|Oct 16, 2009, 03:49 PM|
BVM Electra (Camo)
I've entered the world of larger and faster EDF's now! I'm really surprised myself as for years and years I've been telling friends "nah, I'm happy with my prop planes". I've been mostly flying larger 12S setups and love the power but until recently haden't give too much consideration about going fast. One day I was in my LHS and all of a sudden I started thinking jet! Having a BVM rep and flying god at my LHS made it easy which one to go with too, BVM of course!
Now I've heard some say too expensive and this and that are just as good. Let me tell you, when you get your hands on an Electra (or a Bandit like I just added) and open that box, no way, nothing like a BVM! I looked at the Spark but I wanted a bigger EDF, the Electra is 60", that's 12" more than the Spark and it's built and finished nicer. Add to that an EDF unit (VioFan 5612) that's designed for the huge intakes and the Electra is just too well designed not to choose it.
I never realized there was brand loyalty in this hobby until I got into jets, seems everyone wants to tell you what to do with your money. Buy BVM and you hear how you're throwing money away and wow you must be dumb but I suspect when you can't afford something, that's how you justify it. I'm not saying you have to choose BVM either but there's really no denying the consistent quality and sheer performance of their stuff.
I am lucky enough to have one of BVM's best pilots (maybe best period) in my back yard and LHS, I've been lucky enough to film him flying enough times to know and see how the BVM jets perform and after hundreds of flights, how they simply keep going. The best part in all this is I'm learning from this same pro, who also trimmed out my Electra like you wouldn't beleive. When handed to me it was the best flying plane I think I ever had my hands on!
So learn is what I need to do, I managed to build it pretty well but it's time to fly. I even took it to E-Jets but didn't get more than 4 flights because I was just as happy watching and sniffing about than learning to fly it. No more, it's time to take advantage of the fact I've got a pro to give me advice, I just have to hunker down and do it, that and continue to practice manouvers in the simulator. My goal is to be as proficiant with my jets as I am with my prop planes within 6 months to a year, we'll see!
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