Teach yourself to fly with the Duet RTF trainer! This small RC aircraft turns your dreams of flight into a reality. Even if you've never flown an RC airplane before, you could be flying in no time with Virtual Instructor™ technology. This HobbyZone®-exclusive technology makes minor corrections and adjustments to help you stay confidently in control while you learn the basics. No other RC model can offer this experience at such an incredible price.
I wanted to purchase a simple all around flyer for relaxed flying within small area flying sites. The Duet not only filled that need but is a very nice indoor flyer as well. The Duet must be a good looking flyer to others because it has spurred a lot of interest anywhere I fly it. The Duet likes calm wind, but I have flown it successfully in 7 mph wind. Before you try that, I recommend you get some flight time on it in calm conditions.
My Stratos was too big to fly at home, but the Duet is superb. It responds so well to climb and turn, it's hard to believe it has no rudder control. It does nice, tight loops after a sharp descent and lands like a dream on grass with the wheels removed. I've ordered one for my son-in-law to use with the grandboys, and another for me, after a collision with the roof damaged a motor. But all of the other landing and collision adventures have left it unscathed apart from a little clear tape here and there but nothing major. Truly, it is a great plane for a beginner, especially having twin engines.
I bought this for my 7-year-old grandson who was tired of watching me fly all the time and wanted to fly his own plane. He was able to fly it on his first try and had lots of fun! I was surprised how easy it handled for him. I wish this would have been my first plane, it was so easy to fly.
I'm a first-time flyer and have crashed it countless times and nothing has broken. It's smooth and a lot of fun.
I didn't want to consider myself a beginner, but I was. 6 or 7 Airhogs don't really compare to real RC models. Do they!
The Duet charged quickly & easily. Pay attention to the turn on/plug in sequence. With minimal winds I was able to take off from a shuffleboard court after 3 tries. The Duet flew very easily and very responsively. I was able to land close to where I was. I got multiple flights out of the first run with loops and figure 8's. I had to remember not to give it too much lift & throttle at the same time, otherwise, it would just flip over in a loop. I learned to ease up & let it get some air first. After 3 or 4 not-so-perfect landings, the nose started showing some crunching in. It seems a little cone would solve that problem.
Overall, it is an excellent starter choice and lots of fun.
I just bought this airplane to use as a park flyer, and it is great. I had it out in 10 mph winds with a little elevator and lots of thrust. I was able to maintain altitude and course. It is a great plane. I do not recommend flying in any wind without experience though.
This is a super easy airplane to fly right out of the box. This was my third purchase, and I only wish I had bought it first.
Buying this plane was a great idea for how to spend my Christmas money. It would be a great gift to a friend or family member.
The is the perfect first plane. You won't be disappointed. I have made at least 50 flights with it and still going strong. Take-offs and landings on pavement are a breeze. It makes great loops and will fly inverted for 4 or 5 seconds; then it wants to roll out.
This is a great trainer. I am using it to teach my 6-year-old to fly, but that's a different story….
I really like this airplane! It flies very well.
I purchased the Duet on my local hobby store’s recommendation. I went inside to fly with some other regular fliers at the bubble dome. All went well. It flew nicely, and I guess I did okay for the very first time. I had some small mishap crashes and flew into the nets on the inside soccer goals, and all seemed well. I crashed nose first and crushed the nose a bit, but fixed it with foam safe super glue. After that, I was going to make my last lap, but it did not trim right and slammed to the ground, breaking my wing off completely. It looks like I have a major glue job ahead, but it will fly again. Remember, you always need glue and Tyvek Tape to keep ‘em flying!
This a great plane for beginners; it's very tough. And I mean tough. I broke both wings off and all I had to do was put 5-minute epoxy on them and it's back to normal. I love flying it in a gym. Even outside in strong winds it handles great. I love it. Keep up the good work guys.
I bought the Duet for my 7 year old son as an intro to RC aircraft, and it's been a huge hit. I started him out on RC cars so he had the basic understanding of how the controls relate to the movement of the vehicle but was still concerned that 3D movement might be too much for him to control. The Duet was the perfect next step. It's very forgiving at the controls, easy to follow in the sky and goes "boink" rather than "crack" when it augers in. The only thing I'd recommend is buying some foam safe glue because eventually, it's going to get damaged. That's the destiny of most trainer aircraft! You'll need at least an infield sized place to fly and NO WIND! The plane is light as a feather and a breeze will make things far more challenging. All in all, this is a very good place to start your RC airplane experience.
I got this plane for my birthday. Even if you just taxi around inside, it works like a flying RC car. An awesome beginner plane: I have basically mastered it in 2 hrs. Its durability is great; I crashed and jammed a prop and fixed it in about 1 minute. I even got it stuck in a tree and flew it out with no damage! I crashed into a rock twice and into the house about 5 times and the rudder snapped off, but it was easily glued on overnight. The first flight was in a 40 X 40 ft area and was as easy as pie. WARNING! The box says that it is able to fly in up to 5 mph wind; only fly in TWO mph! Other than that, this was the most fun ten minutes that I have had in my life.
