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HobbyZone Mini Apprentice S with SAFE 1220mm (48") Wingspan - RTF

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48" Wingspan Mini Apprentice S with SAFE™ Technology - Ready to Fly (RTF) - HBZ3100

Designed with the beginner in mind, the HobbyZone® Mini Apprentice® S includes an array of features that make taking to the skies easy in spaces as small as your local park. Beneath its durable Z-Foam™ exterior, pilots will find a robust brushless 370-size motor and 18A ESC. SAFE® Technology provides multiple flight modes to progress through and the security of instant recovery at the push of a button with the included Spektrum™ DXe radio transmitter.

A large, easy-access battery compartment makes installing the included 3S 1300mAh LiPo battery hassle-free. When you've advanced your skills, optional floats can also be added for dynamic takeoffs and landings from small bodies of water. Get behind the sticks of the HobbyZone Mini Apprentice S today and turn your dreams of flight into reality tomorrow.

Features:

  • SAFE technology with Panic Recovery mode
  • Beginner, intermediate and experienced flight modes
  • Completely ready to fly with everything you need in one box
  • Powerful brushless motor
  • 4-channel controls
  • Durable Z-foam construction
  • 3S 1300mAh Li-Po Battery
  • Tricycle landing gear for easy ground handling
  • Spektrum DXe radio transmitter included
  • Optional floats available

Includes:

  • 48" Hobbyzone Mini Apprentice S with SAFE Technology - (RTF)
  • Full-range Spektrum™ DX4e 4-channel 2.4GHz DSMX transmitter
  • 11.1V 3S 1300mAh Li-Po Battery
  • DC fast charger with an AC adapter lets you recharge wherever you fly

Requires:

  • Nothing! Everything you need to get in the air is included in the box.

Optional Parts:

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 14 and up
SKILL LEVEL : Beginner
BUILD TIME : 1 Hour

Wingspan

48in / 1220mm

Length

34.2in / 869mm

Flying Weight

25.9oz / 735g

CG (Center of Gravity)2.95" (75mm) back from the leading edge of the wing at the root

Power System

370 Brushless Outrunner 1300Kv (installed)

Electronic Speed Control

18A brushless ESC

Propeller / EDF

8.25" x 5.5" single 2-blade propeller

Servos

Micro

Landing GearTri gear

Required Battery

11.1V 3S 1300mAh LiPo battery (included)

Required Radio

Full-range Spektrum™ DX4e 4-channel 2.4GHz DSMX® transmitter (included)

AileronsYes

Elevator

Yes

RudderYes

Flaps

No

Lights

No

Hinge Type

Foam

MaterialZ-Foam
Skill LevelBeginner
Build Time1 Hour
Recommended EnvironmentOutdoor

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TM
04/11/2019
Thomas M.
United States
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I'm very pleased with the service than the product and everything the shipping everything about it is excellent

WL
10/17/2018
William L.
United States
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mini app

best $ value for trainer for new club members

BT
09/08/2018
BUTCH T.
MIFFLIN, PA.
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GREAT TRAINER

I haven't flown in 30 years & was sure that I would be rusty. I bought the Mini Apprentice S hobby some after much research. I always read the reviews on any thing I buy & you do have to **** out some the reviews but in the most part they are fairly accurate. I have only flown the plane 4 times but everything they advertised was true & more. Being away for so long I was quite nervous but had no problem flying & landing the Apprentice. Never needed the panic button but I did test it 3 times & it works great. I think a rusty or first time flyer's, if you study the info & stay away from windy weather at first will be soaring the Sky's in no time. BTW what little building there is was well illustrated & quite easy to assemble & I am not mechanically inclined at all!!!!!

MG
05/25/2018
Mike G.
United States
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Hobbyzone Mini Apprentice

I love the plane,and the remote. I've had other planes without the safe tech,and never got a chance to fly them much,before I wrecked them. The Apprentice has enabled me to have numerous flights without a wreck. Which has helped me build enough confidence to fly in the intermediant mode and the advanced mode ,after about 30 flights.I wish I would have bought this plane first. I would definitely buy this plane,again. And would recommend it to anybody else,just starting this hobby.

