The article ran in the Globe on August 4, 2013 and was key in the fantastic turnout we had for Model Aviation Day on August 17, 2013. Over 150 guests and members, both young and old, took part and we had a fantastic day.
Everyone learned a lot about flying RC aircraft, kids had a chance to take a flight on the simulator and those who felt up to the task were given a free buddy box flight to experience RC first hand.
This past weekend was a very busy one with lots of aircraft getting in flights(Good thing as work is going to keep me grounded this coming weekend). between my mustang's new power, a remaiden of my T-33 EDF and general flights of my trusty fleet, I managed to sneak in a great flight on my new Parkzone S.E.5a.
Never been much of a WWI or Biplane fan or a biplane fan at all really until I was given a full hour flight in a Stearman PT-17 (and I got great video of the experience of course!), but I absolutely love this thing. It flies so gracefully and effortlessly that I can honestly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in a Classic WWI Bipe.
I got this jet a few months back and had a very unfortunate maiden. It flew, but two servos died in the process. It made a hard landing and I let it sit ever since.
Recently I've been kicking around the idea of buying an EDF so I pulled this down and replaced all the servos with Hitec HS-55s. Turns out it's a really great plane, even at half throttle it remains very stable.
It flew well enough that it impressed two friends, one who shot the video and the other a regular flying buddy who isn't a fan of EDFs at all.
If you keep in mind that Banana Hobby sells this thing for about $85 PNP, it's a great first EDF.
It's worth mentioning that flight times are short. I've yet to get more than about 4:25 out of a 950maH battery. I'm going to try a 1300 next time and see if the extra weight is worth the trade off in flight time.
So an abundance of spare parts and a little boredom conspired to put my idle hands to work.
Very quick upgrade of a Parkzone P-51 from the stock Park 480 Brushless with 18A ESC and 1300 Battery to a Power 10, 30A ESC and 2200maH battery. Prop is a spare from my PZ T-28. End result was very fast.
Everything bolts right in with no major mods required. You will need to carve out a little foam to allow the 2200maH batter to sit flat and not interfere with the canopy.
Of course, some people prefer a little slower pace and I have to admit, watching Bob fly his Bipe out at the club field is almost as much fun as burning up the sky in the Mustang. Almost... ...Continue Reading
Posted by RickSide |
Mar 10, 2012 @ 07:23 AM | 2,107 Views
Recently picked this up and LOVE it. Having recently seen the real aircraft it was modeled after at Fantasy of Flight in Florida, I was pretty stoked to see this hit the shelves.
Love flying this thing. Its much faster than you would think and it's as rock solid stable in the air. Probably not a beginners plane due to the potential for speed and aerobatics (it's a short coupled airframe, AS3X or not), but it slows down very nicely and it's certainly far more forgiving than any Gee Bee you've ever seen before.