Hob­by­zone/hori­zon Hobby T-28 Tro­jan S

This pint-size WW II model can fly any­where

Electric Flight - - CONTENTS - By Ja­son Ben­son

This new model of the 1950s’ mil­i­tary trainer is con­structed en­tirely out of molded foam and comes painted in an au­then­tic scale scheme com­plete with U.S. Navy mark­ings. I re­viewed the ready-to-fly ver­sion, which comes with ev­ery­thing you need to get the T-28 in the air. My re­view model ar­rived with a com­plete tri­cy­cle land­inggear set, flight bat­tery, bat­ter­ies for the in­cluded E-flite 6-chan­nel 2.4GHZ trans­mit­ter, and a USB charger for the flight bat­tery, all in neat lit­tle com­part­ments de­signed specif­i­cally for them. The beauty of this sys­tem is that, when you are done fly­ing, it all goes back in the orig­i­nal box for trans­porta­tion.

This plane is in­tended for any­one from a first­time flier to the most ex­pe­ri­enced mod­eler. The SAFE tech­nol­ogy makes this plane a breeze to learn with. Flip into Safe mode and it will keep the wings level and the nose straight ahead un­til you tell it to do oth­er­wise. When in full SAFE mode, how­ever, you can­not over­bank or over­pitch the model. This is great for first-time fliers. When you are com­fort­able guid­ing the T-28 around, the In­ter­me­di­ate mode will give you a lit­tle more con­trol and then you can grad­u­ate to full, un­re­stricted flight for aer­o­bat­ics and tight spa­ces.

UNIQUE FEA­TURES

All the con­trol sur­faces are pre­hinged and ready for flight out of the box. The hinges are molded into the foam and will pro­vide many hours of en­joy­ment. Another thing that Hob­by­zone did to keep things sim­ple is to limit the mov­ing parts. There are no re­tractable land­ing gear or flaps to worry about. As a mat­ter of fact, the land­ing gear is prebent pi­ano wire that sim­ply clips into place in the re­cep­ta­cles that are at­tached to the model. In­stalling and re­mov­ing the land­ing gear takes just sec­onds.

All the mark­ings are preap­plied. The small mark­ings are high-qual­ity de­cals, which look great. The main color and larger ar­eas are painted on and should stay look­ing nice even with some abuse.

I made ab­so­lutely zero mod­i­fi­ca­tions on this plane, but I did try a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent bat­ter­ies. The in­cluded 1S 150mah 25C pro­vided plenty of power. When I tried a lit­tle bit larger 200mah, I was pleased that the model flew well with the added weight. The per­for­mance was still ter­rific, and I even felt like the lit­tle bit of ex­tra weight helped with the slight breeze we had at the field that day.

One thing I did no­tice was the area where the aileron torque rods con­nected to the ailerons is se­cured with tape. On my model, the tape looked to be com­ing a lit­tle loose. I pressed it in place, and this seemed to help tighten things up. I am not sure this would cause an is­sue, but it is worth check­ing from time to time.

IN THE AIR

The wheels on this T-28 are ex­tremely

small. You will need a paved or smooth dirt run­way. We flew off dirt, and I was ac­tu­ally im­pressed with how well the T-28 han­dled. Ground han­dling is solid. Even with the small wheel and wire land­ing gear, con­trol­ling the T-28 on the ground was a non­is­sue. For take­off, I aimed it into the wind and ad­vanced the throt­tle. Within about 4 feet, we were air­borne with­out in­ci­dent. Once it was time to land, I lined up with the run­way and pulled the throt­tle back slowly. Us­ing a lit­tle bit of throt­tle man­age­ment, I was able to put the T-28 ex­actly where I wanted it on the run­way and taxi back to my­self.

GEN­ERAL FLIGHT PER­FOR­MANCE

Sta­bil­ity: This is what this model is all about. With the SAFE sys­tem en­gaged, this model all but flies it­self. There are very few times that I would rec­om­mend a low-wing WW II model as a first model plane, but this is def­i­nitely one of them.

Track­ing: A model of this size is never go­ing to have per­fect track­ing. They are just too light and get buf­feted around by the slighted wind gust or ther­mal ac­tiv­ity. But with the SAFE AS3X sys­tem, this plane does much better than you would ex­pect. It goes where it is pointed and makes fly­ing fun. Aer­o­bat­ics: Loops and rolls were easy. I did some ham­mer­head stalls and even flew a few cir­cuits in­verted. It was a lot of fun. Glide and stall per­for­mance: The stall per­for­mance of the T-28 is great. There were no bad ten­den­cies when the wings stopped fly­ing. Just add a lit­tle throt­tle or let the nose

come down and you are fly­ing again be­fore you knew what hap­pened. The glide per­for­mance is some­thing to keep in mind. With al­most no weight be­hind, it takes a lit­tle power to keep this model mov­ing for­ward. If you re­mem­ber this on land­ing, you will be fine.

PI­LOT DEBRIEFING

This plane does ev­ery­thing well. From slow, sta­ble train­ing flight to full-throt­tle aer­o­bat­ics and straf­ing runs, the T-28 de­liv­ers. It re­ally is a great all-around fun plane to keep in the car for those im­promptu fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Mine will be in the car at all times go­ing for­ward.

The plane ar­rives as­sem­bled and ready for flight. Just pop the land­ing gear in place and go.

Bat­tery ac­cess is su­per con­ve­nient and makes for quick pit stops be­tween flights.

The pushrods are easy to ad­just us­ing the prebent loop.

The in­cluded 3-blade prop adds a nice scale touch.

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