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Jun 24, 2011, 11:02 PM
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What's the best trainer for a first time builder?

Any thoughts on the best trainer to build for a first time foam builder? I had built several balsa planes many years ago. Even left a couple overseas that I built on long nights pulling CQ duty. After returning home I even bought the necessary electronics at one point. But then got married before ever flying one of them. I have re-developed the urge to get something in the air.

I would like some opinions on the easiest trainer to build to develop foam building techniques and to learn to fly them.
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Jun 24, 2011, 11:10 PM
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It depends on how much you remember from those years ago! IF you still have the stick handling knowledge (on the TX) then go with one of the trainers like the BluBaby or OshKosh Special, or even my OneSheetFloater if you're cheap like me or $ challenged (air frame will cost you a buck's worth of Dollar Store Foam) Those are all high wing gentle flyers, that will be able to reaquaint you with flying gently, and are all full fuselage, so will give experience in many of the foamie building skill/particulars. If you aren't confident about actually flying, than I'd say go with a BluBeagle, Trainer 1 or Trainer2. they are all profile, first two are pushers so prop is protected, and are gentle trainer type flyers (quick, disposable builds).
Jun 24, 2011, 11:11 PM
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There are a bunch Of great trainers on here , it really depends what you like . Theres the Blubaby ,Trainer1 , Trainer 2 , Ezfly , OshkoshSpecial , Tuffy, Nutball . Im sure theres more these are off the top of my head . Depending on size and what you want the trainer 2 would go together easy as does the EZFly . I really like the plans for the 40 Oshkosh special for a first time builder as kens made it nice to fit together . The Blubaby has a thread miles long with lots of good help and the Nutball is a circle , pretty easy to build .
Jun 24, 2011, 11:12 PM
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Darn you , beat me by 1 minute but i got links
Jun 24, 2011, 11:16 PM
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You da man!
Jun 25, 2011, 08:07 AM
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All the above suggestions are good ones, don't believe you could go wrong with any of them.Springer and Wilfor are both knowledgeable, helpful guys, and I'd ALWAYS listen to their advice. Plus, Springer's 1 sheet builds are just ingenious! To the list I'll add Waterdog's STC https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354237. I like it for a 1st time build because it's profile (easier build),has an excellent build-guide, and it's a proven flyer (as all of these are).It's also very buildable (is that a word?) out of DTF, my favorite economy foam
Last edited by EZglider; Jun 25, 2011 at 08:13 AM.

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