This plane is very easy to fly right out of the box. All I did was assemble, charge the battery, and bind to my DX7. It's easy to take off and land and flies very well right out of the box. The T-28 is the easiest and best plane I have. This is the first plane I bought and parts are easy to get. I have had this plane up in 10 mph winds with no problem.
So many members in our club have this plane, I had to get one. It is very gentle to fly and does some mild acrobatics. I would suggest it as a trainer with a buddy box, especially if you've not flown before. Once you learn, it will grow with you. Even more advanced flyers have fun with this plane.
This plane was suggested to me by our local hobby store, and I don't regret buying it at all.
On its first flight, I noticed it wanted to dive slightly, and (being quite a beginner then) I looked down at my controller to adjust the trim (oops)! It hit the ground fairly hard, but no damage was done. After that, I flew without error for over six minutes. The landing gear is surprisingly sturdy, considering its appearance. However, I suggest buying it bigger wheels if you plan on landing on grass. Unfortunately, it takes some practice flying in wind, but it handles fine nonetheless.
Overall, it has great handling, it's sturdy and fun to fly. I love this plane!
I am a beginner and bought this as my first "real" plane after spending time on a simulator and with my Firebird Stratos. I did take some lessons on a buddy box as well. Brought this to the field and had an instructor "maiden" it. I then adjusted the trim and did my solo flight. Wow, what a fun and easy-to-fly plane. It handles well in a good, stiff wind as well. I have had about 30 good flights. I have also had a couple of hard landings, and here is where I marked the quality and durability down a bit. The nose gear connection is flimsy and breaks easily. Eventually, I gave up and taped the wheel in place facing foreword. It’s no big deal. There will be no taxiing but otherwise it’s not a problem. Issue number two: the nose breaks off easily just aft of the nose gear if you come down hard on that part. There are several club members that own these, and mine is not the only one that has been repaired and taped down. Yesterday, I bought a new fuselage and swapped out the rest of the parts in less than 2 hours.
The T28 is a great plane for people new to the hobby or experienced pilots. However, the Deluxe Skis that are advertised as a hop-up for this plane are garbage. Buy the plane, stay away from the skis.
I just got this plane. It's not for a beginner though. I recommend it after mastering the Super Cub. It is a lot of fun, and you will love it. The only problem is the front landing gear, which is weak. You will know you are a decent pilot when you can land this thing without breaking the front gear. However, if you do break it, some epoxy will fix it. This plane can cruise at a slow speed or you can take it to the max. Everything on the plane is sturdy except the front gear. Honestly, I would buy another. In my opinion, it's one of the best planes. Buy it and enjoy. You won't regret it.
I have been flying this T-28 on the Phoenix Simulator now for about one month. I thought it was time to get the real thing, as I was doing so well on the simulator. This is my first RC anything; I'm a newbie. Well, things didn't go as well as they did on the simulator. Oh boy, not even close. Lets just say I now own a scrap of Styrofoam worth $239.00. This plane is not for a beginner such as myself. I flew it on a mildly windy day, big mistake. The first time out, it seemed nose heavy and didn't make it off the ground but a foot or so. It crashed and broke the wing off the fuselage. I put it back together with clear shipping tape and went out the next day to give it another try. She took off nicely, and I found the plain to be very sensitive to the controls. It is very easy to over steer. The plane was up about 100 ft high, and the wind must have gotten a hold of it because I couldn't control it and she crashed hard. I knew from the sounds it wasn't going to be pretty. It snapped the fuselage in two pieces, so I will get a new fuselage and a cub to learn on. Learn to fly the cub first. It seems much slower and less of a chance for hard crashes. We shall see.
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