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Old May 13, 2004, 12:01 PM
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Experienced flyer looking for good E-sailplane in the $150 range

Hello,

I've looked at Hobby Lobby, NE Sail, Esprit Models, and a few other places and found several nice planes in the $150 range and was hoping someone could recommend one that's good quality. I'm looking for some aerobatics, speed is nice, and overall durability. Each vender is partial to their particular models and would really like to hear feedback from the members on this board that have used the product.

I own several park flyers like GWS and Mountain models with brushless setups. It would be nice if I could use my 3 cell Thunder Power lipos in the E-sailplane. I also plan to run a BL setup in the E-sailplane.

Thanks for any help,
Chuck M.
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Old May 13, 2004, 01:06 PM
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Lots of options....

Here is a suggestion.
Omega 1.8E.

NE Sailplanes sells them.

I have a 1.5E and love it.

Pullin'
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Old May 13, 2004, 01:58 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Would you recommend the longer wingspan of the 1.8 over the 1.5 Omega for someone just starting out? I also saw these on the NE Sail website:

Electron 400 (Ailerons)
Filip 400RG (t-tail)
Navaho
Omen

So many planes to choose from makes it hard to make a decision.lol
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Old May 13, 2004, 02:18 PM
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Have a look at arthobby.com
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Old May 13, 2004, 02:29 PM
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The omega 1.8 is a fine plane, and there are several variants out there. It has a very strong wing. I would suggest it for anyone with flying time under their belt. I see you are from Fla, just a reminder that you should never leave this plane or any molded plane in a parked car for very long. I live in N.Y. and left mine in my car for about an hour while in the LHS and found that the epoxy used in the molded parts of the plane had softened up from the heat and the ailerons warped. I had it in the back seat, tinted windows that were opened slightly.
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Old May 14, 2004, 08:02 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Would you recommend the longer wingspan of the 1.8 over the 1.5 Omega for someone just starting out? I also saw these on the NE Sail website:

Electron 400 (Ailerons)
Filip 400RG (t-tail)
Navaho
Omen

So many planes to choose from makes it hard to make a decision.lol
For fast, general flying, then go with the original Filip E. It is available with a t-tail, too.
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Old May 14, 2004, 09:20 AM
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Thanks again for the replies. Is weight a big issue to look toward? I see the Omegas weigh around 18oz. and seem a good match for a small brushless and 3 cell lipos. The Flilip weighs 34oz and the Electron 400 weighs 23oz.
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Old May 14, 2004, 09:42 AM
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My 1st e-sailplane weighed a ton....56 oz.

....but it was a sturdy bird!
It is the $120 Kyosho Soarus. A 2 meter "blown-plastic" fuse, foam wing w/ply spar. The fuse tears, does not break like fiber glass. Repairs stronger than new with goop and fiberglass cloth.

If is pretty fast, but will thermal very well also. It comes with a direct-drive sp-600 motor and 7x? folding prop. That motor is a pig. I upgraded to a geared AF 020.

Highly recommend as a 1st "almost-a-warmliner" sailplane. My brother has it now and loves it. My dad bought one after he saw how it performed.

For floating around looking for thermals though I still think the Omega is the way to go. It is a little more expensive, but with a Hacker B40 18L and 4.1 GB ****EDIT: B20, NOT B40****and a matched LIPO pack you will have a great little sailplane.

Pullin'
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Old May 14, 2004, 01:04 PM
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I'll second the ArtHobby planes

My Andromeda 2m was $145. Added a mega bl, 3:1gb, 12x7.5 carbon folder 10-1100mah Hecells and it's a dream. Built it a little tough because I wring it out now and then and it's still flying great. Thermals forever and flys right outta my hand on a slight toss. Very predictable flier and Andre's a very nice guy to deal with. (I do not own stock in ArtHobby )

http://www.arthobby.com/gliders.html

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Old May 14, 2004, 10:56 PM
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I second the Omega 1.8 It flies great. I also have an Electron 400A (Ailerons) that I bought to replace my Terry Graupner. The 400A packs away in a very small box for travel. The 400a flies very well too

BTW: Pullin-gs where do you Fly? I see you are from Arlington Va.
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Old May 14, 2004, 11:22 PM
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The Omega 1.5 and Electron 400 with Ailerons seem to be the best in the 150-200 price range. I also ran across the Highlander at Hobby Lobby and that looks like an awesome plane too. Its difficult to make a decision with so many nice planes on the market.lol
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Old May 15, 2004, 07:07 AM
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I second the Omega 1.8 It flies great... BTW: Pullin-gs where do you Fly? I see you are from Arlington Va.
I'm his Dad - he flies his bigger, faster airplanes - like the Omega - out here, near union WV. For a look at the terrain, see:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61386

- RD
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Old May 15, 2004, 07:22 AM
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I like the Omega series as well.I would go with the 1.8 over the 1.5 for $20 difference.They are on sale frequently.

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but with a Hacker B40 18L and 4.1 GB and a matched LIPO pack
I think he meant to say "B20-18L and 4:1 gearbox"
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Old May 15, 2004, 07:34 AM
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Right, Hammer - I have the B20 18L in my Soarus, but I'm using the VMGM 6:1 gearbox. The Maxon box which is supplied by Hacker is not rugged enough for ol' ground-banger RD.

14 X 9.5 carbon folder prop. A 13 X 11 gets you about 9MPH faster, but less thrust on the low end.

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Old May 15, 2004, 04:36 PM
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B20-xxxx....indeed, not B40 :-D

I have one boxed and ready to go. Waiting for Sal to put his 1.8-Omega-E on sale.

Pullin'

Sargentw,

I fly my slower planes (AF010-powered OmegaHLG, PJS300-powered Nemysis, AF010-powered Zombie) in the local larger parks when they are cleared out.
I fly the "heat-fleet" (Mefisto 2M, Twister, Hawk, Bandit) at my home-stead in WV and the CASA field in Rockville, MD.
Where do you fly?
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