UPDATE! I decided to purchase 2 planes with some extra cash that I acquired. I first bought the Parkzone Night Vapor. It was a great choice! My relatively small backyard is plenty of room to thoroughly enjoy the Night Vapor. And it works great at night, too! I've been getting quite a bit of calm evenings with zero wind at all. The control of the Night Vapor really is super smooth, so I must say I am really happy with that purchase! Also, if anyone is interested...I thought this was a good deal. I got a brand new Night Vapor RTF with two aftermarket 150mah lipo batteries for $130. Those 150mah batteries gave me 28 minutes of constant enjoyable flight!
Next plane I bought was, ironically, the Champ RTF. I decided to give it another chance and try to make sure the wind conditions were suitable. I found another night with zero wind, so it was just me vs. the Champ's controls. And what do you know, it flies really great. It lasted probably about 10 to 15 minutes or so on my first flight, which is more than enough, since I bought this from the same Ebay auction and got more 150mah batteries with it. This was $90. The seller is Power Hobby from Suffern, NY. They also ship very quickly after the payment.
While I've got this thread going, I'd like to hear more from anybody who's into this hobby, as I'm getting more interested in specifically RTF or BNF models. One thing I really don't like much about the Champ is the foam material. I've been seeing this new EPP foam around, which looks practically indestructible. Does anyone know of any good EPP planes that are either RTF or BNF, and 3 or 2 channel? One thing I'd really like is something that comes with a field charger like the Night Vapor and Champ, or charges from the transmitter.
I would consider a 4 channel if it's a more beginner 4 channel, since I'm not quite advanced enough yet I don't think. Nine Eagles has a plane here
(Nine Eagles Mini Cessna 3ch), which looks practically indestructible. It's made of EPP and has a crash protected propeller system where the prop automatically detaches on impact. Only problem is it's a 7.4v system and there's no portable charging option.
I was just curious if anyone saw a plane similar to this one, made of EPP, that can be charged from the transmitter or a portable AA charger.