The T-28 Trojan was a piston-powered U.S. military trainer used in the 1950s through the early 1970s. The original Trojan had a frameless canopy and an impressive engine that gave it a top speed exceeding 280 mph. Now you can pilot an electric scale replica of this historical warbird. Equipped with an outrunner brushless motor, ParkZone’s T-28 Trojan is a powerful, high performance aircraft. The Trojan is perfect for the experienced pilot who would rather spend his time flying a mighty scale replica airplane than building one.
The T-28 Trojan's Plug-N-Play® version allows for the convenience of a Ready-To-Fly and the versatility of an Almost-Ready-to-Fly—just plug in your receiver and fly! You can fly the T-28 Trojan using any major brand of receiver and transmitter. Simply attach a propeller and plug in a receiver of four channels or more, and it’s ready for action.
Plug-N-Play convenience, outstanding flight performance and beautiful scale detail—with the T-28 Trojan you get it all.
All that's needed to complete:
Radio, battery, charger, and receiver
Super hardy, almost unbreakable. I have lots of spares but until now I have not used any as all repairs are CAable.
Only gripe is the canopy can warp under strong sun. Maybe the decals can be better-fade resistant and contoured better around the fuselage.
I taught myself how to fly low-wing four-channels on a number of cheaper planes, on the theory that I'd save money by "beating up" the cheaper planes. If I had it to do over I would buy one T-28 to learn on and never look back. This is, simply put, a fantastic airplane (I got it soon after buying, and loving, their Corsair). It has plenty of power, can do all the "standard" acrobatics, flies well in park-sized areas, slows to gentle landings, and has durable landing gear for short grass, etc. I got it in the orange and white version, thinking it would be easy to keep oriented with, and have been pleased with that decision. If you're looking to learn low-wing four-channels, or just looking for a great warbird, get one!
For background, I taught myself to fly with the Super Cub, moved up to flying it with floats, and then was looking for a next step aileron/aerobatic airplane. I was looking for a warbird and found many positive reviews of the T-28 online. I decided to give it a go and purchased the PNP version in order to get the white/orange Navy color scheme and because I already had a receiver that had come with my Dx6i that I could use. I have found the color scheme to be very easy to see and, based on experience with some other aircraft, much easier to keep track of in the sky than a silver scheme like the Air Force version of this plane, particularly in low contrast conditions such as a cloudy day.
The T-28 flies very well and has been a great learning tool while at the same time having enough capability and "fun factor" that I don't think I will outgrow it. It will fly relatively slow if you want (obviously not as slow as something like the Super Cub) but will really get going if you go full throttle. With a programmable radio like the Dx6i you can tune the control rates to suit your skill and comfort level. Get the optional 3 bladed propeller (PKZ 1015). It looks great on the T-28, gives you slightly more ground clearance than the standard 2 blade (good for less-than-perfect grass fields), and actually improves the speed and performance in my opinion.
I made a mistake and put it into the ground once so far, nothing horrible but enough that some repair was necessary. Get some white gorilla glue and the repairs will be hardly visible.
I had one minor manufacturing issue Sometime around the 4th or 5th flight the magnet that holds the canopy on came unglued from the fuselage and the canopy came off in flight. It fluttered down harmlessly but the plane does look kind of funny coming in for a final approach sans canopy and pilot!
I flew sailplanes back in the late 80's. Crashed my maiden flight of a Great Planes Electro-Streak and got back into flying recently after a visit to my brother's in Illinois who had purchased the T-28, Super Cub, and Corsair park flyers from Parkzone. I was amazed at the power that the brushless motor and Lipo batteries can provide. I am running 2200 mAh batteries in the stock T-28 and have gotten 14 minute flights on a regular basis. I haven't pushed beyond that, but I didn't even sense the power declining even after 14 minutes of moderate throttle use.
This model is responsive, and easy to fly. Might be a little tough for a first time pilot, but if you've mastered a 3 channel model, this makes a very easy transition. Inverted flight, tight loops (inside and outside), snap rolls, etc are a breeze even for someone like me without a lot of stick time.
In my opinion, the best thing Parkzone did in designing this model was to give it such a powerful motor. In general the other beginner/intermediate models I have flown pale in comparison to the power of this plane. I fly my T-28 with a DX-6i tranmitter, and have flapperon mixing. With or without flaps, this plane is easy to land, stable at low speeds, and a joy to fly.
