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Feb 22, 2010, 08:25 PM
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E-flite Beaver, to buy or not to buy?


Hi all,
I've been crawling the web for two nights looking at the E-flite Beaver. It looks like a very nice model with lots of detail ( weight as well?), but how does it fly? Just for fun I punched in "e-flite beaver" into youtube and had hours of great flying videos. There were a couple impressive crash videos as well. After watching various pilots fly this model, sometimes with difficulty, I got to wondering if it has a pretty high wing loading due to it being scale. Or do some guys buy this arf thinking it's just another park flyer and get into trouble?

I have the E-flite P-47 that I just love, and just finished their SeaFury. I hope it flys as well as the P-47. I've been building and flying for decades and the Beaver would be my first "stick built" arf. What would I be getting into?
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Feb 22, 2010, 08:27 PM
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It is a remarkable airplane. I love mine...

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=910807

Buy for sure...

Mike
Feb 22, 2010, 08:34 PM
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Thanks Mike. That's the first review I read. Is yours pretty stable? Hands off for three seconds? Or does it have wing loading like a scale WWII war bird?!?!
Thanks,
Jay
Feb 22, 2010, 09:06 PM
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It is very docile. Yes if trimmed it will fly 3 seconds hands off. It is a touch and go machine.

Wing loading is a touch more than a trainer but not much. If you are flying the P-47 and SeaFury you will have no trouble with this.

Remember it is NOT a 2lb park flyer - you do need a large club field to fly this airplane.

Mike
Feb 23, 2010, 11:13 AM
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I found this plane to be a lot of fun on floats or wheels. It is one beautiful plane in the air. I would grade my flying skill at low intermediate.

Mike
Feb 23, 2010, 01:10 PM
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If I had the budget for this plane, I would get it right now. It would be a great float plane.
I got the Taylorcraft and I want the Bonanza more.
Conehead
Orrin Eldred
Feb 23, 2010, 03:17 PM
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I noticed that in Horizon Hobbies latest printed catalog/flyer that the Beaver wasn't in there. If they are not promoting it, does that mean its days are numbered?
Feb 23, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by NanoSio2 View Post
I noticed that in Horizon Hobbies latest printed catalog/flyer that the Beaver wasn't in there. If they are not promoting it, does that mean its days are numbered?
Are you talking about the quarterly brochure (I think the recent one has the Beast on the cover)? We have limited space in that publication, so we can't include every product in the lineup. The Beaver is doing fine, and we expect it to be around for quite a while to come.
Feb 23, 2010, 05:41 PM
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It is very docile. Yes if trimmed it will fly 3 seconds hands off. It is a touch and go machine.

Wing loading is a touch more than a trainer but not much. If you are flying the P-47 and SeaFury you will have no trouble with this.

Remember it is NOT a 2lb park flyer - you do need a large club field to fly this airplane.

Mike
Thanks Mike,
Those videos made me wonder. As for a field, I have one large enough for a full size Beaver. In fact it's on the FAA sectional charts. My house is mid-way down the runway, so I just fly off the front yard. The hard part is not where to fly, but what to fly. I take that back, the hard part is mowing all that grass runway all summer!
Jay
Feb 23, 2010, 06:24 PM
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I am jealous Jay..... Great setup!

Mike
Feb 23, 2010, 07:13 PM
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Ok where do we find your front yard???

I better google map it.

must be nice not to have to worry about someone telling you, "You Can't Fly Here!!!"
Conehead
Orrin Eldred
Feb 23, 2010, 07:35 PM
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I may regret this but, come one come all. Just PM me first! 1800 x 75 feet of grass. I can't figure out how to post the google map image so I'll give Hoosier directions.

I'll make sure the tractor has a full tank of diesel so you can mow all you like!!
Jay
Feb 23, 2010, 08:15 PM
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The Beaver is a great plane. I have a Power 32 on it so I can go float flying. If I wasn't planning any float flying I would have stuck with the Power 25. I mixed some rudder and ailerons to help out with the turns.
Feb 24, 2010, 12:28 AM
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I have only had one E-flight plane, but it was a good flyer, and well made.

If the Beaver is built as well, I would think it would be a good flyer too.
Feb 24, 2010, 10:36 AM
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The Beaver is a great flying plane! It is large and not suited to small areas but with flaps and a bit of technique it can be taken off and landed in a reasonable area. It is capable of mild aerobatics if you are so inclined and looks so great on low passes. I used a servo slowdown module on the flaps and a bit of mixing with the elevator and landings were very easy.
Gary


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