I, like several of you, have just returned to the aircraft hobby upon retiring. I too started as a teen with a gas powered .049 engine and had to build them with balsa wood. The technology of today and the features of RC planes are very incredible and you can easily get into the hobby for $100-300. Sure, there is some fragility in just getting started, but with the beginner features and readily available parts, most are able to be repaired pretty easily.
I started with the high wing Piper Cubs and actually lost one in some winds as it took off into the wild. Sure enough, I was on my second Corsair as I landed in a 200 ft fir tree. It blew down in a wind storm when I was not around to check on it, and someone got a very nice plane.
If I were to make a few modifications, it would be to beef up the landing gear with struts and to address the complaint about cheap plastic cowls. I lined the cowl interior with masking tape - no added weight at all. Also, add your name, phone number, and email to the underside.
Alas, I am now the proud owner of my second one with some modifications, and I am looking for a better place to fly. By the way, I was interested in the signal distance to maintain control and measured it with my GPS. I found it was good to about .42 miles - so about seven football fields - farther than you can see it. I hope this helps, and good luck flying.
I love this plane! It flies so smoothly.
I'll start off by saying the only experience I have at flying an R/C plane is with the hobby zone champ, and I've only flown it a handful of times, so not much experience at all. This plane absolutely amazed me the minute I opened the box. I was very impressed with everything, including the packaging, which was top notch. The plane was completely protected and arrived in excellent condition, and looks fantastic! It was very easy to put together, had it done in 30 minutes. I flew it for the first time yesterday and was soooo nervous because I didn't want to crash it, but once I had it in the air, I realized it wasn't going to be as difficult as I initially thought. I don't want to speak for everybody, but I was honestly amazed at how easy it was to control. I took it up 6 times yesterday and was successful every time, no crashes or anything, all good. I hand launched every time and belly landed it in the grass and it took it like a champ. I can't tell you how impressed I am with the plane, not only is it gorgeous but it truly is a great plane to learn on. All things considered, I actually think its very reasonably priced, you don't need a thing that's not included in the box. Very good quality, very good looking, and very easy to fly, you won't regret this purchase at all! I would also like to add that I've called the customer service line about 3 times for various reasons, and they have been the friendliest bunch of people you'll encounter. Great customer service is almost non-existent these days so it was very refreshing to see a company that actually cares about giving GREAT service to their customers. Just wanted to throw that out there for whatever it's worth... Happy Flying!!
I am a 52-year-old male and retired aircraft mechanic. I have wanted to own and fly an RC plane since I was 12! The last plane I had was a COX .049 control line MUSTANG. What fun! I knew someday I would buy and try an RC plane, but I just was not excited about the look of a high wing trainer. I finally went shopping last week, and lo & behold, there was a fantastic looking "trainer" in the form of the mighty F4U Corsair, and in a "Ready to Fly" package as well… for less than 400 bucks! I just flew it for the first time today. I also bought the Phoenix Simulator to get me ready for my first RC flight. It was money well spent, and I was very confident for my first "hop." The Corsair F4U performed flawlessly first in Beginner mode, and then in Intermediate mode. I did find her a bit 'light' in the wind. She wanted to stay airborne, even with low throttle, which was a good thing, rather than dropping like a bank safe when you chop the power! I would advise newbies to choose a very calm wind day for your first flight, since this bird is so light. It was a bit gusty today at my field. She almost got away from me a time or two, but I found the craft to be smooth and easy to fly. This kit is awesome for someone with a love for the warbirds but brand new to RC aircrafts. As a F.A.A. Licensed A&P mechanic, this bird passed all of my inspections and expectations in every way. I highly endorse this kit and a hearty well-done, HobbyZone! Thanks tons for giving us a real scale warbird to be excited to own and learn the skills on. Nicely done!
I have this plane, and I love it. I also used the RX from a crashed Corsair SAFE in a ParkZone T-28 PNP, and it works awesome as well - no mods needed. I have heard that there are quite a few planes that will accommodate both the Apprentice SAFE RX and the SAFE RX from this Corsair. Just check control directions and try and pick similar airframes.
The last plane I flew was in 1962, and it had line controls. When I retired in 2013, one item on my bucket list was to purchase an RC plane. The plane flies itself, and with the SAFE technology, I know that I will bring the plane back home in one piece. I will add the MrRC sound system to it for realistic WWll sounds. This plane is great for ease of use, and I look like a pro right out of the box.