I decided that I wanted to get into RC planes as a hobby, and this plane was the first one I've ever flown. The directions are very clear, and I got the hang of flying fairly quickly. I did wreck it a few times, but styrofoam fixes easily with some glue and tape. This is a great starter plane, but I think I'm definitely ready to upgrade to something a little faster!
My dad inspired me to get into RC flying, so I looked around on different websites and stores until I found this plane. It looked like a good beginner plane. After looking at a lot of reviews I purchased it. The price is great; $60 for a complete Ready-To-Fly RC plane. I have only flown it for a week and am already flying very often with my dad. The Duet is a great plane for beginners. With no ailerons, it does not lose altitude while turning. The virtual instructor feature keeps the plane stable in the air. The plane is very light; it gets harder to control in winds over 5 mph. I have crashed it into cabbage and my deck and nothing has broken. The foam is thin yet very durable. My only suggestion is to purchase extra flight batteries as they only last a little more than 5 minutes on a full charge. Other than that, the Duet is a great starter plane for young or new RC plane hobbyists.
I'm a beginner. My first plane was a Viper. (I loved that plane also!) I tried to fly this plane inside, but I couldn't get it to turn quickly enough. However, I love flying it outside. It is a small and light plane, so it doesn't do well with winds over 5 mph. It has all the power I want in a plane, and it is fairly slow flying and durable! I'm going to buy one for my grandson.
Fun to fly, great value and Hobby Zone shipped it fast and accurately. Quite pleased all around!
I was outside in good wind speed trying to get a long flight, but when I tried to turn it wasn't turning as correctly. Then, it did a nose dive to the ground, and the entire wing fell off.
Looks sharp and is durable.
Overall, this is a good product for a beginner. Although, if you don't get it up high enough, you will crash it because you don't have room to fly free. This is important if you are in a forest area. If you can't get to an open area to fly the plane, you should take lots of tape and wrap it around the Duet. (I recommend wrapping tape over the plane even if you don't live in a wooded area.) The tape helps you keep the plane together if it crashes. I have run my RTF into the ground a lot, and if I hadn't put the tape/ armor on, my plane by now would be a piece of scrap.
Pros: The plane is well made, looks very nice, and is already made when you take it out of the box. I recommend this plane to every beginner out there.
Cons: This plane is very light, which means it can't handle much wind and the battery is frustrating. If you over-charge the battery, it does not work anymore.
Overall, this is an above-average trainer RTF, and if you are just starting the hobby, this is a great plane.
I've owned/flown both the Duet and Champ and I have to give the edge to the Duet for durability, ease of flying and best value for your money when it comes to a beginner's rc plane. With the design of the Duet, my mishaps (aka crashes) have been less damaging to the plane's overall integrity resulting in no need to buy overpriced replacement parts after many hours of flying. Also, putting the yaw responsiveness upon the props makes the Duet more maneuverable and therefore more entertaining to fly. And with the Duet being about $40 cheaper, it is the better value for that obvious reason as well as the other reasons I mentioned. However, when it comes to looks, the Champ gets the edge. Keep 'em flyin!
I bought one of these yesterday, then discovered it would not bind to a Spectrum transmitter. I had to use that little one that comes with it. I took it back and got a refund. But it does look neat!
The controls on this plane are easy to get used to, but it is very difficult to fly outdoors. Even the calmest of days can bring this plane down if a little breeze picks up. Although it's very light (too light), it still hits the ground hard and breaks very easily.
My son bought this plane for his first RC flying experience. It came highly recommended by the folks at the local hobby shop. The first two fight were a bit shaky, but that is to be expected. His third was great. Then on the fourth try the plane was about 7 feet in the air and took a dive to the left into the grass. The left wing sheered off. Yes, I know that ultimately it was a result of my son's flying ability. Too many pieces, small pieces, broke off as we picked it up, rendering any attempt for repair futile.
Maybe we salvage this by reusing the controller with another plane. We will see.
After only 6 flights I have a broken wing and landing gear. This was not a hard crash; it only hit lightly. I am very disappointed! Now it is wrecked.
I used Gorilla super glue to fix my Duet, and it melted my brand new tail set. Also, the first time I took it out, I ran it for 5 minutes, then crashed, and it snapped in two. This plane is fun, but the price should be no higher than $20. They should also make a replacement body for it.
Bought this for my son, however, no matter what I did, throttle/trim tabs it would just go in a very high nose up position, which ended up either going on its back or turn over, resulting in nose dive crash. Throttle was between 50% -75%. After 3rd crash wing and rudder broke off.
I flew it in the front yard, and the nose became gravelly. Then, in the backyard, it crashed when I turned away from the ground. The motor covering fell off, and I glued it back on. It fell off again on day 3, and I lost it. I found it on day 4, but it was useless because it stopped working on day 3. It is harder to fly than any difficult plane.
Not a beginners plane. Don't try too learn on this. Hard to control. Lasted less than a day. Had to glue and tape it back together. Hard to control and kept crashing. Better off with the planes with SAFE system on them.
Yes, the plane looks good. But that's all. I took it out for the first time after waiting for days without wind. The takeoff looked normal, but the plane will immediately flip over and crash - this broke my vertical stabilizer off. Keep in mind, there was almost no wind when it was flown.
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