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Old Aug 28, 2012, 02:59 PM
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What first plane for 5 years old girl ?

What would be a good first plane for a 5 years old girl ?
I'm thinking something like the Champ or the Hobbico FlyZone Micro Super Cub might work:

http://www.snhobbies.com/product_inf...e1a9a8f8e58fca

However, the above link says " For flyers 14 years of age and older".

What are your recommendations ?
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 03:44 PM
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some suggestions: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1715003
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 04:36 PM
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Your trainer of choice on a buddy box?
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Generally for kids that age, we go with free flight models because they tend not to have the motor skills for RC, and will just get frustrated because they can't keep the plane on track. Some kids have the coordination though, so I would put her on a simulator and see if she gets it before venturing into RC. Do not overlook the fun of free flying models. I did that when i was her age.
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 08:06 PM
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Airhogs if anything. Its been said before, but kids that young will crush something like a champ. They don't have the hand-eye coordination either IMO.
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Try this one.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=3230461
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 11:35 PM
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 11:51 PM
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Airhogs if anything. Its been said before, but kids that young will crush something like a champ. They don't have the hand-eye coordination either IMO.
I hate to say it but Airhogs are waaay overpriced for what they are. I bought a A10 and a F14 Tomcat at a little junk store called "Dirt Cheap" down in Miss. I paid $6 for the F14 and $12 for the A10. The A10 was a waste of $12 but the F14 has been a bit of fun for the money.

Having said that, if $12 for the A10 was a waste of money I really feel sorry for those who paid the $80 retail price. The F14 is definitely worth the $6 but $50 at Target? No way!

The reality of it is I like to fly the F14 for laughs. It's a joke. I wrote about it in my blog back in the spring.

Does it have to be a plane? My son started flying coax helis when he was 5 and then made the transition to planes when he turned 6. The beauty of the micro helis is they can be powerful learning tools to get the basics of the hobby down all year round, any time of day, in your own home. Just learning Tx on first and off last may take months. You don't necessarily need a plane for that.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 12:24 AM
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I let my 6 year old son mess around on the sim, I bought him a champ and he does very well, I don't even use a trainer cord.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 06:05 AM
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What first plane for 5 years old girl ?

A chuck glider.

People now seem to buy children 'toys' way beyond what they should really be playing with and learning from. Hand held games machines, even mobile phones. Electric sit in cars, (that they will outgrow in less than 6 months), instead of pedal cars, RC planes instead of simple flying things, chuck gliders, Frisbee, etc.

i.e. Things you have to physically help them play with, one to one. Things that require some actual physical activity, not sitting watching a screen, or standing twiddling sticks on a Tx.

Sorry, but I'm one of those old fogies who made most of my own entertainment when a kid, not opened a box and had it instantly work for me.

RTF, ARTF, grrrrrrr!

Actually there are quite a few adults who could learn a lot about model building, trimming, and flying, from chuck gliders.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 07:08 AM
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 09:07 AM
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<erects lightning rod> <puts on firesuit>

A GIRL????? Everybody knows girls can't fly!


No, seriously I like the idea of a foam chuck glider. They fly for distances that will amaze her and you can easily fix anything that goes wrong. Let HER tell you when she has a burning desire and interest in flying an RC plane.

In the meantime, messing with the chuck glider will teach her how things fly and how to trim them.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 09:43 AM
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+1 on a chuck glider - my 11 year old son still have very much fun with the Multiplex Fox, eventhough he is flying 6 different motorized 3 and 4ch planes. I think he find it relaxing just to chuck it around and see what he can make it do, without concentrating about piloting and worry about a crash - he brings it to the field almost every time...
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Get her started now and she could be the next Patty Wagstaff or Christine Gerner!
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 12:16 PM
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OMG, that is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

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+1 on a chuck glider - my 11 year old son still have very much fun with the Multiplex Fox, eventhough he is flying 6 different motorized 3 and 4ch planes. I think he find it relaxing just to chuck it around and see what he can make it do, without concentrating about piloting and worry about a crash - he brings it to the field almost every time...
Yep, I keep a Fox in the car all the time because of that. You can hand it to any kid and watch them have loads of fun with it, and you can't break it. I've been known to toss it around myself quite a bit too. It's a lot of fun seeing how far you can make it go, or seeing if you can get it to loop. I wish I could buy one of those for every kid in America!
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