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RCM&E26/01/2007 18:41:00
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Forumite spanner posted the following message in the 'Well done RCM&E' thread.

"The best piece of advice I have recieved in my first year - is when flying towards myself, put the stick (aileron) under the low wing to return to level, simple but for me it works."

I thought this new thread could become the place for experienced aeromodellers to post up some tips. Stuff that veterans might take for granted, but newcomers may not yet know. So, what's your top tip?
DepronJet26/01/2007 20:02:00
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the Best advice i could give to a new modeller is if you buy one of those vector thrust electric models just remember the throttle doesnt work the same way !

once you are smitten by R/C flight get yourself along to your local flying club and learn from really friendly people who will help you every step of the way,

i say this because i am self taught and it took nearly 4 months of simulator flying and 2-3 months of actual flying to get into mode 2 !

So Now i can Prang them at high speed in Mode 2 :-)

Tim Mackey27/01/2007 00:17:00
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My Instructor ( 30 years ago )told me this........
1) you ARE going to crash your plane...and
2) If this bothers you a lot, take up golf.
He was right, and NO I did not take up golf.
Our old club motto used to be ...
"Its only a piece of wood!"

Today, add in foam / carbon fibre / correx etc
David Ashby - Moderator27/01/2007 07:49:00
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1. When learning to fly, follow a fixed learning schedule - just keeping the model in the sky so as to prevent it from hitting the ground is only just a start. Andy Ellison's excellent article in the January issue has a flight training schedule and loads of good advice.

2. Don't ditch the trainer too soon after you've solo'd, it'll still have things to teach you for a long time yet.

3. Practice, practice and then practice a whole load more. Never give up, keep practicing and learning and sooner than you think you'll be flying that 'Spit.

4. Have fun.
Andy Green27/01/2007 08:38:00
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I taught myself to fly some 25 years ago on the slope (Guess that why I still enoy a good day on the hillside) but it ws only when I joined a club did my flying start to improve.

Following on from David's comment about a fixed learning schedule, always have a goal in mind each time you take off, be it the roundest loop, most axial roll or the smoothest landing. Look at the F3A schedules ( and string a few manoevres together. One last thing; join in competitions especially your clubs ones, they are great fun and offer talking points for weeks later, and they give you that 'goal' the next time you comit aviation.

To quote David again - HAVE FUN
mike evans28/01/2007 18:15:00
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Always join a club,And start with a competant flyer,willing to teach,Or you will definately need a bin bag.Iv been at this two years now,and still not near my 'a'certificate.I was unlucky to find a muppet to teach me the first time,And as a result,HE smashed five of my planes.All iv realy done is re-build trainers.But now a good freind,and also a very very good flyer
Mr franks (LLANELLI CLUB )Has agreed to teach me this time,weather permitting.
But no,seriously,Do not try this without
a competant flyer by your side,As belive me,it takes getting used to as easy as it looks. Mike evans.
nasa_steve28/01/2007 22:15:00
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i concour loin a club
miniman01/02/2007 14:19:00
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One word:- Persevere.
Stephen Harrison01/02/2007 20:02:00
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Just as David ashby said don't ditch your trainer. I am only 15 and started flying last year and i have upgrade my thunder tiger trainer with bigger throws, bigger engine and even a bigger fuel tank. I get 25 mins of flying, can performe any stunt as good as my Hanger 9 ultrastick and will just about prop hang!
Allan Moffat03/02/2007 09:50:00
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Get an experienced instructor with a "buddy box"

Practicing your transmitter controls by saying them as you use them eg. throttle up ,elevator up,half throttle ,rudder left can minimise confusion when starting out and you dont have to be flying to practice and with some imagination you dont need a flight simulator either.

Wait for calm weather,dont risk your own plane flying on windy days because of enthusiasm.

A small'ish plane makes a large landing strip larger.
Steve Azzopardi03/02/2007 18:23:00
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Hi I bought a jublo 3D electric plane. I have seen a couple of videos of the thing and it seems to perform quite weel, even knife edge. Since now I was into helicopters and never flew a plane.

I spend hours on the FMS but not quite satisfied can somebody tell me if there is a better flight simulator to download.

Due to my work schedules it seems i have to learn on my own. Thanks guys and keep it up!!!
nasa_steve03/02/2007 19:43:00
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you really need to buy one (aerofly pro deluxe)to stand a chance of even getting off the ground first time but i would quite honestly expect the 3D not to last very long if all you have done is fly a sim.
you really need to start with a trainer and more important than anything else join a club.
Linda Hewitt24/02/2007 08:27:00
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My 'top tip' is to seperate his and hers bank accounts...............
Bladerunner24/02/2007 12:28:00
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Get a day job - helps living with the damage...
Dead-stick05/03/2007 10:57:00
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As a self taught model pilot (Free flight, control line, single channel r/c and helicopter), my top tip would be to also learn slope soaring. This will teach you much more about model aerodynamics, and EVERY landing is power 'Off', so when you eventualy have the inevitable 'Deadstick' landing it will not be half as traumatic. Failing that, practise as many power-off landings as you can with an instructor, it will pay dividends in the long run.
I must admit to being slightly amused by watching those pilots that one second are flying with gay abandon with a smug look, suddenly scream 'Deadstick!', and propmtly forget all reason, panic, and dump their model in a heap!(Apologies to all those with whom I may have touched a nerve!)
Another very useful pastime is to read as much as you can about all aspects of the hobby, especially aerodynamics and how to set up a model.
Clarky05/03/2007 19:37:00
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Fantastic advice Timbo, loved it. I;'m fairly new to the game. Has anyone got advice regarding the engine to buy for my trainer???? Irvine, OS, ASP, Tiger....ahhhhhh I'm going mad

Essjay05/03/2007 20:53:00
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Jez, welcome to the game. When you buy your first engine, make sure you get the the best you can afford. In my humble opinion it means going for a well known make (Irvine or OS usually, but others may say different), mainly for reliability. If you plan on joining a club (very much advised), then find out what the majority use, that way you'll get all the best hints and tips on starting and running etc.
Following on from Tom's advice to 'prop up' the dropping wing, I found the best way for me was to imagine myself sitting in the cockpit, and it soon became second nature.
You WILL have dissapointments Jez, but don't be put off, eventually you'll be as hooked as the rest of us.
bushwhackerbob16/03/2007 15:40:00
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You get what you pay for. I have had many problems with engines over the years and I agree with stevej wholeheartedly. had major damage to models due to motor problems which I dont need as I am quite capable of managing without. Also had many problems with inverted engines.

recently I changed an inverted engine to an OS 46 AX. It fired 1st flick, started 2nd flick and after running a tank full of fuel thru it, had 3 brilliant flights.

this engine is sooooooo reliable I now wait until I can afford better engines.

PS Orientation is the most difficult part of learning to fly. When your plane is coming towards you move the stick towards the low wing.

Dickie Emmerson16/03/2007 21:09:00
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When will we be getting that promised article on "Pimping your Picoo Z"? I've been desperately waiting for the last two issues of the mag'. Come on Graham, put us out of our misery!!
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy RCM&E.!
Malcolm Fisher26/03/2007 20:24:00
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I would support Deadstick - i taught myself to fly many years ago using slope soarers and when I graduated to power almost always flew the tank dry - i was more worried trying to land with power on than "deadstick".

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