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Tom H 103/02/2018 19:26:50
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Hi All,

wondered if someone can help me. I want to get into RC planes but have tried to understand the basics but a lot of youtube videos contradict each other. Can anyone help me understand the basics (equipment needed etc) And best of all the best websites to buy from

Former Member03/02/2018 22:58:15

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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator03/02/2018 23:11:10
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I totally agree with Percy. Find your local club on the BMFA website, get in touch with them and then go and visit one Saturday or Sunday afternoon. You'll find most RCFlyers are only too happy to chat about their models, the gear they use etc. You'll get loads of good advice, but most of all you'll make some contacts. They advise you what to buy, and where to buy it so you end up with a suitable setup to learn on. If you join the club they will then teach you to fly - and best of all, this advice and instruction is free - you just have to join and follow their advice. It's the best way - honestly.


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cymaz04/02/2018 06:52:04
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Tom. This map will help you find BMFA (British Model Flying Association) clubs. Any good club should welcome you, show you around and offer you a taster flight on a club trainer...for free. As has been said, don’t be in any rush to part with cash until you know exactly what you want to do.


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kc04/02/2018 10:04:35
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All good advice. At clubs we so often get people who bought planes on E-Bay and then come to us and we have to tactfully tell them they have wasted their money! If only they had come to chat with us first.......

However note that most clubs have certain specific times to fly and may not be at the field in windy weather, so phone the sec first to avoid wasted journeys.

Cuban804/02/2018 10:12:37
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Hi Tom and a very warm welcome to our hobby. There's nothing I can add to the excellent advice that has been proffered so far. However, the only thing I'd add regarding the advice about clubs, is to make sure that you visit as many of them as you can that are within a reasonable travelling distance before signing up.

Clubs can be like people, in that some you'll find you'll get along with and others you won't. Despite all being fans of model aeroplanes and claiming to welcome beginners, the character and ambience of different clubs can vary greatly and it's important to find one that suits you, even if that means travelling a bit further than what you might like or paying a tad more in subs.

Good luck.

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ken anderson.04/02/2018 10:28:43
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hello tom, welcome from me,much the same as above...also have a look in the local library (if you still have one)there should be plenty of books there for you to get info from...and as mentioned don't buy anything until you've had some unbiased advice etc..... best to see what other people are using - get your hands on some gear... fire away with as many Q's as you want.....

ken tom flying dept.

Former Member04/02/2018 13:22:39

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Tony Harrison 204/02/2018 13:41:13
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Posted by Percy Verance on 03/02/2018 22:58:15:

Firstly Tom, I'd urge you not to buy anything at all until you find out where your nearest club is situated. A few visits to such a club would help you through what seems something of a maze at the minute............. Going the club route can save you much time, trouble, money and frustration, as a registered club will have qualified Instructors to teach you at no cost to yourself........And again Tom, visting a club will provide you with a good idea what sort of equipment is the most popular, and why this is...............Advice and help are what you need most of all just now, and most model flyers and clubs will provide this for free!....

In principle you are of course correct, but in practice my own experience has not borne this out. 1. Practically everyone I spoke to when visiting (and joining) different clubs gave me differing advice, sometimes wildly so. 2. Instructors are sometimes available in theory but not in practice. 3. Flyers have hugely varied experience, preferences and prejudices (i/c v electric, gliders v 'planes, etc) and will swear blind that theirs is sound advice while that given by so-and-so at the other club down the road is complete nonsense....4. I visited one club where instruction seemed highly organised, but sadly everything else about the club seemed highly organised/disciplined to an alarming degree! Ve must heff diziplin, or zere vill be no order...

For those such as the OP, much personal research is called for, to start sorting out the good advice from the very bad, and to identify one's own preferences; you need to be very flexible indeed to be able to take advantage of any instruction help offered to you - ideally you should be retired and have no other commitments, not take holidays, and not spend time out of the country! Though re this latter, I've had most of my flying instruction in France, in part because the weather is far better and more predictable... I still have hopes of some instruction and enjoyment from Brit clubs with which I've made contact, but e.g. right now it's cold and very windy, lately it's rained all the time, and progress with local clubs can be very slow indeed...

Ernie04/02/2018 14:02:26
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Hi Tom, There is another thing that you should consider. Do you want to buy an aircraft, all ready built, and go and fly it right away, or are you interested in building one, say from a kit?

Also, while I wholeheartedly agree that it is good to join a club. If this is not possible, you can learn alone, but be prepared for many mishaps.


Don Fry04/02/2018 14:21:15
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There is an element of truth Tony Harrison's comments. As in all of life, opinions vary.

As ever, find a guru who you can relate to, and stick to the guru.

Hint, watch his flying, watch him prepare his models. It should look like not much effort is going on, but it all goes smoothly, and gets done. The models are not necessarily big or shiny.

john stones 104/02/2018 14:38:36
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Posted by Don Fry on 04/02/2018 14:21:15:

There is an element of truth Tony Harrison's comments. As in all of life, opinions vary.

As ever, find a guru who you can relate to, and stick to the guru.

Hint, watch his flying, watch him prepare his models. It should look like not much effort is going on, but it all goes smoothly, and gets done. The models are not necessarily big or shiny.

Yep, don't just visit a club, sit and watch/listen, not always the chattiest that offers the best advice.

flyless04/02/2018 14:55:02
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Ware about in the county are you if in essex come down to Southend radio flying club.we will help you

Tom H 104/02/2018 15:49:50
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Hi all sorry for the delay busy day I am from Cheshire and looking to actually build my own from a kit. I don’t actually think I’d get enjoyment from ready built ones. My only worry is if I crash my plane and many people say it’s happens a lot. How do you repair? Is it part of the hobby? Is it easy to do?

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Don Fry04/02/2018 15:58:36
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Good, build it. It can be crashed, but with a fair Guru, a buddy box system, it probably survives the initial training. Repairs are not too bad if you built it.

The hobby is a vale of tears, frustration, knashing of teeth, and wallet lightening moments. The initial training is cheap enough, it's the more advanced bits cost airframes. But take it steady, do it with a bit of logic, and you don't need to kick the dog.

Former Member04/02/2018 16:33:57

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