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Hi all. I am a newbie to planes. I have been in RC for many years, but always found planes to be too expensive and too easily broken. I came across a RC Plane in a garage sale today that I just couldn't pass up. I got a Parkzone Typhoon 2 3D for $10.00! It has everything except the receiver. I found a replacement receiver at Hobby Zone for only $15.00! It was on closeout sale. OK....so then I find the engine cowling is badly cracked and the pushrod for the elevators is missing. I found both of those relacements online for $2.50 each. I added a new ESC power connector for $4.00 and then shipping costs. All in all, I have about $30.00 in parts to bring this back to original. WOW! I look online at several places and find this plane listed retail for $229.95. I'd say I got a great deal. The 3s lipo battery is also included. I have attached some pics of the "before" new parts, below.
I have been told this is a good starter plane. It is supposed to be pretty resilient. I think I will give it a try once it is fixed up, and then I will sell it. Please let me know if you think I got a good deal or if I was duped. Thanks and have a great weekend! :wave:








 

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Very nice! Yes, you got a very good deal.

It isn't a very good beginner plane though because it has ailerons. It is slightly more advanced. It is a very good beginner 3D plane though (big difference!). If you turn all the rates way down it will help. It doesn't look like that radio has the ability to turn down the rates or add expo.

If you are looking for more info on the plane or flying in general, rcgroups.com is a much better forum for that, it has over 400,000 members. Here is the Parkzone Typhoon thread http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354165&highlight=parkzone+typhoon+parkzon

It is very important to have the correct size (weight) battery for the correct center of gravity. So if you don't have a battery you may want to ask on the thread what battery to get. (You can get a much better performing and cheaper battery than what Parkzone sells)

Don't really get why you would "give it a try, then sell it" :confused: I hope you try it and get addicted and buy more planes. :)
 

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Hey Tommygun....yes, it has dual rates. I know that it is supposed to be a bit slower at the low rate.
I got the replacement parts today and I fixed all the missing and broken pieces. The new receiver burned up when I attached the battery. A post mortem autopsy revealed a solder short on the PC board. I'll see if Hobbyzone will send me a replacement. I wanted to try it out this weekend, but doesn't look like that will happen.

The reason I said "try it once and sell it" is because I just want to be able to say I flew a plane. Planes aren't my thing. I lose them when looking into the sky and I get a stiff neck from looking up for a extended time. Also, I know that the more I fly it, the more chance there is I will wreck it.

I have decided to trade it for something I am more comfortable with. I want a brushless boat. Anyone who has a brushless boat and would like to trade, let me know.

I have the RealFlight G4.5 I use for practice. I have been trying to learn to fly the mid-wing electrics and I do great getting into the air and I can even do most manuevers, but I always misjudge the distance to obsticles like trees and fences and end up crashing. I have only sucessfully landed once. All other attemps have met with disaster. This kind of tells me that planes probably aren't my thing. :confused:

If I had alot of money to fix and replace them, I would probably give it a go, but I don't. There aren't any air clubs close to where I live either, so no chance of learning from someone.

I think I'll stick to what I do best. Cars, trucks, and boats. :eek:
 

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I honestly could not fly on the simulator at all before I was able to fly in real life. I gave up trying to learn on the simulator. I could barely see the plane on the simulator. For me, flying in real life was alot easier than on the simulator.

Everyone is different though of course.

If I had alot of money to fix and replace them, I would probably give it a go, but I don't. There aren't any air clubs close to where I live either, so no chance of learning from someone.
That seems to be the perception about flying. It's no different than cars or boats though. All of them get crashed and usually can be fixed. The days of learning on big, heavy, balsa planes that turn into toothpicks when you crash are long gone.

The plane you have can take a crash, you would have a hard time making it un-flyable. It can be glued and repaired.

You really at least need to make sure your center of gravity is close or your flight will be very short.

Good luck and have fun!
 

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Hey guys. Sorry for the long delay in getting back to this forum. Life has a way of getting in the way of fun! I think you know what I mean. LOL
I have long traded this plane away for a laptop computer. Sorry I didn't get to your requests before now. Next time I will check my threads before making a deal elswhere.

It has been several months since this deal went down and I have now decided to give airplanes another try. I am starting with something smaller this time. I just got a Hobbyzone Champ from the local HS 2 days ago. Hope to try it out this weekend. Check my other post to see pics.

Thanks guys and gals.
 

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Good find OP! Be safe flying it though as was mentioned. You have to master a lot of other aircraft before you can successfully fly a plane like that.
 
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