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Old May 13, 2015, 02:48 PM
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umx whipit or umx radian

hi, looking to find out from others which would be better to get?

I would like to use this either at a field....or at a beach.

Which would handle beach the best?
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Old May 14, 2015, 10:00 AM
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Old May 14, 2015, 08:16 PM
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Old May 14, 2015, 09:33 PM
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hi, looking to find out from others which would be better to get?

I would like to use this either at a field....or at a beach.

Which would handle beach the best?
Yes!
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Old May 15, 2015, 09:06 PM
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super..got a reply.

not sure the Yes! plane was an answer
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Old May 15, 2015, 09:42 PM
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salt air can damage the motors... I'd go for the whipit if you want it solely for beach use due to less moving parts.
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Old May 18, 2015, 10:56 AM
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True, but the UMX radian does have as3x which might be desired for more windy flying conditions at the beach... Just a thought!
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Old May 18, 2015, 12:01 PM
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If it's your first plane I would get the Radian. The motor might help get you out of trouble in the learning process . As for the comment on the saltair not being good for the motors , what about the servos. Get what you want and enjoy.
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Old May 18, 2015, 03:50 PM
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Do you have lots of sailplane experience? If not here is what you can expect-

Whipit- 10 to 15 second flights

UMX Radian- 10 to 20 minute flights with ease. The Radian is much, much easier to thermal since you can get it so much higher.
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Old May 18, 2015, 08:07 PM
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UMX Radian as first plane is an excellent choice. I have been flying rc sailplanes for 30 years and this little plane puts a smile on my face every time I fly it. Also packs down into the box so I can pack it on those just in case I get a chance moments. Flys in a small schoolyard or open space.
Two thumbs up for the UMX Radian!
Get a couple of extra batteries, you will be happy you did. I have 3 and that takes up most of an hour of flying.

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Old May 18, 2015, 10:06 PM
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UMX Radian as first plane is an excellent choice. I have been flying rc sailplanes for 30 years and this little plane puts a smile on my face every time I fly it. Also packs down into the box so I can pack it on those just in case I get a chance moments. Flys in a small schoolyard or open space.
Two thumbs up for the UMX Radian!
Get a couple of extra batteries, you will be happy you did. I have 3 and that takes up most of an hour of flying.

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Old May 19, 2015, 09:59 AM
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Having flown both now, Id say the radian, only for the motor, whipit flight times are short, but its still alot of fun.

UMX Radian BNF with AS3X, having fun in the wind, chopping up bugs! (3 min 26 sec)
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Old May 19, 2015, 10:54 AM
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Both. Whipit will give you 30 seconds in still air with a good launch, not 15 as claimed above. On the beach (you didn't say anything about salt water, lots of fresh water beaches!) you often have an offshore breeze against a sloping shoreline that makes Whipit flights of 20 or 40 minutes a definite possibility. Slope fliers come down when they want to, not when they must. I wouldn't stretch the Whipit beyond an hour because of battery life.

Both of these planes are great in their own way. The Radian is the consummate floater, slow speed at minimum sink, which is a monumental achievement for a UM plane. The Whipit likes to carry some speed for minimum sink and will penetrate better for you.

I'd say that these planes are so different that neither takes the place of the other. Having both would be very appropriate.
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Old May 20, 2015, 11:33 PM
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i would say radian. i lost 2 from flying to high(found both one disapeared in the clouds and i didn't see it come out and found it laying in the grass in a field in the woods i was flying over. it can get out of a strong thermal and handle very windy conditions. I havent flown the wipit yet and I am not sure if I am going to bother. althoug I think the first thing i would do is piut a hook on it for a lightweight high start or sling shot lol
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I bought the whippit but I'm not impressed. I have only gotten a few decent flights. I had flown pure sailplanes (no motor) for years and was foolish enough to think the whippit would perform like they do.

Best flight times for me were around 30 seconds. I am thinking about ripping out the guts and putting them in a small stick and tissue rubber or CO2 powered plane.
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