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Old 01-02-2013, 12:09 PM
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My sons 11th birthday is coming up and I'd like to get him something to fly around at the local park. He is fairly proficient with the Apprentice I have though he still struggles with the landings.

Any suggestions? A couple of planes I am considering are:

http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...rodID=PKZU1580

http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...ProdID=PKZ3680

http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...rodID=PKZU1680

and finally:

http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...rodID=PKZU2280

I realize the last one is a bit of a stretch but it never hurts to ask. The plane needs to be fairly easy to fly, pretty rugged, and have available replacement parts. If I missed one, I am certainly open to suggestions.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:38 PM
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The micro T28 is a pretty good one for a kid. My 13 year old does ok with it, it's like the big one, flys on rails yet maneuverable enough to be fun. He'll like it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:23 AM
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Thanks for the post. I was leaning towards that one due to the flight characteristics of it larger brother.
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If he can fly the Apprentice, get the full sized PZ Trojan. Yes, it is pricey, but it will fly a lot better in wind and probably be more rewarding to fly. Landings on the Trojan are a fairly easy affair since it has trike gear.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:08 PM
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Thanks foe the suggestion on the full size T-28 but I went with the UM T-28 for a couple of reasons.

He doesn't always like to go to the field because of the travel time and at 11, he still gets bored pretty quick
We live near several very large soccer fields so a park flyer made a lot of sense. It's a quick drive, fly for an hour, and right back home
Once he is comfortable with the plan he can then fly at the school's soccer field which is a 5 minute walk from home

Anyway, when he opened his birthday present, huge smile on his face. He wanted to fly that weekend but with a high of 10, we passed. This weekend it's looking like upper 40's so barring any wind, we'll take it out and see what happens.
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