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Old Jan 19, 2008, 05:38 AM
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Great review,
I've had the MIFO for about five years now, and thoroughly enjoy it. I have gone to carbon control rods - the Kevlar pull-pull is OK but I was forever replacing them (s'pose I shouldn't play combat really )

Our club has just resurected indoor flying, and guess what was my first-choice model for the inaugrual meeting?

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Old Jan 19, 2008, 10:19 AM
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kevlar thread improvement

Hey folks

I have built and flown these for a long time. By far the IFO/mini is still one of my favorite airplanes.

I have many a fond memory of flying my ifo from the comfort of my living room couch - out the porch doors and into the yard - and back for a carrier landing on my coffee table!

I have sold or given away all but one mini that has been ready to cover for over a year with no progress......maybe this will motivate me.

There were was one huge durability improvement I incorporated from my second one on . .upgrade the stock kevlar to that which is sold by the rocket folks on ebay....it is the old K&S stuff, about twice the thickness of the stock stuff but does manifold improvement to the main joints, esc at the front T and the landing gear mount.

Other than that, only advise I have for those new to the ifo design is - dont fly it fast to the point you get a flat pitch attitude, it will tuck under so fast your head will spin. . . . .other than that, it is one of the easiest planes I can think of to fly in your house and will not do any real damage to interior furnishings as the prop is protected from what you impact.

The small low kv hektronic cdrom motors are killer on this plane with an 8" prop..I use foam balls on the landing gear strut to protect the house from scratches. 2 s 900 mah packs from dealextreame are the latest and greatest.

enjoy
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 07:06 AM
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I have also used Kevlar thread in fly tying. That might b another resource for a variety of thicker material.

Thanks evryone for your ideas and improvements. The mini is a great platform for trying new things.
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Maidened My Mini

Thanks for the great review Dave. I completed my mini this week and put in a maiden flight in our local gymnasium at our weekly indoor flying evening on Friday. My first impression of the Mini IFO? Outstanding! What a blast to fly. The only disappointment that I have is that I didn't buy an IFO sooner. After I used up one pack worth of power I let my son have a go at the Mini and he immediately remarked that he too had to have one What a great indoor aircraft. The Mini IFO may very well be the "Stik" of indoor electrics.

Cheers,

Peter
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 12:21 PM
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I've got a mini too, and like the others have said it's my favorite plane. I coulda saved a load of money in this hobby by buying this one first and not have bought my other planes.
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for the review.Well done!

The IFO really is a classic.
Mine has almost 400 flight hours on it.
The plane that's always ready to fly!!


Favorite mods...

Rudder.... Flat spins to die for, torque rolls and cartwheel-n-go's.

Carbon control rods.


rc

WOW....look at all them control linkages and stuff !!!




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Men At Work - Overkill (1983) (3 min 44 sec)
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Old Feb 11, 2008, 07:33 PM
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The mini IFO has given me more pleasure than any other airplane design. Dan Kreigh is responsible for hundreds of hours of pure fun and tinkering here in Central Ohio.
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Old Feb 11, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Dave,

I want one but don't want to build.. do you have an ARF that I can just add my electronics to ??


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Old Feb 11, 2008, 09:07 PM
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He does sale RTF on his site. http://wildrc.com/htmlpages/orderminiifo.html
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Old Feb 16, 2008, 06:11 PM
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Just stumbled on to your review ... well done! I did the review on the new T-IFO (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...highlight=Tifo) when Dan Sent me the beta kit. For several years I did all the Tech Support for Dan and he sent my families picture up on Space Ship One as part of the cargo ballast and returned it too me certified as flown on Space Ship One! It still sits in a place of honor on my picture shelf. Several videos of his IFO's on my website (www.boomerseflight.com) along with a Micro IFO I built from scaling down a version of Dan's with a little elongation of the fuse to WS ratio. I use a Len's 17t brushless on the one in the old video. One of the great flyers of all time. I still have several!
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Old Dec 31, 2008, 02:23 PM
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I believe you mean the CG to be 10 cm behind the front of the fuselage tip, correct?
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Old Dec 28, 2009, 11:49 PM
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Great review!!. Not too many negatives about this plane. I'm getting one for sure!

Thank you!

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Old Dec 29, 2009, 01:40 PM
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You wont regret it! Its an awesome model, I was flying mine through all the playground equipment yesterday..... I should get vids of that.

There are a couple negatives that can bite ya. Speed is the enemy on this one, when it goes to fast the airframe will tuck and lose response. Its very sensitive to wind. I have flown mine in some crazy winds but understand its a kite so if you lose throttle its going sailing....
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Old Jan 05, 2010, 05:57 AM
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I have one that needs to be recovered. You can get the rip stop at the fabric store. PM me if interested.
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Old Jan 05, 2010, 03:51 PM
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78dave:

After I bought my original Mini IFO, I began to scratch build my own. It was a pretty easy task and I built one for a friend, one for my son and a back-up for me, but I had a heck of a time trying to find ripstop nylon in Canada; at a fabric store or otherwise. I finally found, not only the ripstop, but all the carbon fiber as well (in longer lengths) from a company called Goodwind Kites in Mount Vernon, Washington. They have great selection of carbon and some fantastic colors of ripstop; the neons are great! I made a number of modifications including using one piece of carbon for the frame (instead of joining two pieces), a better motor mounting system, I used micro control horns on the elevons and went to a traditional pushrod system rather than the pull/pull thread on the controls. The Mini IFO is a wonderful addition to your hanger. With the folding main gear, it makes for a nice flat and relatively small package. When I go away on business trips or vacations I always take along the IFO so Iím never stuck looking for something to do in the off hours .


http://www.goodwinds.com/index.shtml

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