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Old 08-05-2013, 12:07 AM   #11
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The apprentice does look really cool..
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #12
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yeah I'd probably go with the Apprentice too...for the difference of just over one hundred dollars, you're getting better electronics, that down the road can always go into something else. As well, you don't even need the foam safe CA, just the regular for Z-Foam!
Yeah spending the extra $100 will save me in the long run as the only thing I'm scared of is the landing part
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:06 AM   #13
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Hey guys.. Just looking for some opinions on a plane for a beginner..
i recommend you Dynam EZ Hawk electric plan. This RC plane with its brushless motor is the perfect trainer airplane for a beginner. Just a little assembly is required. Then you will this RC plane flying in minutes.The EZ Hawk powered 400 paired with a Dynam Brushless Electronic Speed ​​Control (ESC) and the 2.4 GHz radio equipment by a powerful Dynam Brushless Speed.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #14
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Re: Want to get a plane

Super cub a good choice but I would recomend going with a plane WITH ailerons.
The Apprentice with the safe technology would be a better choice. Just my opinion of course.
Noticed you were afraid of landing.............the safe technology in the apprentice will land it for you. And it really does work.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:19 PM   #15
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I used an Apprentice to return to the hobby after about a 30 year break. It's the original version without the technology added & has been a great toy which I still fly regularly. I'm sure I've got at least 300 flights & it still has the original wing & tail feathers BUT it broke several motor mounts because the nose wheel linkage kept popping apart. Land funny & with the nose wheel at about 90 degrees to the ground & it pops the motor mount & breaks the cowl. I cured that with a better linkage & I've never had an issue again. Very good value for the RTF version. One thing I did do to help visibility was to paint the underside of the wings bright red. Helped a lot in the early days but less important now.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:03 PM   #16
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I've instructed on them all. Ever since the Apprentice with SAFE technology came out, that is now my #1 referral for beginners. I'm not the only one saying this either...

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I flew the new Apprentice with the SAFE technology tonight and all i can say is Eflite has absolutely nailed it with this airplane ! I wouldn't even look at or recommend anything else , it's THAT good !
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #17
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Re: Want to get a plane

One big reason I suggest the elec apprentice is it has a pretty big wing span and can handle a pretty good breeze. And for 314$ ish ready to fly its a good deal. It would cost another 100$ plus for a ready to fly nitro.
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Interesting. When I started in 96, it cost approx $600 for a Skyward 40 kit/ ASP .40/ Futaba 4 ch. FM radio/ covering, glue, etc.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:39 PM   #18
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E-flite apprentice. Good flight time easy to repair and parts are available

+1 for the apprentice as well
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:55 PM   #19
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Re: Want to get a plane

All good. The PZ Supercub is the #1 trainer around here, closely followed by the Easystar type planes. That apprentice sounds good given the stabilization electronics you can get with it, though.

The reasoning behind me recommending the Easystar type (or the Bixler/AXNCloudFly/Skysurfer etc which are Easystar types with ailerons) is that it takes the pressure off needing to land on gear, and you pretty much cannot break prop/motor/motor mount with the pusher type planes. You WILL break props and motor mounts with any tractor propped trainer so if you get a plane with a motor on the front, buy some spares.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:26 PM   #20
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This is what I started on:


It is what got me into flying. Very easy to fly, very cheap (comes RTF) and doesn't break easily. Can be flown in a gym once you are used to it. I recommend the champ for learning the most basic things, such as orientation. It doesn't handle wind well, but when you can fly it safely in the wind, you know you are ready to step up to the next level. I bought a couple more micros after the champ, learning to fly with ailerons on a small p51 and then getting a micro MiG, but the bug had caught on by then and I needed something bigger.

That's when I bought this:


I know you said you are not interested in nitro, but neither was I when I started and now I won't look back. Nothing like the sound and smell of a real engine. Plus, I get enjoyment out of learning about the engine. Tuning and maintenance really takes no longer than a couple of blog reads to learn. Plus, that PTS p51 includes a DX6i, a 6 channel receiver, an engine and all the servos. Added up, the cost of the accessories is more than the total cost of the whole kit...a great deal.
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