| Tower stocks extra parts, but a total disaster can be fixed by simply
| ordering the ARF to replace the airframe - $69.99
I certainly do agree with your general sentiment, but the total
disaster scenario is not nearly this good. The engine is up front, in
both planes, and a good smack into something hard will break it in
either plane. And if you crash either plane hard enough, you can also
strip servos or break other parts.
(Of course, there are other total disaster scenarios -- the plane
crashes and you never find it. Or it crashes in a lake and goes
straight to the bottom, never to be seen again. And we'll ignore the
crashes where it hits something fragile ...)
The planes most likely to survive a crash have no fuselage at all, and
the motor is in back, if there is one. They're the flying wings like
the Zagis (though the Zagis themselves aren't ideal, because they have
a canopy that tends to be destroyed in crashes.)
Probably the most resilient plane of all are the Super Fleas/Flys by
-- they're extremely light, fly very slowly,
and the motors and props are in back (for most of them anyways. The
one with it up front is not what I'm talking about.) I've got two of
these, though unfortunately they have the motor up front. So bad
landings break the motor mount, prop and glow plug (one has a 0.061
Norvel engine) but the rest of the plane is undamaged every time.
| I can't think of any particular situation where the Sturdy Birdy II
| compares at all favorably, unless you simply want to build what you
The Sturdy Birdy II is a tail dragger. The Tower Trainer is a
tricycle gear. Tail draggers are generally better, at least in my
opinion. Tricycle gear planes may be more stable on the ground but
the nose gear is often a source of trouble, especially if you prang
And yes, the Sturdy Birdy II is more durable. High speed crashes will
destroy either plane, but the SB2 will generally survive minor crashes
with little or no damage -- so you may be able to keep flying that day
rather than doing some repairs. But the Tower Trainer _will_
(And again, I have a SB2. And I've flown a few other trainers, .20 to
.60 sized, though not specifically the Tower Trainer. I can compare
| Closest comparison? Great Planes PT-20 or PT-40 MII Trainer kits. Your
| choice of .15 to .25 engine or .35 to .46 engine sizes, $59.99 or $69.99.
| Just as expensive and time consuming as the Sturdy Birdy II, but a much
| nicer looking finished product.
Better flying too.