I know you've all heard of the easy star but what do you think of these? Are any of these any good? I picked them because they look decent but don't cost as much as the easystar for starting off with plain old flying [drone comes next]. If you know about any of them or any better ones please comment! Thanks!

-Rd=]

j3club




wildhawk





Aerobird Swift RTF




Aerobird 3 RTF Electric





Firebird Commander 2 RTF Electric




Firebird Freedom RTF Electric




Are any of these any good? I picked them because they look decent but don't cost as much as the easystar for starting off with plain old flying [drone comes next]. If you know about any of them or any better ones please comment!

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Comment by Robert Drone on August 6, 2009 at 3:27pm
Just edited it and fixed the links should work now...=]
Comment by Varga András on August 6, 2009 at 3:28pm
Don't buy the first one, that looks like a Kyosho toyplane.
Comment by Robert Drone on August 6, 2009 at 3:30pm
thanks for the comment Varga András
Comment by Robert Drone on August 6, 2009 at 3:53pm
sorry for cutting and pasting our name like that it looks like I'm yelling

T3
Comment by William Premerlani on August 6, 2009 at 4:16pm
Robert,

I have helped several newbie RC pilots get started on "plain-old-flying" with the Hobbyzone Aerobirds. They are ok, as long as you think of them as "throw-away"s.

They are easy to fly, I have seen a few newbies solo the first time out.

However, they are not very rugged, a couple of hard landings will finish them off.

Also, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to integrate any "drone electronics", such as an autopilot, into the Aerobirds.

That being said, any of the Hobbyzone "park flyers" such as the Aerobird would be a reasonable way to get started with "plain-old-flying", provided you moved up to something else such as the easy star before you move into drones.

Best regards,
Bill
Comment by Donald Gallay on August 6, 2009 at 6:52pm
in the long run the ez* will be cheaper it holds up to new pilot crashes you won't have to buy another plane for drone upgrade and you will know how it flys
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on August 6, 2009 at 6:58pm
i agree
Comment by Donald Gallay on August 6, 2009 at 7:02pm
I bought some of those toys to learn all now trash servos and radios very cheap not reusable evan stock ez* electronics are barley passable just my experience

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on August 6, 2009 at 9:58pm
If all you want to do is to learn how to fly RC, the Firebird Commander is a good choice (that's how I got started). But for UAVs, you can't use any of the Hobbyzone aircraft. They use custom RC gear that is incompatible with ArduPilot (and all other RC gear)

For UAV use, all of these are a mistake. You'll save a few bucks and have hours of frustrations, and may never end up with a working UAV. The EasyStar costs $72, which is really not that much. We specifically chose an aircraft that was within reach of everyone. Take our advice on this one.
Comment by Patrick Mccabe on August 6, 2009 at 9:58pm
its cheaper at other places like for $52 but that they wont have all the parts like towerhobbies.

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