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Old Jul 30, 2012, 11:41 PM
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TopFlite mini Contender EP ?

Does anyone have any additional details on this?

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LNCGDN&P=G

Nothing on the Top Flite website.

I had 2 Contenders back in the late 70's. This looks like a great little lunchtime flyer, maybe with an OS 10 electric.
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Old Jul 31, 2012, 03:13 PM
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Wow! Thanks for posting that! Looks like I gotta' get one! I don't like the plastic cowl but thankfully it's not all foam.

Yeah, my Father and I flew a few Contenders back in the 70's too and we've been "threatening" to revisit those days ever since.

Subbed. Looking forward to a Flight Report from someone!
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Old Jul 31, 2012, 09:14 PM
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I have looked at the full size re-issue of the Contender, but I think I will get this one first and use it as a guide to convert a full size Contender to electric.

I have fond memories of carving the balsa nose on the original and learning how to Monokote the nose
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Just got an email from Tower.
Contender mini EP is in (limited) stock and available for ordering/shipping.
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Tower is also adding free shipping. I had $10 coupon from them so my total order was $89.99. Should be here early next week.
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 05:41 PM
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Tower is also adding free shipping. I had $10 coupon from them so my total order was $89.99. Should be here early next week.
You beat me to it. I was planning on ordering tonight when I got home.
I'll have to check for the free shipping...I don't remember seeing that.
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 10:29 PM
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ITc,

You can build yours first and let me know what issues you ran into.
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 10:59 PM
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I've reviewed the manual, which is now up on the Top Flite website.
Looks straightforward, no surprises.
Didn't want to use a Rimfire motor, as recommended in the manual.

I've got to finish up the XB70 and YF23 ( Dynamic Foamy lunchtime projects) before the Contender arrives.
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Old Aug 02, 2012, 01:59 AM
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I don't know anything about putting it together, but I can tell you it is a delight to fly. I was lucky enough to get a try on the sticks almost 6 weeks ago. If you have any emotional attachment to the original Contender and like small electrics you won't go wrong with this one.

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Old Aug 02, 2012, 08:04 AM
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ITC,

I am like you, not a big fan of RimFire motors. I have a spare Park 480 1020K which is what I plan to use. As for servos, I am thinking HS-55's.

Dave
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Old Aug 02, 2012, 04:46 PM
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ITC,

I am like you, not a big fan of RimFire motors. I have a spare Park 480 1020K which is what I plan to use. As for servos, I am thinking HS-55's.

Dave
Curious to see what other motors will fit or if they really designed it around the Rimfire .10

According to the manual, they recommend 21 in-oz of torque per servo, so that is a bit beyond an HS55.
They recommend Futaba 3114, so I was planning on a HS65 karbonite or metal gear servo, which is very close (1mm or so). Again, i will wait to see how tight they made the aileron servo cutouts.
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Old Aug 02, 2012, 04:47 PM
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I don't know anything about putting it together, but I can tell you it is a delight to fly. I was lucky enough to get a try on the sticks almost 6 weeks ago. If you have any emotional attachment to the original Contender and like small electrics you won't go wrong with this one.

Thayer
I have nothing but fond memories of my 2 Contenders from back in the late 70's.
I am looking forward to this becoming a regular lunch hour flyer.
Can't wait for it to be delivered.
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Old Aug 02, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Guys,
Thanks for the info on the mini-Contender. Will have to pull the trigger on this one. I had a full size one in the early-mid 80's with a os.40 and it flew great. That same plane is still flying today as i got out of the hobby and sold it after being in the crawl space for 27 years. I did take care of the engines(s) each year by cleaning and flushing then putting in marvel mystery oil. The new owner enjoys it and flys it regularly.
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Old Aug 03, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Called my LHS.
He has 3 ordered and one of them will be mine...just waiting for UPS to deliver.
Can't wait.
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Here is what you get in the box. Picture taken from I-Phone.
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