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Old Mar 24, 2014, 03:45 PM
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HobbyPeople WACO - Anybody???

I have searched but cannot find a thread on the "HobbyPeople" WACO. It looks good, but seems funny not to have a thread, or am I missing something or messing something up with my searches?

I have bought and am following the Dynam WACO thread, but HobbyPeople's is slightly smaller and looks kinda nice (but can it fly?).

If a thread exists on the HobbyPeople WACO, I'd sure appreciate it if someone would post a link!

Thanks in advance,

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Old Mar 25, 2014, 10:49 AM
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I would pass on this one.
If you have flown a Dynam Waco, you're not going to like this one at all.

I know 2 guys that bought it.
Terribly under-powered.
It barely had enough power to take off from a hard dirt runway.
Flys OK once you get it going, but they should have put a stronger motor on it.
I was not impressed with the quality either.

One of them returned his to HP & got his money back & the other one kept his & changed the motor (pretty sick that you have to buy another Motor, ESC & Prop for a new plane).
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Old Mar 25, 2014, 11:39 AM
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I would pass on this one.
If you have flown a Dynam Waco, you're not going to like this one at all.

I know 2 guys that bought it.
Terribly under-powered.
It barely had enough power to take off from a hard dirt runway.
Flys OK once you get it going, but they should have put a stronger motor on it.
I was not impressed with the quality either.

One of them returned his to HP & got his money back & the other one kept his & changed the motor (pretty sick that you have to buy another Motor, ESC & Prop for a new plane).
I appreciate your comments, Clive66! That kind of explains why I could find no thread on it.

I had my suspicions it might not "meet muster" for one reason (or several), which was the original reason for my question. I am always leery when a model has been out for quite some time and the vendor has only one somewhat "new" review posted on it; which really says very little.

Thanks again!

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Old Mar 30, 2014, 10:30 AM
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Interesting, any idea what motor was used for the upgrade, and did it work?
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Old Mar 30, 2014, 05:52 PM
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Interesting, any idea what motor was used for the upgrade, and did it work?
I have no idea what he used.
I didn't ask any particulars, since i had no interest in the plane.
He just said it flys good with the stronger motor.
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Old Apr 02, 2014, 07:42 AM
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Thanks saw one fly yesterday at the field , very shakey on the on the first flight, after adjusting the aileron and elevator throws , it flew well.
Not fast but looked great in the air. Landing gear and battery cover broke off on the first landing was glued back on with CA and it held OK.
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Old Apr 07, 2014, 10:21 AM
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I had one and it lasted for 1 1/2 flights. Although underpowered, the maiden flight was relatively uneventful. Once the trims were set, the rest of the maiden was done at 60% throttle with just gentle flying; no loop, no rolls, no stunts. It looked great in the air and landing was uneventful. For the second flight my plan was to do a few loops, rolls, hammerheads, etc. to see how it performs. The plane took off without any issue. Once in the air, I cut the throttle to 60% and banked a 180 to bring it back to me so that I could observe some of the maneuvers at close range. As the plane was flying straight and level at 60% throttle, the top wing ripped off the left side, dragging behind the right lower wing. before I could take any emergency landing steps, the drag of the top wing caused the lower right wing to rip off. Instant lawn dart. The plane went in from about 50ft up and the destruction was incredible. It looked like someone took a block of foam and put it through a wood chipper. I couldn't even begin to consider trying to put the pieces back together.

By comparison, a few weeks earlier I had a PZ Corsair lawndart from about the same altitude when it's battery fell out in mid-air. The Corsair's wing broke off and the fuselage had a crack in it. A little CA and the plane was back in the air again.
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Old Sep 19, 2014, 05:49 PM
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Hi

I have one of these coming. Does anyone have any input on the wing attachments for the top wing? I'd like to reinforce it before the maiden.

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Old Sep 19, 2014, 06:14 PM
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I got one of the Hobby People planes in this series, the A6M Zero. Worst plane I ever built. Pretty cheesy components and materials were cheap compared to other brands. I too would stay away from these planes. I think it was on www.wattflyer.com that I read that people were having problems with the top wing separating in flight on the Hobby People Waco. Sometimes price is an indication that cheap IS cheap. A much better buy for your $99.99 is the Freewing Spacewalker. That one is a quality plane and is a PNP for little money.
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Old Sep 19, 2014, 11:24 PM
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I think for $100 and a little knowledge learned from the internet it ought to be ok. Balance the prop and go over everything real well and it should be a nice scale bird.
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Old Sep 20, 2014, 09:38 AM
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I think for $100 and a little knowledge learned from the internet it ought to be ok. Balance the prop and go over everything real well and it should be a nice scale bird.
Even the prop is cheezy (2 piece & very flimsy)
Check it out on page 10
http://www.hobbypeople.net/media/upl...sers_Guide.pdf

IMO, For the money, this would be a lot better choice (free shipping)
http://www.motionrc.com/rochobby-wac...p/#description
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Old Sep 21, 2014, 12:04 PM
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Ok

Well, I allready ordered the plane, so I'm going to make the best of it.

Can someone comment on how, where and why the top wing breaks so I know what to reinforce? I've got a fair bit of scratch building experience,

(Pictures would be great)

Owen
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Old Oct 04, 2014, 06:54 PM
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Hi

My hobby people Waco is ready for the maiden flight.

I drilled through at the wing strut bases and installed bolts, then filled with foam safe CA from the opposite side. I also didn't like the cheap nylon clevises. One was already broken on arrival. I replaced the push rods for the tail surfaces with longer ones from a Hobby Zone Cub, then cut and used each of the others where I needed shorter ones. That way I could use proper linkage stoppers.

Hopefully, my bolts will keep the top wing in place. The maiden flight is waiting for time and weather.

Owen
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Just FYI: The control horns on the bottom ailerons should be located over the hinge-line, not out at the TE of the surfaces.

This thread kinda reminds me of the $30 Sapac Pitts that was available a few years ago... cheap little bipe that had a lot of flaws out of the box, but it was an awesome flyer with a few modifications.

I thought about getting one of these too. The bare airframe was on sale a couple weeks ago for $50, so I could add my own cheap electronics (hxt900's, bigger motor/ESC, OrangeRX).

After reading other reviews, I planned to embed CF rod across both wings, then drill a few small holes and sew the strut plates around the CF rods with cotton thread and CA glue.

Remove and replace anything that is glued-on from the factory... hinges, motor mount, etc - and replace it with better glue. Popsicle sticks and toothpicks glued-in with Gorilla Glue go a long way towards reinforcing weak foam joints.

Adding bungee lines to the LG would help keeping the wheels from spreading so much (see the Pitts link above). My daughter's pony-tail holders make great bungees. And cut back the wheel pants or remove them entirely if you plan to fly from grass... they make it harder to ROG and trip you up on landing.

Toss that 2-piece prop and use a simple GWS SloFly prop... not as scale, but they are much more efficient, and you can use a prop-saver on them until you learn to grease the landings.
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 10:24 AM
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Another thought for those wing strut plates:

I would completely remove them, remove the factory glue, then score some cross-hatching on the mounting surface using your Xacto knife to give it a lot more surface area. Then I would drill a half-dozen little holes through each plate, just the right diameter for a toothpick. Glue the whole thing back on with better glue (Gorilla Glue of foam safe CA), then "rivet" the plates on with short pieces of toothpicks. After the glue dries, you can shave the toothpicks flush to the plate, then touch them up with a red Sharpie. The extra surface area and deeper penetration into the foam keeps the plates from pulling off... and adds very little weight.
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