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Jan 29, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Best cul-de-sac/slow flier

Wondering what the group thinks about a really good, slow flying plane for a cul-de-sac.
I want something like the GWS Pico Moth in it's slow flight characteristics.

Anyone know how the HobbyZone Champ flies or the Mini Super Cub?
Are they as slow and can it be flown in a cul-de-sac?

Any other good slow fliers?
Any help would be appreciated
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Jan 29, 2013, 06:01 PM
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Crash Test Hobby Pelican, very tough, slow, controllable. Easy to put together with a hot glue gun. Check out their videos to get a better idea.
Jan 29, 2013, 06:51 PM
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have never flown the pelican, But I have owned both the Champ & Mini super cub. Now have two champs and no mini super cub if that tells you The champ is cheap and rtf. I would first fly any of them in an area bigger than the cul-de-sac to get used to them. But the Champ will easily fly in that area.
Good Luck
Jan 29, 2013, 07:28 PM
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I have the larger 48" Albatross--I can fly it within the size of a golf green. The Pelican is 36" so you can imagine it turns in a smaller radius.
Jan 29, 2013, 07:39 PM
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We live on a cul-de-sac. I fly my micros all the time.

I have all of them.

The Playmate and the Neuport are the best fliers.
Jan 29, 2013, 08:47 PM
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The champ will fly anywhere.....its a great little plane.
Jan 29, 2013, 08:57 PM
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Take a GWS PicoStick ($15.00) and cut it down to 28"s, with a 10g outrunner and 2 6g servos.
At under 4ozs, it will fly slower than the GWS Pico TigerMoth and have much more power, close to vertical climb and land slow enough to catch.
Jan 29, 2013, 10:38 PM
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Go with the albatross it is a very good plane and real easy build, no other 3ch plane can come close to flying like it. And can be flown in a baseball diamond . And may I add it does very well in wind where the micros can't fly to good , check out the videos on YouTube from crashtesthobbys. I will soon put my own video up as well.
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Jan 30, 2013, 06:23 AM
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Any of the um planes from parkzone or eflight are perfect. Just pick one that fits your skill level. They go from mild to wild in single cell and 2 cell sizes. The single cell are easier to fly in smallish areas, but are more bothered by wind. The little T28 is an excellent lazy 4 channel machine, or if you want more power and abilities, go up to the Beast, Sbach, or one of the other 2 cell versions. The new Edge qq is bigger yet but still qualifies if you have the skills required. Also, most any of the flat foamy 3d birds will fly super slow and in very small areas also.
Jan 30, 2013, 01:06 PM
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I recommend the Hobbyzone Champ as "the" RTF cul-de-sac flyer. I have one and I have yet to kill it. I fly off my driveway which requires an immediate 90 right turn out after 15 feet and then a sharp 90 left turn to get above the houses and trees in my neighborhood. When I am done I am able to reverse the process for landing and can land in my driveway without difficulty. This does take practice however. The Champ is however able to handle 90 turns while gliding engine off which causes the cub to stall, crash, and if over concrete scar the foam.
Jan 30, 2013, 08:07 PM
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Thanks to all for the good advice and insight.
Will try the Pelican and/or Champ and look to get a micro in the future.
I really appreciate all of the replies...
Really great group of people on this forum
Jan 31, 2013, 10:31 AM
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My nomination is for my own-design () RedWhiteBlue, which you can check out here:

For flying in a cul-de-sac, it might be necessary to increase the rudder area. Otherwise, it's a sweet flyer with no bad habits.

Jim R.
Jan 31, 2013, 03:51 PM
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JRuggiero do you have the plans available for your RedWhiteBlue Flyer?

Thank you;

Jan 31, 2013, 05:54 PM
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If the wind is light, a nice flat-wing Depron foamie (eg., something from Depron West) makes a great small-venue flyer. The trick is low wing loading and generous control surfaces for maneuverability. However -- some skill required, and anything over 3 mph wind makes it harder.
Jan 31, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JRuggiero
My nomination is for my own-design () RedWhiteBlue, which you can check out here:

For flying in a cul-de-sac, it might be necessary to increase the rudder area. Otherwise, it's a sweet flyer with no bad habits.

Jim R.
The motor you use gives it away -- it's the perfect motor for a 5-8 oz. light-wind flyer. I use that motor in a converted Herr (Guillows-like) Stearman biplane, and on a 24" Depron 3D plane.

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