RC plane-Hobby Zone Champ Champ RTF

  • Everything you need to Teach Yourself to Fly in one box- even the batteries
  • Completely assembled and flight-ready
  • 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSM® technology
  • Scale wing rib detail and steerable tail wheel
  • 1S 3.7V 150mAh Li-Po battery and DC Li-Po charger included
  • This is a beginner’s RC plane. It was designed specifically for that purpose. I bought it for my son, who is new to RC.

    It came with a defective engine, so I contaced the manufacturer and they told me to send it back. I did. They fixed it – no hassles, just good solid customer service.

    Once it was fixed, it flew like a dream. This is the most forgiving, easy trainer imaginable. First, check out the manufacturer’s website and watch the few brief instructional videos. They are quite a help. The plane practically flies itself, controls are easy to handle with a low res setting for true beginners. The plane is so light that as long as you fly in a park over grass, you will probably sustain little if any crash damage.

    Of course, being that light makes it suitable for only the lightest of wind. In a light breeze you can fly this into the wind and hold it virtually motionless. Also, it is three channel – throttle, rudder and elevator. No alerons, but that is perfect for a simple trainer. Also, this is such a small, light slow plane that it can be flown in smaller parks where a full size RC would not be suitable.

    The battery is small but easily accessible, and lasts a good ten minutes if not flown at full throttle. This is quite simply, a great little plane.

  • First things first – I have last flown an RC plane roughly 8 years ago. At that time, I would call myself a rookie at best and someone that flew a gas powered indestructible plane, so I do have limited experience (enough to get myself in trouble).

    I bought this plane for 5 reasons:
    1. I wanted a plane I didn’t need to work on / build – don’t have time, just want to fly something
    2. My friend had 2 RTF planes and told me how great they are – he had the P-51 Mustang and the J-3 Cub.
    3. I wanted something that would help bring me back into it
    4. I did NOT want to spend a lot of money
    5. Based on the recommendation of the guy at the local hobby shop – he recommended this Champ over the P-51 or J-3 Cub (and it was cheaper than both, so it was an easy sell for me).

    Today was my first day flying it (and I did not practice using the a computer game), I just jumped at the joystick:
    1. Battery charged for 15 minutes.
    2. Read a little of the instructions (not much)
    3. Took it out to the driveway and played around with just the ground control (steering, acceleration, etc.).
    4. Took it to the school by my house (you want it open on he first few flights to get down the plane).

    This plane is AWESOME. In the first day, this is what I have done with it:
    1. Took off from a track with a football field in the center
    2. Landed it in the grass a number of times (it wasn’t smooth landings and flipped over, but didn’t hurt it).
    3. I nose dived the thing into the grass once (on accident) – didn’t hurt it.
    4. I got it caught in a tree (yes, I tried it close to home after I got confident and got it stuck). Pulled it down with a rope, caught it, did NOT hurt it.

    It’s a blast. I would highly recommend this plane. It’s cheap and out for a good time. If you are a beginner, start it out and get it 50 feet off the ground, if you mess up, just decrease acceleration and lay off the controls, it will correct itself and you’ll be good.

    Now, the few disadvantages:
    1. The thing is extremely sensitive to wind (just because it’s all foam). Be cautious getting it up too high or you’re fighting the wind outdoors.
    2. No ailerons – I didn’t realize this till I got home, but you have accelerator, elevator, and rudder, that’s it (but this is what makes it so simple to control too).
    3. Charge on the battery is only 10 minutes or so (recommend having a couple extra batteries on you for extended fun).
    4. It won’t do a loop (I’ve tried and it just stalls). The instructions tell you that, but I saw it after I tried, easy to recover from the stall if you’re high enough. I have not tried to get it upside down yet, maybe my task for the next flight icon smile RC plane Hobby Zone Champ Champ RTF
    5. Be ready to trim trim trim. My plane came out of the box wanting to climb so much. I am still messing with the controls after 3 re-charges, but I would prefer it climb and fight that, than the dive.

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