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Old 11-18-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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I am flying a hobby zone super cub with ease and am wondering what plane would be a good second plane. I have a spectrum dx5e transmitter and would like a bind n fly electric plane
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: Second plane?

The Parkzone T-28 Trojan might be a nice low-wing option for you. Lots of dihedral, flies nice and slow when you want it to, and you can soup it up later if you want.

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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In August I Added ailerons to my super cub, and shortly there after flew parkzone corsair and early version spitfire.
Actually I have a parkzone mkix spitfire forsale, but I would highly recommend the cub ailerons 1st. That way you don't end up with another intermediary plane once you can fly low wings.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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Re: Second plane?

For anyone who starts with the Supercub and masters it, I ALWAYS recommend the Parkzone T28 as their next plane.

Its such a great flier and bridges the gap nicely from beginner to intermediate flier. For everyone that has gone this route, their flying success has always been 100%.

The only beef I have with it is the CG is to far forward. That is easily fixed with an exacto-knife to the battery stop that is integrated to the canopy cover. Just check the CG and remove some foam from the battery stop to allow the battery to be moved back enough to get the proper CG.
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I agree with the T28 after the cub.
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Another vote for the T 28. It's a hand full of fun to fly.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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+1 on the T28. I have a F4F Wildcat. Very easy to fly. Check out the line of ultra micros too. I don't have one, but the UM Spitfire, with AS3X, is supposed to be easy to fly.

I have 10 UM or UMX models, just not the Spitfire.

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Re: Second plane?

Hey Steve
Was looking at the f-4 wildcat. I currently have a hz supercub and looking to go to an aileron plane. the belly landing part is the one concern I have.
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Hi Wilf,

Based on personal experience, I would recommend a few options at this point. First, you could add ailerons to the Super Cub. That way you're expanding on a model you're already familiar with, and it's the least expensive too. Second, and I'm sure you've heard it before, would be a flight simulator. I use Phoenix, but anything for stick practice would suffice. It WILL pay for itself with the money saved from not crashing. Also good for when the weather is nasty. And if you just don't "feel it" on a particular day, you can still use the sim without it costing anything. My third idea would be one of the ultra micros with AS3X. Spitfire, Warhawk, or maybe the Carbon Cub. Without AS3X, maybe the P-51 or Corsair. All UM or UMX, of course. If you want something the same size roughly, I'm guessing the T28. I don't own one, but they're supposed to be easier than the F4F. Although, with a computerized radio, using dual rates and expo, it can be toned down.

That's what's fun in this hobby. There's so many different options. I started out with helis, and after the first few I picked up the sim. While learning to fly 6ch helis, I sometimes practiced planes. Just for fun. I decided to get into foam planes for some relaxing flying. Compared to 6ch helis that is. My first plane was the Super Cub, and I had to fly it so bad, that I took it up the night I got it, wind and all. I went with a buddy to a school parking lot and away I went. I figured I'd take off in the parking lot and then fly into the field. Ok, so the lights were for the parking lot, but the Cub's white, right? When I went past the light pole, the plane all but disappeared. I could barely make out a white blob, so I went hard right, trying to bring my white blob back. LOL I just missed the pole, then noticed there was a tree on that side. I swooped under the branch, circled the parking lot and landed. I was so pumped that I lost sight, got it back, missed the tree and landed softly, that after I cut throttle, I forgot to steer and hit a curb. No damage. Just pushed the spinner all the way back. I guess after attempting that I wasn't going to be allowed to walk away completely unmarked.

As for belly landing, just cut throttle before touching down. Remember to take off and land into the wind. Slow it down, and about a foot off the ground, cut the throttle. Completely. You don't want power to the prop when you touch down. At that point, flare it the same as if landing on wheels. And for the planes that have fixed landing gear, you can also take them off to belly land. If you want to do both, get a plane with landing gear and switch when you want to.

Whatever you decided, have fun and stay safe.

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Re: Second plane?

On a side note. If you add ailerons to the Cub, it'd be a good idea to make a second wing at the same time for backup. Saves having to do it all over again. It's also nice, though, to have a another plane. Or more.....

Check if your LHS has a sim set up for demo. Go in and try it out. If it's easy, choose a plane. If not, consider the sim instead.

Remember, a plane with ailerons is a completely different animal than one without.
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