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Old Sep 21, 2012, 10:29 AM
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I think it's worth $124. I don't remember what I paid for mine though.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Sbach 342

Try Grayson hobbies. Price $139 but shipping is very reasonable. Great flyer
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 11:57 AM
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I see NitroP has the Sback on sale for $124. 1250mm, ARF version

http://www.nitroplanes.com/60a-dy8945-sbach342-arf.html

Is that a good price? They claim regular price is $179

Also, is there a post with a good summary of recommended mods? I have not found one yet.

thanks!
I bought mine for $133 ($152 shipped). Then they lowered the price to $124 practically the next day. Their so-called "regular" prices are a bare-faced lie. There is nothing "regular" about it when they have never, and will never, actually charge those prices. Even Horizon Hobby dot-com plays that phony-"regular"-price-that-never-actually-exists deception game.

But unlike Horizon Hobby's relatively steady prices, it's really aggravating the way Nitro constantly manipulates their prices up and down and back and forth. Their prices are moving target. For example, I was about to pull the trigger on the 70mm F/A-18 for $168. But I wanted to wait and see if it would be affected by the upcoming Labor Day weekend sale. It was affected all right -- the holiday "sale" price was $188 -- twenty dollars MORE than what it was just before the holiday weekend! So I didn't buy it, hoping that it would go back down to $168 after the so-called "sale" (yeah right) was over. But guess what? After that the price went up AGAIN to $239! So the heck with it, I'm not buying it.

Some of the mods referred to earlier in this thread do not necessarily apply, because the plane was revised after the initial version (e.g. with bigger elevator and rudder servos and better control horns with backplates). On mine, this is what I did:

1) I put blenderm tape across parts of the hinges as a backup, because I don't trust those molded-in EPO hinges (have had one on another plane come off before). Some people have been cutting off the control surfaces and rehinging, but I didn't want to go to the trouble.

2) I reinforced the inside of the paper-thin cowl with a combination of strapping tape and packing tape,

3) I reinforced around the motor mount area with strapping tape, since there have been problems reported with it tearing out,

4) I added a securing strap to the battery,

5) I put some epoxy around the R/E servo mount plate attachment points,

6) I tossed out the supplied collet and spinner and instead use an E-flite bullet-nose collet,

7) I use a rubber band to help hold the back of the battery lid on. I have had the lid fly off inflight twice. Some people have installed extra magnets.

Some people have reinforced the main landing gear mount area (it's obviously not very strong), but I land on a hard-surface runway not grass, and this plane is really easy to land gently, so I haven't found that to be necessary. I've got 27 flights on mine (including two this morning), and still going strong.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 01:17 PM
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I see NitroP has the Sback on sale for $124. 1250mm, ARF version

http://www.nitroplanes.com/60a-dy8945-sbach342-arf.html

Is that a good price? They claim regular price is $179

Also, is there a post with a good summary of recommended mods? I have not found one yet.

thanks!
That's a good price especially if you can get the free shipping. Looks like you can't get that at this time though. Shipping will be $30. You can get a 6% discount by using the coupon code "pricepickle" though.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 01:22 PM
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1st flight with mine the motor ripped right off the front of the plane about 50ft up. Hit the ground pretty hard, at least the pieces were big enough to glue back together. I think I'm about done with Dynam planes, spend a few more dollars for quality and you are money ahead in the long run. Oh and replace the POS servos before you even fly a dynam plane, I have the pile of busted planes to show for that. Matter a fact I think I'm gonna go get my lawnmower and run over all my POS Dynam planes.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Matter a fact I think I'm gonna go get my lawnmower and run over all my POS Dynam planes.
Pics please!

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Old Sep 21, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Mr Oz ,Im with you brother,these dynams are junk.. New to the hobby & not knowing I bought several dynam planes.. motors fly off ,landing gear inop,servos are crap...canopy flys off ..but I must say they do package them nice...
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the nice list of mods, and the warning.
Yes, I agree that Dynam is "uneven" quality (i.e. mostly poor). I'm actually thinking about going to Multiplex in the future. Much more expensive, but I spend too much time repairing and upgrading now.

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I bought mine for $133 ($152 shipped). Then they lowered the price to $124 practically the next day. Their so-called "regular" prices are a bare-faced lie. There is nothing "regular" about it when they have never, and will never, actually charge those prices. Even Horizon Hobby dot-com plays that phony-"regular"-price-that-never-actually-exists deception game.

