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Great First Plane(s)!,
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This review is from: Ember 2 BNF (Toy)
I'll try to make this short and informative. After a while of having bad luck with R/C helicopters, I thought I would give R/C airplanes a try. I have the Phoenix flight simulator (huge help in training) and a Spektrum DX6i (solid versatile radio), both of which I highly recommend.
I wanted my first plane to be simple, lightweight, and easy to fly. I wanted to be able to fly it in a small area. And, I wanted to know that if I crashed it, that it would not damage anything (or anyone) else. I purchased the Parkzone Ember 2 BNF. It was the perfect first plane for me. It is easy to fly, relaxing to fly, a great basic trainer, and, perhaps most importantly, a lot of fun to fly. I've about 30 flights now and am still not bored. You can actually fly it inverted! And in the right winds, I can even get it to hover. No crashes yet. It has become my "Zen" plane, a slow and meditative flyer.
Eventually though, I wanted to experience the additional control and maneuverability of ailerons. So I spent some time on my simulator getting prepared and then purchased the Parkzone Micro T-28 BNF. Again, another great plane. It is very easy to fly (on low rates) and pretty capable with higher rates (and higher pushrod throws). I did the research beforehand and read a lot of complaints about the slow roll of the plane. But I've experienced the opposite. After honing my skills on the simulator using elevator and ailerons, I can get the plane to roll very quickly (<1/2 second/roll). I've flown it over 20 times now and each time I learn new moves, and again, no crashes.
And, with no crashes, I cannot yet comment on the durability (they look and feel really durable), but I can say that they are both great beginner planes and lot of fun to fly. I'm now ready for my next purchase: the Eflite UMX Beast.
On a related side note, I have purchased both the 150 mAh (EFLB1501S) and 500 mAh (EFLB5001S) batteries for use in the T-28. You need to buy a JST-RCY to micro adaptor to use the 500 mAh battery, but other than that it works just fine. In fact, I did not even need to modify the battery compartment, I was able to just kind of squeeze it in there. It fits nice and snugly. In terms of performance, the 150 mAh offers great vertical and power opportunities, while the 500 mAh offers really long flight times (15-18 mins) but with slightly slower response, and due to the extra weight higher cruising and landing speeds.
Good luck and have some fun flying!