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« on: January 30, 2010, 12:12:25 PM »

Hi Guys, Assalam-o-allaikum,

My name is Faisal, basically from Pakistan and living in Qatar from last 10 years. I was searching on net for Rc planes and gathering some info about RC in Qatar.

I am pretty new in this hobby, so I am seeking a help from you guys. I would like to post few questions as a beginer and will aprreciate much if some one can take out some time to suggest:

1- In the begining, I want to start with 3 or 4 Channel Electric Powered RC Plane. (Eassy to fly) - ANY SUGGESTION Huh?
2- If I go for 3 or 4 Channel Electric Powered Rc Plane, is it advised to buy from Qatar or to buy Online Huh?
3 - If from Qatar then any suggestion, from which shop I can buy,(I need basically a easy to fly model and reasonablly priced one to learn flying)
4 - for small electric powered RC plane do I need to get license from QSC, whats the procedure to apply for that licence Huh?
5 - Finally, need to know the place and timings where u guys are having fun with RC, so can just join and get some exp too.

Thanking you in advance for all your help and time.


Sarosh Faisal Cool
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 06:56:20 PM »

All these are already answered here Smiley  Please read up other threads here.

Basically, you can either order from one of the 3 shops here (the contact information is in another thread), OR you can order from outside using your credit card.

Electrics are best to start with, and one of the models that is currently being widely used here is this one :

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=8359

Remember that in addition to that plane, you will need the following:

1. a transmitter (also known as radio).
2. a receiver that is compatible with whatever radio you have (or you are getting).
3. one or more Lipo batteries of specific ratings (3s 1800 or 3s 2100 are recommended for the above plane).
4. a charger that can handle balance charging of lipo batteries.

It is better to get the license from QSC anyways, since you will be getting into the hobby for the long term.  

There are two places where we go usually, which are Wakra and AlKhor. Please search the forum for locations and timings.  Repeating the same information is boring Wink

If you are still left with questions after doing the suggested reading, please do not hesitate to ask.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 08:41:54 AM »

Dear Anwar!
Let me first appriciate the prompt response..
Thanks alot for your time and valued suggestion, Infact its the same plane that I am planing to buy, its great that u r suggesting the same plane, below is the link for my wish list on hobby king:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_wishListPublic.asp?email=dowec@ymail.com&idCustomer=203023

If you have some time can you plz check that out, the items I am requesting are enough or if I need to add any thing else too.

I think this thread will be a great help for other new beginers too, coz they can see what they exactly need to get in air as a beginer.

I would like to post few more questions for the same plane:

1 - RX and TX I have in my wish list is 6 CH, will it be good for other Electric Power planes like http://www.nitroplanes.com/78a35-skycamo-rtf.html coz I want to buy that in future....

2- If you see my wish list the total is almost 189 USD add another 45 USD for shipment- My question is that is it a good price or I can get the same from DOHA bit cheaper  Huh? Huh?

NOW I need your valued advise on below two options one from hobby king as you advised earlier and the other one is from Nitro Planes which is RTF with every thing which I need to fly, kindly review and advise which one is good for beginer..

HOBBYKING
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=8359

OR

NITRO PLANES
http://www.nitroplanes.com/new4chdyhask.html

Thanks for all your help, advise and time,,

Faisal
  
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010, 09:18:33 AM »

Are you willing to spend a bit more, and get items that should last you almost a life time ? The reason I am asking is that there are things where you spend 40% of the money the first time, only to outgrow it pretty quickly.

The Hawk Sky RTF is one option, in which case you get pretty much everything in one shot. All you need to buy some are extra lipo batteries from Hobbycity.

If you are in the hobby for the longer term, I would suggest a proper charger, like this : http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=5548 along with the power supply http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6477 .

The second item I would ask you to consider is a better radio, that is programmable, with a screen : http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9828

If you have the money, go for the 7 channel Futaba 7C 2.4Ghz, and there is a great deal on it locally at HobbyCenter (in the CityCentre mall, third floor). That is a seriously life time radio, and should fetch you a good resale value also (in case you ever change your mind).

