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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Hey guys! Help me pick a new park/slow flyer!!!

I just moved to a new house and we're the only ones in a new subdivision! I have flying space and "paved runways" for the first time (my club only has a grass runway).

I've been flying my Slow Stick but I need something that'll handle wind better. There seems to be a constant 5-10+ mph wind every day.

It needs to be something that can land kind of slow because the street curves often. I have a Sky Surfer/Bixler but was thinking of maybe a Fun Cub...

What are your ideas?

Thx!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 11:58 AM
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And once again I brag on how much I *love* this plane!

GWS E-Starter

This is a great flying plane, and it's durable as the day is long. It's hard to beat the E....foam construction, 37in wingspan and 17-20oz AUW.

Get a Power Up 450 Sport from HeadsUpRC ($17, plus $2 shipping)
20A ESC
HD8040 prop
9G servos (I would use two for ailerons, much better than the GWS "rod" method)
3S 1300mAh pack

All this stuff combined for a $2 shipping fee.

Other salient characteristics of the E:

- Inexpensive (around $35 or so for one without a power system)
- Easy to build
- Easy to repair
- Flies GREAT in the wind
- Can be flown in areas with limited airspace
- A good floater but also can do a lot more
- Seems to fly well with MANY different motor/prop/battery combos.
- Also *very* forgiving in relation to CoG, I've moved my CoG all around on this bird and she flew well no matter what.

A great beginner plane but also fun for experienced pilots. Some pilots remove the dihedral for more advanced flying.

Ric
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 12:12 PM
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I forgot to say...the E does require a build....although it's an easy process that can be done by pretty much anyone, despite their level of building expertise. Besides....building is a *huge* part of this sport, and this is a good one to learn on.

I know that many will say that cheap foamies from overseas aren't the best. That does not apply to the E....it's tried and true. You can build it to the level you want, and I can't say that I've seen anyone who's owned this bird complain about it after the fact...at least not any major gripes.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Well, you already have it! Just add this: http://www.millenniumrc.com/SlowStickX_XTrainer.html, or, from Stephens AeroModeling http://www.stevensaero.com/StevensAe...2-p-18450.html
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 03:43 PM
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I've considered getting another E-Starter. It was my second airplane a few years ago, the one I learnt ailerons on. I loved it and it took a lot of abuse!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:10 PM
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Have you considered a warbird of some kind? Since you are used to ailerons and 4+ channel planes, may I recommend the following:

Parkzone T-28 Trojan
Flyzone Focke-Wulf 190 Select Scale

I have both of these and both are nice stable airplanes. The Focke-Wulf can fly slowly and is really docile in the air. Hard to believe I know, but it's true. Both these planes, especially the Focke-Wulf can handle a lot more wind than a high wing plane.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:18 PM
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I actually haven't considered any warbirds even though that's what most of my larger balsa planes are. I have a few of the 800mm Airfield/FMS warbirds and they seem to want to land a little too fast. I love the T-28 and FW-190 recommendations!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:20 PM
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the pz t28 can be slowed down to a crawl for landing. +1 on chuck's recommendation on that.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Hmmm, maybe this one? I can pick one up for $100 + shipping.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/60a-dy8940-t28-red-arf.html
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Probably no end to suggestions, but I love the Hacker Super Zoom for small area flying with fully aerobatic abilities. Set it up from a trainer to full 3d or anything in between. Hard core 3ders probably find it lacking, but with it's fully airfoil wing it makes a super slow flying aerobatic plane or trainer.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 06:11 PM
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I've considered getting another E-Starter. It was my second airplane a few years ago, the one I learnt ailerons on. I loved it and it took a lot of abuse!
Exactly why I mentioned it...!

But y'know...I have a bud whom I fly with occasionally, and he flies a foamy 3D plane. He just flies around and and does a lotta cool aerobatics in a very relaxed manner, then floats that guy down at a 45 degree angle and lands it light as a feather in exactly the same 10ft square every time. It's awesome.

Lemme ping him and get his input. I've never flown those kinda planes myself, but if you want to keep your landings under maximum control it sure seems like the stuff he flies is what ya want.

Ric
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Probably no end to suggestions, but I love the Hacker Super Zoom for small area flying with fully aerobatic abilities. Set it up from a trainer to full 3d or anything in between. Hard core 3ders probably find it lacking, but with it's fully airfoil wing it makes a super slow flying aerobatic plane or trainer.
+1. The Hacker Zoom and Hyperion Sniper are nearly identical. Very floaty, very agile, and because they're EPP, as close to "indestructible" as an RC plane can be.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 08:39 PM
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bicyclemonkey,

Please excuse me, I misinterpreted your first post...I thought you were looking for a 2nd plane to get after flying the slow stick.

My apologies, and thank you for tactfully informing me without rippin' me a new one....

Ric
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:45 PM
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Exactly why I mentioned it...!

But y'know...I have a bud whom I fly with occasionally, and he flies a foamy 3D plane. He just flies around and and does a lotta cool aerobatics in a very relaxed manner, then floats that guy down at a 45 degree angle and lands it light as a feather in exactly the same 10ft square every time. It's awesome.

Lemme ping him and get his input. I've never flown those kinda planes myself, but if you want to keep your landings under maximum control it sure seems like the stuff he flies is what ya want.

Ric
That's why we mention the Hacker or Hyperion above. This is what you do with these babies. I have came a bit too close and hit my foot a time or two on the spot landings. Gettin old, just hate to walk out after these things.
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Old Jul 27, 2012, 07:30 AM
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PZ Trojan or Corair all the way!! (I can't speak about the Corsair v.2 as it's not out yet, but the v.1 is GREAT!)
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