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Old Nov 18, 2015, 09:36 PM
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EF-1 Pylon Racer

Can anyone suggest a good pylon racer. In the market to purchase one . Was looking at the E- Flite Shoestring but reviews are not very good. Problems with the canopy and cowl not fitting properly. Plane vibrating and breaking apart
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Old Nov 19, 2015, 12:44 AM
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Hi,

I've built three shoestrings and coordinate the EF1 racing around here and seen a lot of Shoestrings and Proud Birds. From those that have built both the Shoestring and the Proud Bird, I have consistently heard the fit and finish on the Shoestring is better. But on both, and I think all the arfs, getting the cowl pieces to mate up perfectly with the fuse is a challenge. Getting to mate up good enough is not very hard. Never heard of them breaking up except when hitting the ground, pylon or other plane. I have personally seen at least 50 heats with Shoestrings in them. I think right now Shoestring and Proud Bird are best available arfs. Proud Bird bit tougher to go together, bit easier to take off and land, a bit easier to pull to hard in turn and snap roll. Shoestring opposite: Easier to put together, needs more care on rudder on take off but more forgiving in the turns.

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Old Nov 19, 2015, 06:18 PM
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Haven't built a Shoestring but I have built a few Proud Birds. Assembled with the recommended servos they come in a bit short of the minimum weight limit. The wood is sometimes brittle or green. Cutting ABS plastic wing fairing and gluing it to the fuselage is a PITA. Unless you like hunting for your canopy use some packing tape to secure the trailing edge.

But with all that I like the way it flies and rounds pylons. But DO get the elevator throw right - too much and yours will end up in the dirt just like my first one! The epoxied one piece wing seems strong and doesn't seem to flex in the turns like some others.

It's my go to plane and it is as fast as anything else I've competed against (Shoestrings, Invictus, Pogos, Scarlet Screamers/Outrageous and Dara's).
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Haven't built a Shoestring but I have built a few Proud Birds. Assembled with the recommended servos they come in a bit short of the minimum weight limit. The wood is sometimes brittle or green. Cutting ABS plastic wing fairing and gluing it to the fuselage is a PITA. Unless you like hunting for your canopy use some packing tape to secure the trailing edge.

But with all that I like the way it flies and rounds pylons. But DO get the elevator throw right - too much and yours will end up in the dirt just like my first one! The epoxied one piece wing seems strong and doesn't seem to flex in the turns like some others.

It's my go to plane and it is as fast as anything else I've competed against (Shoestrings, Invictus, Pogos, Scarlet Screamers/Outrageous and Dara's).
Ditto !
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Ditto !
Ditto +1. Putting together my Proud Bird had a few challenges, namely the plastic fairings, but otherwise was not too bad and the kit was pretty high quality. With my current throws, I can make fast pylon turns without any fear of snap rolling, though I don't doubt too much elevator could cause problems. The Proud Bird is my favorite plane that I own currently, and even though I don't compete, it makes a very quick, fun, and precise flying sport plane using the race setup (eflite power 25 + 4s + 8x8 prop.)
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