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Old Jan 01, 2015, 09:45 PM
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What's a good foam kit for a beginner builder?

I'm pretty new to rc planes, I bought a Sport Cub S 2 weeks ago. I'd like to build a foam plane from the ground up; probably a high wing trainer like another Cub. I'm really just interested in learning how build a plane. I've done a few repairs on the my Sport Cub and quickly realizing I'm going to need to know how to work on these planes for this to be a worthwhile hobby.
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Old Jan 02, 2015, 09:22 PM
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Orange, I recognize your name from one of the Sport Cub threads. Cool plane.

I'm also looking to build a foamie, a simple kit that will let me re-use all the intact electronics/control stuff I salvaged off a UMX Carbon Cub that turned into a lawn dart a few months ago.

Having flown and worked on a couple Champs, the CC and now this new Sport Cub, I can say without a doubt that you will get plenty of experience repairing any plane you fly. Even the experts stack them up now and then if they fly a lot (and I'm certainly no expert). As tough as these planes are, there are fragile parts you'll fix repeatedly, and maybe modify them too.

Someone in the CC forum suggested building a 3D foamie from my CC guts, but I don't know if I'm ready for that kind of flying yet. I want to master the basic aerobatics I'm working on already already (loops, rolls, inverted) before I start doing weird things that real planes can't even do. But maybe a 3D airframe is good for all the basic flight stuff, too. Looks like a simple design (I hope). We'll see.

Anyhow, I'm going to bookmark this thread and hope it lures in some experienced foamie builders and not just noobs like us!
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Old Jan 02, 2015, 09:53 PM
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Consider the Funcub.

Only reason I have not built one is that I have its predecessor, the discontinued Easycub, modified with ailerons.

And let me tell you that it has been real hard for me to resist getting a Funcub as it's pretty obvious that it is one kick ass model.
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Old Jan 02, 2015, 09:57 PM
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teflon, if you turn down the throws and use a slightly heavier battery, the FF Mini MX2 will be fine for sport flying. But once you try 3D, you will likely be hooked! I was!

I use 2S Hyp 330s, 2S Hyp 240s, and 2S TP 325s. The MX2 flies great with all of those batts. I do only get 3 minutes of aggressive 3D flying, though.

If you haven't already, read through the thread. It's only 16 pages.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1617946

My videos are on the last two pages.

Also, the unpainted MX2 kit is only $25!
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Old Jan 03, 2015, 11:30 PM
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I'm pretty new to rc planes, I bought a Sport Cub S 2 weeks ago. I'd like to build a foam plane from the ground up; probably a high wing trainer like another Cub. I'm really just interested in learning how build a plane. I've done a few repairs on the my Sport Cub and quickly realizing I'm going to need to know how to work on these planes for this to be a worthwhile hobby.
EPP and depron foam kits here , this is their stable trainer - $30 :
http://fancyfoam-com.3dcartstores.co...Kit_p_105.html

MPF foam kits here , this is a great stable slow flyer - $24 :
http://www.kenscadmodels.com/j-bug.html

EPP kits here , more advanced flyers with ailerons :
http://twistedhobbys.com/31-EPP-Gym-...m-Star-Red.htm

EPP kits here , this is their park flyer-sized trainer - $50 :
http://www.crashtesthobby.com/pelican-34.html

And FliteTest has kits made from paper skin foam board ( susceptible to moisture ) , this is a kit with THREE planes in it - $33 :
http://store.flitetest.com/3-pack-sw...eed-build-kit/
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Old Jan 04, 2015, 12:14 AM
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I wanna see all of these fly!
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Old Jan 04, 2015, 12:45 AM
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I wanna see all of these fly!
Fancy Foam EzFly :

Copy of EzFly with under-cambered wing (1 min 57 sec)


Ken's Cad Models J-Bug :

18" J-Bug (2 min 55 sec)


Twisted Hobbies Gym Star :

Gym Star (5 min 32 sec)


CrashTest Hobby Pelican :

36" EPP Pelicans 11-26-11 (5 min 54 sec)


FliteTest NutBall , FT Flyer and Delta :

Flite Test - FT FLYER - SCRATCH BUILD (16 min 47 sec)
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Old Jan 04, 2015, 02:30 AM
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teflon97239 , I noticed you're in Portland - I'm in Vancouver . I've been scratch-building planes for 4 years , be glad to help you out if you're interested in scratch-building .

