Durafly T-28 Trojan
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wrote on 08/10/2012
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY
Strengths: Superb appearance, great flight characteristics, economical to obtain and maintain.
Weaknesses: Nothing which could be considered serious.
Overall: Much like Flt Lt Biggles, I've got both the PZ T-28 and the Durafly. It's almost impossible not to make comparisons between the two because of their similarities. Though they are both excellent in the air, the Durafly does have a higher wing-loading which is really only apparent when landing - but it means that it's not going to tolerate an approach which involves completely cutting the throttle and gliding in from almost any height, as the PZ model does. This isn't really a problem, but some beginners might prefer less work to do on short finals whilst they're learning. One area where the Durafly absolutely excels is with its performance on 4S flight packs. Instead of the usual 2200mAh 3S packs, I bought a few 1800mAh 4S packs to try out - what a blast! I made no other changes and with both battery types having almost identical weight, I wasn't further increasing the wing-loading. I keep the full-throttle bursts to about 10 seconds duration and it's fantastic fun - it howls and whistles down the field when making a high-speed low pass and has an envious rate of climb too. Perhaps it's not very scale when flown this way, but it will happily cruise at about 65% throttle on 4S and look convincing in terms of a scale-like presence. If one day, I accidentally auger in with this machine, I'll instantly be buying another!
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wrote on 17/09/2012
A SUPERB AIR FRAME WITH EXCELLENT FLYING CHARACTERISTICS – IDEAL FOR THOSE LOOKING TO PROGRESS ONTO A FIRST AILERON TRAINER OR A CASUAL FLYER.
Strengths: Build quality is excellent
Flies very well, would suite those looking for a second or third plane
Uses the 2200 size batts that everyone has lots of
Size is ideal for carrying in the boot of your car for those impromptu flights
Weaknesses: I have never had any issues with my pre-installed retracts, although I have heard that the nose retract doesn’t like very hard landings.
Spare parts can be slow to receive as Hobby King seems to have exclusive rights the Durafly range. If the UK warehouse doesn’t have stock you will have to order from one of their overseas warehouses.
Overall: The build quality is extremely good. Those looking for a quick & easy build will be delighted with the PNF version that includes all of the bells and whistles (retracts, lights and flaps) for under £100.
It’s inevitable that pilots will compare the Durafly Trojan with the Parkzone Trojan. Having previously owned the Parkzone T-28D, I can honestly say that they both fly incredibly well. The reason for me purchasing the Durafly version was my trusty old Parkzone Trojan began to show here age (lots of repairs from landing in trees and mid airs whilst formation flying). I decided on the Durafly Trojan as for the price it looked like an incredible deal, £99 for a PNF version with retracts, lights and flaps already installed. When comparing the Durafly T-28 to the Parkzone T-28 both are extremely well made and fly equally well. The major difference between the two aside from the availability of spare parts and price is the Parkzone T-28 is more ‘floaty’.
Spare parts! As briefly mentioned parts for the Durafly Trojan can be a little tricky to get a hold of. I was lucky enough to purchase a couple of spare props via Hobby Kings UK warehouse using their new ‘click and collect’ service (which was surprisingly great). Other spares such as wings, fuselage and cowlings would have to be ordered via the overseas warehouse. Not good if you want the parts for the weekend.
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