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dlm5988
02-20-2006, 10:08 PM
I'm interested in buying an RTF for my son's 11th birthday. What's the general feeling about Interactive Toy's planes? Are they worth the money? How would people rank them against the Selective R/C Air Soldier and Air Phantom? Or are there other planes I should be considering? Thanks in advance for any advice.

debhicks
02-20-2006, 10:56 PM
If you want him to learn how to fly R/C then concider something like the Firebird Freedom or something of that sort. The Selective R/C stuff is just that toys. They are fun but they won't teach any flying skills.

Your best bang for the buck is the freedom, aerobird challenger. Meant to teach only. The toy things seem to be a lot more rewarding to those who already know how to fly and just want to have mindless fun:) Like me. Gonna combat some this summer. :)

Can't wait.

Don Sims
02-20-2006, 11:00 PM
Ed Anderson posted this excellent list of beginner planes in another thread. Here's Eds suggestions:

Here are some thoughts. See if any of these catch your attention. They range from about 25" to about 64 inches in wing span and from about 18 ounces to 80 ounces.

Multiplex Space Scooter ARF
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGZV4&P=7 (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGZV4&P=7)
Review
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=548 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=548)
Video
http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/spacescooter/spacescooter_sun_stunt.wmv (http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/spacescooter/spacescooter_sun_stunt.wmv)
http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/548/SpaceScooter.wmv (http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/548/SpaceScooter.wmv)

Multiplex Microjet - ARF
http://www.multiplexusa.com/product_fs.htm (http://www.multiplexusa.com/product_fs.htm)
video
http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/microjet/microjet_hand_launching.wmv (http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/microjet/microjet_hand_launching.wmv)
http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/microjet/microjet_hight_speed.wmv (http://www.bungymania.com/videos/films/microjet/microjet_hight_speed.wmv)

GWS E-starter 400 - Simple Foam Kit - $50
http://www.gwsexpert.com/product_info.php?products_id=551 (http://www.gwsexpert.com/product_info.php?products_id=551)

GWS Tiger Moth 400 - Simple Foam Kit - $70
http://www.gwsexpert.com/product_info.php?cPath=2_54&products_id=203 (http://www.gwsexpert.com/product_info.php?cPath=2_54&products_id=203)
Review
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=345 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=345)
Video
http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/345/TM400m.wmv (http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/345/TM400m.wmv)

Multiplex Magister ARF - $110
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGZV2&P=ML (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGZV2&P=ML)
This plane is much larger than the others
Close to a .40 glow trainer in size
Reviews
http://www.smoothair.ca/reviews/Magister/magister.htm (http://www.smoothair.ca/reviews/Magister/magister.htm)
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=519 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=519)
Going busheless
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=621 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=621)
Discussion
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309397 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309397)
Touch and Gos
http://www.plawner.org/video/magister_touchngoes.wmv (http://www.plawner.org/video/magister_touchngoes.wmv)
Video - Take off from grass - standard motor/battery
http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/519/magister1.wmv (http://67.18.81.100/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/519/magister1.wmv)
Towing up a glider
http://plawner.org/video/Magister_easy.wmv (http://plawner.org/video/Magister_easy.wmv)
Video - This is not with the standard motor
this plane has an upgraded brushless motor
http://plawner.org/video/magister_test.wmvhttp://plawner.org/video/magister_test.wmv (http://plawner.org/video/magister_test.wmvhttp://plawner.org/video/magister_test.wmv)

Panic - 3D Foam Kit
http://mountainmodels.com/panic.php (http://mountainmodels.com/panic.php)
Video
http://mountainmodels.com/panicfinal.wmv (http://mountainmodels.com/panicfinal.wmv)

GWS Formosa
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXHCN9&P=7 (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXHCN9&P=7)
http://www.gws.com.tw/english/product/airfly/f3a.htm (http://www.gws.com.tw/english/product/airfly/f3a.htm)
Group discussion
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321370&highlight=gws+formosa (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321370&highlight=gws+formosa)+

Eagle 3D Foam ARF Aerobatic plane -
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/eagle.htm (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/eagle.htm)
REview
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=93 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=93)
Video
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/POT006-Eagle1.wmv (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/POT006-Eagle1.wmv)

The Cobra - 3 D Foam Flyer ARF
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/cobra.htm (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/cobra.htm)
video
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/POT007-Cobra2.wmv (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/POT007-Cobra2.wmv)

Pigi - 3D Foam Flyer ARF
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/pigi.htm (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/pigi.htm)
video
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/CEM001-Pigi.wmv (http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/CEM001-Pigi.wmv)


Any of these catch your attention?

dlm5988
02-21-2006, 06:02 AM
Thanks for all the information! The Microjet looked pretty cool. I'm a complete beginner so I think I'm leaning toward an RTF that gets me up and flying out of the box. Any thoughts? (Besides the Space Scooter RTF)

Matt Kirsch
02-21-2006, 05:39 PM
Multiplex Easy Star RTF. It's a very slick setup.

opquickie
02-27-2006, 06:29 AM
i learned on the firebird freedom but i've heard great things about the easy star RTF.

if you're looking for a toy to see if you son is interested in rc before investing too much, check out the AeroAce. it's impossible to not learn how to fly this thing within 10 mins and it's a blast for under $30.

try Target or aeroace.com to order online!