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Old 07-17-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Now that I have my wings, I am looking for a second airplane. Looking for a tail dragger since I want to get into scale. The folks at my club recommended the Sig 4*40 but they no longer make it. Sig makes the a 4*54 (clipped wing version of the 4*40) or the 4*60. I am also looking at the Great Planes Escapade and the Hanger9 Pulse XT. I don't plan on doing to much of aerobatics but would like to have a little fun.

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Re: Second Airplane (Advice)

I had a 4*60 as my second plane and really enjoyed it. Or if you want to go bigger there is the 4*120.

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Hi Steve:
The Hangar 9 Pulse XT is a great airplane to get as the first low wing plane. I have the 40 size, but they also make a 60 size. It's very good on take-offs & landings plus it does some decent aerobatics. The wingspan is longer than the Escapade so I found it a bit more stable.
The 4*40 in the ARF version has been good for some guys too, but I think the Pulse XT may be easy on your nerves as a first low wing plane.
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I've seen a couple of those Pulse XT's at the field. Real eye-catcher, the lads rave about how sweet they fly, and they are pretty quick when you let it dangle.

You would be real happy with one. Every time I see one I almost spin over to the hobby shop!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #5
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My second plane was a pulse 40. It probably the best all around sport plane I've flown. I'd highly recommend it. I also had a minipulse and it was a great flyer too.

I also have a four star 120 with a dle 20. It flys similar to the pulse and is another great choice for a second plane
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Re: Second Airplane (Advice)

The Super Sportster 60 is a great airplane and is better than the 4 stars for sport flying. They can be built as a tail dragged.

If you don't want to build, they make an ARF in 40 and 120 size:

The 60 is the best IMO.

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Re: Second Airplane (Advice)

When all else fails buy a Stick.

They come in a variety of sizes, from LOTS of different manufacturers.

You can make them up as a Tail Dragger or a Trike, High wing or low.

They are hard to beat.
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Originally Posted by bbbair View Post
When all else fails buy a Stick.

They come in a variety of sizes, from LOTS of different manufacturers.

You can make them up as a Tail Dragger or a Trike, High wing or low.

They are hard to beat.
+1 on the Sticks....have two, both draggers and love them.

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Old 07-18-2013, 08:00 AM   #9
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What ever you buy, buy two. Then you don't have to tell the bride right away that you broke it. Then Arlene found the other one at Brodie's! (joke)

These are all good recomendations. Best, follow what your instructor might suggest, or the locals. As they will be your best support group. Might be a shorter list if you asked what to stay away from.

I love 4*40's. But all the manufacturers have their version, to compete as the market you are in is relativly lucrative to them, consumables (reality).

Hope this helps, and I wish you lots of enjoyment in your new found hobby.

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++2 on a Stik!!!

I have the Great Planes Big Stik 40 with an OS 46AX in it and between myself and my nephew we figure it has over 400 flights on it. Tough plane, been tumbled a time or two and all fixes were pretty easy, does almost anything you could ask of a sport/fun fly plane. I wished it was a tail dragger and will be building one from scratch this upcoming build season to replace it as it has had it's day! I will build this one as a dragger.

The others mentioned are good planes for a second one for sure, and another one to consider is the Hangar 9 P51 Mustang Mark II PTS, surprisingly easy to fly when set up as a low wing trainer and gets to be a pretty good performer once you change it over to sport mode! All the while looking pretty cool as a WWII fighter! Only thing to change is to bend the gear legs more forward on grass as it gets nose tippy easy.

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