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The best trainer plane to date,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Radio Control Piper J-3 Cub (Toy)
I learned how to fly on this plane and it is a fantastic plane with really easy going flight characteristics. It is very, very tough and easy to repair. I will break it down into the positives and negatives for this review, and be careful that you don't buy the dated and regular Super Cub.
!!!!!!!!!!Make sure you buy the Super Cub LP version which is the newer version and includes the Lipo battery = faster + longer flight times!!!!!!!
+ Durable, durable, durable
+ Easy to fly
+ Three-channel controller gives you elevator, rudder and throttle which makes it easy to learn.
+ The absolute best first-time flyer trainer.
+ Easy to repair when you do crash it, and you will.
+ Spare parts readily available.
+ Fast enough to not be a toy but still stable and slow enough to learn on.
+ With low-temperature hot-glue you can fix it right as rain even when you completely break off a wing, or even break the fuselage in half.
+ Lipo batteries included in the LP version (not listed here).
+ Lots of help online in many different forums like RC Groups, or Wattflyers.
- Not flyable in windy conditions as it is too light (but it sure is fun to try, just don't do it on your first tenflights).
- Receiver, servos, and radio are proprietary, which means you can't gut it and use them in other planes with other radios, etc. when you upgrade.
- Battery box makes for a tight fit for the battery.
- ATC is good on paper, rubbish in practice unless you fly really, really high the whole time. Most new pilots don't which makes this program more of a curse than a help.
- Three-channel control gets boring rather quickly, but you really SHOULD practice on a 3-channel plane like this before you go to an aileron plane (4-channel) like the T-28 Trojan from Parkzone. You can start with one of those, but you will likely throw in the towel and quit the hobby before you learn to fly properly.
Some tips and tricks to help make your first flights successful:
Bullet-proof your SC by wrapping the wings, fuselage and cowl completely with clear packing tape (yes, every surface). Make sure to keep the cowl-holes free for keeping the motor cool.
Turn off the ATC by cutting the wires completely. This is a rubbish program which leads to more crashes than it prevents. It only works if you fly over three mistakes high and below that it causes more mistakes due to taking away your control.
Fly at least three mistakes high, this means, at least 150 feet+ in the air. This is contrary to intuition, but the ground is your enemy when you learn to fly. When you fly three mistakes high, it means you are high enough to have time to correct three mistakes before you crash and burn.
This plane (the LP Version, not this one) gets a HUGE thumbs up and is generally considered the finest learning machine by all of us in the hobby. If you are considering learning to fly RC planes, forget the cool looking jets and the supersonic planes, you need to start here or you will get discouraged and quit the hobby. This plane is simply the best there is for starters.
Two thumbs UP!
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2010 19:53:17 GMT
hello and I am just telling you that you could of got the RC plane for %50 cheaper and you paid more that you should have paid for and the normal price for the plane is £125 so otherland have just made you pay a lot more.
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