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Old Nov 19, 2012, 05:18 PM
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I started fly the PZ T-28 & Wildcat at about the same time. I guess together, they were my "aileron trainers".

The Wildcat is probably no more difficult to fly, and I've certainly found belly-landing to be much easier than landing either a trike-gear or tail-dragger. It's much more agile than the T-28, and at least seems much faster.

Thing with the Wildcat is... flying circuits & basic maneuvers are easy enough that it's it's very easy to get cocky and find yourself in a situation well beyond a beginner's skill level. Call it a psychological thing: when you're flying a fighter, you're going to want to fly it like a fighter.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I started fly the PZ T-28 & Wildcat at about the same time. I guess together, they were my "aileron trainers".

The Wildcat is probably no more difficult to fly, and I've certainly found belly-landing to be much easier than landing either a trike-gear or tail-dragger. It's much more agile than the T-28, and at least seems much faster.

Thing with the Wildcat is... flying circuits & basic maneuvers are easy enough that it's it's very easy to get cocky and find yourself in a situation well beyond a beginner's skill level. Call it a psychological thing: when you're flying a fighter, you're going to want to fly it like a fighter.
+1

Me too

I was already flying larger, more complicated models, but wanted something simpler, to really hone my skills and concentrate on flying, not fixing crummy retracts, etc. I bought mine at the same time as well. And yes, they really compliment each other. Together, they were my true aileron trainers

For about 4 months, I rarely went to field without both in the car. I racked up dozens of flight hours on these stalwart planes over the course of the summer...I'd always fly the T-28 first, then switch to the Wildcat, alternating between the two for hours...

A heck of alot of fun, it's hard to beat the Wildcat for pure fun factor !
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:58 PM
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Thanks to all for your input. I've have heard from other sources as well that the T-28 would be an excellent choice. However, I'm not too crazy about the looks of the T-28. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

Not the right thread, perhaps... but what is different about the "old" Parkzone F4U and the current Parkzone F4U that makes the "old" one a better choice between the two?
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:33 PM
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The PZ F4U thread would definitely be the place to get those questions answered...we like our fighters a little portly around here !
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Thanks to all for your input. I've have heard from other sources as well that the T-28 would be an excellent choice. However, I'm not too crazy about the looks of the T-28. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

Not the right thread, perhaps... but what is different about the "old" Parkzone F4U and the current Parkzone F4U that makes the "old" one a better choice between the two?
The new one is a little heavier with a larger motor so it goes a bit faster. The original one is a little more tame for a biginner.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:02 PM
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Thanks to all for your input. I've have heard from other sources as well that the T-28 would be an excellent choice. However, I'm not too crazy about the looks of the T-28. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

Not the right thread, perhaps... but what is different about the "old" Parkzone F4U and the current Parkzone F4U that makes the "old" one a better choice between the two?
I'm still not a big fan of the T-28's looks. But it's been rugged & reliable. Whatever you get for a 4CH trainer *will* get beat up. Maybe an oddball bit of thinking, but for a trainer... get something you're not going to care about keeping in pristine condition.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Maybe an oddball bit of thinking, but for a trainer... get something you're not going to care about keeping in pristine condition.
CF105:

That thought crossed my mind. (Really it did!)

No, I don't WANT to ever crash a plane... but it wouldn't be so bad to have to glue n' tape a wing onto a T-28 as opposed to say... an SE5a... or a sharp looking little Wildcat, etc!

SO...

The "Definite Maybe" is:

One of the Spektrum 6i radios and a T-28.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:54 PM
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I'm still not a big fan of the T-28's looks. But it's been rugged & reliable. Whatever you get for a 4CH trainer *will* get beat up. Maybe an oddball bit of thinking, but for a trainer... get something you're not going to care about keeping in pristine condition.
Again, have to agree with CF,

I've always thought the T-28 looked "cartoonish" at best. I think it's called "stand-off scale" or something like that. But for overall bang for the buck, it's really, really hard to beat. The T-28 can get bumps and bruises, and that's okay. If the Wildcat gets any bruises, it hurts !
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:27 AM
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CF105:

That thought crossed my mind. (Really it did!)

No, I don't WANT to ever crash a plane... but it wouldn't be so bad to have to glue n' tape a wing onto a T-28 as opposed to say... an SE5a... or a sharp looking little Wildcat, etc!

SO...

The "Definite Maybe" is:

One of the Spektrum 6i radios and a T-28.
Aim big, go for the Dx7s!!!!! Search in the radio classifieds here. I got a nice used one here for my son at a fair price. You look at the 6i and say 10 planes is a bunch of memory but you will fill it faster than you think. You also could do a killer paint job on the T-28! Look up paint schemes on the web. You can make it as cool as you want. Still, the F4F is not a lot harder to fly for a beginner. Here is a pic of my UM T-28 I painted. Yes, the rudder was not on yet.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 06:58 AM
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No, I don't WANT to ever crash a plane... but it wouldn't be so bad to have to glue n' tape a wing onto a T-28 as opposed to say... an SE5a... or a sharp looking little Wildcat, etc!
A crashed plane just means it is time for a new paint scheme when repaired.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 07:42 AM
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Thanks, I'll have to try that maneuver. Sounds fun
I recall reading that!
Do you roll to inverted and pull up E to dive?
I have been doing that to bleed off speed and save room
Turning around for approach.
Have not yet used it to gain speed!
Thanks Chris
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 07:50 AM
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CF105:

That thought crossed my mind. (Really it did!)

No, I don't WANT to ever crash a plane... but it wouldn't be so bad to have to glue n' tape a wing onto a T-28 as opposed to say... an SE5a... or a sharp looking little Wildcat, etc!

SO...

The "Definite Maybe" is:

One of the Spektrum 6i radios and a T-28.
Since you brought it up, I don't like to glue tape any of my stuff. I do it because I have to, but if I had a choice, I would always buy a new wing or fuse because I can't stand my stuff to look like it's been crashed
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:08 AM
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Since you brought it up, I don't like to glue tape any of my stuff. I do it because I have to, but if I had a choice, I would always buy a new wing or fuse because I can't stand my stuff to look like it's been crashed
I hear ya.
I have beaters and some nice virgin looking uncrashed stuff.
#2 Wildcat was supposed to stay nice, tearing off the E horn was still
pilot error. Sinking feeling to look at it now, but at 45 mph 30 yards out
it is doing it's thing, like my old beloved dog.
I do have a few RIP units in the bone yard! Chris
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:58 AM
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I do have a few RIP units in the bone yard! Chris
I do not see a crashed plane as trash but as an opportunity to make the plane into something else. Either by bashing the remains, such as my Thomas Morse Scout made from a crashed Eflite SE5A or just a repaint like my Parkzone F4F or FW190.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Aim big, go for the Dx7s!!!!! Search in the radio classifieds here. I got a nice used one here for my son at a fair price. You look at the 6i and say 10 planes is a bunch of memory but you will fill it faster than you think.
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I bought the Dx7 last year because the Dx6 was not available because of the model upgrade, but am now very please to have it. I already have 9 models entered, including one for the Phoenix Sim. Also the extra channel is useful for more complicated aileron and flap configurations, and the flaps have two positions instead of one.
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