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Feb 28, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Best kit for my 9 year old daughter.


My youngest is asking for me to get a plane that she can fly.

What is a good decent STURDY beginner plane?

I have been thinking a slowstick (it's what I learned on (slo-v to be specific) and I learned fine) but I am worried it won't handle many crashes...


What do you think?


Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Feb 28, 2012, 01:33 PM
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I think get a Hobbyzone Champ... it's cheap, convenient, small and very durable. I do not like the look of it personally, but from a practical perspective it's a nice plane to start with.
Feb 28, 2012, 01:40 PM
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A glider, they are forgiving enough that if aimed at the ground they will right themselves if the control surfaces go neutral given enough alt. Then again, I'm kinda partial to them. I learned flying a Gentle Lady, it was the best.
Feb 28, 2012, 01:44 PM
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i got a g Lady awsome plane modded mine to a T-tail!
Feb 28, 2012, 03:42 PM
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The Ember II is another choice. It flies somewhat slower than the Champ, is somewhat less aerobatic, and IMO is more durable.

I think the Champ is an excellent first plane for someone who is older, but for the very young like your daughter, I would go with the Ember II.
Feb 28, 2012, 03:50 PM
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My 7 year old daughter got to fly my champ 2 weekends ago. She had gotten about 45 minutes practice time on my Phoenix flight sim before that for practice. I launched it, she flew it, I helped her land it. Next time she'll land it most likely.

Main things I recommend if you try something similar:
1- Make sure she knows her left from her right cold. So when you say "ok bring it back to us, turn a little left" she can respond properly.
2- Neckstrap. Required for small hands.
3- Folding camp chair or other seat. My daughter sat on the chair with her legs criss-crossed and rested the transmitter (a DX6i) on her legs.

2 and 3 are for her comfort and to keep from breaking your Tx.
Feb 28, 2012, 07:57 PM
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blue,

Get this one. You and she build it together. Let her decorate it and fly the day lights out of it.

http://www.fancyfoam.com/index.php?m...070fdc535ir3e2

Regatds,

Hankg
Feb 28, 2012, 08:22 PM
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I second the fancyfoam idea and of cource a nine eagle sky 500 is a good choice for a small girl. I have a champ, my daughter try it and a small crash broke the tail, although it is easy to fit but my daughter dare not try again.

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Feb 28, 2012, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by hankg
blue,

Get this one. You and she build it together. Let her decorate it and fly the day lights out of it.

http://www.fancyfoam.com/index.php?m...070fdc535ir3e2
I love this idea... I have seen planes like this one, and while it takes a somewhat odd attitude in the air, it flies very slow and very in control. The propeller is in the middle so it's safe from crashes, but you must be careful when hand launching. Since it's made of white foam it can be personalized very easily, and I think that would appeal to a young lady very much. I would love to see what some creative kids could come up with for it...

Here's a video I found on Youtube... it's a really cute modification and it flies so slow...

EzFly Dragon.wmv (2 min 56 sec)
Feb 29, 2012, 06:54 AM
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I had my 9 year old niece try champ and night vapor. With no wind she had more fun with night vapor.
Feb 29, 2012, 04:45 PM
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something SLOW that flies CLOSE so she can SEE it react to her inputs...

NIGHT VAPOR..............................
Feb 29, 2012, 08:06 PM
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I've never had one of these but there is a long thread on them right here on this forum and they seem like a pretty good choice for your application. Take a look at this: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1538751
Mar 01, 2012, 11:24 AM
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I was thinking of the EzFlyer actually (I have a couple of planes from fancy foam and love them!) so thanks for that one.

I am not wanting the Champ or Ember or Vapor as they are too spendy and small and can not fly outside when there is much wind.

I am leaning towards a Ez or a Slowfly (simply because its what I learned on (that and a Storm launcher lol!) and it is something I can fly and have fun with if I build it with a brushless setup hehehe
Mar 01, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Lost_Dawg
I've never had one of these but there is a long thread on them right here on this forum and they seem like a pretty good choice for your application. Take a look at this: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1538751
I looked at these birds but honestly they seem WAY overpriced... the EzFly is basically the same thing and WAY cheaper, plus i have all of the needed gear already. lol
Mar 01, 2012, 12:56 PM
Lost but making good time
blue,

Bond with your daughter...I've raised two! Not an easy job.

Regards,

Hankg


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