The $900 Cularis route to learning to fly was an expensive failure with a total loss of the plane in the Pacific Ocean. The next plane was an $87 (delivered) "Cessna 747" from ebay. It looks exactly like the Banana Hobbies "Cessna 747i" but is much inferior as it was made of cheap styrofoam (think packing styrofoam) instead of EPP, and didn't have the long spar and CF reinforments that the Banana Hobbies plane does ($115 delivered and worth the extra $$). Since I have my own Hitec Eclipse 7 transmitter left over from the Cularis and I use HobbyKing synthesized receivers, I just trash the cheap electronics that comes with these ready-to-fly foamies. After busting the ebay plane several times and gluing it back together with non-foam-safe CA (the one advantage to this 6-pack-cooler styrofoam I guess) I started to get the hang of flying it from a Rise-Off-Ground takeoff. However, I found the best way for me to fly these little park flyers is to remove the landing gear and hand toss with a folding prop on the nose. Speed and handling improve without the tiny-wheeled gear! I still fly the cheap ebay plane with its de-laminating decals and weird glue joints and use it where trees or weather make a crash a significant probability. It's nice to have a "junker" for flying in all-weather and terrain conditions!. I haven't flown it yet, but I'm converting the Banana "Cessna 747i" from geared/brushed to a direct brushless drive with parts...Continue Reading
The maiden flight of the Cularis went perfect for the first 100' and then it was disaster because I had forgotten to extend the transmitter antenna (gosh, it worked OK with FMS that way). I took parts and converted a trainer 40 in the attic to electric and I'm going to get help from Oregon Model Aeronautics Society members on the next attempt. How do you say UNCLE.
10 years ago I built and immediately crashed a Great Planes 40 trainer. Now I'm going to try again with a Cularis. I got a little bit of help last time but the crash came when I went out alone and tried to solo - hit the goal post on the soccer field. This time I'm using FMS to get the feel. I see why I crashed before by just using a simulator. I'm practicing until all attitudes of flight are natural to me even though the Easy Glider model I'm using won't be too close a match for the real thing. I'll have the instinct to know what to do and have the towards and away reflexes down very well before I risk actual $$$.