J
04/10/2018
Joe
Macon, Georgia
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Your wings aren't far away!

I have always enjoyed RC anything. When I was younger, a gentleman in my complex had an RC store. He sold everything, cars, boats, tanks, planes, and he would bring the newer stuff home to test. So I was really excited when I was in a position to buy my first plane. I did spend some time with a flight sim I have on my computer to better understand the aspects of flying the aircraft away from you, and coming towards you as the controls are the same but the visualization is different. I was super scared my first flight and I did indeed crash it. But thankfully I was only about 4 feet off the ground and over grass. I did a face plant and tore the nose wheel bracket off. Thankfully I wasn't on the throttle when it crashed. For the next few weeks I practiced without a nose gear (landing in grass) until I learn the nuances of flying and landing. (speed and altitude are your friends) If you get into trouble hit the panic button then CLIMB! After a few more training flights I strapped the nose gear back in place with the screws and a few cut strips of zip ties. The battery seems to float a little if you don't synch it down real tight. I wrapped my batt. with a rubber band so it won't move when synched. I made my own stand to check CG (Center of Gravity) this is important! Also be respectful of the wind if you are just learning. Read and heed the cautions in the manual. Great beginner plane but read the reviews of the planes you are considering so you can make an informed decision. Oh and get some extra props and clevises and an extra battery when you buy as shipping is free and you will need them. Keep it in the Wind!

AF
03/29/2018
Adolfo F.
Chihuahua Mexiko
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Awesome trainer!

I think its a really good plane to start!

IA
08/03/2017
Ivan A.
Mini apprentice

Motion rc shipped very fast, and followed up with email. The plane is great too. Will be back again.

Z
04/04/2017
Zeb
good plane but there are better trainers

I have both the mini apprentice and the apprentice s 15e and I would recommend the 15e over the mini they are very close for flight characteristics but the 15e is more stable and more importantly more durable and survives crashes much better the nose is designed so the force is absorbed by the spinner and the cowl, the mini apprentice has a very rigid spinner and this causes the motor shaft and motor mount to absorb the force of impact and the shaft is not very sturdy it bends even with a light nose hit. the shaft is replaceable but its a pain unless your set up for it which i am but if the spinner was re-designed like the 15e you would not have to replace it as often. the mini is a very acrobatic plane in expert mode and has a lot of power I fly in some serious wind at times and it does great, landing is easy even in the wind. if its windy beginner mode is useless though cause you wont have enough authority to keep it under control I think that's true for all "safe" planes I have three and that's how I graduated from beginner mode to intermediate and expert was out of necessity cause it was either that or watch the wind blow it away lol, and dont get me wrong its a great way to get started it will save you plane when you screw up as long as you remember to throw the switch to beginner or press the "oh ****" button and this is the plane im teaching my son to fly with and he really loves it, using wireless buddy box set up is awesome and a great way to teach/learn to fly really helps reduce crashes. as far as parts for repairs they are readily available and reasonably priced that is something im really picky on cause i dont want to have to wait a month for parts to arrive from china and I do a lot of ****** reckless things with my planes so I like to have a good line on replacement parts. this plane is super easy to fix , so far I have snapped the tail section off and reattached it with foam glue and a barbeque squire stabbed through the center for stiffness broken the wing off twice on either side of the fuselage and glued/taped back together, two nose cowls those i just tape back together and tape on the plane instead of screws, two motors just bent the main shaft ordered replacements haven't changed them yet I was going to turn one out on my lathe but not worth it they are cheap. replaced the whole motor mound and nose gear linkage, I recommend having spare clevises for the servo linkages cause the pins shear easily you can drill them out and use small nails for clevis pins though, but that makes the clevises sturdier and the energy may go to the servos and damage them instead of the cheap clevises which is why i stopped repairing them that way and just replace the clevises. this is starting to look like a book oops, this is a good plane and a good trainer and a joy to fly I love it my kids love it. :)

A Motion RC Customer
NP
02/16/2017
Nicklaus P.
My first RC aircraft

Having a blast with this, everything works as advertised. Beginner SAFE mode has been great for learning.

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