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Old Nov 24, 2011, 11:19 PM
HELP I AM BEING SET UP!!
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Fancy Foam Blender or Techone Aeolus?

Input would be appreciated from any F3P guyz familiar with either or both of these aircraft...


Last season I discovered that 2 cell F3P ships (moreso than lighter/smaller/twitchier UM size planes) are perfect for outdoor slow and relaxing pattern practice when I wish to fly out of my tiny and tight front yard cul-de-sac. (wind permitting of course) Approaches are extremely limited due to condo heights ringing the cul....I have a Dualsky Breeze Pro that I enjoy doing pattern moves with, high up above the "ground clutter"...then it slows down to the speed of a Vapor once I bring it back into the cul'...love that feature. (airbrakes and 1 set of SFGs' installed)

I've gotten hooked on bipes lately...had a 4Site that I simply flew to airframe fatigue (mostly indoors)...I've got a UMX Beast which I enjoy, but it's just a tiny bit too hot and long on approach to fly out of and into my cul-de-sac. Also have a HK Ultimate EPS profile foamy, it's fun, but flies like..well..an EPS or EPP ship...not quite as precise as Depron...so next build is logically a Depron bipe that would perform similar to my Breeze...

I like scale-ish asphalt landings and dislike hand-catches btw.

I feel that a heavier un-milled ship is better for the variable weather of outdoor work, which the Blender is available as. The Aeolus is milled and has more bracing, which I feel might work against it for o/d work. Plus I think the wide cabane strut bracing on the Aeolus is kinda ugly lol...

...on the other hand, I'd have to get creative rigging up a tailwheel/skid setup on the Blender, with it's odd "dropped" tailfin/rudder setup...but I like the removable airbrake feature, neat SFGs' and overall unique looks/design of the Blender.

I know both these designs are several years old...I'm just looking for a nice flying knock-around pattern practice bipe for the front cul...winter build, spring maiden (most likely)


So...thoughts on comparitive flying traits, quality, suitability etc.? I'm really on the fence with this decision, any input is appreciated.


my planned gear:

Turnigy 2204 14T outrunner
Turnigy Plush 10A ESC
various batts (all 2S): Rhino 360s', Nano 370s', GENS Ace 450s' (<for wind ballast lol)
GWS 8 X 4.3 slo-fly
HXT-500s' all 'round


Blender (unmilled, unpainted):
http://www.fancyfoam.com/index.php?m...2vqgvrf71fpor2

Aeolus:
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXZBN2&P=ML

Thanks!

Bud, long-winded Bud
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 01:11 AM
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Just my two cents. I recently flew a FlapJack from Extreme Foamies. I was very impressed with that plane. Absolutely zero coupling. Great plane for mixed 3d pattern flying. John the owner/ designed went through 12 revisions to get it to fly as well as it does. Great plane. http://www.FreeWebStore.org/XtremeFo...10_599770.aspx
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 05:23 PM
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Go with the aeolus. Great flyer. Use 4gram servos and about a 300 motor. Should be a great flyer with 2 cells. I fly outdoors with mine on 3 cells but 2 cells will do the job.
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 07:51 PM
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I have both .... Aeolus has a very thin tail section and elevator and rudder are not really 3D capable, You need to brace the tail section to make it stiffer. It flies okay for what it is

The Blender rolls like wildcat and is a much higher quality kit. And it flies very well

The Turnigy motor will work , but wouldn't be my personal choice, as far as batteries, the 360 mAh's will work fine
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 08:15 PM
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Check You Tube for the Aeolus in action.
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 11:10 PM
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Just my two cents. I recently flew a FlapJack from Extreme Foamies. I was very impressed with that plane. Absolutely zero coupling. Great plane for mixed 3d pattern flying. John the owner/ designed went through 12 revisions to get it to fly as well as it does. Great plane. http://www.FreeWebStore.org/XtremeFo...10_599770.aspx
That's a gorgeous looking machine and I bet it flies awesome indoors...can't justify it for an o/d "knockaround" machine though...wouldn't want to hurt it, it's far to pretty.

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Go with the aeolus. Great flyer. Use 4gram servos and about a 300 motor. Should be a great flyer with 2 cells. I fly outdoors with mine on 3 cells but 2 cells will do the job.
Thanks...just when I was leaning the other way...lol

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I have both .... Aeolus has a very thin tail section and elevator and rudder are not really 3D capable, You need to brace the tail section to make it stiffer. It flies okay for what it is

The Blender rolls like wildcat and is a much higher quality kit. And it flies very well

The Turnigy motor will work , but wouldn't be my personal choice, as far as batteries, the 360 mAh's will work fine

Ah, yes...the perfect person...a veteran that's flown/owned both. That might be the clincher then...thanks very much!


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Check You Tube for the Aeolus in action.
Oh yes...I"ve been checking both out.



Thanks all for the input...
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 08:13 PM
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Don't worry about the tail on the blender. If anything you can put a little tape on the bottom to protect it.
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 09:43 PM
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I agree with the guy that mentioned the FlapJack from John. I know him, he is a great guy and works hard to make his kits and sell them. I have flown the Flapjack myself. It is very impressive when you can put a plane at any attitude around the roll axis and watch it fly straighter than straight. No rudder in a knife edge and excellent, easy going handling, it is a fantastic airplane.
I'd get that without a second thought considering the other two choices.

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Old Dec 01, 2011, 07:50 PM
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I have had both techone and fancy foam kits

I am wholeheartedly of the belief that the FF is of a much higher quality, and capable of a wider flight envelope
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 03:24 PM
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I always thought the Aeolus was a good flying airplane. I have seen videos of it but I do not have one. The price is good but I don't know if it is made out of the same kind if foam like all the other competition airplanes.
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 06:11 PM
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Aeolus is milled depron.
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 08:28 PM
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Oh. Ok. I thought it was cheap EPO foam.
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 08:34 PM
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Also, would the Spektrum DX5e radio be a good radio for it? Or would I need a better radio?
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 07:36 PM
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Personally, when dealing with precision aerobatic airplanes, I think there is much benefit to having a computer radio; even a simple one like the Dx6i would do. It is very helpful to have dual rates and exponential.

I used to never use my d/r and would keep everything at 100%+ throws all the time. Learning how to use my rates and switches has really cleaned up my flying; especially when doing slooooooow rolls.

You could surely get a capable radio on the cheap
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 08:09 PM
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Thanks. The DX6i sounds like what I need then.
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