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Old Oct 02, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Next Plane Suggestion

Hello, new to the hobby but already thinking of next plane; that's what we do. I am sure there are as many suggestions as users but want to get pointed in the right direction. I am flying The Apprentice now. Amazing plane. Next plane I get I guess would be "sport" category.
Was thinking:
1. ARF Electric
2. non foamie
3. replacement parts available
4. skill level intermediate but could build on
5. able to tolerate some wind
6. 40-50 inch
7. not exotic so easy to get replacement parts
8. low wing position
9. not looking to do crazy 3-d stuff but more basic maneuvers
Thanks in advance
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Old Oct 03, 2013, 10:47 AM
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Taking a slight exception to your requirements, your best bet for your second plane would be the ParkZone T-28 Trojan. Once you get good at flying the Trojan, there are a number of good ARFs that you can get from E-flite. Just go to the Horizon Hobby website and check them out.
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Old Oct 03, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Super Sportster ARF is a good one
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Old Oct 03, 2013, 12:12 PM
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o would go low wing but stay foamie for easy repairs. acro wot 49 inch wings from flyzone looks nice.
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Old Oct 03, 2013, 12:31 PM
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Phoenix Sonic low wing trainer, great first low wing plane, cheap to buy, very easy to fly balsa plane that does not require high end components, .25 size. Tower Hobbies
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 08:06 AM
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Great Planes Escapade EP. Reasonably priced, parts available, and has great flying qualities

Edit: Get the optional cowl, It looks great!
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Thanks for suggestions. I will look them up. I saw this one: Pulse XT 25e ARF by E-flite.
Its labeled intermediate. Maybe go with smaller engine (25) for easier landings?

(daughter loves the yellow!)
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Hi,

The choice is planes might depend a little on the whether you have access to an instructor or someone with a little more experience to do the maiden flight.

I have flown someone else's Escapade and I did not like it very much. His plane was a little on the heavy side (full size servos), but even after trimming it for him it had a funny feel to it. We played with C.G., throws, thrust line and wing incidence but could never get the right feel for it. He does not fly it much.

If you want something that might be able to re-use the batteries you already have; your choices will be limited. If you are willing to go up to 4S, then there are a few options.

1) The Advance 25 by E-flite. I had the .40 sized one many years ago and it was a decent first low wing plane. My personal preference is for non-trike landing gear: most higher performance planes will be tail dragers and chances are you will want one at some point. A conventional landing gear is also more robust.
2) The Pulse 25 by E-flite. I have seen the .40 sized one fly and it seemed like a nice plane.
3) Either the new Sig T-Clips (high wing, pretty areobatic) or the new version of the 4*54 which is a redo of the original 4*. Both planes are ARF's by the way, not kits.

Good luck,

Teo
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 11:09 AM
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I own and Escapade and I love it, but not as a second plane and first low wing plane. It is heavy and lands very hot, the Advance 25 would be great but its now discontinued. I own a mini pulse and love it and always wanted the .25 version but haven't purchased one yet. There is a difference between low wing planes and low wing trainers and I'd suggest going with a trainer type that is easier to land and get comfortable with. The Pulse 25 may be ok if you have mastered the high wing trainer type.
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 12:09 PM
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I know you said you dont want a foamie, but I just picked up a hitec weekender extra 300 as my second plane after my supercub that I went brushless and added ailerons. The weekender is excellent so far (15 flights). Highly recommended
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 01:25 PM
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Hitec weekender does look like a more logical choice. Hard not to get ahead of myself. I have joined an rc club so some one could help out with a more advanced set up.
Thanks again. I anticipated lots of suggestions. Amazing variety for us.
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Old Oct 04, 2013, 08:48 PM
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I also wanted a balsa model, almost got a 3dhs edge 540. I am happy I didnt since it is alot more money at risk. Im going balsa 3dhs for my next plane since I feel ill be more up to the task of flying it (and landing it).
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