But unlike Horizon Hobby's relatively steady prices, it's really aggravating the way Nitro constantly manipulates their prices up and down and back and forth. Their prices are moving target. For example, I was about to pull the trigger on the 70mm F/A-18 for $168. But I wanted to wait and see if it would be affected by the upcoming Labor Day weekend sale. It was affected all right -- the holiday "sale" price was $188 -- twenty dollars MORE than what it was just before the holiday weekend! So I didn't buy it, hoping that it would go back down to $168 after the so-called "sale" (yeah right) was over. But guess what? After that the price went up AGAIN to $239! So the heck with it, I'm not buying it.

Some of the mods referred to earlier in this thread do not necessarily apply, because the plane was revised after the initial version (e.g. with bigger elevator and rudder servos and better control horns with backplates). On mine, this is what I did:

1) I put blenderm tape across parts of the hinges as a backup, because I don't trust those molded-in EPO hinges (have had one on another plane come off before). Some people have been cutting off the control surfaces and rehinging, but I didn't want to go to the trouble.

2) I reinforced the inside of the paper-thin cowl with a combination of strapping tape and packing tape,

3) I reinforced around the motor mount area with strapping tape, since there have been problems reported with it tearing out,

4) I added a securing strap to the battery,

5) I put some epoxy around the R/E servo mount plate attachment points,

6) I tossed out the supplied collet and spinner and instead use an E-flite bullet-nose collet,

7) I use a rubber band to help hold the back of the battery lid on. I have had the lid fly off inflight twice. Some people have installed extra magnets.

Some people have reinforced the main landing gear mount area (it's obviously not very strong), but I land on a hard-surface runway not grass, and this plane is really easy to land gently, so I haven't found that to be necessary. I've got 27 flights on mine (including two this morning), and still going strong.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Oh and don't forget to buy hotglue by the case The Parkzone planes I have are soooooooo much better. I just bought 3 Twisted Hobbies planes and they are awesome!! I'm done with Dynam, just wish I had the money back I wasted on those planes!! Here is my pile of POS Dynam planes 90% were electronic failure...servo's etc!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 04:31 PM
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WOW Mr Oz you sure do have quit a collection there, 90% electronic failure,was there alcohol involved??? Thats alot of planes,I see a pattern here...
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Mr Oz after looking at those wrecked plane ,it seems to me that they looked highly modified ,wings look cut off ,different motor mounts& bigger engines...Is this true???
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 06:19 PM
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You could buy the dynam planes and replace the electronics with better stuff and still be ahead money wise compared to buying all parkzone or twisted hobbies stuff.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 11:21 PM
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Someone must have some serious bad karma. My Dynam pitts was my first large plane purchase (well large to me) and after more than 70 flights I'm still on the stock motor, still using the stock aileron servos, still on the stock esc.

Seriously your motor mount came off? Well that has been addressed many times in this and other threads, do a touch of research on ur birds and with less than $30 you can turn a $130 plane into something better than a $250 plane.

The only thing ic beter about Parkzone than Dynam is being able to go to my lhs to buy parts, but that not much of a plus for someone who doesn't crash a bunch and piles up the broken planes instead of fixing them.

Seriously seeing that pile saddens me, like seeing a pile of dead puppies because the owner niglected or mistreated them.

Gets some gorilla glue and some servos and revive those puppies!
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 12:27 PM
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Yeah the motor mount thing was mentioned plenty of times in this thread. And every model I've ever had has needed some tweaks here and there. Bottom line: if the box on this Sbach had said "Parkzone" on it, it could have fooled me. The foam quality is excellent and the plane flies well. Included electronics are a roll of the dice with all the manufacturers. If you don't want to roll the dice, then buy bare airframe and equip it yourself.

Well, funny thing happened today. I posted just yesterday about Nitro's prices constantly going up and down like a yo-yo, and how I gave up on one plane that they jacked the price on twice in a row recently. Guess what? Today that same plane's price changed yet again (for the third time this month); down over 50 bucks from what it was yesterday. So it's back down to what I consider it to be worth and I snagged one. Nitro sure puts a lot of effort into manipulating the prices on most of their stuff. Do they have somebody who works full-time at price-changing....or do they have computer software that just automatically makes random price changes on random products on a frequent basis, to keep customers on their toes? Unbelievable.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Oh and don't forget to buy hotglue by the case The Parkzone planes I have are soooooooo much better. I just bought 3 Twisted Hobbies planes and they are awesome!! I'm done with Dynam, just wish I had the money back I wasted on those planes!! Here is my pile of POS Dynam planes 90% were electronic failure...servo's etc!
Yea first thing i do is replace esc,rx,servos,and control rods, and control horns have never had problems with any dynam motors but i do put good glue on the motor mounts.
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