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#1 arniebud Mar 06, 2009 10:57 AM

Great Planes Escapade
Has anyone bought this plane? It is a feature test in the new issue of FlyRC and looks very interesting, in that it is set up for both fuel and electric. Looks also to be a good platform for A123 battery. Anone care to offer input?

#2 Henry Sistrunk Mar 07, 2009 04:20 PM

I have one. Flown it two times. Too windy to really evaluate it. Really a lot of airplane for the money.

#3 arniebud Mar 07, 2009 05:41 PM

You bring up one of the questions I have about this plane. How windy was it when you flew? I'm looking for something I can fly in 10 to 15 mph wind in relative comfort. Did you go electric or fuel?

#4 Henry Sistrunk Mar 07, 2009 07:20 PM

Electric, Remfire 42-50-800, Rhino 3700 4 cell Lipo,12x6 APC prop. I believe that it can handle moderate winds but my flying strip is very confined and gusts give me a fit. Steady wind is ok. When I got the Escapade and saw how good it looked for the money, I ordered another because I believe that they will go up in price. As soon as rhe Horizon Taylorcraft caught on they went up on the price. i have one but it is not worth the the price they are asking for it. I got the optional cowl for the Escapade.Really looks good.

#5 arniebud Mar 07, 2009 08:47 PM

Henry, Thanks for the input. I believe you are right about the price.

#6 retiredVTT Mar 09, 2009 03:55 PM

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Here are some pics...with optional cowl for electric.

It does look like exceptional value at $99.US

It appears heavy at 5 lbs but the good thing is it should handle moderate winds better than a floater. Just land it faster..!

Looks like it could become a standard and if so..yes, the price goes up..!


#7 Henry Sistrunk Mar 10, 2009 08:05 AM

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I now have 5 flights on mine with no wind. Haven't gotten it just rite yet. Have been using a 12x6E prop. My Contender flies best with a 14x7E,so I,ll try that today. And,Yes it has to land fast.

#8 arniebud Mar 10, 2009 10:34 AM

Hi Henry. Nice looking plane, but does not appear to be an Escapade

#9 Henry Sistrunk Mar 10, 2009 11:14 AM

Correct, Read the post again. It,s a Contender using a 14x7E prop. Later today I hope to try the Escapade with a 14x7E prop. Same motor as the Escapade.

#10 retiredVTT Mar 10, 2009 11:16 AM

That's the Contender, had one in the late 70's, kitted then by Top Flite.
Is that an ARF, who makes it.


#11 Henry Sistrunk Mar 10, 2009 11:58 AM

I had one back then too,powered by a Veco 61. This is a new kit I built about a year ago but converted it to electric as I built it. It flys really good and I hope to get the Escapade to fly as well as it does. My second Escapade will be here today per UPS tracking.



#12 Henry Sistrunk Mar 11, 2009 03:13 PM

Three more flights. This time with a 13x6.5E APC prop. Flies much better.Next will try a 14x7E prop. The wind was light and it was a real joy to fly.

#13 arniebud Mar 12, 2009 04:44 PM

Hey Henry, which plane was a joy to fly?

#14 Henry Sistrunk Mar 13, 2009 06:53 AM

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I have been flying the Contender for around 2 years. Am about to get the Escapade trimmed to fly as good as the contender.

#15 arniebud Mar 13, 2009 10:20 AM

From your description, it sounds like you do have some air time with the escapade. Care to elaborate? I finally ordered mine only to find they are now out of stock till late March

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