|May 31, 2008, 09:46 PM|
Joined Dec 2007
Any Micro capable of flying in 5-10 mph wind?
Ok I admit it I am weary of waiting for the wind to drop to close to zero . I have got impatient and had my Air Hogs and Parkzones blown away. So my question is can any Micro ( or Park Flyer) capable of flying in a realtively small area can fly in 5-10 mph wind consistantly, my preference is for three channel like a Parkzone set up?
Thanks in advance
|May 31, 2008, 10:44 PM|
greatest windfliers that i own: (in order)
Kid Galaxy Hyper Flyer (great although short flight time, modded mine with a lipo)
Storm Launcher (although brittle, have mine setup as a 55 in. glider, perfect for winds)
Starscream (great in wind, cuts right through it as long as you get a good one)
Jetscream (can cut through the wind fairly well, takes a while to turn and losses altitude)
Fast Lane Air Raptor (can gain altitude like crazy although takes a while to turn sometimes)
AA Bipe (best out of all the AAs in wind, fun to flight the wind with)
Firebird Phantom (heard that it is good in wind)
If you want to take it up a giant knotch, get the aerobird extreme, although i dont think that they sell it anymore. Had mine flying in 30+ winds maybe.
Thats about it, i think....
|May 31, 2008, 10:49 PM|
dont forget the Mini XPV in the list
i second all of skie's suggestions, the phantom is probably your best bet for a windy day 3-ch, but the hyper flyer is quite a gas.
|May 31, 2008, 10:52 PM|
I dont know about the mxpv. I never really had good luck with those flying in the wind for some reason. They are probably better than other AAs but the AA bipe that i had beat the mxpv in my opinion. My mxpvs may be tail heavy.
|May 31, 2008, 11:02 PM|
thats interesting, my MXPV can handle probably 3x the wind of any previous AA's ive owned, it doesn't get blown away or anything, its only limited by how much it can penetrate, to move the cg forward, take the decals off. this lightens up the plane also so it climbs faster and no throttle steering makes it roll noticeabley faster than with the decals since, also take the supports on the winglets under the decals, you dont really need those and my MXPV has never gotton weak winglets or anything from it.
|Jun 01, 2008, 04:11 AM|
The Mini XPV handles wind better than anything else out there, even planes costing hundreds more. The MXPV is THE king wind bird on the planet right now.
The Storm Launcher was terrible in the wind as was the Jet Scream and every single AA plane I've tried. None of them could hold a candle to the MXPV.
However since you say you want a 3ch setup, your choices are severely limited.
|Jun 01, 2008, 07:03 AM|
Come on, Demi, get real.
I'm a fan of the MXPV too, but you take it to the level of fanboyism. You are saying that the mini is better in wind than even planes in the two hundred dollar range.
Have you even tried a Hyper Flyer yet? Or any of the hobby class planes "costing hundreds more"? If not, then you really don't know what you are talking about.
Do you even think about what you are writing before you post it?
|Jun 01, 2008, 11:03 AM|
As for the Hyper Flyer, the poster wanted something to fly in a small area (go back and re-read it) and it's not in the same class as the Mini XPV. It's in the Shadow Hawk class though the SH comes with a modern battery. Apples and Oranges, though I will say that the XPV RAD handles wind pretty good for one of the bigger planes.
The parkzone planes cost about 150.00..considerably more than the Mini XPV at around $30.00. Yet from reports the parkzone planes do not have great range and do not handle wind all that great. And the poster already admitted they did not handle wind well. (again, go back and re-read)
While the Mini XPV may not be what the poster was looking for (it's only 2 channel) If you know of any other Micro RTF planes that fly as good or better than the Mini XPV in the wind, I would like to hear about it and indeed it would be more helpful to the thread topic if you did that (posted a plane suggestion) rather than take issue with me personally.
But that's just my opinion, you understand.
|Jun 01, 2008, 12:07 PM|
I don't think many give the Storm Launcher enough credit. When I first got one, I bashed it up pretty bad.....glued it all back together and bashed it again.
I've got 3 now in working order and they handle the wind really well if you trim the elevator for fast level flight. Yeah, they can be touchy in anything over 10-15 mph winds, but I've flown mine in higher winds and didn't feel the need to change my pants.
However....they do eat up some air space compared to a true backyard flyer.
Have you considered building your own micro 3D? Tiny brushless motors and esc's are pretty cheap from China.
For RTF, I think you are going to have to split some hairs and compromise a bit. The StarScream is my favorite to toss around in the wind as long as I can fly it over grass. I also fly my E-Flight SE5a in the back yard and above the neighborhood in anything under about 8mph winds (as long it isn't too gusty).
Good luck and keep thoughts rolling. I would like to find the silver bullet too.
I'm still hoping to do a full RC conversion on one of these some day: http://www.hitecrcd.co.jp/RC/multi_f.../fox/index.htm
|Jun 01, 2008, 12:10 PM|
I would say that these are the best micros (1 foot or less wingspan) 2 ch. in wind: (again in order)
1. Starscream (most control in wind, cuts right through it)
2. Jetscream (cuts through it, but loses altitude turning downwind)
3. AA bipe (can fight the wind very well)
4. MXPV (can fight pretty well but hard to advance forward)
Opps forgot SWP. Great in wind also.
And just flew my vamp in some moderately strong winds.
yeah the iron man sounds good also, but i do not have it yet.
Best 3 ch. planes in wind that i have: (in order)
1. Aerobird Extreme (nothing stops it, could fly it in a tornado)
2. Hyper Flyer with lipo (not much resistance on it so cuts through it, fly in small area)
3. Storm Launcher glider conversion (handle quite a lot of wind)
4. Hydro-fly with lipo (can do pretty good in high winds, lot of power)
I think that that is it.
|Jun 01, 2008, 12:43 PM|
Starscream in wind:
Jetscream in wind:
AA in wind:
MXPV in slight wind:
Aerobird Extreme in very high winds:
Hyper Flyer in some wind:
Hyper Flyer in abnormaly strong winds:
Storm Launcher in winds:
Hydro-fly in winds:
These should help you kake a decision.
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