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Old Jun 09, 2008, 01:55 PM
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A perfect lunch-hour flyer?

Howdy fellow flyers,

I'm on a quest to find the perfect "lunch-hour" flyer! I'm wondering what the rest of you are packing in the trunk of your car and sneaking out to fly during your lunch break?

My ideal plane would be bigger than a micro (i.e. Parkzone Cessna), but small enough to fit in trunk (i.e. smaller than an EasyStar). It would also need to be big enough to handle a gentle breeze (5 to 7mph), and would be at least 3ch (preferably 4ch and no thrust vectoring). I'm not too concerned about a sporty/aerobatic performer, but some gentle manuevers would be nice! Lastly, my flying space at lunch time is about the same size as a soccer field - so not very big.

I've got an EasyStar (a sweet plane), but it's a little too big for a soccer field. The HZ SuperCub is also nice, but just a tad too big.

What are your thoughts? Thanks!
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 02:34 PM
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Howdy fellow flyers,

I'm on a quest to find the perfect "lunch-hour" flyer! I'm wondering what the rest of you are packing in the trunk of your car and sneaking out to fly during your lunch break?

My ideal plane would be bigger than a micro (i.e. Parkzone Cessna), but small enough to fit in trunk (i.e. smaller than an EasyStar). It would also need to be big enough to handle a gentle breeze (5 to 7mph), and would be at least 3ch (preferably 4ch and no thrust vectoring). I'm not too concerned about a sporty/aerobatic performer, but some gentle manuevers would be nice! Lastly, my flying space at lunch time is about the same size as a soccer field - so not very big.

I've got an EasyStar (a sweet plane), but it's a little too big for a soccer field. The HZ SuperCub is also nice, but just a tad too big.

What are your thoughts? Thanks!
Superfly or Hyperflea is perfect to fit in your trunk. Stay with a 2S battery and the soccer field would be bigger than you need. Check out the flying video on their site.

Go to video #3
http://www.superflyrc.com/SuperFly/s...y%20movies.htm
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 02:39 PM
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YardBird RC YB-22... pusher jet... flysfast or slow, can handle 10 mph winds fits inthe trunk, cheap, easy to repair and can be built in 2 hours... and slower her down and you can flyer her in about 1/2 the soccer field....

www.2dogrc.com

I fly mine on a 3s 1320 or 3s 1500, a friend flys his on a 3s 2100....
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 04:14 PM
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micro telemaster (highly recommended); stevens aero diddlebug/diddlerod; tiny tiger moth from powerline hobbies.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 04:43 PM
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Mountain Models Dandy Sport, Switchback Sport or EZ Scout. The latter is now my keep-it-in-the-car plane, displacing the Dandy Sport that lived there for over three years. If the surface where you fly is suitable for a tricycle geared airplane, then their Tyro would also be worth a look, though I don't have personal experience with that one yet (kit on hand).

Alternatively, if you have access to fanfold foam or 6mm Depron, several variations on the "Blu-Baby" as much discussed in the foamies-scratchbuilt forum are worth a look. I'm finding the original 33 incher with the undercambered wing (three channels) to be a very relaxing flyer in a small space and with 50 watts or so of cheap brushless power amazingly aerobatic. It can also handle more wind than such a lightly loaded undercambered wing would be expected to. Both it and the EZ Scout are riding around with me these days.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 06:08 PM
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Flat foam sport or 3D model. You can always adjust for less throw on the controls if you want it tamer. I like the E-Flite Funtana, or Sobre. Or build one yourself. I fly my Funtana in some wind without a problem.
I also have a Cox micro Warbird living in my trunk, but they are getting hard to come by.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 07:33 PM
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Mine has always been My trusty PZ Decathlon. But if I had to replace it I would get a PZ Cub BL
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 08:40 PM
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FunJet! Made of epp, durable & fast.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 08:49 PM
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GWS J3 Cub with 800 mah lipo. Here is one flying in a parking lot...
GWS J3 Cub (1 min 44 sec)


This cub is a much lighter and more agile than the Super cub..the one in this video is 10oz with a small lipo. 40'' ws can loop or fly inverted or hover with the rite prop..this one has a 300\370 motor with "B" ratio simple prop change and it goes from a floater to a plane that can hover. Very versatile and lite weight airframe for its size. Use a 8.60 to got fast..a 9.47 for best all around flying and a 10.47 for slow power flights.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 09:32 PM
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The one thing that concerns me about the concept of a "keep it in the car" plane is heat. The inside of a car on a sunny day can get really hot. Not an ideal environment for coverings and batteries....
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 09:35 PM
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Yea..thats why I like that 800mah lipo..very small fits in the pocket. Leave it in the desk until flight time.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Lately, I've been having alot of fun with the Sumo, a scratch build foamy. Flies in a very smalls space, blucor works great for the build, cheap gear, perfect for in the car. Mines 22" so its very portable, durable too!

Might be one to consider.
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Old Jun 09, 2008, 10:51 PM
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I'd go with my trusty little Hobby Lobby YAK55/400XT outrunner combo ($40 for both when on sale). It can fly anywhere, hand launch, drop it down on a small patch of grass or weeds, etc. On low throws, flies like a sport plane... on high throws full 3D. Probably the most fun for the least cost of any plane I've built.
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Old Jun 10, 2008, 12:29 AM
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FunJet! Made of epp, durable & fast.
Mike,

He said his flying site is a soccer field. Funjets are bit fast to fly in a soccer field.

Bill
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Old Jun 10, 2008, 12:59 AM
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Get a GWS Tiger Moth! It's small and cute and has practically attained cult status in RC Groups
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