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Old Sep 23, 2011, 01:55 PM
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it's a toy, it's not a model.
no standard radio, no standard servos, no standard receiver---equals----toy
...in your opinion. In my opinion, you are talking rubbish.
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 02:10 PM
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 02:12 PM
Dude, I do fly all day long!
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it's a toy, it's not a model.
no standard radio, no standard servos, no standard receiver---equals----toy
my wife calls my 100mph+ stryker a toy- "toy" is relative and has no meaning. what is important is that it works and you have a blast.
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 02:22 PM
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my wife calls my 100mph+ stryker a toy- "toy" is relative and has no meaning. what is important is that it works and you have a blast.
Exactly. Some people were taken away from the breast too soon in their development.
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 04:06 PM
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Bought one from the lhs last week...let me tell ya. It is quick for its size...as a new pilot I can attest to itsdurability....as mine has been nosedived into a flat roof building, stuck in 2 trees and grounded straight in....today I did manage to snap the nose off, but a lil glue and she's good as new! Great for a beginner like myself
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 05:54 PM
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It is made by Nine Eagle but not exactly the same as the Sky Runner. Battery and Charger are improved and safer.
The plane is nimble and fun to fly. It is from the "real" Cox, who is a part of Estes Rockets.
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 08:39 AM
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Good detective work folks. I never caught that one. OEM's have options and usually have a period of time after that make something that exclusivity is with the buyer. After that time period they can sell it to anyone. As well they make it for someone that does not have the distribution and they get anxious as they make no money so they start looking around. Cox obviously has a name and distribution.

I would add CG is more important than anything. Once it is correct it flies great and really is indestructible, or at least the numerous times I nosed it in full throttle on launch it showed no wear and tear.
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Where is the CG from the leading edge of the wing? Does the owners manual tell?
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 12:17 PM
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78Dave

I sent you a pm with questions about this plane.
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 06:32 PM
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I'm curious...

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it's a toy, it's not a model.
no standard radio, no standard servos, no standard receiver---equals----toy
What's the difference between a model with a proprietary, all-in-one radio system and a model with a "standard" radio if:

1) Both systems work and do what they need to do.

and

2) Remain installed in the same model for the life of the equipment and are never used in any other model?

and

3) Survive as long as the airframe can fly.

I don't see anyone complaining about permanently gluing servos in place.

I await the coming troll wars.

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Old Sep 25, 2011, 02:00 AM
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What's the difference between a model with a proprietary, all-in-one radio system and a model with a "standard" radio if:

1) Both systems work and do what they need to do.

and

2) Remain installed in the same model for the life of the equipment and are never used in any other model?

and

3) Survive as long as the airframe can fly.

I don't see anyone complaining about permanently gluing servos in place.

I await the coming troll wars.

He's just another FPV'er who know jack.... about model flying.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 07:46 AM
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Come on folks, lets talk about the model. What it does, what it does not do, the good the bad, but if you do not have one, have not flown one and otherwise know nothing about THIS plane, then be respectful of those that want to talk about the Cox Sky Cruiser.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Batteries

Where can i get batteries for it? I can't see paying $16 for the batteries. Someone must have them cheaper. I found some 450 mah at hobby king, but they mught be too heavy.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 12:17 PM
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Come on folks, lets talk about the model. What it does, what it does not do, the good the bad, but if you do not have one, have not flown one and otherwise know nothing about THIS plane, then be respectful of those that want to talk about the Cox Sky Cruiser.
Amen, Doctor.

Getting back on topic and referencing the above post, I was surprised that the batteries were so expensive. I bought a second pack for the Cox Sky Ranger I reviewed and it was the same price. Not sure how the Nine Eagles versions would match up price-wise.

As far as this being a toy, I respectfully disagree. I've never seen a micro flyer from any major hobby distributor that wasn't packing proprietary electronics. If it's wearing a hobby brand, is controlled with a radio and not an IR beam and is supported with parts available from a hobby shop, it's hobby grade IMO. I have an E-flite Blade mSR fixed-pitch heli and a Heli-Max Axe Micro coaxial. Both are designed around the manufacturer's own onboard electronics. There's no real standard with the possible exception of Plantraco.

I should also point out that this model is supported by Hobbico's fabulous customer service. I had a problem with the servo gears on the receiver brick on the Sky Ranger. They're not available as service parts. I called Hobbico, asked if they might have some gears on hand from a returned brick...and they mailed me an entire brick, brand new in the wrapper. It's unlikely that a toy would be as well supported.

Just for fun, I'd like to point out that the company I work for is headed by a ranked amateur tennis player with a sense of humor. He's also a golfer. He used to playfully refer to me as a "big kid" playing with my "toy airplanes." One day, I told him that his pastimes involved hitting balls with sticks and if those weren't playground activities, I didn't know what were.

He doesn't tease me about the planes anymore.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 08:07 PM
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I have this plane, lots of fun.

One flaw is the fuselage is split, glued together down the middle lengthwise, so if you put the nose into the ground hard enough, the battery slides forward, causing it to split the nose in two. The battery will not only split it, it can deform the foam enough so it makes it nearly impossible for the magnets to line up on the canopy, even after applying CA glue. You can see it in the photos on post #1 in the review, this must have happened to this plane too. I now have to secure the canopy with a rubber band or it will fly off.
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