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Old Mar 01, 2005, 03:22 PM
Luckyfly
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Mini Funtana

I just picked up a mini Funtana at the Hobby shop today and I'm amazed
at the quality. I'm a decent builder and take a lot of time putting a plane
together but this plane beats anything I have ever built. The covering is
beautiful and perfectly done! It is very light and appears to be straight.
It would take me a month to build and cover a plane this size from a kit
and it would not come out this well. And it only costs about $80.00.
I don't know how they do it.

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Old Mar 01, 2005, 04:24 PM
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what setup are you going to use mines a himax 2025-4266 with apc 12x6 prop
weighs 26oz's hang about 5/8 throttle
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 07:08 PM
Luckyfly
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My new Funtana

Hoverboy7,
I really don't know yet, I may not build this plane until later
on in the year. I have several Himax 2025-5300's and I was thinking
about one of those or a pretty strong outrunner. I'm an old pattern
flyer and I fly about 75% pattern and 25% 3-D. At my age, 3-D is a
little tough. I just learned how to hover. I just picked up aerobatics
about 6 months ago after being out of flying for over 20 years. Things
have really changed in that amount of time.
Is the gear that comes with the plane strong enough or do I need to beef
it up? Also, how does your's fly?
At the present I'm flying some planes of my own design. They fly well
but are in the 26-30 oz. range. When I scratch build I tend to build a little
heavy....but they fly nice in the wind.
I picked up the Mini Funtana today at the Hobby Shop and I have a
"Quiet Storm" ordered. I'm going to try and get in a lot of practice this
spring and summer with my old planes before I put these into the air.
It looks like you could have one of these planes flying in about 3 days.
My last scratch built took over a month.

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Old Mar 01, 2005, 07:39 PM
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The funtana does not like wind. Go with the 5300 and a cobri gearbox. The stock gearbox will work great and gain your trust until you are in a tight spot and then let go. Had it happen to me twice when climbing vertically which resulted in some very forced landings. The stock CF landing gear is marginal at best though I have heard reports that newer models have better gear. The plane is also very quick to stall so leave power on when landing. It like to pitch nose up when power is reduced and "lure" you into a stall. Have fun with it. It is really a fine and capable piece of machinery.
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 09:50 PM
Luckyfly
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Hitmax Motors & 3-D

Papasmurf,
I don't know if mine has the new landing gear or not. I'm saving all the
info on this plane so that when I build it hopefully I won't have any problems.
Ditto on the gears on the Himax motors giving up just when you don't
need it. I had this happen to me several times but I think I figured out
how to fix the problem. I wrote a thread in "Power systems" and it
tells what I'm doing now. It's not perfect, but I'm getting a lot more life
out of the gears than before. The thread is somewhere close to
page 2. If you can see much wear on the gears on a Himax gear
system you had better change them because they are about to thrash.

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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:02 PM
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Papasmurf,

You said the Mini Funtana doesn't like wind. Is that a lot of wind or very little? I have been very seriously considering one of these, but I need it to be able to handle at least 8-10 knots. Do you think that is too much for this little plane?

Thanks!

D.W.
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:08 PM
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I fly it in as little wind as possible. I would say anything over 5mph and I (myself) would not fly it. There are probably plenty others that fly theirs in higher wind but the one time I tried it, it was not fun and after two circuits I was ready to bring it in.
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:15 PM
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Thanks,

Another question: do you fly it off of grass or pavement? If grass, how "rough" is it?

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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:16 PM
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I also have a mini funtana set up with the park400 and the stock 6.3GB and it does a very nice job. No problems yet! but I agree with papasmurf fly with as little wind as possible.......I too tried it in about 8-10 mph wind and couldn't wait to get it back on the ground. I currently have approx 30 flights on it and really enjoy flying it.
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:21 PM
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I have flown mine off of both grass and pavement. Prefer grass if its short enough. I modified my landing gear to a wire gear with 2 1/2 inch wheels (foam). It will rog in about 20ft on pavement and about 30 ft on grass. Landing is a little rough on grass!
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Old Mar 01, 2005, 11:43 PM
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I fly off a gravel road but grass is probably doable...brace the CF gear with music wire either way. Mine delaminated in a couple place and cracked and eventually folded under.
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Old Mar 02, 2005, 10:02 AM
Luckyfly
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Wind flying

I think I'll put an airborne pack in the Mini Funtana and leave one in
my scratch built job. It has a constant cord wing, weighs about 30 oz.
and will fly in 15 mph winds all day long. I need this plane because the
wind blows most of the time where I fly. I flew it once and the wind was
20+ mph. It took 4 tries at landing before I got it down. The problem
with my own designs is that they do not fly 3-D all that well. They weigh
too much and the CG is too far forward. This way I can have a plane that
flys 3-D well, and one to practice pattern and some basic 3-D when the
wind is blowing.

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Old Mar 02, 2005, 10:43 AM
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I didn't have a problem flying in the wind when I was down at the San Diego
Mid Winter Electric fly-in. As a matter of fact I thought it handled it quite well.
15mph to 25mph gusts + it was cross wind all day!
Fly have fun!!

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 03:43 AM
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it'll fly in high wind, just be sure it's going with your runway, if the wind is crossing your runway and you don't have a lot of landing experience - you're looking for trouble. I maidened mine in 20mph wind, and it made my first landings super easy - kinda set me up for a little disappointment when landing in zero wind, that's when I learned to say www.majorsmackdown.com for aluminum landing gear. I broke 1 set of CF gear, a friend of mine broke another set, and then I switched to aluminum - about then I stopped having emergency mechanical landings, and haven't even bent any aluminum gear on landing since. The new CF gear - though I can't attest to their strength, just happen to be almost exactly as tall as the aluminum ones I've been making for people. I guess between me and eflite, we figured something out... they probably figured it out first - but you could get it from me first. Enjoy the plane, nothing I've seen flatspins, or knife edge spins like it. - oh, remember you gotta subtract the wind speed from your forward speed, and in high winds that leaves you with very little - it's not a fast plane.
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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:24 AM
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Major smackdown,

Do you know how much your gear weigh vs the carbon fiber ones?

They look very nice but I am already concerned about weight gain. I plan to use an Apogee 2480 vs the TP 2100 most use (.7 oz increase) and HS-85BB servos (I already have them) vs the HS-55s or HS-56s (1.5 oz increase).

I have also been considering a Fliton Quiet Storm. Do you know how your gear would fit that plane?

Thanks!

D.W.
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