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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:46 PM
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Let me understand this.....you got a bunch of guys that want to do COMBAT, but don't want to build?
You do know you WILL spend substantial time RE-building them? The cheaper, the more often.
The only way around that is build one of the formidable EPP Deltas yourself. You'll still break them but less often and at least you'll know how to fix them.

Even so last time I was out I watched a dollar tree scratch build cut an EPP wing in half. Even those aren't invincible, they just break......less.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 06:34 AM
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Ok assume the budget is 65.00, what are the options?
At that price point in a RTF config, you are looking at a HobbyKing Ember knock-off or aerobatic Micro flyer. Or the Cox style knock off Sky eagle. None of which will be decent in combat

If you are willing to go with a PNF config, you could be looking at a Wing Wing, or similar flying wing.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 12:31 AM
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Lightweight Stryker? Blue wonder motor, 10A ESC, 450mAh 2/3-cell Lipos?
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 12:48 AM
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These are super easy/fast to build and repair.
http://shop.flitetest.com/airplane-k...eed-build-kit/
If you buy some cheap HK electronics, you can have your planes at $30 a pop and should take less than half an hour to put the foam together.

Here are some other options.
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...arehouse_.html

http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...arehouse_.html
I think this will be a perfect candidate. I have one, it flies well and fast and is easy to repair.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:58 AM
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IMO anything that is tractor driven is putting a buzz saw in the business end of combat. This is fine if the intent is maximum destruction, not just a hit. We use fairly protected mid-engine planes and still get a fair amount of prop damage.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 01:24 PM
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That's one reason I've always thought light Strykers would make good combat planes.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 02:43 PM
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That's one reason I've always thought light Strykers would make good combat planes.
They could but the biggest threat is not being hit.....it's hitting the ground afterward. Really, in combat, in terms of damage anyway, the ground is the real enemy. The Stryker has a long exposed nose. Seems you ALWAYS hit the ground nose first.
Now, I never did combat with my Stryker but the nose was the most vulnerable spot and seem to take the brunt of my flying accidents.

Delta type wings being a lot more stubby have a more robust and easily reinforced nose.

Something like the Superfly IMO would be a good candidate.
Maybe this would tempt the OP.
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FWIW this is what we settled on after a number of other trials. We made them out of FFF and amazingly got a year out of them with a fair amount of repair.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 02:45 PM
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Just get a PNP radjet. They cost $50 each and are a ton of fun to fly
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 05:34 PM
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They could but the biggest threat is not being hit.....it's hitting the ground afterward. Really, in combat, in terms of damage anyway, the ground is the real enemy. The Stryker has a long exposed nose. Seems you ALWAYS hit the ground nose first.
True enough but when you pare them down to 11oz or so, they don't have enough mass to break the nose most of the time. If they do, you can glue/tape it back on or just chop it off and sand things to a point further back.

But enough hi-jacking...
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 12:50 PM
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We are using fan fold insulation for our planes. It costs about $1.50 to build a plane. LE of the wing is 1/4 dowel and all is hot glued together. 150watt motors on 1300 MAh 3S batteries. Most guys are running HS55 servos. I think about $60 or so will put a plane in the air. It takes about 30 minutes to build a plane.

Photos in this thread. Far right top row of photos are the planes in question.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1860592

Build instructions here. http://combat.eavesonline.com/fan-fo...t/construction
I'm not part of this particular club but will be flying against them soon.

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Old May 07, 2013, 07:52 AM
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May I suggest:
Bonsai - 21$
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00mm_ARF_.html

With battery, esc, motor and servo - +28$

49$ total, right under your initial budget, not rtf but It's as close as you can get... even more rtf or durable and forget the 50$ budget.
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Old May 07, 2013, 08:32 PM
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We use the 35" Popwings fron Nitroplanes. If you catch 'em on sale, you can get the ARF version (airframe, motor, ESC, servos, prop) for $65. Drop in a 3s 1300 mAh battery and receiver, and go fly. Not necessarily good for indoors but we're having a hoot with them. When we collide they come apart in large chunks. As long as most of the chunks are found, they go back together quickly.
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