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Old Yesterday, 08:15 PM
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Thinking about getting another plane

Hi everyone!

So a little more than 2 years ago i bought the HobbyZone Champ. Everyone was calling it indestructible so i thought why not?

It was my first RC plane (not counting air hogs) and i remember being really excited.

So i took it to a nearby small park and took off, I remember that the takeoff was smooth and it flew really well, then i turned it around. Being a complete rookie, i had forgotten that the controls become inverted and the plane started heading for a group for people, in a moment of panic, i lost all control and nosedived the plane into the grass which snapped off the wing. I put some tape on it and it flew again although it was "clunky" and this time it just fell straight out of the sky and broke pretty much everything.

So my total flight time was maybe a minute, it sucked $90 down the drain

But now I've got the itch again, should i try buying it again and see if i fare better this time around, is it possible to fly the Champ in your average backyard?
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Old Yesterday, 11:35 PM
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If you're itching to buy another Champ I'd say go for it! I never owned one myself but I know several RC pilots at my flying club who have one- they're great little fliers!

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, is it possible to fly the Champ in your average backyard?
Depends what you mean by "average backyard". Mine is ~100ft by ~70ft, I fly my ParkZone Citabria (similar to the champ) there quite often without incident. You need to be quick on the sticks though if flying in a space that small, I would recommend getting some practice at a large open field first until you're comfortable with the airplane.
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Old Today, 12:28 AM
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I have never flown the champ but here is a plane that is only a few inches larger wingspan(I think) it is the Hobbyzone Super Cub S. I would consider it s park flyer because in the video they fly it in a gym sized building. It is only about $100 for the BNF I have a link to a video and to horizonhobby.com on the plane's page.

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Flite Test | Sport Cub S (9 min 57 sec)


Horizonhobby- http://www.horizonhobby.com/sport-cu...nology-hbz4480
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Old Today, 12:42 AM
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Hi everyone!

So a little more than 2 years ago i bought the HobbyZone Champ. Everyone was calling it indestructible so i thought why not?

It was my first RC plane (not counting air hogs) and i remember being really excited.

So i took it to a nearby small park and took off, I remember that the takeoff was smooth and it flew really well, then i turned it around. Being a complete rookie, i had forgotten that the controls become inverted and the plane started heading for a group for people, in a moment of panic, i lost all control and nosedived the plane into the grass which snapped off the wing. I put some tape on it and it flew again although it was "clunky" and this time it just fell straight out of the sky and broke pretty much everything.

So my total flight time was maybe a minute, it sucked $90 down the drain

But now I've got the itch again, should i try buying it again and see if i fare better this time around, is it possible to fly the Champ in your average backyard?
If you can spare an extra 30 dollars, go for the sport cub s. It's an extremely good 4- channel trainer with SAFE technology, which will help make those 'oops' moments go away.

To the poster directly above:

All of horizon's RTF and the majority of their BNF models are foam. You won't find any made of plastic.

The sport cub is a wonderful first time plane, and will allow you to grow with it and into it as you become a more competent pilot. The terms 'parkflyer' or 'micro' are just in reference to size. The SCS is the same size as the Carbon Cub, which is a bit larger than the champ. You'll find 'parkflyer' class models to be visibly larger. These micro planes are just that- micro, and as such they are more than capable of flying in very small spaces, like your yard.
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Regardless of which plane you get, you might want to put some time on a simulator while you are deciding on which plane.

Some people say simulators are fantastic, some people say the opposite, but even detractors will admit that they are good for developing the muscle memory around "flying away" versus "flying towards".

At first, I found that just taxiing around on the ground was good practice for this, as the orientation issue is the same on the ground as it is in the air, and I didn't have to worry about maintaining level; the ground did that for me.

Simulators can be fun in their own right, it's like playing a video game. You can do it when it's raining, dark, or you're waiting for the family to get ready to go shopping, church etc. I went through a 4 or 5 year period when I didn't fly real planes, but I used my flight simulator a lot.

The Super Cub S may become the new "starter plane" that the Champ was. When/if you come back, Champ, Super Cub S, Delta Ray, and a few others should be on your selection list as they have been proven to be good starters. There's lots of posts for beginners on "what should I get" and those planes frequently appear on them

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Old Today, 08:23 AM
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Sim time is key IMHO.
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