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Old Jul 05, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Looking for a good pattern/F3A style aircraft

I'm looking to get a new pattern/F3A style aircraft as I love how they fly on rails, but I'm not sure which one is lauded as the "best". I have a spare Castle ICE 50A ESC and 4 HS-65MG servos so something that "size" is cheapest/easiest for me.

A few I found are:

3DHS 48" Super Vyper
Extreme Flight 48" Vanquish MKII F3A

What other great pattern style aircraft am I missing?
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Don't forget the 3DHS 47" Osiris. It's by far the best pattern plane I have flown in this size.

3D hobby Shop 47 Osiris Pilot Joe Smith (5 min 2 sec)
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 10:43 PM
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Yep. The little Osiris is awesome.

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Old Jul 05, 2012, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Howemd View Post

A few I found are:

3DHS 48" Super Vyper
Extreme Flight 48" Vanquish MKII F3A

What other great pattern style aircraft am I missing?
There are probably a couple of others and you could ask in the pattern forum. With that being said, and as much as I like EF, those two planes will probably fly close to the same. Pick what ever one you think looks the best and go from there, I like the look of the vanq. The color scheme really grew on me and it is by far my favorite scheme now.

Its probably my favorite plane to fly but you should really just set these planes up with low rates and fly pattern. Use the closest holes on the aileron and elevator arms. Rudder can go all the way out as it helps with runway manuevering.

Every pilot needs a pattern plane, its the only one I can point to and say.
"That made me a better pilot!"
When set up with low rates it really forces you to focus on drawing clean lines.
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 12:23 PM
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+1 on the Osiris. Completely agree with Joe. I've had a 62" and I'm now assembling the 47". It was actually Joe that recommended it to me when I was talking to him at SEFF last year (2011).
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