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Old 06-12-2012, 04:30 AM   #1276
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I want to try one of these. Is floats a little much for a first time pilot?

Yup...harder then it looks....

Lots of planes have a float option, I would look into that....learn to land on the ground first with out nose overs, or other mishaps....then when winter gets here fly the floats off of snow....after you are good with that you are ready for water.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:33 AM   #1277
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:39 AM   #1278
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:13 AM   #1279
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LOL... just prepping it for the new RPM A-Arms. While I'm in there, I'm also going to strip and clean the diffs. Seems there's a little bit of sand in there.

Good thing I like working on them as much as I like running them...

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:23 AM   #1280
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Yup...harder then it looks....

Lots of planes have a float option, I would look into that....learn to land on the ground first with out nose overs, or other mishaps....then when winter gets here fly the floats off of snow....after you are good with that you are ready for water.
I agree. A larger Cub like the HobbyZone would be a good plane to learn on land and then put on floats.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #1281
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Speaking of Cubs, I picked this up over the weekend. 48" wingspan. Was a nitro bird, but will be electric.


Also picked this up.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:08 AM   #1282
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I like electric gliders...I have one and it is just so nice to zip up high then just glide around....last summer I only came down (after 1.5hrs) my longest flight ever because my neck was getting sore......that and I had to pee

I am thinking of getting a real glider and giving it a go....I want one that will life a large camera....like a go-pro.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #1283
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I want to try one of these. Is floats a little much for a first time pilot?

Floats don't really do much so far as helping or hurting the first time pilot.
The main thing with the one above, is the small size of the bird.
It could be a bit of a handfull for a beginner, so go with a larger size cub, with either floats or wheels.
Take off from the water is similar, with the exception of getting the floats up "on step" then easing it off the water.
In the air, they provide a bit of drag, vs. a regular wheeled gear setup, but in most cases, this isn't a bad thing, especially for a beginner.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:31 AM   #1284
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Floats don't really do much so far as helping or hurting the first time pilot.
The main thing with the one above, is the small size of the bird.
It could be a bit of a handfull for a beginner, so go with a larger size cub, with either floats or wheels.
Take off from the water is similar, with the exception of getting the floats up "on step" then easing it off the water.
In the air, they provide a bit of drag, vs. a regular wheeled gear setup, but in most cases, this isn't a bad thing, especially for a beginner.
Until they try to land....landing on the well....land is hard enough for a new guy...water has this problem of moving and if you are not quite right in the landing you are going swiming.

I would strongly suggest get it to where you can put the plane down on the earth just perfect 90% of the time, then for your first time on the water find a DEAD calm day, (no ripples in the water) and a nice shallow body of water, some business park water bodies are good for this....and I have found if you are an adult the police may still run you off but they will generally be cool about it...on weekends is best....sometime they just come and watch, being a cop is pretty boaring...I know I work with about 100 of them. Some of those ponds are only calf deep. Or get a boat...lots of those little ponds you really don't want to go swimmin in unless your shots are up to date.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:55 AM   #1285
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If the water's rough, 9 times out of 10, it's a gusty windy day, and generally isn't conducive for the first time flier anyway...
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:53 AM   #1286
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If the water's rough, 9 times out of 10, it's a gusty windy day, and generally isn't conducive for the first time flier anyway...
Or you're at a lake with a large number of pleasure craft. Typically even the no-wake zones are pretty choppy.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #1287
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Yes pleas post up your experience with both those companies if you don't mind.
Ok...two boxes waiting on my door today after work....both are double boxed and the planes inside look to have no shipping damage.

I did open each box and give it a quick once over, but today I am just not feeling too well so I did not go into them too much. Everything in my order is there and it looks perfect....a very good experence.

On the Panther from Hobby King it is a SkyAngel plane and looks to be a very nice small model. The F4 Phantom is a FMS plane and it looks to have good fit and finish....again from what I can tell....I did not even take the bits out of the plastic or free them from the box.

A very good experence....depending on how the Dr. visit goes tomorrow I will let you know how the build goes and take some photos.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:24 PM   #1288
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Other than a couple pushrods that I am waiting for to run the flaps, this plane is ready to fly.



Hobby king super cub. Nice plane other than the cowl being from a regular J-3.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #1289
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I like that....looks very nice.

Do you have a link?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:55 PM   #1290
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I like that....looks very nice.

Do you have a link?
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I have the e-flite super cub gear on it with dubro 4.5" bush wheels. I had the clipped wing version that was a nice flier until it smashed into the ground after the BEC burned up.
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