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Old Jul 12, 2001, 08:18 PM
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Fastest plane on stock speed 400 setup?

I'm an experienced pilot looking to get into FAST electrics. I was hoping for some advice as to what plane(s) are reccomended to go FAAAAASSSSSTTTT. I would like to start with a stock speed 400 setup, upgrading as I have the funds. I've been drooling over the planes at NorthEast Sailplanes but I can't decide which one to get... Any tips would be much appreciated... BTW, are there any speed records pages?
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Old Jul 12, 2001, 09:13 PM
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Welcome to E Zone. The link below will take you to one of the more popular sp 400 racers. Quality of workmanship....well I think it is art. I have one and love it.
http://www.accessv.com/~larionov/sokol.htm

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Old Jul 12, 2001, 09:37 PM
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If all you are looking for is outright speed when not racing, then the Stinger400 is what you need. It only has 75sq. in. and is as fast as most other 020 powered 400 racers, so you'd better be Experienced!

I saw one fly last weekend with a 6V motor and can't wait to get mine assembled. It's very much like Sergey calls it in his spec list-an F5D-400. It's considerably faster than the other racers out there when you let it wind out, but it isn't as friendly an airplane either. Still, it could be an awesome sport flyer for a good set of thumbs. Check out the previous threads about it-the Stinger is a very impressive airplane.

As for top-speeds, most of the 400 racers top out(off the race-course) at 90mph or so. I'd put the Stinger at 105-110. I don't know what a Stinger does on the course, but the US record average is in the 75mph range over 10 laps. The speed is actually much faster, but if you take 75 sec. to travel 660 ft(300x300x50 between pylons) you come out to 75mph. This time was set in a 30mph wind, so hopefully it will be faster this year at the NATs if the wind is lower.
Out of dives, 120mph is easily attainable for a 400 racer-that's cooking since most glow planes struggle to reach half that!

Any of the 400 racers out there will pick you up when cocaine has lost it's edge, but the Stinger sounds like what you are looking for.

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Old Jul 12, 2001, 09:55 PM
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Both planes look sweet... where can I find the stinger?
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Old Jul 12, 2001, 10:08 PM
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The Sokol is fast and friendly. It's a "Sport Pylon" model. The Stinger will bite you if you don't know what you're doing! From what I've heard, and seen first hand in San Diego, the Stinger is the fastest out there right now..
NSP has a very similar model, but I can't say if it's the same or not.
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Old Jul 12, 2001, 10:23 PM
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Just ordered a Stinger with motor, speed control, and 2 500AR batts from Tom Copp at http://f3x.com/. Can hardly wait
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Old Jul 13, 2001, 12:38 AM
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Make sure yor have your best eye's on as it gets small Reallyfast! I usually take my sunglasses off as it literally disappears at a distance coming straight at you and going straight away.
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Old Jul 13, 2001, 02:17 AM
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Originally posted by Andy W:
The Sokol is fast and friendly. It's a "Sport Pylon" model. The Stinger will bite you if you don't know what you're doing! From what I've heard, and seen first hand in San Diego, the Stinger is the fastest out there right now..
NSP has a very similar model, but I can't say if it's the same or not.
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Yah, it can bite. Make sure your CG is between 25-28mm from the LE at the wing saddle. Too far back and it'll snap, too far forward and you'll run out of elevator on landing. Have fun



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Old Jul 13, 2001, 09:18 AM
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NSP has a very similar model, but I can't say if it's the same or not.
Andy -> If you mean the VIP, then that's more like an Adrenalin. Significantly larger than the Stinger.
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Old Jul 13, 2001, 04:43 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up.. I have never seen one except on the web site.
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