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Old Sep 19, 2004, 02:21 PM
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What is a "Shock Flyer"?

I've been in R/C for a while, but I'm curious ....

What is a Shock Flyer? I see the term, but I have no idea what it refers to.

From what I gather, it seems like just a slab-foam profile version of a 3D flyer, made to fly on smaller electric motors. Is that all it is?

In other words, what is the definition of a 'shock flyer'?

Thanks,

Bob
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Old Sep 19, 2004, 02:28 PM
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You're correct in your definition...originally the shock flyer was actually the name of 3 planes made by Icarus:
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/shockflyer-extra.htm
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/shockflyer-edge.htm
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/shockflyer-super.htm

However it's become the generic term for profile foam planes normally used for indoor and low-wind 3-D.
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Old Sep 19, 2004, 02:36 PM
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The Shockflyer is an immensely popular flate-plate (ie. no airfoil, no built-up fuselage, just flat pieces of foam) foamie plane made by Ikarus. One of its main attractive features is its ability to perform very well on a cheap geared brushed system.

http://ikarus-modellbau.de/onlinesho...hock-flyer.htm

Also, because of its light weight, adding a brushless motor (as many power-crazy pilots so often love doing!) makes the performance ballistic - punch the throttle and it'll climb vertically, VERY fast, and be out of sight in no time! .... and yet strangely, it can still fly very slowly too. It's because of this wide speed range and low weight (does less damage to things it hits!), it's also a very popular indoor model, with videos popping up all over RCGroups of people flying 'Shockies' in their homes, in lifts, just about anywhere really!

It seems that the term 'ShockFlyer' has also grown to mean any flat-plate-type-plane made from flat sheets of foam (usually EPP, or Expanded PolyPropylene).

Hope that sums things up for you!
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Old Sep 19, 2004, 02:53 PM
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Not to nitpick here but I believe the only feature that makes a profile foam airplane "shocked" is the presence of another plate perpendicular to the fuse. Tim Hart's Extra and Mini 3DX are shocked but his Yak 54 and Ultimate Bipe are simply profile planes. The construction technique has certainly caught on but there are still quite a fews kits that don't employ the second plate in the fuse.
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Old Sep 19, 2004, 08:25 PM
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Thanks for the definitions and clarification guys. Are these things normally flown indoors (like, for practicing 3D in the winter, inside a gym) or are they too powerful for that and need to be flown outdoors?

Just curious if they'd make a good item for winter indoor flying...

Thanks,

Bob
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Old Sep 20, 2004, 04:01 AM
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You can fly them indoors and outdoors - as long as there isnt too much wind. Although i have seen them flown in 5-10mph winds noprobs.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 09:18 AM
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Dogzilla----Thanks for asking this question as I was going to do the same---
Sounds like it might have derived from some brilliant marketing sort looking for a cutesy, catchy alternative to "profile" as most know it.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 11:17 AM
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I think they are called shock flyers because its shocking how well they fly considering how cheap and simple they are I started a saying "The shock flyer smile" because anyone flying a shockie has this incredulous, delighted smile on their face while they are flying instead of the normal trembling knees syndrome when you have $2000 flying around at 100mph.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 04:01 PM
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I like that concept !
I hope to maiden my XXL Su 27 when the weather agrees & look forward to this phenomenon.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 04:50 PM
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In fact I've flown my FlatOut (same design as a shock flyer) in some moderate winds (around 10 - 12 mph). It's quite challenging but the airframe is only $40 and nothing that gorilla glue and foam pieces can't fix. I still have to fly it indoors.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 06:37 PM
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Well, I think they are called shock flyers because the vendors are shocked at how many people will actually buy them!
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Old Nov 17, 2005, 07:28 AM
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Each to their own, 1g1yy, but I agree. Some of them are bloody expensive for what amounts to some pieces of foam that anyone can cut in a few minutes. A bit of coloring in (and most of us still like to color in, don't we?) and you got a design of your own.
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Old Nov 17, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Thats the real beauty of the shockie, make your own for 3.50, quick and easy and you have a unique design that is all your own.
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