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Old Jul 21, 2008, 06:55 PM
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Any expericence with the Jetstream planes from Hot Bodies/HPI?

Any of you guys have any experience with the Jetstream planes by Hot Bodies/HPI? They can be seen at www.456mb.com . Cool looking planes but can't find much info on them or any flight reports. I'd like to know how durable they are, especially what kind of foam these are made of. Is it EPP or the cheap styrofoam like in the GWS planes? Do they fly well and will they ROG easily? They look to have quality electronics except the RX and TX are most likely in need of replacement. Any info you guys may have would be appreciated...

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Old Jul 21, 2008, 08:51 PM
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Any of you guys have any experience with the Jetstream planes by Hot Bodies/HPI? They can be seen at www.456mb.com . Cool looking planes but can't find much info on them or any flight reports. I'd like to know how durable they are, especially what kind of foam these are made of. Is it EPP or the cheap styrofoam like in the GWS planes? Do they fly well and will they ROG easily? They look to have quality electronics except the RX and TX are most likely in need of replacement. Any info you guys may have would be appreciated...

Thanks...
I'd wait until you either handled one of these personally, or you run into someone who has personal knowledge. HPI has traditionally been quite strong with their offerings in the RC Car community. I get somewhat pensive about a new product like this marketed with "everything you need" Kind'a smacks of an entry level offering. Both the Gulfstream and the Boeing 737-800 look interesting otherwise.

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Old Jul 22, 2008, 07:56 AM
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Hey Snoop,

I bought the 737 look-a-like from Hot Bodies a few months back. It's still in the box waiting to be built on a rainy day, and at the rate my summer is going, it might be collecting dust for a while.

It's made out of EPS/styrofoam which makes it very light weight. My major gripe with the design is that it's only 3ch - no ailerons. I've thought about doing my own aileron conversion, however the wing is fairly small and has a moderate amount of undercamber.

I have a few foamy EDFs, and this model certainly isn't for the beginner. It feels like it's going to fly fast because of the weight, and the small size will make flying high and/or far away a bit challenging. On top of that, it won't take much to damage the styrofoam (especially the wings). Now, having said all that I still haven't flown it yet. It might surprise me, but all signs point to a fast little bugger that needs to be handled gently.
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Old Jul 22, 2008, 06:26 PM
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Hey Snoop,

I bought the 737 look-a-like from Hot Bodies a few months back. It's still in the box waiting to be built on a rainy day, and at the rate my summer is going, it might be collecting dust for a while.

It's made out of EPS/styrofoam which makes it very light weight. My major gripe with the design is that it's only 3ch - no ailerons. I've thought about doing my own aileron conversion, however the wing is fairly small and has a moderate amount of undercamber.

I have a few foamy EDFs, and this model certainly isn't for the beginner. It feels like it's going to fly fast because of the weight, and the small size will make flying high and/or far away a bit challenging. On top of that, it won't take much to damage the styrofoam (especially the wings). Now, having said all that I still haven't flown it yet. It might surprise me, but all signs point to a fast little bugger that needs to be handled gently.
I found a guy who has the gulfstream looking jet and he says it flys great. Easy to fly really and not as fast as you may think. I think I'm gonna get the gulfstream version as I would rip those pods off the boeing look alike on landing. They look awfully low to me. From the pics they look to hang nearly as low as the landing gear... Anyway I'll post how well it flies once I get it. I will most likely dump the radio and RX it comes with though...
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Old Sep 01, 2008, 10:11 AM
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is the learjet version with ailerons? it says it has 4 channels, i am planning to get this plane, but the 737 like one is only 160 rtf, but the learjet is 450!!!!!!! any1 know where else to buy the rtf versions?
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Old Sep 01, 2008, 06:04 PM
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Hey Snoop,

I bought the 737 look-a-like from Hot Bodies a few months back. It's still in the box waiting to be built on a rainy day, and at the rate my summer is going, it might be collecting dust for a while.

It's made out of EPS/styrofoam which makes it very light weight. My major gripe with the design is that it's only 3ch - no ailerons. I've thought about doing my own aileron conversion, however the wing is fairly small and has a moderate amount of undercamber.

I have a few foamy EDFs, and this model certainly isn't for the beginner. It feels like it's going to fly fast because of the weight, and the small size will make flying high and/or far away a bit challenging. On top of that, it won't take much to damage the styrofoam (especially the wings). Now, having said all that I still haven't flown it yet. It might surprise me, but all signs point to a fast little bugger that needs to be handled gently.

I have flown an FSK Strega Reno racer. It has very undercambered wing but aileron works great. Under cambered wing creates lots of lift and drag so no worry about it flying too fast.

Now does it has steerable nose wheel or is the nose wheel fixed? Wing removable? Any battery hatch or you have to remove wing to get to the battery?
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Old Sep 01, 2008, 06:06 PM
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is the learjet version with ailerons? it says it has 4 channels, i am planning to get this plane, but the 737 like one is only 160 rtf, but the learjet is 450!!!!!!! any1 know where else to buy the rtf versions?
No. These are rudder elevator 3 ch planes.

Where do you see the price of 160 and 450? Tower hobby list RTF price $259.99 for both.
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Old Sep 01, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 07:13 AM
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I also just bought the 737 look-alike. I covered the fuse with a thin layer of epoxy and sanded it smooth for protection and to try and enhance the looks a bit. There's an extra channel on the Rx for ailerons and plenty of space for another servo in the fuselage though its a small plane so I'm not going to try anything extra unless I get frustrated with only having rudder. Hoping to maiden it in the next few days. I'll keep you posted.
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Reporting back half a year later... I crashed it on its maiden.. into someone's car. I hadn't set the rudder and elevator throws properly. Tricky with the all-flying tailplanes. The epoxy and paint left a nice white smear down the side of the guy's nice red car but luckily it cleaned off. I put it back together and flew it a couple weeks later with proper throws and it flew really nicely. It is fast but it handles gently and looks pretty scale in the air. Unfortunately, the battery died on the next flight... The one EDF cut out before the other and sent it into an unrecoverable flat spin. It hit the ground hard and was a write-off. I have since used the electronics and EDFs in my first scratch-build, a Cessna Citation V, but couldn't get the airframe weight nearly as low as the original plane, and it has yet to leave the ground.
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