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Old 11-19-2005, 03:38 PM
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I am an intermediate pilot and have trained with a 4ch high wing trainer. I am looking for a low wing trainer to start with now. Does anyone have any recommendations of particular planes to start with. I prefer a 4ch ARF, balsa built if possible but not against getting a foamie. Please give any recommendations.
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:17 AM
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I am not sure there really is such a thing as a low wing trainer. All of them are a bit touchy. However, you might take a look at some of the World Models ARF's distributed by Airborne. The Rambler is a very good value at $59 and the Mustang is a superb flyer at $79.

http://www.airborne-models.com/

Another one to consider would be the Great Planes Mini Super Sportster EP http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXHSR6&P=0
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:12 AM
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It's not an ARF, it's a stick build, but my Great Planes Lil Poke qualifies as a "2nd trainer". It is a low-wing, but the dihedral tips make the wing self-righting. After I learned to fly more skillfully with other trainers, this was a ball to fly!! Instructions for this build are excellent, but don't make the mistake of using their power system recommendations. Go to a brushless outrunner. I am running an eflite Park 400 outrunner, eflite 10x7 prop, 11.1 v Li-po. All Up Weight is 17 oz and flight times are 30 minutes or more doing mild acrobatics (no ailerons on this build) and touch-and-goes. I used transparent monokote on this model. Tough and pretty!!
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Old 12-05-2005, 08:26 PM
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After mastering a 40 size primary trainer, I generally recommend a Sig 4 star 40 to my students as an intermediate trainer. You can use the same radio, motor, etc. but with the low wing and the improved aerobatic capability, you can't go wrong. There is just enough extra performance to take you further up the rc learning curve into serious acrobatics. A 3D plane it aint but 3D sillyness is not what you need as an intermediate trainer. The 4 star 40 is available as an ARF or a BIY kit.

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Old 12-06-2005, 03:03 PM
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If you have mastered the high wing trainer then a good second plane that is balsa built and priced right is the Great Planes Super Sportster EP. It cost $119.00 from Tower Hobbies with motor, gearbox, battery and flies ok in stock form. With a better battery and you can add a little more power and flight time and save a couple of ounces. If you have some extra cash to spend you can go brushless and shed at least another 8 ounces in weght, add tramendous power and flight times in the 15 - 20 minute range. I have a brushless setup in mine and it flies great at the lighter weight. It will fly extremely slow or go straight up with ease.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:29 AM
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another good one is the Carl Goldberg Tiger 400. pretty looking bird too.
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Chadwr, what motor did you end up with in your Super Sportster EP?
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4 Star 40

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