SMALL - espritmodel.com SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Dec 17, 2012, 10:57 AM
I did it...
av8ersteve's Avatar
Morganton, NC
Joined Jun 2005
756 Posts
Well, I just seen this over at RCU. Whats it's story. Good trainer or no? Say's it's for 14 to 18 lbs so the 750 may work. Opinions, Elan or this?

http://shulmanaviation.com/product_i...oducts_id=1732
av8ersteve is offline Find More Posts by av8ersteve
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Dec 17, 2012, 02:10 PM
Registered User
Dr Honda's Avatar
Pittsburgh Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Joined May 2004
1,188 Posts
It's ok. But you are talking about +$1300 for a wood kit. (with shipping)

The Elan is composite. The sprint is wood, and up until last night... it would have only cost you $810.
Dr Honda is online now Find More Posts by Dr Honda
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2012, 05:13 PM
I did it...
av8ersteve's Avatar
Morganton, NC
Joined Jun 2005
756 Posts
Thanks, i'll stick with the Elan. I love composites, and it will still slow down.
av8ersteve is offline Find More Posts by av8ersteve
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 2012, 01:00 PM
Registered User
txshan130's Avatar
United States, TX, Katy
Joined Jan 2009
378 Posts
tornado is the best jet for your buck and better than an elan
txshan130 is offline Find More Posts by txshan130
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 26, 2012, 07:05 PM
"Take Off" eh!
vettster's Avatar
Canada, ON, Beeton
Joined Aug 2008
3,145 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by txshan130 View Post
tornado is the best jet for your buck and better than an elan
ahh ha ha! Better than an Elan!? I Dont Think So...

I dont recall any thread about the Elan, going on for hundreds of pages on how to fix the endless amount of problems like the Tornado.

You get what you pay for. a $200 plane thats riddled with problems vrs a $1200 plane that builds out of the box perfectly and was designed from the ground up to be a turbine plane.. Not a prop plane.
vettster is offline Find More Posts by vettster
RCG Plus Member
Latest blog entry: 3DTRYER ripped me off!!!
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 06:32 AM
Registered User
FlyinTiger's Avatar
United States, CA, Beale AFB
Joined Sep 2004
121 Posts
"best" for the RAM 750

There's a unique situation here...the Elan will have more room for the older, heavier RAM 750 turbine. The Modellbau Tornado is a purpose-built turbine plane that looks great, but it likely isn't the "best" for THIS application.

Read Dr. Honda's comments earlier.

Av8erSteve: Stick with your plan! The Elan, while slightly more expensive initially, will give you a TON of great, worry free flights with your RAM 750!

Keep us up to date by starting a "build thread" that you can update with pictures and posts about flying your Elan! I'm a turbine newbie too and would love to see your progress.

Thanks!
Al.
FlyinTiger is offline Find More Posts by FlyinTiger
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:50 AM
I did it...
av8ersteve's Avatar
Morganton, NC
Joined Jun 2005
756 Posts
Will do. I have already started saving for the Elan. If all goes as planned, jet will be here around the end of Jan - first of Feb. Retracts will be next, and then the build will begin. I plan on doing a mini build log from opening the box, to maiden. I have never done one and have wanted to for a while. Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm sure to have more questions as I proceed into my "turbine transition" LOL.
av8ersteve is offline Find More Posts by av8ersteve
Last edited by av8ersteve; Dec 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 01:26 PM
"Take Off" eh!
vettster's Avatar
Canada, ON, Beeton
Joined Aug 2008
3,145 Posts
Good stuff! In the mean time you can get a head start by looking at this build thread.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_9883219/tm.htm

Pay particular attention to the middle photograph in post #14

What color scheme are you going with.. I had the Grey Navy with orange and it was difficult to see way out there especially on cloudy days.
vettster is offline Find More Posts by vettster
RCG Plus Member
Last edited by vettster; Dec 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 27, 2012, 03:21 PM
I did it...
av8ersteve's Avatar
Morganton, NC
Joined Jun 2005
756 Posts
Glad you said something. That was the color scheme I was thinking of. I believe I will go with this one.

I do wish they offered yellow and black though.
av8ersteve is offline Find More Posts by av8ersteve
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 02, 2013, 09:56 PM
Registered User
txshan130's Avatar
United States, TX, Katy
Joined Jan 2009
378 Posts
The tornado is built just.as strong and for turbine and is probably half the price.
txshan130 is offline Find More Posts by txshan130
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 06, 2013, 08:15 PM
Registered User
Joined Aug 2008
289 Posts
Steve

Welcome to Turbine-powered models.
Vantagepoint is offline Find More Posts by Vantagepoint
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 06, 2013, 08:34 PM
I did it...
av8ersteve's Avatar
Morganton, NC
Joined Jun 2005
756 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vantagepoint View Post
Steve

Welcome to Turbine-powered models.
Thanks. It's a lot slower process than everything eles but I do not see me going away, just years to look forwards to
av8ersteve is offline Find More Posts by av8ersteve
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 07, 2013, 08:50 PM
Registered User
Joined Aug 2008
289 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by av8ersteve View Post
Thanks. It's a lot slower process than everything eles but I do not see me going away, just years to look forwards to
Good for you! Believe me, it was a pretty slow process for most of us. It just got crazy after that first successful flight.
Vantagepoint is offline Find More Posts by Vantagepoint
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 07, 2013, 08:59 PM
Registered User
Joined Oct 2005
65 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by txshan130 View Post
The tornado is built just.as strong and for turbine and is probably half the price.
Not even close. How do I know? I've built and flown both. The Elan is MILES ahead the Tornado in build quality and flying characteristics. I would spend the extra money on the Elan without even thinking about it.
Jeremy300 is offline Find More Posts by Jeremy300
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 09, 2013, 04:01 PM
Registered User
Cudahy, WI, USA
Joined Jul 2005
29 Posts
Another good jet trainer that has not been mentioned her is the Reaction 54 from BTE Models.
It is a kit, you get a huge box of lumber with all parts hand cut and fit together perfectly.
The engine is still mounted externally but is located between the wing and fuse so it looks nicer yet is easy to work on.
There is also a composite ARF version of the Reaction 54 that can handle a bigger engine. This is also a very popular first jet.
Flyinfool is offline Find More Posts by Flyinfool
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Converting my first float plane, need some advice... aviator4934 Beginner Training Area (Aircraft-Electric) 2 Jun 26, 2012 04:08 PM
Discussion Got my first Dynam 10 - need some advice please bimmerland Foamy EDFs 3 Jun 18, 2012 08:06 AM
Discussion Need some help picking my first rc boat Jason4636 Racing Boats - Electric 2 Jun 10, 2012 06:32 AM
Discussion Got my first Dynam 10 - need some advice please bimmerland Electric Ducted Fan Jet Talk 2 Jun 05, 2012 05:15 PM
Idea Need some ideas for first scratch built plane please masonjee Foamies (Scratchbuilt) 4 Apr 12, 2012 05:39 PM