| I've been out of electric RC for a while. What is currently the | cheapest setup (radio, plane, etc) electric plane that is very | stable and easy to fly yet gives decent flight performance? I would | like something around the $50 mark if possible.
Stable. Easy to fly. Decent flight performance. Cheap.
Pick any two :)
(Actually, Easy to Fly implies stable, though Stable doesn't always imply Easy to Fly.)
In any event, what you want doesn't exist.
However, if cost is the #1 consideration, I'd suggest this --
The `Yellow Bee'. It's $30 at Harbor Freight Tools stores right now until the end of the month, at least in Austin.
It comes with everything you need, and since they're not really in the business of selling R/C planes, they'll probably even do an exchange if you say `it broke' when it's obvious that _you_ crashed it.
It is relatively stable. Flight peformance sucks, as it always does when you have a two channel plane with only differential thrust for control. It's about as cheap as you'll ever get for a new plane.
It's not that easy to fly. You do have limited controls, and that's good for ease of flight, but you have to think a few seconds ahead, as it can't do what you tell it right away, so that can be tricky. But it is stable ...
But it does fly, and it flies better than some other similar planes that I've seen. I even bought one myself for playing around ...
As for it being appropriate for a four year old, my daughter is four and a half, and she loves daddy's R/C stuff. However, she doesn't have the coordination for anything but a slow R/C car. An airplane? No way. Maybe if you fly and he just watches ...
If you want a `serious' setup, you'll need at least three channels -- rudder or ailerons, elevator and throttle. But you're not likely to get that for much under $150, unless it's used. Two channels can work OK for a glider, but not many people really want unpowered gliders.