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Old Jun 16, 2012, 07:09 AM
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First foray into 3D/Pattern flying - model advice sought

A little advice please.

For a while now I've been thinking of adding a small Foamie 3D/pattern type model to my fleet.

I've read several of the threads here and I was about to order a Twisted Hobbies/RC Factory Edge 540 which seems to be well recommended by many.

Then, just by chance, in my LHS yesterday I came across 2 models by TechOne which caught my eye simply because they are being sold off cheap.

First model is the Assuage - Profile/Depron, 840mm span, 160 - 185g flying weight. Being offered for 30 Euros, which is dirt cheap over here. What's more, I have a suitable motor, prop, esc, Rx and servos.

Second model is the Mini-X F3A - 800mm span, 195-235g flying weight. Again Depron but with built up fuselage and airofoil wing. Being offered for 40 Euros. I would need to source a motor/esc for this one but an extra 20 Euros would cover it.

I can't find much info on these two models and videos are also very scarce. The few I have seen, seem to indicate that both models are OK if nothing special.

I'm tempted to get both as I think I could get a deal with the LHS owner.

Your thoughts, opinions would be most welcome.

Steve.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:12 AM
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If it is your first foray into 3D, stick to EPP, its a lot more durable. Any of the RCF/Twisted hobbys models would be an excellent choice.

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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Only Spain dealer I know of would be http://www.roi-import.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=22_27
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:22 AM
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From the videos you can see how well the Twisted Hobbys planes fly. That makes it easier to fly. When learning 3D I just flew Low Rates till I felt comfortable then added to throws and flew for a while. It was not long and I was flying at High Rates all the time. That made it easier to adjust to the wild throws of 3D.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 12:20 PM
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twisted hobbies planes are awesome, excellent customer care.... not the cheapest but well worth the money in my opinion. the edge is my favorite plane right now, flies like its on rails
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 02:01 PM
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twisted hobbies planes are awesome, excellent customer care.... not the cheapest but well worth the money in my opinion. the edge is my favorite plane right now, flies like its on rails
If you think that feels like it's on rails try their new extra slick. Now that is a good plane to practice on. I just came back from flying mine for about an hour and still want to recharge and go back out. I even set it up for night flying so the fun never ends! I'm not sure but from the link twistedrealm posted i only found the 39 inch RCF models. I've heard good things about the flash d and sbach.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Seems my original idea of the TH/RC factory Edge 540 is the way to go then.
I can't locate one here in sunny Spain so I may order from the UK, although it will cost me about twice the price of the TechOne models when shipping, etc is factored in.

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Old Jun 16, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Steve, contact Mark over at ParkAero he will surely help you with the best international shipping rates for a model plus his prices are very competitive.
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