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Old Oct 12, 2011, 11:02 AM
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Good sport plane for beginner pilot with a few months of flying experience?

Hello

I started out flying a Parkzone radian, and now I am looking for a new plane. Now that I have flown it for a while I have discovered that it isn't really my flying style, I like sport flying more than gliding. I am looking for a not to hard to fly sport flyer. Ideally it would be a mini. I was looking at some options, but I am not sure how hard to fly they would be
http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...rodID=PKZU1480
http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...ProdID=PKZ3680
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html

Would any of those be good? Or are they too hard to fly? I can fly a parkzone micro sukhoi (spelled right?) on a simulator.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 11:40 AM
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imo id get some thing bigger the big T-28 wouldnt be bad or the e-flite Advance
others would be the mini Pulse and Pulse 32e
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 12:20 PM
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yeah a T-28 would be real good, problem is you are making a big jump from a radian to a low wing aileron plane.

sure everyone can fly sims, but once you get out into the real world its a bit different.

maybe a umx T-28.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 01:55 PM
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http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CH4Q8wIwAA

Like on of these little guys? They look good. How hard do you think that the jump would be?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 02:48 PM
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How about a PITTS S2 Special. Mild to wild, your choice...

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=14881
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 03:31 PM
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+1 on the "sttiP". Nice compact size, well behaved - even in windy conditions...
Or as an alternative, the Decathlon:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...5Fn%5FFly.html

These are among the planes in my hangar that gets the most airtime, partly because of their compact size/easy to bring along, partly because they are pure fun to fly. The Pitts still looks like new, and the Dec is beaten up beyond belief - but still flies like a charm.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 05:06 PM
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How about a PITTS S2 Special. Mild to wild, your choice...

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=14881
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+1 on the "sttiP". Nice compact size, well behaved - even in windy conditions...
Or as an alternative, the Decathlon:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...5Fn%5FFly.html

These are among the planes in my hangar that gets the most airtime, partly because of their compact size/easy to bring along, partly because they are pure fun to fly. The Pitts still looks like new, and the Dec is beaten up beyond belief - but still flies like a charm.
I like the look of both those. How are they to fly?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 06:18 PM
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E-Flite Advance. Only $92 at Advantage Hobby. It is on the larger size of electrics, extremely stable and easy to fly. It is capable of most aerobatic maneuvres with some coupling of course. I think it puts the T-28 to shame. It is an ARF, unlike the Parkzone planes so you will need to buy the electronics and drive train to complete it. Here's a shot of mine.

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Old Oct 12, 2011, 06:33 PM
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E-Flite Advance. Only $92 at Advantage Hobby. It is on the larger size of electrics, extremely stable and easy to fly. It is capable of most aerobatic maneuvres with some coupling of course. I think it puts the T-28 to shame. It is an ARF, unlike the Parkzone planes so you will need to buy the electronics and drive train to complete it. Here's a shot of mine.

It looks good, but it is kindof expensive. $90 for an ARF is over my budget
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:10 PM
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It looks good, but it is kindof expensive. $90 for an ARF is over my budget
your in the WRONG hobby then 90 is dirt cheap for a good balsa arf
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:12 PM
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your in the WRONG hobby then 90 is dirt cheap for a good balsa arf
Well I am on a budget, that is why I was thinking foam. It is easier to fix, and cheaper to buy. When I grow up, get a job, and get some more flying experience I will get a plane like that
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:11 PM
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I suggest to look at the champ rtf plane I got one and love it.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:17 PM
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http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HBZ4900

This little guy? That looks good. It has a high wing so it shouldn't be to hard to fly. I have just one question on performance before I buy one- can it fly straight up?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 11:04 PM
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It looks good, but it is kindof expensive. $90 for an ARF is over my budget
Try a GWS Formosa. $40 or so for the airframe. Another $40 worth of motor, ESC and servos will finish it. I use a $7 motor and four HXT-500 servos ($3 each) in mine.

Great gobs of fun. Very sporty. Mine has survived some hellish crashes and repairs.

Or try one of the other GWS parkies (eg. the AT-6) for something a bit less sporty.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 01:55 AM
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Well I am on a budget, that is why I was thinking foam. It is easier to fix, and cheaper to buy. When I grow up, get a job, and get some more flying experience I will get a plane like that
Foam really isn't any cheaper, unless you get into the ultra micro as some have suggested. The Parkzone planes, when they are available as an airframe only (which essentially equals most ARF kits) tend to be around $90 also. In the long run, that Advantage will be a way better value than most foam planes. Of course, being your 2nd plane, it may not make it through the long run.

Alternatively, something like an Electrostik would be a great second plane, capable of anything you could put it through. ValueHobby has some great deals on basic ARF kits. I'd check some of them out.
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