Here is my slowest flying scratch build .

Lightweight 40" wingspan FT Old Fogey-ish (2 min 58 sec)


Here is my fastest flying scratch build .

Dollar Tree foam board SkyFun ( ish ) (4 min 6 sec)



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Old Jan 04, 2015, 10:29 PM
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Orange, I recognize your name from one of the Sport Cub threads. Cool plane.

I'm also looking to build a foamie, a simple kit that will let me re-use all the intact electronics/control stuff I salvaged off a UMX Carbon Cub that turned into a lawn dart a few months ago.

Having flown and worked on a couple Champs, the CC and now this new Sport Cub, I can say without a doubt that you will get plenty of experience repairing any plane you fly. Even the experts stack them up now and then if they fly a lot (and I'm certainly no expert). As tough as these planes are, there are fragile parts you'll fix repeatedly, and maybe modify them too.

Someone in the CC forum suggested building a 3D foamie from my CC guts, but I don't know if I'm ready for that kind of flying yet. I want to master the basic aerobatics I'm working on already already (loops, rolls, inverted) before I start doing weird things that real planes can't even do. But maybe a 3D airframe is good for all the basic flight stuff, too. Looks like a simple design (I hope). We'll see.

Anyhow, I'm going to bookmark this thread and hope it lures in some experienced foamie builders and not just noobs like us!
Hah, yah, I've been posting a lot since I got my plane for Christmas. I am pretty hooked on this hobby. I'm a software engineer so generally enjoy tinkering. Someone else posted about the Fun Cub which looks like a pretty cool plane. I just ordered a Night vapor so decided to go in the micro direction now. I would like to piece a sport cub together but it actually cost more to put together the parts than it does to just buy it as a BNF.
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Old Jan 04, 2015, 10:45 PM
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EPP and depron foam kits here , this is their stable trainer - $30 :
http://fancyfoam-com.3dcartstores.co...Kit_p_105.html

MPF foam kits here , this is a great stable slow flyer - $24 :
http://www.kenscadmodels.com/j-bug.html

EPP kits here , more advanced flyers with ailerons :
http://twistedhobbys.com/31-EPP-Gym-...m-Star-Red.htm

EPP kits here , this is their park flyer-sized trainer - $50 :
http://www.crashtesthobby.com/pelican-34.html

And FliteTest has kits made from paper skin foam board ( susceptible to moisture ) , this is a kit with THREE planes in it - $33 :
http://store.flitetest.com/3-pack-sw...eed-build-kit/
The planes from Flite Test all look really cool. The Delta and the nutball look like good flyers.
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Old Jan 04, 2015, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for posting the gym star video, balsa.

That one might be my next new toy, as I'm sure I can have a lot of fun with that thing.
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Old Jan 05, 2015, 01:11 AM
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Thanks for posting the gym star video, balsa.

That one might be my next new toy, as I'm sure I can have a lot of fun with that thing.
That Gym Star does look like a lot of fun ! Did you see the other available Twisted Hobbies planes ? Lots of good ones , all made of super tough EPP foam .

http://twistedhobbys.com/Airplanes_c82.htm

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Old Jan 05, 2015, 01:17 AM
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The planes from Flite Test all look really cool. The Delta and the nutball look like good flyers.
Which ever ones you get - before you assemble them , trace the foam pieces onto some Dollar Tree foam board for templates to make more airframes in the future . That way you ( and your friends ) can have plane airframes that only cost a couple of $$ - made out of Dollar Tree Store foam board .

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Old Jan 05, 2015, 02:08 AM
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AL

I don't think I have the strength to resist this one:

Crack Turbo Beaver with Chris Jewett (3 min 1 sec)


Just what I need another #$@*&%? model airplane!

Thanks I guess
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