Wow Ė thanks for all of the suggestions. Iíve got kids (10, 10 and 12) that Iíd like to teach how to fly at some point which suggests an intermediate step to a Parkforce T-28 or F4F Wildcat may be more prudent for now. Iíve got five 3S 2200 batteries and a great 306B iCharger for use with my Trex 450 and Super Cub so Iíd be in great shape with a T-28 or Wildcat as compared to buying new batteries for a Yak.
Iíve read a lot of reviews on both the T-28 and Wildcat and it sounds as if either would be a good choice for a step up plane. I nearly always fly on grass Ė which is sometimes cut low but not always. On my Super Cub, Iíve put on Dubro 2.5Ē wheels to replace the stock wheels but still have trouble taking off (canít get the plane rolling without nosing over) and landing (noses over even when making a perfect landing). One of the fields I fly on is a sod farm which occasionally has a solid surface on the fields without grass. With a smooth surface my take offs and landings are a piece of cake.
Will I have difficulty flying the T-28 off grass (perhaps it has bigger wheels than Iím using on the SC)? Can the T-28 be hand launched easily? The Wildcat offers some advantages with being designed for a hand launched takeoffs and skid in landings but Iím concerned about losing orientation due to its color. If you think a T-28 will hold up well with nose-in landings, that might be the ďclassicĒ best intermediate plane.
So, T-28 or Wildcat?
Thank you all again for your help!