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 Post subject: My First Plane
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:23 pm 
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Father's Day is coming! A reason the purchase something without the wife getting upset / even!
This will be my first model plane. I have a few seasons of experience with helis and have flown planes on Phoenix.

For under $200usd what would be a good choice for a beginner but will allow me to advance.
I have a Dx6i, charger, and tools for this hobby,. I do love to tinker with models, so what works best for me?

Since RCTS has many shows, which one talks about what I'm looking for?

Thanks in advance,
Rick


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 Post subject: Re: My First Plane
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:02 pm 
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I'll assume electric because of the charger mention. (and who flys glow anymore)

If you had Sim experience only I would say the E-flite Apprentice S15e because of the "Safe" technology (note: it is over your budget range). Although some say It does not allow you to "truly learn to fly". It does keep the model in one large piece for more stick time till you are ready to switch off the "Safe modes"
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/ap ... gy-EFL3180

But with your stated Heli experience I would venture to suggest a ParkZone T-28 PNP (right at your budget after you add a Lemon-Rx & 2 or 3 cheap LiPos) I have seen lots of people learn to fly on only this and a Sim. I keep one around just for goofing off or as a 2nd or 3rd model to bring to the field.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/t- ... np-PKZ4475

I like your comment about "allowing to advance" I have seen some pretty impressive flights with both of these models by very well rounded pilots that have, more than once, made me wish I kept only one plane for my first several years of flying and just truly mastered all orientations and the limits of its flight envelope.


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 Post subject: Re: My First Plane
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:07 pm 
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I did the maiden flight on a PZ T-28 over the weekend, got it trimmed for 1/2 throttle and handed it to the young owner who'd only flown on the sim prior to that. Result? He flew it around for several minutes without me having to take the controls back. :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: My First Plane
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:07 am 
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+2 PZ-T28 My dad and brother both have one with the hobbyking orange gyro in it. They are great as they help with wind buffets, but I would not recommend it for a new flier as it will not allow the plane to correct to a stable attitude. Darn thing makes the T28 fly like a pattern plane.

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 Post subject: Re: My First Plane
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:17 am 
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Twistedgrim wrote:
Darn thing makes the T28 fly like a pattern plane.
Hmm... that doesn't necessarily seem like a bad thing to me! :lol:

Not good for training though, I agree.

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