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Old 08-13-2006, 09:47 PM
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Hi,

The Boys and Girls Club in McAlester Oklahoma is going to start an RC club for kids and asked me to give some ideas. However they are going to be flying inside and need a few small trainers. Unfortunatly I only have experience with glow planes and a Zagi. They have an empty building with an open area of 8 basketball courts so flying room isnt a terrible issue.

What I need are suggestions and prices for good (STURDY) indoor planes. There will be somewhere between 15-20 kids in the club so it will need to take a lot of abuse.

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Oh ya, I'll be needing an indoor plane as well...which fly's better, the [link=http://www.hobby-lobby.com/animal.htm]Nikitis Animal[/link]
or the [link=http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXJYS1]GP Reflection[/link]?
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Default RE: Indoor trainer for B&G Club

THis one looks promising..any comments? [link=http://www.wildrc.com/htmlpages/tifo.html]T-Ifo[/link]
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What about an Aero Ace? Or would it be too simple?
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We considerd that exact plane but we really want somthing that will prepare the kids for glow. At least 3 channel and can be used in conjunction with a good transmitter. The transmiters that come with the Aero Ace and similar planes is truly nothing like a that of a glow plane.
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Default RE: Indoor trainer for B&G Club

Here's the plane you want:

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJDJ2&P=0

Flies very well inside and outside, is practically indestructable, and is a far more practal "trainer" aircraft than any other the others so far listed.
Another good choice would be the Megatech Merlin (available at Tower also). A bit bigger and more expensive, but flies as slow as you can walk. Again, more like the traditional trainer.
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We considerd that exact plane but we really want somthing that will prepare the kids for glow. At least 3 channel and can be used in conjunction with a good transmitter. The transmiters that come with the Aero Ace and similar planes is truly nothing like a that of a glow plane.
Yea...
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Default RE: Indoor trainer for B&G Club

Cant beat the price on the lazy bee. Also, is this the type of battery it uses
[link=http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGBL8&P=M]GP 7cell 350mAh[/link] ?
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If they are beginners why dont you use simple old GWS Pico lite sticks. Pretty rugged and fly sloooooow. Better yet get a bundle of Blue fan fold foam and let them design their own plane, simple profiles or stick type. All kinds of plans on the net. Sounds like a very good program and keep the young minds and hands busy on a worthwhile project.
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I think right now its down between the Pico stick and the Lazy-Bee. I'll print out the info on both and let man who's paying for it decide . Personaly I like the stick, but it WILL cost more to get it going. I'll let ya'll know what they decide, and if I get the chance I'll take a few pictures of the building, I havnt seen it yet but its supposed to be HUGE.
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Default RE: Indoor trainer for B&G Club

Lazy-Bee looks like a good plane but $110 as a trainer to teach 20 kids to,
who I'm guessing never flew a plane before, fly a 3 channel plane indoors
seems, well, over optimistic.
Have they at least been taught the basics of what makes a plane fly?
Made at least a glider fly? Might be jumping the gun a bit.
And why are you setting them up for glow engines? Seems like the future
is electric to me.
I'm not trying to sound harsh here but I just don't understand what you're
after.
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Have they at least been taught the basics of what makes a plane fly?
Made at least a glider fly? Might be jumping the gun a bit.
The first couple weeks will be nothing but building balsa and tissue gliders and learning about what makes a plane fly. And why prepare them for glow? One of the people starting this club is reclaiming his fathers old cropdusting runway. By next year we will be able to fly just about anything off that field and we'll have a bunch of new kids in the hobby who can handle a plane pretty well. The field will also be open to all ages and we'll probly start an AMA chartered club (right now there isnt one in McAlester). Dont know about you but that sounds great to me
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Default RE: Indoor trainer for B&G Club

That sound's horrible! What are you trying to do to our youth?! Our future?

Seriously, sounds good! I know a lot of adults who've sunk hundreds of bucks into
a RC plane only to wreck it and then claim the hobby sucks. I've also ran into
people that after I mention RC planes say, "I hear they're hard to fly, I can't see me
get'in into that!"
Many misconceptions that are, thankfully, slowly disappearing today if the right
approach is taken. I wish you all the luck with it!

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