Trainer 40 (oz10529)
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Trainer 40. Radio control trainer model. Wingspan 59 in, wing area 634 sq in, for .25 to .45 power. Discontinued kit from Great Planes.
This Joe Bridi design was first published in 1972 as the RCM Advanced Trainer (oz5306), this here is a later version, with some minor changes in wingtips, tailsurfaces, etc as kitted by Great Planes.
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User commentsCan anyone put a date on when this kit first came out? Thanks.
SteveWMD - 16/10/2018
I have the AMA copy of the Great Planes Trainer .40 kit plan and there is no date on the plan. But I would place the date at 1982.
According to the Great Planes website, Great Planes was started in 1982. Most of the Great Planes early initial kit offerings were reworked Bridi plans by Don Anderson. The Great Planes Trainer series was basically the RCM Trainer with a few tweaks. I learned to fly with this airplane in 1984 so it was available then.
The entire early Great Planes trainer offerings were eventually scrapped for the PT 20-40. which was a shame because the Trainer series were excellent flying airplanes. They could fly and land at a crawl and yet do much of the FAI pattern if set up properly. The PT series flew like a kite with an engine, which was OK for learning to land, but not much else.
The original Great Planes kit plan for this model is now in the Academy of Model Aeronautics plan data base. It can be purchased from them with the huge AMA watermark embossed on the plan. Plan# 50951.
JohnnyB - 17/09/2019
Got it thanks, have set the date on this one now to 1982.
SteveWMD - 17/09/2019
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