Too many choices, too little time....
Here is my quandry. I have 5 acres out in the country where I live, lots of open sky to fly, its the ground handling that has me concerned. Right now I can fly my UM T-28 out there, no problem hand launched, it lands like a bird, soft and slow. Problem is, any sort of wind, and it gets windy by me, and I cant fly. I need a bigger bird, but I dont want to go the Nitro route, too much money involved, and the noise is inconducive to my horses, I don't want them getting hurt when the motor fires up and scares them.
The ground is short grass, but rough, I tried to smooth it down, but its hard clay and rather bumpy, it at one time was a corn field. This would make take offs and landings rather hairy since the plane would be bouncing all over the place. So out of the electric planes that are either BNF or RTF, I dont have time to build one, nor the space, I just want to go and fly, the ones recommended to me by my two LHS are the PZ Corsair, the T-28 or the Apprentice 15E. Of the 3, my most fav bird is the Corsair, always has been since Baa Baa Blacksheep hit the airways. I like my little T-28, and can fly it OK, as long as there is no wind, even had a couple really picture perfect landings, although not where I would have like to land it, still working on putting it where I want it, you know, orientation, but the tricycle gear had to be removed, it was causign damage to the nose everytime I brought it in. That leaves me to question whether or not the larger T-28 would hold up on landing on my rough ground, doesnt look like there is enough room up front for a larger nose wheel. He said best practice for that would to bring it in like a tail dragger, with the tail down, but Im still concerned of it flipping when the nose does come down, also takeoffs would be hairy. Same holds with the 15E, although it looks like larger tires would be easy to put on it, the nose gear would stil be my achilles. This leaves the Corsair since it is a tail dragger, it would be less likely to be an issue, but it would also be more prone to flipping. ALternative would be to remove the gear altogether and belly land it, which means I would only be able to hand launch, and not do touch n goes, but the rough ground would make that hard too. If I want taller grass to land in, the field next to me has hay growing in it, and can make for nice soft crashes.
So out of the 3 listed, which would be my best choice? The 15E would be my last choice, since I'm already flying the UM T-28, it would be like going backwards. I have put a lot of thought into a more expensive E-Flight, the T-34 Mentor, but would rather keep the cost down. T-28, with larger mains, and tail drag land it, or Corsair with larger wheels and hope I can keep the nose out of the grass, or pull the gear off altogether and belly flop it? The Corsair and T-28 both fit my price range, under $300, the 15E would put me over budget, which adds to it being last resort.