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Old 12-24-2008, 04:48 PM
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What's a good plane for a 7 year old? He desperately wants to fly my Slo-V, should I get him his own?
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by CLSSY56 View Post
What's a good plane for a 7 year old? He desperately wants to fly my Slo-V, should I get him his own?
i'd recommend something that can be buddy boxed. i dont know if you can do that with the slov but you can do it with almost any radio you'd use to build a slow stick.
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:02 PM
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7? I would start him out witht he Air Hogs Aero Ace if you can find one. Toys R Us is reported to have some instock in stores, not online.

These are great little fyling planes that you can bounce off the side of the hous and keep going with.
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I would try doing a slowstick, its bigger, more stable, and is really inexpensive to fix/replace... plus it doesn't take too long to build...

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good point about the buddy box.
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
7? I would start him out witht he Air Hogs Aero Ace if you can find one. Toys R Us is reported to have some instock in stores, not online.

These are great little fyling planes that you can bounce off the side of the hous and keep going with.
Kids love um!!! bub, steve
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:08 AM
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The Aero Ace biplane would be an excellent choice if you want to turn him loose.

See the sticky discussion Teaching Someone to Fly. It may be helpful.

If he can focus on the plane and follow directions, the Slo-V would be excellent for him, in calm conditions, with your help. I have taught 7 year olds on my Aerobird. The thread I mention provides a teaching method that should work.
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by CLSSY56 View Post
What's a good plane for a 7 year old? He desperately wants to fly my Slo-V, should I get him his own?
I taught my 7 year old son on the aero ace. It was fantastic for him! he loved it. I just turned him loose with it after a brief how-to. The best part of the whole thing is after a mishap there are basically no repairs , Just pick it up and launch it again. Once he got the hang of that I had an aero ace waiting for him as his next plane. His first flights had little to no trouble. I have also put him on the buddy box with some of my more expensive toys and it has worked out well.

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Old 12-27-2008, 01:35 PM
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I'd look at the Vapor or LoLo. I've seen 4 year olds flying the vapor without any problems.

My son solo'ed with the LoLo just be my talking him through it. Nice slow flying plane.

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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742867

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=613842

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http://www.parkscalemodels.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=52

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Old 12-27-2008, 02:04 PM
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X4 on the AeroAce. A 7 Y.O. (or any new pilot) is going to crash many times before getting it right and the AeroAce is a durable first plane.

Too much plane too early could easily discourage your 7 Y.O. (Curious advice here from people who may have forgotten how many times they crashed and what their first planes were. Mastering and outgrowing planes is part of the learning process.)

If my first plane had been a 2 CH AeroAce instead of a 3 ch 2M electric glider I would not have abandoned the hobby for 12 years.



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Old 12-27-2008, 02:19 PM
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That's the trouble with online forums -too much advice. What works for some may not work for others. There is no absolute.

Let us know what you go with and how it works out. The good thing is that you are getting your son interested in a wonderful hobby. Good on ya!

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Old 12-27-2008, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Murocflyer View Post
That's the trouble with online forums -too much advice. What works for some may not work for others. There is no absolute.
Well, he DID ask for our advice. It's up to him to choose the best option for his situation. You are right there is no absolute!

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Old 12-27-2008, 02:42 PM
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"...no absolute!"
Then there's 4yo Justin that flies nitro helis....... (he's 5-6 now)
http://www.justinchi.com/
- point is, depends on the kids focus and dedication. I'd say look for something that matches. Short attention, still working on coordination? then get an easier flier for quick rewards that is easy to fix. Super focused and showing skills? Then go for a more advanced 4ch with ailerons that can take them further faster.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:15 PM
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Also depends on Dad's patience and appetite for spending money on crashed planes!

My 8 Y.O son got hooked on a low cost thrust vector 2 channel plane and then graduated to a 2 CH HobbyZone Commander II which he mastered. (He can stick a landing better than I can even though it is only a 2 channel plane.) I tried to help him graduate to a 3 channel for more control and he lost interest. (Crashed the SuperCub and a Challenger) Re-engaged flying with his Commander II and a Reflex Helicopter.

Moral to the story - don't push young kids too far too fast.



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Old 12-27-2008, 05:00 PM
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if you know how to fly, a buddy box is basically 0 risk. i've taught all sorts to fly using a buddy box and never had a single incident. knowing a skilled pilot will pull you out of any mistake takes a lot of stress out of learning and makes the hobby enjoyable.
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PS Do whatever Steve Bub has to say. I'm sure he has taught more kids to fly than anyone here. I've only taught one.

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