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Old 01-06-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Got the champ after some advice from this forum and now I'm back! I loved the Champ and now it's time to go bigger!

I am looking at a larger 4 channel (+) aircraft in the 4-5ft wingspan range and in the $300-$600 range.

I am a heli guy of moderate skill and I have been siming the aircraft, so I believe I have the skills to handle the aircraft.

What are you recommendations? The guys at my club are pushing me to go nitro, but I like electric as well.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Re: Best Second Airplane

My second plane was the P-51 from parkzone. Nice handling plane, quick and looks great in the air. The only drawback is the lack of landing gear, although belly landing isn't all that bad. I like electric, pretty simple and no issues with keeping the motor tuned. Plus it can be flown almost anywhere.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Re: Best Second Airplane

Depending on your preference, the Apprentice makes a great first airplane...good manners and will do loops, rolls, etc. on high rates. It's electric and uses inexpensive lipo's. Unfortunately it comes with a Spektrum 5 ch radio which is very basic, but it works. If you already have a more advanced Spektrum or JR, you could bind up and away you go. Maybe donate the radio to your club as a training buddy box.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:25 AM   #4
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Re: Best Second Airplane

Hanger9 Pulse XT-40, great plane
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Re: Best Second Airplane

I went with a SIG 4*60 and a Saito 100, never had a problem tuning and the SIG kits are a joy to build, the 4*40 is also a dream to fly and would be less expensive to electrocute.
but nothing beats the noise of a four stroke.
And considering you are a club member why not make some noise whilst you still can, and if you need a bit of help with the tuning I'm sure they would be glad to help..
The only "stupid question" is the one you don't ask.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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Re: Best Second Airplane

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Hanger9 Pulse XT-40, great plane
Another recommendation for the Pulse. I went with the 125 and a DLE 20 gas engine, but from what I've seen and heard all of the sizes are good flyers.
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Re: Best Second Airplane

You didn't really specify if you wanted something scaleish, electric or not. If you are looking for something fun to fly but not a "3D" ship then I would recommend a Super Sportster. You can get these in 40, 60 and 120 size. In fact I think there is a good deal going on a 120 size with a DLE gasser in the classifieds.

If you are looking for something to learn 3D on I would highly recommend Swany's house profiles. Either a MOJO or Primo - the Mojo is a better 3D plane but the Primo is more stable in harriers type flying.

One problem here is you have to build.

If you want a good profile and want an arf, the Sabre 47 is excellent:

At 120 bucks US its hard to go wrong.

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Re: Best Second Airplane

My preference would to buy a progresive trainer or an airplane that is forgiving but still looks good like the hanger 9 p-51 pts or the .40 sport version because bolth are afordable and easy to fly. If you like electric than I would go with parkzone p-51 or the t-28 trogen because of it's easy flying and low cost. Do not be cheap on your radio because it should last you along time. For a radio I would recomend a futaba 9c super or a spectrum DX7 or equivelent.
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that's easy you just take the first airplane and fix it LOL . just kidding.Roger
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Re: Best Second Airplane

Parkzone T-28

trust me
(go on line and take a look at the reviews)

I have logged +300 flights on mine still my favorite!

Easy to fly
it is $240 BNF
easy to repair
very durable
very cheap batteries
horizon hobby - lots of support if needed
good looking
parts everywhere
nice size
can be flown in a big park (after you learn, please wont kill anybody lol )
you name it
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