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Old Nov 28, 2010, 08:54 PM
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Mid-Size Plane Recommendation

Greetings,

I'm looking for something that falls between an UM Champ and PZ Warbird (Wildcat/T-28). I'd like something that I can fly in an open area in our neighborhood. While I love flying the Champ sometimes the winds are a bit much for it. I've flown the Wildcat and T-28 but those are a little big and fast for the area I have available. I'm thinking something in the 30-35 inch wingspan would be ideal. Only other requirement would be something that I can fly with my 3s Lipos. I've done the scratch built foamie thing and want something other than a scratch built foamie. Have any recommendations?
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Maybe the Super Cub LP or Mini Super Cub?
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 10:27 PM
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ZJ; I would try Mountain Model's EZ Cub/Scout, or their Switchback Sport. They are very easy to build, and they can fly very slow or you can go really fast. They both can handle 15 mph winds with ease. I use 3s910mah to 3s1500mah batteries in my planes with cheap BL-2208/17 motors turning a GSW 9x5 prop and I get 10-15 minutes of flying time.
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Mountain Models Lucky Ace is an AWESOME flyer. http://www.mountainmodels.com/produc...roducts_id=589

It lands light, cruises slow, and if you put some pepper under the hood it goes like a rocket and is even mildly 3-D capable. It's a great moderate sized plane for tighter spaces, but still has legs to stretch in big open spaces.
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 06:42 PM
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I appreciate the recommendations guys. I've spent a good amount of time poking around the Mountain Models site. There are some awesome kits there. I've given some consideration to the E-Flite P-40 Warhawk as well since I'm on this warbird kick right now
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Old Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM
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my eflite p 40 is a bit quick and crashy. I scaled down the sig kavalier to 36 inch wing span to also have a mid size light war bird style plane. its 13 oz running on 800maH 3s. slow yet sporty.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 05:09 AM
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Probably a bit bigger than you want, but anyway: GWS Formosa with light setup. Can fly surprisingly slow, cuts through wind, and goes just where you tell it to go. This plane would be a serious candidate for the "if you could have only one plane..." question.

Or how about a flying wing? The Swift II from MS composit is a great parkflyer capable of everything from slow to medium fast flight. Stable in flight and easy to launch/land.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 06:34 AM
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Check out the GWS E-Starter. Get it with no power system and then add what you want or one of these from HeadsUpRC.

Nice, stable, 4-channel flyer. I will never be without one. I built mine as a tricycle rather than a tail dragger.

Lots of info here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362969

Having fun with my GWS E-Starter (5 min 5 sec)


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Old Dec 08, 2010, 06:56 AM
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Freddy: Thanks for the suggestion. I actually think I have one of those Heads Up RC motors already and I know I have an extra 20 Amp ESC. I'll check out that thread as well.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 04:57 PM
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Alfa

If you love war birds, the Alfa 800 series of war birds are very nice. At 31", they're smaller than the PZ offerings. Much higher quality than some brands. Hobby-lobby is the sole importer. Eflite makes a 31" P40 which is nice.

I wouldn't touch any of these w/o some experience with a SIM and high wing trainers. The above GWS looks nice.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 06:01 PM
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If you like bipes, (slower too) The GWS Tiger Moth 400 fits the bill. I love mine. Also, the GWS PT-17 is another, but supposedly a bit touchier on the sticks (probably still easy enough). Either one fits 1000-1500 3s batteries. Also, Tower Hobbbies is supposed to come out with an EPO version of the PT-17 soon.

Here's mine.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1477
I have since added a pilot and beefier wheels.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 07:01 PM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=455206

Minimag is a nice parkflyer.
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Old Dec 08, 2010, 10:15 PM
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I have a Art-Tech F6F Hellcat in the mail. I gotta feeling this is going to be a real nice warbird that is right around the size and style you're looking for. I post pics when I get it an put in together.
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Old Dec 09, 2010, 06:26 AM
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I had no idea there were so many great smaller airplanes available. I basically jumped from UM to Parkflyers. Looks like this size is one I will have to explore more.
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