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Mar 04, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Which plane for a beginner?

Hi guys,

Well this is my first post on this site. and This will be my first plane. I was wondering which one you guys would recommend. I have extensive hours spent on a flight simulator. and i can afford both planes because i really like them haha.


Do you guys believe these are good planes?
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Mar 04, 2012, 03:27 PM
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Neither is a good first plane but I would lean towards the T-28 because it has a reputation as a good flyer. I haven't bought anything from Nitro planes but most say their planes are best for people who know how to replace substandard parts plus it can be tough to get repair parts for their planes.
Mar 04, 2012, 03:32 PM
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would you think this is a better plane?

thanks for the quick reply
Mar 04, 2012, 03:46 PM
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you want a high wing aircraft it will be a lot more forgiving
Mar 04, 2012, 03:52 PM
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I was amazed at the price for the airfield t-28 includes everything for $100 haha so thats why i was kinda drawn to it.
and also being a teenager haha I'm tight on cash
Mar 04, 2012, 04:31 PM
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If you are tight on cash don't the buy T-28 because you may not have the money to fix it after your first flight.
I would look at one of these when they become on line at the end March
Mar 04, 2012, 04:57 PM
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thanks ill defintaly look into that one

whats your thoughts on the flyzone switch?
Mar 04, 2012, 05:12 PM
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Why not start off with something as simple to fly like the hobby zone champ
Mar 04, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Don't go with a low wing for first plane

Champ is a good first 3 channel plane. It is small which may not be an exciting as the ones you are looking at - but it will be much easier to look at after a few flights! It will still be in one piece.
Want something bigger, and if you can afford it, try hobbyzone Super Cub or the Apprentice. Both are always recommended as first planes and - ALMOST always - you will be told to stay with a highwing for your first plane.
Mar 04, 2012, 06:12 PM
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If you are going to give it a go without an instructor, get the champ. If you have someone to teach you, you should seriously consider a Flyzone Sensei. I am getting back in to the hobby after a number of years out of it. I got in a little over my head with my first larger plane, so I bought a Sensei to sharpen up my basic skills before I destroyed a nice plane. I can't say enough good things about it. It flies like a giant teddy bear LOL
Mar 04, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by giantsfan
thanks ill defintaly look into that one

whats your thoughts on the flyzone switch?
You're excited and that's a good thing. But listen to us old farts on this one. We won't steer you wrong.
Mar 04, 2012, 10:57 PM
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Switch is good, I fly mine a lot - low wing. It is NOT a 1st plane. Maybe 2nd with high wings and a mentor, then later change to the low wing mode. Looks are important but have very little to do with success in a trainer.
Mar 05, 2012, 12:45 AM
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I'm currently enjoying the Switch also but even the high wing position is speedy for a raw beginner.
Super Cub has a big following and high on the list, But forgiving flyer is the Corvalis by Flyzone with extended wing easy handling its high on my list.
Your best bet is a seasoned flyer to make sure the model is intrim letting you get the feel for flight in stages will have minimal misshaps, best way to go. Perhaps a local club near you might help.
Keep us posted,
The Sky Trainer would be the better choice, few of our flyers have this one and is forgiving, more of the model for the beginner
Last edited by wnppmy; Mar 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM.
Mar 05, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Another plane to consider is the Apprentice


But I would recomend that you have an instructor with a buddy box to get you started. Initial over-control problems would not be unusual.
Some minore assembly is required, but not that much.
Mar 05, 2012, 07:42 AM
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IMO, you should get the best radio you can afford that you can grow this first and then decide what plane would be best. If money is a concern, do not be penny wise and dollar dumb. Most of the complete kits have cheap electronics that can not be moved from plane to plane. So it looks like a good deal in the beginning, and then after you have bought 2-3 planes, you have spent enough to buy a great radio system that can handle multiple models.

IMO, the best trainer out there is the Slow Stick. It is big, slow, flies great, easy to build, easy to repair, and CHEAP. Everything a beginner needs in a plane. The problem is that it doesn't look like a real plane. I bought my son a Slow Stick for Christmas and after three days out, he soloed. Here it is March and he is now able to fly an F22 we built out of foamboard.

I read this on here once and I thought it was the best suggestion for beginners I have ever read, "The radio system and your charger should be the backbone of your fleet, not the planes."

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