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Old May 13, 2013, 11:58 AM
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3d flying what makes a good 3d plane?

I never thought I would like 3d flying. always thought it was for advanced pilots, certainly ones far above my grade. I also didn't like profile planes. Didn't seem like a real airplane to me.

Well after getting frustrated with my 130x after putting in tons of time and money chasing down vibes, crashing my blade 400, mcpxs waiting for parts (im not big into fixing stuff until the weather turns crappy), i just wanted something different.

I like micros because I can fly them in my yard or street. I love the planes (UMX Beast, Mini-stryker, t-28, p-51). Unfortunately, they don't tolerate wind and are fragile, as are the helis.

Given my experience with the UMs, I figured a UM profile plane was just too small for my skills. I wouldn't be able to fly inside due to skills plus they are fragile. I hear about EPP on the boars and decided to give it a shot. I decided to go with the twisted hobbies mini crack yak as it was the small (but large for me) and popular which meant I would probably like it if I was at all interested in that kind of flying.

WOW! I'm hooked!!!!! I love it! I can fly in a small space. Do some minor hovering. Do some wind surfing! This thing tolerates the wind the best of all my models as long as I am willing to fly what the conditions are handed to me. No wind? great! fly any way I want to. Lots of wind? I windsurf it, like a glider. So relaxing! The only time wind is not fun is if it is swirly from obstructions. Devil wind like that is no fun at all due to its unpredictablity.

I have beat the crap out of this thing. So much easier to deal with than my other models.

Anyways, been trying to figure out a new plane. The motor set up on the CY mini is a combo esc/nmotor and I have finally killed it. While it was great to get into the air with minimal fuss. it was also relatively expensive. I'm now looking for cheap,32 in size. have been researching power systems and it occured to me that I don't know much. What makes a good 3D plane? How much thrust should I have? how much should it weigh? So far it seems to me it should have at least 1.5 thrust/weight ratio. The more the better. Prop selection also matters.

anyways here's my journey. This blog is for my own info. If you get anything out of it, great! Any comments or help much appreciated.

currently considering 32in line from WMparkfliers.com and Slicko2 from rcplanebuilder.com.

replacement motor and esc for mini crack yak- Turnigy 1811 and plush 6A

also researching power systems for 32in. If going HK, only ordering stuff from usa warehouse


analog vs digital servo
http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/rc-servos.html



Prop selection (slow fly vs regular vs direct drive)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1591413

mini cy
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=158

Thrust numbers on REGULAR crack yak
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=991

Painting EPP
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1271190

Epp kits
fancyfoam.com
twistedhobbies.com
rcplanebuilder.com
dwfoamy.com
wmparkflyers.com
dynamicfoamy.com
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