I would recommend the T-28 to anyone looking to upgrade from a 3 channel airplane, or even for a beginner with some risk built in.
Thanks for keeping this sport enjoyable and affordable. This hobby has come a long way from balsa and monokote and the heavy components I was familiar with from 20 years ago. I have no regrets with this purchase, other than I think Parkzone could easily market more accessories for this model including flap and retract mods that they supported with parts as well as documentation.
I am still pretty raw and have some difficulty in landing. Another plane was my second plane and it was heartbreak after heartbreak. After 6 flights, and 3 landing gears, the last one breaking thru the firewall. I thought I was just terrible. Lots of things, like having to flip the plane on its back to put the battery in, the impossible to repair design, it was just terrible. I thought all my woes were me and my noobish ness
Not this one. All the little touches and major design features make this plane the complete opposite of the other one. I can see now, that other plane from another company was just a plain old bad design. This one shines on every way.
First, the battery compartment is on top of the plane, accessible by magnetically held down canopy, complete with pilot/ Easy. Second, the wing is held on with one simple screw, making break down for transport easy peasy. How about the front landing gear. This one is gonna be a lot harder to break. And aligning it? Very simple, the screw is quite accessible without removing one thing.
I wish I would have bought this plane first. The other plane made its last landing on a Wednesday and this baby hit my doorstep on Friday.
If I had one complaint is that I bought a couple of 40c 2200 mah batteries for an upgrade and extended flight time. The battery compartment is tight and allows no room for batteries bigger than the 1800 mah that is the stock battery unless you do little cutting. You can shoe horn a 2200 mah batt in, but it is just a bit too tall
What a great little plane. Once I mastered the Cub, I just went straight to the T-28. I was hesitant at first thinking this would be a bit to much for me to handle and boy was a wrong. This planes flies like a gem! This is a great second plane for anybody looking to take that next step and think there is not much better out there for the price. This plane is so fun to play and is one of the few I would not replace nor sell. It is the plane I go to when I want a simple trouble free flight in calm winds as well as being able to fly in gusts of up to 20mph without a single problem. It flies extremely good slow as well as at full throttle. On slightly windy days im able to keep this plane sitting in one spot in the air facing into the wind like a kite. It lands at relatively slow speeds which makes it a joy to land and take off. If you have mastered your first plane, there is no doubt this should be the plane you should be looking at as your next plane. Heck, you could even learn on this plane since it flies to beautifully and stable.
If you are thinking about buying one, hit that order button, you wont regret it!!!
I just came back from maiden flight and the T-28 is the best flying plane I have (5 planes). It is smooth, predictable and beautiful to watch. Landing is a breeze and overall it's just great fun.
I bought two of these from HZ, thinking with my limited skills I'd need all the spare parts. Well, I have crashed the original one - badly - but it went back together with some CA, Gorilla glue, and CF rods. Now it flies as good as new. The back up plane remains assembled and hanging on the wall, awaiting its call to duty.
The crash I suffered was because I was flying inverted, got too low to the ground, panicked on the elevator by going back to up is up and down is down, and of course, the reverse was the case, putting the plane full throttle into the ground nose first. I broke the entire front end off the plane, split the wings in half, and destroyed the motor mount. A new motor mount was the only part needed to get flying again. Amazing.
I've been flying for six months. I moved to this from my HK Club Trainer and immediately fell in love with this plane. I also purchased another version of it from another company. That plane has retracts, lights, flaps, etc., but I still fly the PZ far more often. Why? Confidence!
This plane will inspire confidence in beginner/ intermediate flyers like no other plane on the market that I know of. Poor landing? Not a problem. Flew out the battery? Not a problem, it will glide a LONG way. Need a part? Likely your local hobby store has the exact PZ part you need versus waiting on a slow boat from overseas.
I think about 90% of the flyers at my field own or have owned this exact plane at some time. Many of them with decades of experience still bring it out with them to enjoy and relax. That is, perhaps, the best characteristic of this plane. You can relax while flying it. It will do stunts, loops, axial rolls, inverts (our club pro even knifed edged it for about half the length of the runway) but it will also just fly patterns, do wide open loops, and glide for a while if you want to cut the throttle.
Other versions of this plane require, IMHO, much better pilot skills and are vastly more fragile. With the proper training and guidance, (buddy box possibly) someone could easily learn on this plane and skip the whole trainer thing. Don't do it by yourself, but with help, it's entirely possible.
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