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Old Sep 12, 2002, 08:11 AM
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Need info on a new plane - FoldingFlyer

I was doing some research and came across a Speed 400 foam board plane called the foamflyer selling for a mere $20 or 3 for $50. They appearantly are being distributed by Norvel but the plane's web site has almost no information on it. www.foldingflyer.com Does anyone know anything about this plane? I'd like to know wing size (length, area), gear ratio, prop used, weight, battery (cells, type, capacity) used, as well as servos and receiver recommended. I assume it is a parkflyer, but how fast does it fly and is it aerobatic.

I'm sure someone on the zone must know something about this one.

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Old Sep 12, 2002, 11:03 AM
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I ordered 2 of these kits a couple of years ago right after they first came out. They are still in the box, I haven't put them together yet. Not sure about the wingspan, but I believe it's designed for a speed 400 with the Mini Olympus gear drive (2.3/1) The material more closely resembles coroplast rather than foam.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 11:15 AM
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That was actually several years ago, it was very heavy and would barely fly with a geared 400. I'd be really surprised they're still selling them. Because it was so heavy it needed to fly fast so I wouldn't call it a park flyer. It worked a bit better with a Norvel 061 engine and without the weight of the battery but then you needed even better reflexes.

After fiddling with various electric setups I eventually put a little diesel on mine but it didn't last very long.

Steve
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 11:57 AM
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Steve,

What electric setups did you try with this plane? Did any of them give satisfactory results?
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 01:25 PM
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I contacted Norvel about these recently and they are out of production. I happen to find a couple in a hobby shop. Very simple to make at home, which is probably one of the reasons why they are gone. The pattern is printed right on the foam board, so you only need one to make scratch builts at home.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 06:37 PM
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What electric setups did you try with this plane? Did any of them give satisfactory results?
Sorry I can't really remember now, it was a while ago. Obviously none were good or I would have stuck with them. I think I tried S400 direct on 7 and 8 cells and probably a SpeedGear 400 6V but I don't recall if it was 1.85 or 2.33. Nothing I tried would climb above head height so I gave up and stuck the diesel in instead. At least it saved the weight of the battery.

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