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Old Jun 09, 2010, 11:40 PM
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Next Parkflyer Sport plane?

I am about to buy my next plane! I am looking for a small (<40in) plane that is sport and is quick and can do some good aerobatics. Rudder is not totally necessary (like a lot of smaller warbirds). I am looking for something that can be hand launched easily. I have had experience with a small cub, a Nexstar mini, a small corsair, the PZ T-28 and a couple of assorted gliders. I am wondering if moving to maybe a jet would be good but I am looking for a solid and fast sport model. Unfortunately, I don't have time to build a kit for this one otherwise I would look at a switchback (it seems like I could toss it if I had to). Any input would be awesome!
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 12:08 AM
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Parkzone P-51 BL. It'll do around 80mph max downwind
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 11:22 PM
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Small is not 40", that's more medium. What size area will it fly in?? The faster it is, the slower it won't go. A Stryker is a fun RTF!
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 11:30 PM
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Or a habu wich is easily handlaunched and does 85 mph made by parkezone
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Old Jun 11, 2010, 09:52 AM
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GWS Formosa. It never ceases to please.
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Old Jun 11, 2010, 04:53 PM
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The size is because I have to be able to store it in a fairly small area. I don't have any room restrictions on where I am flying. I am working at a summer camp this year and I was looking for something small, fast and portable to take with me.
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Old Jun 11, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Check out the parkzone Extra 300.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...180#quickSpecs

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Old Jun 11, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Could I throw the Extra if I had to? It's a bit bigger than I want but is there a good smaller sized one?
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 01:34 AM
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You could always get a mid size EPP 3D plane, like Hacker or MSComposit and set it up for pattern flying. There simple to assemble and come in 20-60"s. Plus they hand launch easily and take a beating.
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 11:30 AM
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You might try a Mountain Models EZ-Sport. They build really fast, are small, and can really zip around. They have a foam wing and simple balsa fuse. They build about as fast as an ARF.
www.mountainmodels.com
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 12:45 PM
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GWS Formosa. It never ceases to please.
Agreed. If you power it properly, it will take off from your hand without any motion at all on your part. You can just point it toward the sky and let it go. I have the Formosa II which is larger but either one will amaze you with its performance at an incredibly low price. The Formosa is $42 and the II is $65.

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Old Jun 12, 2010, 02:55 PM
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The faster it is, the slower it won't go.
Not necessarily. One of my fastest planes (110mph+ flat foamie jet) weighed 17oz and had around 245 square inches of wing area. It would slow to a durn putter if I told it to and just float around the field. It would fly like a trainer, then jump up and rip. Much fun.

The OP seems to want something like a Formosa, as has already been mentioned. Of course, if delta wings aren't out of the question... They fly just as well as, or better than, conventional-style planes and I've always thought they feel more locked-in while flying. Just my opinion, though. They can also look pretty darn awesome
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 09:02 PM
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I recommend taking a look at the warbirds at: http://www.hacker-model.com/uk/index.html A couple of my kids have them, and they fly them like they are indestructable.... and they just about are. They are very good flyers, and can tolerate being tossed around.

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Old Jun 13, 2010, 05:40 PM
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Would an Alfa be too fragile for what I'm looking for? I like the idea of like a P-51 but the size that Alfa models are is what I'm looking for.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Not necessarily. One of my fastest planes (110mph+ flat foamie jet) weighed 17oz and had around 245 square inches of wing area. It would slow to a durn putter if I told it to and just float around the field. It would fly like a trainer, then jump up and rip. Much fun.

The OP seems to want something like a Formosa, as has already been mentioned. Of course, if delta wings aren't out of the question... They fly just as well as, or better than, conventional-style planes and I've always thought they feel more locked-in while flying. Just my opinion, though. They can also look pretty darn awesome

Any plane you make go faster means more power, more esc and batts, so more weight, which increases the wing loading/stall speed.
Like wise, if you lighten the plane, it will fly slower.
I had a real aerobatic plane and could tell the difference in slow flight without a passenger!
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