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May 19, 2010, 11:28 AM
RC Paraglider / Sailplanes
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Hobbico 60 Mk III - Tower Hobbies Trainer 60 or Tower Hobbies trainer 40

I'm trying to choose my first gas trainer. At the local club one member (who happens to own a hobby shop) suggested the Hobbico 60 MkIII with a .60 or .61. The main reason being that in St-Jean it is always windy and that this plane was very stable. I saw the plane fly and it looked very controllable.

I was also looking at the tower hobbies 60 and 40 trainer. Reason being the price on the 40. It's RTF for 239.
**** for this the local guys said that with a .40 i would want to upgrade quickly and would use the .61 in my second plane. (sounds logical but i'm too new to know).

The tower 60 is 114$ but i have to have it shipped. The Hobbico is 179$ local with 15% quebec taxes.

Let me know what your opinions or suggestions are.
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May 19, 2010, 07:13 PM
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I would go with the Hobbico.
May 20, 2010, 04:06 PM
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If you do go with the tower hobbie .450 don't buy the RTF the engine, it's garbage and you want a transmitter w. more channels i'm planning on buying a Hangar 9 P-51 mustang PTS
May 23, 2010, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by MUSTANGP51LOVE
If you do go with the tower hobbie .450 don't buy the RTF the engine, it's garbage and you want a transmitter w. more channels i'm planning on buying a Hangar 9 P-51 mustang PTS
I agree with this guy.

The TH .46 MKII is a good plane, the TowerHobbies engines are junk.
(frustrated me for months before ripping it out and going electric with it (and now i'll probably put a new .46 O.S. back in it)
The ARF ultimate combo would be good, except for the 4 channel non-computer radio. (it comes with a SuperTigre engine... but not a good radio, and is pricey.)

I recommend going with the guy that owns a local hobby shop... he will help you much more than the extra cost. He will probably give you a discount, will probably virtually give you some glue and foam and small bits... AND his help will be invaluable.

Don't forget you need field equipment (another $100+) (which local guys will probably help out with (everyone has extra stuff they can part with); mail order won't).
Expensive hobby to start off in...

Maybe start with a .40 sized plane if money is tight... i'm sure they will sell you one of those also. As for needing the .60 for next plane... that depends on the next plane.

A .46 AX will fit and work well in ManY planes.
May 05, 2016, 03:47 PM
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tower engines ...

I have to disagree the tower engines are fantastic! ABC = Power and user frendly.
May 06, 2016, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ramboy
I would go with the Hobbico.
I learned on the Hobbico Mk III Select.

I doesn't look like that anymore, though.

May 06, 2016, 01:15 PM
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So, which plane did you go with 6 years ago?
May 06, 2016, 04:35 PM
RC Paraglider / Sailplanes
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I actually went electric for the first one and bought a 36 inch Hobbyking Decathlon, then a multiplex mentor...... Rascal 110... then someone made me try a Sailplane.

What a mistake........

6 years later I now fly 3 - 6 meter sailplanes, aerotow, have spent thousands.... What an addictive hobby.
May 06, 2016, 06:44 PM
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Awesome. Everyone finds their niche eventually.
May 07, 2016, 06:25 AM
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I love that fact that a 6 year follow up question was answered.

May 07, 2016, 12:20 PM
I'm a pilot, 100 yrs too late
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I built the tower trainer 40 kit when I first got back in some years back.. Really bullet proof design and flies beautifully. I used my own .40. and it was way more than enough power.

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