If you are going to get a separate radio, then the AXN floater will be a better idea, since you do not end up paying for a throwaway radio that comes with the Hawk Sky.

In your wish list, I saw two chargers, while you only need one. Also, the control horns are not needed, as the AXN comes prebuilt with all that.

There is no way you can get the items at these prices in Qatar.  If you are on a budget, that is understandable, and you can ignore my suggestions about the upgrades.  Just go with the Hawk Sky or go with HobbyCity (just drop the additional items I mentioned above from the wish list).  I do believe that paying $60 for a radio that you will outgrow quickly is not a good idea.

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010, 07:52:11 AM »

One Again Thanks Alot Anwar,

I like your idea of buying a life time radio, its about $ 180 + Freight. I will check the same in Hobby Center too.

I think its better that i drop by local hobby corners and get some idea of prices, so I can decide finally.

Since its a very new hobby for me, You can understand its kind a hard to spend that amount of money in the begining with limited or no experience. I think it will be easier for me to spend more money after seeing my self at least one time in AIR  Undecided

As  I said earlier this will be a great help for all beginers where they can get good ideas of how to and where to buy that stuff.

Appreciate all your suggestions and will be in touch with you soon, after visiting the local hobby shops,

Take good care of your self,

Faisal
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 05:10:26 PM »

Come to the field on Friday morning.  You can get a first hand look at what equipment is being used etc. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 08:16:47 AM »

Dear ANWAR,

You posted following RC hobby shops in Qatar, any new shops other then these Huh?

http://rcqatar.com/rc-in-qatar/hobby-shops-in-qatar/
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 08:30:16 AM »

I noticed that the shop named "EXPO CENTRE" which is opposite HobbyCentre (in the City Center mall) has some RC items, but they are not focused on RC.  No experience dealing with them.

PS: I changed your post so that the list of shops is not duplicated.  It would cause issues with maintenance (for example, if one shop changes its phone number, we will have to change multiple threads/locations). Please quote the links as much as possible Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010, 09:30:29 AM »

Thanks for the advise and info....

Is there any post for building RC Plane from Scratch...
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2010, 08:52:23 AM »

Dear Anwar,

Yesterday I visited The Pro Hobbies shop near vegetable market, Man I find it very expensive compare to the prices available online, I mean some thing for beginers like foamie electric planes are way expensive then online prices, more then even double.

I did not visit other shops like hobby land and the one in City Center, there prices are same or better Huh? any idea?


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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2010, 08:05:13 AM »

I have heard similar comments from others. 

HobbyCentre recently reduced prices on many items, so that it is similar to Dubai and Internet prices (but not quite the same). 

HobbyLand has always been fairly decent about prices.
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2010, 08:39:43 AM »

Yesterday I visited Hobby Center in City Center, you are right their prices are at least better then The Pro Hobbies, but they dont have electric planes for beginers though.  Undecided

 ;)I am plaining to visit Hobby Land and check if I can get Electric Foamie plane for beginer from Hobby Land  :Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2010, 10:15:30 AM »

Most of the hobbies shops in QATAR advised me not to start with Electric Powered plane, instead of electric go with fuel planes...

Now I am not able to understand which one is easier to fly, control and learn. Is it electric powered plane or fuel plane???

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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2010, 10:57:27 AM »

What they are saying is true, ONLY  if you have significant help for many hours/sessions in the beginning ! They are usually bigger, and hence slightly easier to control.

Yet another motivation would be that none of them are carrying beginner friendly electrics, like the AXN Floater.

Getting into a nitro model is a much more involved process, both in terms of money and in terms of the knowledge/skill needed.
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2010, 11:03:48 AM »

A friend of mine who just got into RC spent like a week on the sim, and about 4 flying sessions on a buddy cable with me, got an AXN for himself and is flying around comfortably with that now.

I did miss stressing the importance of a simulator in training for RC flying.  It can save you lots of grief and money, so be sure to get your initial finger experience on a sim before you try it on the real thing.
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