I've never even seen a Nextar in person. I've heard good things about it, but I've also heard bad things about it.
We are not going to post hearsay.
I happen to be a big fan of hobbico stuff, but I'm not going to recommend something that I don't have first-hand experience with.
This is an excellent answer.
I've trained quite a few on the Nexstar and if I have my druthers I usually don't recommend it. Why?? Price. It's one of the more expensive packages on the market, and mainly it's because of the "gadgets" on it (AFS, speed brakes, and wing droops). Most instructors will remove all three of those whenever a student shows up with a Nexstar. So if they're going to get removed why even pay the extra to start with??
On Tower's website, there is only one ARF .40 size trainer that is less expensive than the Nexstar, which is the Tower Trainer. The ARF doesn't come with the AFS. As new as I am I can't say anything about the wing droops and speed brakes, but from what I've heard, those who have trained on a Nexstar have had positive experiences.
Anyway, AMAZING job on the site. I really like that it is so unbiased and based on good old honest experience. I am very grateful for all the hard work you guys put into this site, and will be happy to forward it to anyone I can.