Weeeeeeeeeeee – Fly around with one of these RC aircrafts!
In our search for the best beginner RC plane, we found that the HobbyZone Duet RTF HBZ5300 is the best overall pick for most novices that are looking to pick up an RC aircraft. Of all the aircraft we looked at the Hobbyzone had a simplistic design that anyone could pick up, is built to last, and affordable (most of the others were in the upper hundreds).
Best Overall Beginner RC Plane
HobbyZone Duet RTF HBZ5300
When comparing all the specs (speed, ease-of-use for beginners, and quality of build), the Duet RTF emerged ahead. If you are starting out, the Duet RTF will foster a love of RC Planes.
High Quality Styrofoam
We found the Duet RTF to be made of high-quality Styrofoam. This being said, when a package arrives at your doorsteps, gently take the unit out of the box – it is made out of foam after all. The twin motors attached on the Duet RTF are stable enough for a beginner to handle – it’s stable and responsive.
Mirrors a real airplane
Beyond the simplicity of the HobbyZone, we adored the little aspects that make it similar to an actual airplane. When taking off, the Duet RTF will roll for a short distance; then its tiny propellers will gently lift it up as it ascends into the air.
Does Twists and Loops!
In the air, the Duet RTF seamlessly performs twists and loops without an issue. It’s a beauty to watch gliding around in the air, but when you finally have to take it down, it’s just as easy. The [ground handling] on this unit are fantastic – it’s always a smooth landing albeit a little fast.
All Instructions and Parts included
All the parts and instructions to help get this baby in the air is included in the package, even the AA batteries for the transmitter is included.
We suggest that you practice in your driveway to get the hang of how the Duet RTF glides and turns.
Easy to Use and Fly
You should know that the planes stabilize itself with its propellers – what this means is that the moment the unit jeers unstable, the propellers will start to twist and turn in efforts to secure the plane. Another helpful tidbit in the design is the precautions taken when the plane is low on power. It’ll be crystal clear when the motor is low on battery – it’ll start palpitating and make an annoying cry for you to power it back up.
When you are racing your plane in a park or open field, wear some glasses or visor to make sure you have a clear visual of the unit. The last thing you want is for you to lose sight of the airplane and find it shattered in pieces.
The only gripe we have with the Duet RTF is its short battery lift – at cruise, the battery lasts for 15 minutes, give or take. But who’s cruising? When flying this beast, looping and flying hard the Duet RTF can last 7 minutes before it needs a charge. If you want a unit with a longer battery life, we recommend the Cessna 182. Otherwise, for a beginner, the Duet RTF is an exceptional unit for first-timers.