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My Best Beginner RC Plane Advice

Old 01-02-2022, 12:33 AM
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Your First RC Plane

This thread contains the Best RC Plane Beginner Advice I can offer someone looking to get into flying RC Planes safely and with the highest probably of success. While there are many different schools of thought on how to approach this, listed below are the planes and tips I offer folks asking questions in the comments sections of my YouTube videos, which have helped 100’s of people worldwide achieve success in this hobby.

Before you can rip at 100MPH with that cool looking EDF Jet that flies with a 6S brick for a battery, you need to develop the muscle memory to handle split second decision making. That often will make a difference between a pile of foam on the ground or getting your plane safely back on the ground in one piece.

I have found that the best way to get there is select what is best described as an RC Trainer Plane as your first plane. This is generally one that has a high wing placement on the body of the plane and some up angle called dihedral. What that does it is make the plane more stable and easier to fly. They also tend to be less frill oriented meaning they do not have flaps or retracts. For the beginner, those are just an added layer of scale complication that is not needed at the beginning of your RC Journey.

A very common type of Beginner RC Plane are known as a Ready To Fly (RTF) RC Planes. I show and describe a few common offerings below:

Arrows Pioneer - This is currently the best trainer plane for less than $160 IMHO

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


WL Toys Cessna 182 - Price and durability are its biggest selling points, but you should be in high rates for success.

Unboxing & Maiden Flights:


FMS Ranger with GPS - This is more complicated than most trainer planes, but it flies great.

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


Apprentice STS 1.5M RTF - This is the Gold Standard for RC Trainer Planes, but it is a lot of money for most beginners to invest before they are ready to fully commit to the hobby.


Possible Second Planes

These are often High-Wing RC Planes, RC Gliders, and some other slow flyers like the UMX Night Vapor shown:

E-flite UMX Night Vapor

Unboxing:

Shop Flight:


E-flite UMX Timber

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


Durafly Ugly Stick

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


E-flite UMX Radian

Unboxing:


Flight Video With Bugs:


Arrows SZD-54 Glider

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


E-flite Night Radian

Bill's Maiden Flight:


Night Flight:


Possible Third Planes

Once you master flying the 4-channel planes in the second plane list, you may be able to consider the planes listed below as a third plane.

E-flite Turbo Timber Evolution

Maiden Flight:


Durafly Tundra


E-flite T-28 Trojan - A great beginner warbird

Unboxing:


Second Flight:


E-flite Carbon-Z Cessna

Second Flight:

Maiden Float Flight:


Possible Fourth Planes

RC Warbirds

The best first RC Warbird is a mid-winged plane like a T-28. It generally does not matter which brand, though some come with some excellent features such as gyros.

Arrows T-28 Trojan - Tim modified this for way more speed than stock.

Demo Flight After Upgrades:


H-King Moonbeam McSwine

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


H-King A-1 Skyraider

Maiden Flight:


E-flite P-51 Mustang - This is the most advanced option on this list and the most expensive.

Flight Demo:


RC Twins

E-flite Twin Otter

Bill’s Maiden Flight:


Avios King Twin

Maiden Flight:


Avios Albatross HU-16 V2

Maiden Flight:


FMS Tigercat

Tigercat Demo:


RC Biplanes

E-flite Ultimate 3D

Bill’s Maiden Flight:


E-flite Pitts 850

Unboxing:


Maiden Flight:


FMS 1400mm V2 - This requires 6S batteries, so this is not for beginners to bipes

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


Best First EDF Jets

Arrows Viper

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


E-flite UMX Citation

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


E-flite F-15 64mm EDF

Unboxing:

Maiden Flight:


E-flite UMX A-10 - The CG can be tricky to dial in, but once it is, what a great RC Jet!

Complete Unboxing & Maiden Flights:

Fun Flight:


Freewing Lippisch P.15 64mm - A launch switch and fabric grip tap help with launch success

Unboxing:

Fun Flight:

Please ask any reasonable question below and I will do my best to answer them. For those of you with your own strong opinions regarding a recommended path to success with RC Flight, please be civil as we help those that need our guidance to enjoy this wonderful hobby
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My second airplane was habu sts, and i did most of my learning with that.

I have the UMX a-10, i really don't like trying to adjust trim with the bend in control rods. Do you find it best just to adjust control surfaces with trim, or do you get them centered using horizon's method of adjusting the bend in the control rod? I love flying the umx a-10, until it comes time to land it lol



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Hey Dave!

I wish I would have some first-hand time with that Habu STS as I have heard both good and bad about it as a true beginner's first plane. My suspicion is that people with natural ability can do well with that as their first plane, but those that may not come to as naturally may need a more traditional trainer as they develop the skills they need for success in this hobby.

Regarding the A-10, I subscribe to the philosophy that you do what to need to do with trims to make it fly great in the air and then once it is safe on that ground, mechanically reproduce what you did to the trims. When I say mechanically, I mean with the U bend on the control rod. The reason for the mechanical trims is because with AS3X, more than three clicks in any direction, it can mess with how that gryo performs. I hate that about the AS3X receivers, but it is also good to know an otherwise great receiver's limitations (All of those have that mentioned in the manual).

Another detail regarding the mechanical trimming, a pair of simple bent forceps can really help a lot with making that easier and LESS is MORE when it comes to those silly U bends.

How many airplanes do I have? I have rooms full on the walls, hanging from the ceilings, and in closets

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Hey Dave!

I wish I would have some first-hand time with that Habu STS as I have heard both good and bad about it as a true beginner's first plane. My suspicion is that people with natural ability can do well with that as their first plane, but those that may not come to as naturally may need a more traditional trainer as they develop the skills they need for success in this hobby.

Regarding the A-10, I subscribe to the philosophy that you do what to need to do with trims to make it fly great in the air and then once it is safe on that ground, mechanically reproduce what you did to the trims. When I say mechanically, I mean with the U bend on the control rod. The reason for the mechanical trims is because with AS3X, more than three clicks in any direction, it can mess with how that gryo performs. I hate that about the AS3X receivers, but it is also good to know an otherwise great receiver's limitations (All of those have that mentioned in the manual).

Another detail regarding the mechanical trimming, a pair of simple bent forceps can really help a lot with making that easier and LESS is MORE when it comes to those silly U bends.

How many airplanes do I have? I have rooms full on the walls, hanging from the ceilings, and in closets

GB
Great info! Thanks for the advice on setting trim. If you are ever in Northern Illinois I'll let you borrow the habu for some flights.
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That would be fun to fly that Habu!
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