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Old Jun 02, 2002, 11:45 AM
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Advice on first plane

I'm just getting started with model airplanes (although I've taken a few full-scale flight lessons) and am trying to figure out which plane to buy.

I would like a slow plane that can be flown in an area the size of a football field or less. Since it's my first plane and I won't have access to an instructor, it should be durable and easy to repair. Cost is a big factor. I'd like the plane to be able to do rudimentary aerobatics, so that once I master the basics, I can move on. It'd also be nice to have a plane that is "expandable" (add better motor, etc.).

I think the Wingo looks perfect for this, but it's very expensive and I'd have to figure out what kind of radio, battery, charger, etc. to get, which worries me.

What do you think?

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Old Jun 02, 2002, 01:22 PM
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They have an excellent selection and complete kits for people who just start and don't know what to buy.

Go to my site and select the "New in Hobby" option and then follow the few pages.

You can also look at some reviews there, from the Wingo as well.

Wingo is a great choice, T-52 has also lot's of success. Tiger moth as well.

I must say I know someone who just started with a zagi and he is doing just great !! But, he spend 6 days, with everyday about 4 hours on FMS (Simulator) before doing a real flight. He is certainly good but the FMS effect did it's work.

Good luck ! and let us know about your final choice and your first flight.

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Old Jun 02, 2002, 04:09 PM
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tiger moth

if you are looking for a slowflyer and something really easy to fly get the gws tigermoth it looks scale and an awsome plane to fly
i can fly this in my backyard go to www.greathobbies.com
it all in canadian prices really good company to deal with
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Old Jun 02, 2002, 06:22 PM
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Ditto on the tigermoth. Wingo (in my opinion) is not a good choice. Tigermoth takes a lot of abuse and flies well (in calm conditions).
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Old Jun 02, 2002, 06:24 PM
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The Wingo is a good choice for what you are looking for. However if you are seriously considering it, I would look at the Soarstar. It's basically the same design, but a better value. It includes everthing you need except the radio. It also has the gearbox which is critical if you would like to get into aerial photography, or using floats. I fly an Advantix camera and a wireless video cam on mine. It's a fun plane. And if you tape the wing and fuse (zagi style) it's almost indestructible.
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