Similar to another posted review, I also started flying with a control line Cox .049 Mustang many years ago. My first R/C was a gas powered 3 channel trainer. I didn't devote the time to develop any real experience and left the hobby for a very long time. I recently decided to purchase a new aircraft, ready to fly, but didn't want a gas powered traditional high wing trainer. I saw the Corsair, researched the product, and completed the purchase. I am extremely happy with my decision. The aircraft flies and performs very well in the two modes in which I have flown: trainer and intermediate. In a steady breeze, be mindful as the aircraft can drift. I was a little rusty at the controls on the first flight, but some glue and touch up paint was all that was needed; it repaired easily. At the end of the day, my opinion is that it is a nice value and a lot of fun to fly.
This a great plane. This is my first big warbird. I have only been flying about 4 months. It flies very well. The SAFE and the AS3X is the way to go. The only two weak spots on it are the way the landing gear is mounted and thinness of the cowling and wing. I had a bad landing. That will happen. It broke the landing gear mounts in the wing, which nose dived over and busted the cowling. So I ordered a new cowling. I can put duct tape inside to reinforce it, and I put the skid plates on it to make it a belly landing. Overall, it is a good plane. I'm having lots of fun learning with it, and it looks great in the air.
Awesome plane! Very tough, and as an intermediate flyer, this bird allows you to really learn to fly. Going from an Apprentice 15e, the Corsair teaches you about different flying characteristics - do not fly the Corsair like a trainer, you will be looking for your glue. The ONLY thing to remember - this plane can tip stall, and when that happens, SAFE cannot figure out how to correct a dive spin. Keep your speed up, and you'll have a great time - love this plane!
I have flown Hobby Zone planes before. I am still flying in beginner mode to feel the plane out. I did put it in intermediate mode up in the air and was excited about what's ahead. It performed perfectly. Landing the plane on the skid plates is hard on the prop and the cowling. I have read the other reviews and have the same complaint. The cowling is way too thin. It is right up on the nose and won't take any kind of impact at all. I understand you don't make the plane. You should help us all out and at least sell the cowling at cost. You should make the manufacturer aware of this issue and have them correct it or work with the pilots to keep our planes looking sharp and not have to pay top dollar for a non top dollar product. This is the only complaint I have with this product or the HobbyZone sales. Other than that I am completely happy with the service and HobbyZone equipment. Thank you as I wait for my new cowling.
Worth every penny. I bought this 2 months ago (no experience in r/c). Too nice to wreck so I bought the P-51 micro mini. $99. Crashed every time, 3 wings @ $15.00. Fly time maybe 45 sec. Bought the Piper Cub, lost 1st flight. So started flying this one. I have crashed this plane into 6ft mesquite trees 4 times with only small dents in wing and needing new prop 90% time (I've been trying to land in a 150ftx100ft in the desert). Only thing I would buy is more props. And, no, you didn't bend the motor shaft. It bends to the right and low from the factory? I have 2 now.
This is a great flyer for a starter like me. The only issue I have with this and other beginner planes is they cost way too much for a starter plane. The other issue is this: with all the modern technology out there today, why do you make the cowl on this and other training planes out of the thinnest most fragile plastic known to man? You know beginners are going to nose dive on landings. I mean 9 bucks a pop for crappy cowls that are going to crack if you look at it wrong? They make better plastic or rubber just as cheap. Come on.
I am new to the hobby. I bought this airplane as my first plane to train. I flew it today and it flew great. It flies like a champ. The best part is you don't have to learn on a boring plane. This one is a beast. Love it. My only complaint is it's very delicate. For 300 I would expect something a little more steady. The elevator and the rudder are super delicate. The elevator is held by 4 pieces of tape. If you break the rudder you have to buy the whole fuselage My first landing was hard and I broke the cowl. All in all a great plane, a little pricey and a little delicate but fun!
I must say that for a $300 airplane, I am very disappointed. First of all, the cowling is an absolute joke on this plane. It should be re-engineered to a repairable styrofoam cowling that can take a hit and be repaired like we are used to. At $12 a pop it can't take any kind of landing except maybe into foam rubber. On my second flight, all surfaces checked out, the switch was on SAFE, the battery was balanced in the airframe, and at full throttle with a partner launching the plane, it hit the dirt and ripped the plane up pretty badly. I was told to use landing skids for park flying instead of gear. They are a horrible idea, and, of course, the cowling was crushed beyond repair. NOT happy at all.
I bought this plane, the Hobbyzone F4U Corsair S RTF with SAFE, in December and flew it today. I landed and crashed and lots of smokes came out. I opened the cover and saw the battery burning, which burned all the parts of the plane. Now I can't get a replacement.
I am just disappointed, especially when the manufacturer was not willing to at least offer to replace some parts. I don't recommend this plane because of its high price and bad materials used.
If you buy this expensive plane to fly, remember: try not to crash! If you crash, the battery will burn your plane, according to my experience.
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