What plane should I get?

Sky_king82

New member
I'm reinserting myself into the RC Airplane hobby after 22 years off. Times have changed since balsa, monokote and nitro engines were the only real options. Now I've got a little money and want to try the foam board models.

What would be the best setup for someone that has a little rusty experience, wants a 4-channel setup, needs just a little aerobatic performance capabiliy as well as a stable enough airplane to maybe teach a 12 year old.

If I have to get a second airplane as a trainer for a kid because it limits options, thats what I'll do.

Also, how many batteries should I get so I won't be frustrated and what controller (is a buddy box still a thing)?

I currently have nothing and am starting from scratch.
 

Mr NCT

Site Moderator
I'm reinserting myself into the RC Airplane hobby after 22 years off. Times have changed since balsa, monokote and nitro engines were the only real options. Now I've got a little money and want to try the foam board models.

What would be the best setup for someone that has a little rusty experience, wants a 4-channel setup, needs just a little aerobatic performance capabiliy as well as a stable enough airplane to maybe teach a 12 year old.

If I have to get a second airplane as a trainer for a kid because it limits options, thats what I'll do.

Also, how many batteries should I get so I won't be frustrated and what controller (is a buddy box still a thing)?

I currently have nothing and am starting from scratch.
If you want to start with a foam board plane you can't go wrong with the FT Tiny Trainer. It looks like the speed build kit is out of stock but here is a link to the plans.
https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?resources/ft-tiny-trainer.126/
It uses the Flite Test power pack A - https://store.flitetest.com/ft-power-pack-a-radial-v2/
It's a straight forward build so you can learn the basics of building with foam board. There's a very complete build video. It's easy to repair. It has two wings - a polyhedral for 3 channel flying while you or your 12 year old are learning and a 'sport' wing with ailerons for acrobatics.
I'll let others weigh in on TXs since I've only used a Spektrum DX6e, which I like btw.
 

bisco

Elite member
welcome!
buddy box is still a thing. spectrum makes a good set up, and there are less expensive alternatives.

if you don't want to spend on a buddy system, a newer alternative is a gyro. you can buy ready to fly planes with built in gyro or add something like an aura 5 to a flite test kit.

here's a video of josh installing one in his ready to fly:


if you are going to buy a transmitter for each of you eventually, buddy box is a good alternative.
 

MaxTheFliteFreak

Active member
I would suggest possibly a simple scout for it's great trainer tendencies and aerobatic capabilities. I have never had one but I have heard a lot of great things about them.
 

HVB79

Member
I'm reinserting myself into the RC Airplane hobby after 22 years off. Times have changed since balsa, monokote and nitro engines were the only real options. Now I've got a little money and want to try the foam board models.

What would be the best setup for someone that has a little rusty experience, wants a 4-channel setup, needs just a little aerobatic performance capabiliy as well as a stable enough airplane to maybe teach a 12 year old.

Also, how many batteries should I get so I won't be frustrated and what controller (is a buddy box still a thing)?

I currently have nothing and am starting from scratch.

Spektrum DXs Basic Radio (simple radio / buddy box)
Spektrum Dx6e Radio (more capable radio to use as master radio)
Receiver
Tiny Trainer Airplane
Power Pack A
Battery get 2 minimum, 4 is better
Battery Charger

Gyro / Flight Stabilization System (optional)
 

bisco

Elite member
I'm reinserting myself into the RC Airplane hobby after 22 years off. Times have changed since balsa, monokote and nitro engines were the only real options. Now I've got a little money and want to try the foam board models.

What would be the best setup for someone that has a little rusty experience, wants a 4-channel setup, needs just a little aerobatic performance capabiliy as well as a stable enough airplane to maybe teach a 12 year old.

If I have to get a second airplane as a trainer for a kid because it limits options, thats what I'll do.

Also, how many batteries should I get so I won't be frustrated and what controller (is a buddy box still a thing)?

I currently have nothing and am starting from scratch.
come in, sky king, over
 

Aslansmonkey

Well-known member
I would suggest possibly a simple scout for it's great trainer tendencies and aerobatic capabilities. I have never had one but I have heard a lot of great things about them.
I would HIGHLY recommend the SImple Scout. It's not the best first ever plane, but it's an excellent second plane and great on 4 channels.

I beat the crap out of my first one and kept repairing it and putting it back in the air. When I "retired" it finally, it was to build a new one. I've also built and flew the Mini Scout and made a 75% version of the mini and flew that as well. I currently have my second scout and an XL Scout with plans to modify another build into a biplane.

Theres a good bet that if you build and fly the scout, it'll always have a place in your hanger.
 

JetCrafts

Active member
I'm reinserting myself into the RC Airplane hobby after 22 years off. Times have changed since balsa, monokote and nitro engines were the only real options. Now I've got a little money and want to try the foam board models.

What would be the best setup for someone that has a little rusty experience, wants a 4-channel setup, needs just a little aerobatic performance capabiliy as well as a stable enough airplane to maybe teach a 12 year old.

If I have to get a second airplane as a trainer for a kid because it limits options, thats what I'll do.

Also, how many batteries should I get so I won't be frustrated and what controller (is a buddy box still a thing)?

I currently have nothing and am starting from scratch.
best plane in my opinion for beginner is ft explorer or a modified version of the ft simple soarer with a motor .i would suggest 2-4 batteries so while you're using one you can charge the other , and buddy box is still a thing don't worry , matter o` fact its better now
 

mastermalpass

Master member
I learned with an RC Powers Su-34 V4, but I gotta back the mini scout. I've built two. First one was a bit over powered and overweight, but a great flyer - snapped the wing and it glued/taped back on no problem. The second one, I was trying to build the lightest mini scout possible. I gave it an underpowered, elevator and rudder configuration with miniscule throws and the airframe was forgiving enough for that mess to actually fly! 😂

It's a very stable plane, yet you can pull loops and barrel rolls out of it with the basic set up. Easy to build and easy to repair.