Originally Posted by xfatdannx
Maybe i will have to try the eflite switch. I am having troubles with commitment to this plane bc of the gear. I mean ya it can be a hand launch plane but that doesnt do it for me. I just got my new fms 1400mm zero up the other day and since it is competing with the f18 for batteries, it may steal the f18s place in the regular flying time.
Part of me has considered selling this plane but when i look at it, i just cant.
I too have been down the hand launch route on a few planes. There are pro's and con's to either way, IMHO.
When I went back to putting gear on my birds, it made it more enjoyable for me. I've got only one hand launch jet left now (an FMS 64mm F-5) and that will probably be my last one.
The two rules I've learned with retracts is keep them simple and reinforce the mounts heavilly.
This one is a great candidate for hand launches too. I know a lot of guys have had a lot of success that way. Good luck with whichever route you decide. She's a great flier.