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#4173849 - 09/27/15 02:21 AM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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If you're handy with an exacto knife you can build your own swing wing functioning F-14 from scratch for little more than the cost of the electronics:


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374502


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#4174424 - 09/28/15 04:40 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Originally Posted By: F4UDash4
If you're handy with an exacto knife you can build your own swing wing functioning F-14 from scratch for little more than the cost of the electronics:


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374502





I downloaded and printed all the plans and the build guide for his F-18 almost 10 years ago. Had a stack blue foam and everything. Unfortunately, I never got around to it. Ah... back in the days when I had time for that kind of stuff...


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#4176112 - 10/01/15 09:49 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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About 15 yrs ago I decided to move from EAW to real RC stuff and promptly destroyed my cheap eBay knock off. I decided I didn't want to invest my time or money in such a frustrating hobby and shelved the idea. I played with a few of the RC sims over the years and thought I would give it a go this year. That's where I found the aforementioned hobbyzone super cub s and decided to get it. I'm so glad I did. It is one of the most impressive technologies I purchased.

I started this spring on level 1 and got a hang on inverse control and progressed from there. After 60 plus flights I'm ready for my next plane. I can loop, roll, spiral down, "stall", fly upside down, land and take off with no trouble, and if it had any power I would be doing knife edges. In fact some guy hooked me up to his buddy box and I flew his 55in cub with no problems. He told me I did more in one flight then his buddy has done in two yrs of trying on his plane. The key is this little plane gave me the confidence to build my skills by myself. The SAFE button saved my investment numerous times as I was learning. On one flight i completely lost perspective and went into full fledged dive into the ground. Luckily I pulled SAFE button about 15 feet above the ground and the cub leveled out at 5 feet above the ground. Other times I wasn't quick enough and crashed into the ground, but it was my fault since I should have been 50 ft, not 20ft above ground. A little glue and tape got things working. It's been a great learning tool and I'm getting Phoenix simulator this year to refine my skills and jump to something more powerful next spring.

If you have wanted to try flying, buy the hobbyzone sport cub s or similar beginner plane with SAFE and stay two mistakes up (40-50 feet)

Advantages
Size ... Can fly in small parks and transport is easy 24" wingspan
Cost ... 129 ain't nothin
Multiple levels of control .. Keeps you out of trouble.
Lipo ... So much easier then glow plugs
FPV capable
SAFE ... Worth every penny

Disadvantages
Size ... You have to fly in calm weather ... Otherwise it gets tossed around but at level 1 the plane remains very steady in breezy conditions
Power ... It is small motor ... Can only do basic aerobatics
Durability ... It's foam ... Don't expect to survive heavy crashes

In 4 months I went from a complete newbie expecting another frustrating experience to a competent beginner looking to move on. I fear this is going to become an expensive hobby once I'm buying jets like this F14.

#4176605 - 10/02/15 06:26 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: boxin]  
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Glad to hear on all points Boxie!

Originally Posted By: boxin

I fear this is going to become an expensive hobby once I'm buying jets like this F14.


The awesome thing about the UMX series of birds is there are a lot of excellent choices to pick from, even at this scale, that are very affordable. From scale warbirds to hair-raising 3D capable aerobats to screaming fan-jets, there's a lot of channels open (pun intended smile )

That said, if I were in your shoes, I'd pick up a Spektrum DX6 radio, so you can start playing with mixing and dual rates, as well as fly some of the models that don't come with a radio. Note, that while HH does still sell the DX6i for less (same radio I use), I'd just pay the extra money for a DX6 (which is the name of newer one...because some reason), as it's way more advanced. If money is really a pinch though, I'd consider the DXe, which uses your smartphone to program it for various models.

Plus, said radio can be used with Phoneix, or you can get This version of realflight 7:
http://www.realflight.com/products/gpmz4525.html

That'll see you happy for a long time smile


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#4176807 - 10/03/15 03:04 AM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: malibu43]  
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Originally Posted By: malibu43
Originally Posted By: F4UDash4
If you're handy with an exacto knife you can build your own swing wing functioning F-14 from scratch for little more than the cost of the electronics:


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374502





I downloaded and printed all the plans and the build guide for his F-18 almost 10 years ago. Had a stack blue foam and everything. Unfortunately, I never got around to it. Ah... back in the days when I had time for that kind of stuff...



I built his F-18 as well, still have it but needs some repair. Haven't flown RC in a while now, but I still have a big bundle of bluecore wink


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#4193257 - 11/11/15 03:03 AM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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Wow, that is nice!


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#4205641 - 12/13/15 05:51 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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And thanks for putting a tape measure in the box so we can get scale.

That is a big friggin' plane!


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#4205647 - 12/13/15 06:09 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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TBH I learned to fly on a Cub and on a Gallopin Ghost system (http://www.singlestickstuff.com/the-history-of-the-single-stick/), once you master take-offs with a tail-dragger you'll never want anything else. [edit] in the old days we were fortunate if we had trim much less mixing biggrin

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#4314822 - 11/24/16 10:07 AM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: AggressorBLUE]  
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That F-14 is a beauty.

#4315122 - 11/25/16 02:19 PM Re: RC F-14 EDF [Re: KRT_Bong]  
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Originally Posted By: KRT_Bong
Not a beginners plane, a bad landing could really mess it up seriously


That's assuming a beginner will manage a proper take-off, wide circuit and approach biggrin
Those beauties are either shelves queens or experienced RC pilots toys, not much in between.

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Last edited by Sluggish Controls; 11/25/16 02:22 PM. Reason: Fatty fingers

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