainer plane. http://www.nitroplanes.com/new4chdyhask.html
EVERY FLIGHT is a TEST and every CRASH is a LESSON!

Dave Herbert

http://www.youtube.com/RcPiLoT1011
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rodrigo
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thanks for all your insight. being that im still a rookie i think i might grab that super cub. i see lots of people that say its a great plane to start with and has all the xtras im looking for. gas seems like a bit to much for me right now


I recommend what it says Kaptondave... I´m a rookie too and here I can´t buy a good trainer for less than US250 without radio.... building a plane is really fun and you don´t regret for mistakes... bad landings , loops to the ground, inverted landings, tree crashes etc are no problem, only a couple of hour of work (maybe more).... I don´t try the extra 300 from RCP jet , I started with RCP F35 because I like modern combat planes and learn a lot (BTW the F35 is a stable and easy plane to fly).. I do not regret the path I take, 3 planes in 6 month, lot of flight hours, lot of crash and repairs too and I do not care give the plane to my nephew or my brother in law even if they crash (well, only if I crashed before them)

in summary lot of fun!
regards

(maybe I´ll build a extra 300 or other slow plane for my father)
good luck!

tx Futaba 9CAP & 8U
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skydrol
Try a Hawk Sky

I agree with MrPilot101, the Hawk Sky would be a good choice;

It can take a good deal of wind.
Its easy to repair ( I should know).
I find it is relatively fast.
You are able to upgrade it or modify it.
Lots of fun to fly!

Get it up in the air with some altitude, do gentle turns, try not to crash.

Good luck
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