Here is the latest. I got the plane last Weds. ahead of schedule. Opened the box with excitment, thinking if I got right on it, I could get it assembled in time for late afternoon flight tests.
I was very pleased with the packaging and the appearence of the planes parts. Some foamies are bit rough, but the Switch is not. I had downloaded the set up instructions and read them prior to the planes arrival, so I was ready to rock 'n roll.
I layed all the parts out on my work area, inspecting each peace for potential problems, or flaws. Everything was as it should be, or so it seemed. During my research I read as much as I could find on this plane, I remembered a comment made by a fellow that had purchased a Switch, got it home, inspected it and then put it all together. On his first flight just after take off, the motor mount pulled off of the fire wall.
He got it to the ground with out any damage. Upon close inspection, he realized the factory had not bonded the motor mount properly to the fire wall.
It was basically just pushed into the slots, being held only because the parts had a tight fit, but not tight enough without epoxy to hold it in place.
To get right to the point, I pulled the cowling off, wiggled the motor mount and quess what happened, it pulled right out of the pressed in slots in the firewall. One of the tabs was broken off, and glued into the firewall, the other three tabs hand little or not epoxy to hold in place.
Since my last post, Tower lowered their retail price ($329.99) on the Switch by $50, brining it down to $279, and with their premier member discount program, I got an additional $40 off, which brought my net price to $239 with free shipping!
That put the Switch at the top of the list for me. I was holding off on buying it because of it's price, and the fact that I didn't need any more radios, but at this price I had to jump on it.
I am still sold on the Electrostik and will likely put one together in near future. The Corvallis 350 is a winner as well but, like most, I have limited resources and space.
I am very excited to get the Switch after reading a bunch of reviews on it. I really like that it both a great trainer and a plane to grow into as my skills develop.
I have both of the Switch's configurations in my Real Flight Simulator, and am enjoying flying them until the new plane arrives next week.
I appreciate all the great suggestions and comments that have been posted.
Thank you all.
I will be updating my blog on how this plane works out for me. Stay tuned.
Posted by Boomer1 |
Apr 06, 2011 @ 11:52 AM | 16,248 Views
I am in the middle of shopping for my next plane and looking at a few different models. I am looking planes that are beginner friendly.
I like scale appearence, and tend to favor those planes that are more realistic looking. I like foam aircraft for their durability, and ease of repairing. Foamies are getting more realistic, and less toy like.
The ElectroStik is reported to be one of the more user friendly aerobatic trainners around. The Big Senorita is reported to be friendly to pilots at the beginner and novice levels.
The Cessna 350 maybe too advanced a plane for me at this point. It has flaps and those can be tricky to use. It is a very good looking plane and maybe to pretty to crash. I am in the midst of reading reviews on these and some others.