I started out on a Slow Stick and still have a couple. You can probably get a slow stick going cheaper than the CTH Pelican.
But the CTH trainers have a big advantage in my book. EPP- I've been flying EPP planes for the last year.
The CTH Pelican is a good plane and can be setup to fly very well. The recommended motor is plenty powerful for this little plane.
The CTH Albatross is my pick if you want a great slow flying trainer. It has the wing span the same size as a slow stick and flies really well. It penetrates the wind really well and is hands down more durable than the slow stick. Another cool thing is that the Albatross wing will fit on the Slow Stick with no modifications (and works really well)
Slow Sicks can be fine for a beginner but there are some IFs
Research- do a bunch of research. Buy the no power system kit.
Reinforce the fuselage
Have some spare parts on hand or a local source for spare parts
Thanks! I am planning to get the Kit Version since I prefer brushless motors. I have done some scratchbuilds before and did many of the silly beginner mistakes on building a plane. However, all of the scratchbuild did not work or were too jumpy for me to control (I landed on a building with a flying wing when I fly in 15-20 mph winds). So, I just wanted a nice slow flyer that I know can fly. The only thing I am worried about with the Slowstick is if I fly into a tree. I do not have a covering and really do not want to spend extra money on MonoKote and an iron. That is where the Pelican has a pretty large plus. Of course the Slow Stick is at a much lower price, about half the price. I do not really want to get the albatross since its price is rather high.
Also it gets pretty windy around here. How does the Slow Stick handle wind?
Also, it is pretty likely I will crash hard. Somehow it just happens.
The Slow Stick is not a windy day plane. Once you have some experience, it can be fun to fly in a breeze, but doesn't handle wind really well. The Pelican is a nice little plane. The Pelican airfoil can handle a fair amount of wind. They are easy to build plus if you get stuck you can ask questions on the RC Groups thread - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...538751&page=11
Check out the two planes in this vid. The pink one is a Pelican, the green one is an Albatross.
Both of these are rudder, elevator and throttle controlled only.
Just pointing out that these planes can grow with you as your skills and confidence progress.
If you get bored check out the other videos on the Crash Test Hobby Youtube channel