With a unique fuse design and removable wing for easy transport as well as manufactured with EPP foam, the Step One is resistant and almost unbreakable. Constructing is very simple so that even an inexperienced modeler can built the model correctly and without complications. In flight feel with the Step One is very forgiving and not difficult for beginners to the point they do not need a buddy box. With motor and rudder control alone creates a sable yet versatile flight envelope.
Easily removable wing makes transporting the plane no problem and so you can take it with you even on vacation. The Step-One is supplied with the landing gear, so you can practice take-offs and landings on the ground. Due to the large wheels the Step-One can handle even start from mowing grass. Landing gear can also be removed to increase flight performance for longer flight time. You can even sore with the eagles with the Step-One, we have seen 30+ mins of run time catching air thermals with a standard 2s 450mah with ease. Enjoy flying with the new Step-One!
Wing span: 34"
AUW: 180 g
Motor: 14g 20-60W
ESC: 6 - 12A
Servo: 2 x 5-7g
Battery Lipo: 2s 600mah
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Will fly very slowly, does well in slight breeze. My 8 year old grandson flies this by himself. I set it up with rudder only to be like his air boat and an easy transition. Now I have added elevator. Step-One is a relaxing beginner trainer and fun for anyone.
The construction of this plane was pretty straight forward, just be very careful to get all three layers lined up perfect or your motor will point to the right or left. (multiple alignment holes with short dowels would make this foolproof). The plane darn near flies itself once you trim it out. it is very floaty so wind gusts will make it harder to fly.
My only real complaint is the tail. it bends side to side when you use the rudder. it gets twisted very easy as there is no support aside from the push rod tubes (a couple small carbon fiber spars would fix this issue.
I purchased this plane for my 7 year old to learn to fly, in the two weekends he has flown it he has piledrived it into the ground twice the first time it just broke one of the small tabs on the canopy cover the second time he broke the same tab, split the fuselage from top to bottom on the left side just in front of the servo and the tail hit the prop which chewed a bit of the foam off. all fixable with foam tack. overall i would say this is a great beginner plane. It would be nice if TH offered a separate wing with ailerons since the wing is removable.
Being a 3D guy I wasn't expecting much from the new TwistedHobbys and RCFactory StepOne Trainer. But now I can say that I am flying this thing as much as I am my 3D foamies! This plane is an amazing flyer, it's fun to glide around like a sailplane (which results in a long flight time). It does inverted loops insanely fast, almost like waterfalls! And when I put my FPV camera on the plane it was almost like it belonged on the StepOne, there is a perfect spot on the front of the wing for a UMX FPV camera, and since the motor is in the back the camera has a perfect view. Another huge plus about the motor being in the back of the StepOne is how much more durable it makes it! Using the same 3 layer foam concept as the Twisted Racer Series planes, it makes the plane just about indestructible! the combo goes great together with it. A very well thought out design by TwistedHobbys and RCFactory!