03-08-2006, 04:29 AM
:confused: As a newby who is enjoying flying an SS but looking to the future...what would be a next plane to move up to which would not be too hard to build and could handle like the SS if the need arose? I would prefer something which could handle brushless and lipo's.
Incidently, I never plan on giving up the SS I just want to add to my hanger.
The first 2 planes that come to mind is the Mountain Models Magpie or a GWS E-Starter. At $55 for the Magpie with both wings its really 2 planes in one and VERY durable. The build is easy and its a great flyer on almost any motor setup. More info at http://www.mountainmodels.com/
03-08-2006, 09:22 AM
The Magpie is a great second plane. Others to consider are the GWS Tigermoth, the GWS Cub slope glider kit ($16 at www.allerc.com), or the GWS Beaver. If you want to try your hand at building a balsa kit, take a look at the Mountain Models Duskstick (www.mountainmodels.com (http://www.mountainmodels.com)) or the Squirt from www.stevensareo.com (http://www.stevensareo.com). All of these are fine flying planes and are easy builds. I am sure that you will receive other good suggestions. Our hobby has grown over the past few years and there are several good planes available that will fit your requirements. Good luck on your purchase. Let us know which plae you are going to get. Also check out this forum and RC Groups as well. The planes that have been suggested have dedicated followings and you will find discussion, build threads, and suggested modifications for each of them.
03-08-2006, 08:43 PM
The Mountain Models Switchback would get my vote, but it's a bit on the fragile side...if you plan on crashing ;-) I would agree, the Magpie would be a good choice.
03-19-2006, 07:17 PM
I also recommend the Magpie. I couldn't fly the SS at all. Its breezy here and any gusts would toss that little bird all over the place. The Magpie is super easy and super stable. Just give it a toss and up it goes. I couldn't have been happier. On top of that its also a great aileron trainer so get both wings.
If you do order the plane, be sure to get extra motor mounts. Thats one of the weakest areas of the plane. And the only place to get the mounts is from mountain models...which means you have to wait a week to fly again. I think there only $1.50 a piece so pick up a few. On the plus side, if it does break you just untape it and slip a new one on. :)