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Posted by Boomer1 | May 21, 2011 @ 01:43 AM | 9,136 Views
Got the plane out to the flying field last Saturday - as I unloaded my planes on to my table, the guys in our club wondered over to inspect the new plane. I was surprised that none of them were aware of this plane.

I suspect that is because most of these guys are pretty senior pilots and are flying more advanced aircraft. This didn't lessen their interest in the Switch and the dual wing configuration option.

The general opinion was the plane looked very good and would be a good plane for me and other pilots in the club on the same level.

I had one of the senior pilots to check out my set up of the plane, it passed his inspection. It was my plan to see how the plane taxied and to get use to handling it on the ground. I made a number of passes up and down the runway, noting that it needed a good amount of runway to turn it around. I had read that this would be the case, so it didn't concern me. There is a modification that is recommended to reinforce the tail wheel, which should improve the turning radius.

Our field has been carved out of the desert floor, so it is not as smooth as a professionally built field and takes a some getting use to.

As I got comfortable with the plane on the ground, it began to increase the speed of my passes, allowing the plane to lift off the ground for a few feet then touching it back down. On my last pass down the runway, I gave her some more throttle and she lifted smoothly and straight, so I said to myself "let's go"...Continue Reading
Posted by Boomer1 | May 10, 2011 @ 11:43 AM | 8,873 Views
The replacement plane arrived late yesterday. Jumped right into the box to make sure this one had no problems. Happy to report, all is as it should be. Nothing broken or missing.

I included a few pictures of how the plane arrived for general interest. Next is to get it put together and in the air.
Boomer
Posted by Boomer1 | May 08, 2011 @ 09:32 PM | 9,722 Views
While looking at Cessna 182's, I found a very cool plane listed in the Classifieds - I contacted the seller who lives 9 miles from me, took a short drive over to see it.

Met with the seller/owner, who put the plane through it's paces on the ground, showing everything was in proper working order. I had done some research on the plane and liked what I read, so armed with that information, and with such an attractive price, it was a no brainier. Nice unplanned deal.

The plane is not new, but still in good shape. I am admittedly picky, but it passed my quality requirements and the plane came with 2 lipos to sweeten the deal.

I am going to install nav. lights to the plane which I think will add to it's already good scale appearance.

I found a place called Lazertoyz.com that sells a nice LED kit for $29.00. I was not looking for this plane, but it was offered at a very fair price, and this plane strikes me as being more interesting and unique than a yellow J-3 Cub.

The fellow had completed the flap upgrade, so I won't have to do that, which saves me the time and the extra servo. All in all, I am happy with this purchase, and look forward to getting it the air next week.

Here are the planes specifications:
Wingspan: 49.6 in (1260mm)
Overall Length: 33.5 in (850mm)
Flying Weight: 41.9 oz (1190 g)
Motor Size: 480 Brushless Outrunner
Prop Size: 9.5 x 7.5
Speed Control: E-flite 30-amp brushless ESC
CG (center of gravity): 55-65mm from wing root
Posted by Boomer1 | May 07, 2011 @ 02:42 PM | 10,320 Views
I am in the middle of doing research on the best value in a 40" to 55" wing span Cesnna 182. Looking for planes without Radio, receiver and battery (have all that)
There are number of different planes out there from different sources. The planes I like the best so far are from online hobby stores that may or may not be the greatest places to buy or to expect any decent customer support from. If there are other sources I'd like to find them - please feel free to share.

I am also looking at smaller 182 Cessna's from Tower Hobbies and few other places - more on that in my next entry. Here is what I have so far on the larger planes.

I am looking the following 50"+ planes:

1. NitroPlanes.com
5 Channel AirField RC 55" Sky Trainer Upgrade Version Airplane w/ Brushless Motor/ESC/Flaps/LED Lights Almost Ready to Fly ARF Receiver Ready -EPO Foam Plane (Red or Blue) $129.00+ tax/shipping = $156.05
Wingspan: 55.5 inch
Outrunner Motor (3536-kv900)
Servo: 6X 9g High Speed Micro Servos
Speed Controller: 30A Brushless ESC

http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a300-14...-blue-arf.html

2. Banana Hobbies
Super Scale 6 CH BlitzRCWorks Cesna 182 - 2.4GHz Blue Flight Trainer Master Pro Radio Remote Control Electric RC Airplane RTF $164.90 + Shipping: $18.73* Tax: $16.08 Total: $199.71
Wingspan:51.2 inch
Brushless outrunner motor ???
Speed Controller: 30amp brushless ESC
Servo: 4X 9g high speed micro servos & 2x 17g for flaps


3. HobbyKing.com
Durafly Cessna 182 1.4meter 5Ch (with flaps) Plug-n-Fly (USA Warehouse)
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=14514
$113.97 + shipping = $127.97

WingSpan: 55.10in
Propeller: 10x5E
Motor: Brushless outrunner 35 series
ESC: 30A
Servos: 9g x 6 (Quality servos, with precise control.)
Posted by Boomer1 | May 04, 2011 @ 10:55 PM | 9,134 Views
Good news for sure. The good folks at Tower Hobby have processed my return and have my new plane on it's way west.
Boomer