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Old Apr 10, 2015, 11:48 PM
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Broke the tail off in front of the rudder the other week at another clubs field. They had a lawn for a strip but it was a bit long.

On investigation it was a significant weak point with no glue joining the rudder piece to the fuz so only the thin sidewalls kept it together. I'm surprised it hadn't broken before this.

So I completely cut it off, removed the paint, roughed up the foam ends and glued with contact cement. Not CA, epoxy, or a rubber glue. 30mins until touch dry and 12hr full clued. Should forever now.
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Old Jul 13, 2015, 02:04 PM
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I haven't flown mine much lately. I need to get it out, and play!! -----Metalguy
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Old Jul 13, 2015, 04:12 PM
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It's winter here and the cold and rain have set in. Time for building. Go flying for us who can't
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 12:29 AM
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Just bought one with Hobby kings free shipping from their international warehouse, subscribed
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 01:04 AM
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It's a good looking model of a kit aircraft isn't it. Not a horribly popular model but it cruises so well.
The motor that came with mine was 500kv not 800kv. Took a bit of testing to confirm so if you find you lack power that might be why.
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Old Aug 25, 2015, 12:11 AM
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Not surprised, I've had the same experience with a different aircraft. The quality control in China is horrible at best
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Old Aug 25, 2015, 02:58 AM
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I've had two of these HK Fly Baby planes. The first one crashed and burned within 20 seconds after I foolishly followed the CoG instructions in the manual.

My second one though I love and its been flown far more than any other RTF model I've ever bought! Great for stunts, inverted flying, FPV etc.

It's a blast to fly and always makes me and my fellow flyers smile. It's like "The Little Engine That Could".

I fly it with a 4S 3300mAH battery. It feels under powered, but hey, that's half the fun and the battery lasts a long time
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Old Aug 25, 2015, 03:19 AM
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I use a 4000mAH compact batt and she is heavy but scoffs at winds that keep most others grounded and goes as she's named. Too heavy for stunts other than stall turns. Gracefull doing those.
Yes CG is completely wrong as stated. Recipe for disaster.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 02:06 AM
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My second one though I love and its been flown far more than any other RTF model I've ever bought! Great for stunts, inverted flying, FPV etc.
I'd be interested in your FPV setup sometime. I'm just getting into FPV and while it wont be for awhile yet putting a camera on this would be good.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 07:26 AM
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I use a 4000mAH compact batt and she is heavy but scoffs at winds that keep most others grounded and goes as she's named. Too heavy for stunts other than stall turns. Gracefull doing those.
Yes CG is completely wrong as stated. Recipe for disaster.
I've got a 1/4 scale one of these (gas powered) & it flies just so nice, I;d love one of these but too many toys in my hanger already
I NEVER set a CofG according to what HK say, that alone is a recipe for disaster, they rarely get them correct! The CofG on this sort of wing plan is dead easy, so much info avail on the net about balance etc.


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Old Oct 01, 2015, 01:18 PM
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Hobby king foam fly baby pros & cons

I bought this plane for my wife as soon as it was announced from the EC warehouse. It got here quickly and I was pleased with the careful packing and disappointed in the amateurish manual which is a joke. A sample instruction is, "assemble the rudder and elevator, attach to fuselage, etc., etc." Actually the plane is very well made and goes together quickly. But it is really screwed up because the carefully crafted facsimile engine and proper cowl are made out of very heavy gage plastic. Add a 4 cell 2650 ma battery being close to the 3000ma 4 s as recommended and you have even more weight up forward of the landing gear which is too close to the wing. This concentrates a lot of weight at the front so the plane has a tendency of flipping over even on a decent landing. Takeoffs require full right rudder to overcome engine torque, but are easy to handle. The plane also flies great at faster than scale speed, and will do all normal aerobatics, but make sure to keep your speed up on touch down and use the elevator to keep the nose up. The CG should be about 1/3 the cord of the wing. You can adjust it by moving the heavy battery forward or back. For best results, we found the battery should be placed with its leading edge lined up with the lip of the fuselage’s forward opening.

My wife broke the tail on her first landing which was an easy fix. On her second landing she broke the landing gear off because there was no glue used to hold the hard point assembly to the foam fuselage. The struts also broke off at the hard point tabs. At this point she lost interest in the Fly Baby. I fixed all this to my satisfaction and because I really like the looks of the plane, and enjoy flying it using great caution on my landings with mixed results. My wife went back to flying her Pandora in low wing configuration like a pro.
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Old Oct 01, 2015, 03:14 PM
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BluePeter1310 - Thank-you for your reply. I have flown my Fly Baby once and I did OK. Could you give me some input on the Pandora. I was seriously looking at that plane - especially in the LOW wing configuration

I LOVE the Super Sportster and I was wondering if the Pandora flies a little like the SS. I also tend to judge a lot of planes on how the SS flies (like it is on a rail) which i know is not fair.

I like a slower easy flying plane with the ability to go faste when i feel like it. From some of the videos I see on the Pandora, it looks like it can be somewhat forgiving - is that true?

Sincerely, lvflyer
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Old Oct 02, 2015, 09:44 PM
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The Pandora is a great plane. I was flying one last year before I had to move to another country. I just bought a new one the other day as I have found a flying club 3 minutes from my home. First plane I thought of was the Pandora. I also had an Apprentice, but it had problems with the safe tech after about 10 flights. Even without the Safe tech the Pandora was very easy to fly and land. I had it on low wing last time I flew it. That made it more sport like. I'm really looking forward to my new one and getting back in the air.
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Old Oct 03, 2015, 07:30 AM
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Congrats on finding a new field so close!
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Old Nov 28, 2015, 11:45 PM
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It just went on significant discount in the Int warehouse
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=39676
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