Yosser70
Right then, I've ordered some Depron and a few other bits and bobs to get my first build under way. Now all I have to do is decide which plane to build! This will be my first RC plane so something easier to fly would be good. I know I'm going to crash it plenty so if there are any that stand up to that better or are easier to repair that would be good From what I've read the V2 planes would be the best place to start and like the look of the Pak Fa but open to any suggestions. Also suggestions on what the best way to set it up the control surfaces for a beginner would be good.

Cheers.
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squishy
Your 1st airplane should be a PC simulator and a good controller...

NOT THE PAK FA! it does look cool but it's not as easy to fly for a beginner. You want the F22v2 or the F35v2....the F35 is free so that makes it an easy choice, especially if it's your 1st..
"Education is not about filling buckets; it is lighting fires." W.B. Yeats

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Yosser70
Ya I'd sort of figured that out about the PakFa, leave that for another time me thinks! I've got the course so have the pick of the ones that come with that. I guess the fact I've got the videos with the course that show the F35 being built it would make sense to go with that one. The video shows the F35 built with 6 servos, would this be the best thing to do for a beginner?
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squishy
Nope, the best thing for a beginner is just two servos...

As a beginner, your mantra, your number one goal, should be, KISS! Keep It Super Simple...

or Keep It Simple Stupid

Keep the weight down, don't over think it, search the forums for answers when you're stuck, and don't get all excited to make the most complex and a novel airplane you can. Just remember you will crash your 1st plane (and maybe all the others too), so it really doesn't matter what it is or how you build it. Just jump in, KISS and then crash...

We can talk more once you get experience under your belt, if you are equipped with the course, you are ready to crash! So get to it, video it and then post it here so I can laugh at you...then we'll talk about what you learned...
"Education is not about filling buckets; it is lighting fires." W.B. Yeats

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ghostrider03z
squish, the whole laugh at you part is a bit rough..
Crashing is part of learning. If you don't have any, it's like getting an F
Hey, I'd really appreciate it if you checked out my youtube or even subscribed!
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Yosser70
OK thanks for that! So what 2 surfaces would I be best controlling with the 2 servos?
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bob_a_builder
The 2 tail feathers - Elevons - controlled by mixing the Aileron and Elevator channels
In the UK.
In the hanger : F35 v2 : F22 v2 : RC groups F22 : AXN Cloudfly
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bob_a_builder
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OK thanks for that! So what 2 surfaces would I be best controlling with the 2 servos?


The 2 tail feathers (horizontal ones) - Elevons - controlled by mixing the Aileron and Elevator channels

from the user name & choice of aircraft for avatar : can I assume you're in the UK ?
In the UK.
In the hanger : F35 v2 : F22 v2 : RC groups F22 : AXN Cloudfly
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Yosser70
Good guess Bob, can you guess my surname? Loved the Vulcan ever since I saw one as a kid. I remember being amazed how big she was on the ground after only seeing film and photos of her in the air! Are you in the UK?
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squishy
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squish, the whole laugh at you part is a bit rough..


How is it rough?

When I coach noobs here, I don't just teach people how to solder, there is a method to my madness. Creating the future members of this hobby in my own image and continuing to change the culture of the hobby (something Dave did very well with a few videos) are my goals, on top of teaching people to build and fly successfully. I think it's important to always keep things fun and enjoyable and if you take this hobby too seriously, you are missing the entire point of it.
"Education is not about filling buckets; it is lighting fires." W.B. Yeats

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Grey
Like Squishy says, the F-22 V2 or the F-35 V2. Both are inherently stable, middle of the road planes.

And also like he says, get yourself a sim and a USB cable so you can practice in the safety of a digital world. It doesn't need to be a fantastic sim but that bit of flight training will improve invaluable. Crashes are inevitable and not the end of the world BUT they do mean downtime and less practice! The fewer crashes you can limit yourself to the faster you'll be able to climb the learning curve! Sims both help limit crashes in the first place and give you ongoing practice on the days when you just aren't able to fly .
May all your crashes be spectacular!
Planes: RCPowers X-31EB V1, F-18EB V1, F-35EB V1, F-22EB V1 x 2, T-50 V1, EzFly Bomber (e-foamy.com), FunFighter 600mm F-4u Corsair, Mig 29 V2, Mig 29 v1.
Currently working on: Mig 29 v3, F-22 v3 To Do list: Rodrigo's OV10 Bronco; I swear I will get there one day .
Grey's Youtube Channel. - Grey's RC plane blog (it's new and a bit bare!)
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