Without a doubt the Multiplex Easy Star. I've flown it about 12-14 times so
far and I'm a raw novice. Pay close attention to the center of gravity. I
have crashed it numerous times and it just gets tossed up to fly again.
Great and very durable trainer. I got the RTF version at:
When you can keep it flying for an entire battery pack you might want to buy
two extra packs from here:
Scroll down to the pack.
PC11X7F 7 Cell 1100 mAh Folded NiMH w/Connector ..... $ 29.90
I now have the stock pack and two of the NiMH packs. I fly at about 70%
throttle as I find it easier to control and get 10 minutes of flying "up
high" then I bring it down to tree top level for another 3-5 minutes; this
on the NiMH packs. The stock pack gives about 7 min and then 3 more low
There is a lot of info on this BB just on the EasyStar. The first page (of
13) is here:
where do you want to fly ?? indoor or outdoor.
If you want to reuse all battery stuff from your first plane to your
second. then you better look for a speed 400 trainerplane.
I made the mistake of building a speed 600 plane as my first. So i was able
to use my
6cell packs from my car. When i started looking for a second plane the
choises of speed600 planes are very limited (GP ryan EP or multiplex
if you stay in the speed 400 class you can reuse most of materials
it's big, handles wind and is tough. I
takes a speed 400/480 with a gearbox. Can be built with ailerons
Not True! It can be flown indoors, but is an outdoor plane. You may be
thinking of the Pico Stick.
It won't bounce as well as the EPP foam planes, but it's easy to repair, and
cheap enough to replace in case of major catastrophe....
And it flies very well to boot.
That's a hard one. Does that budget cover plane only, or plane plus
First of all, and I'm not biazed here, I'm an electric-only person,
consider your reasons for wanting to go electric. Most electric planes
are actually HARDER to control than their glow (semi-diesel)
counterparts. This is because of their weight. Electrics are usually
smaller/lighter, and for a beginner, size + weight "is your friend". A
good trainer plane is one that's large enough to be visible, and heavy
enough to withstand some wind without serious pilot corrections.
Electric planes also tend to be more expensive (in the beginning) than
their fuel counterparts (but end up cheaper in the long run).
ok. Back to your question, a good electric trainer.
I would recommend the Kyosho "Spree ES", although this is a relatively
small plane. It comes in two variants, the "Readyset", and the "ARF".
The first includes all radio gear, the last does not.
This plane is a high-winger, with rudder+elevator+throttle control.
Even if this plane is build from balsa+plastic film, it's amazingly
robust, and due to it's balsa rib-cage, relatively repairable.
When you can control it, move onto the Spree Sports to get ailerons.
Just remember that almost every person who has learnt to fly a model
aircraft has started spending 90% of their time repairing. Don't loose
confidence if you crash, we've all done that. When you get better, you
can crash with the best of us :p
Brushed electric motors are basically: Brushed electric motors.
Unless your batteries are lead/acid, they can be used in an aeroplane
Btw: My "400-sized" electric plane digests 120/30 (Peak/Average)
Amperes at 7 cells NiCd. Carrying it's 355grammes pack, it's quite
aerobatic. At 996 mm span.