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Old Jan 06, 2004, 05:29 PM
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What are the good 'backyard' flyers?

I'm wondering about this long time back. Slow, relaxing flyer that can be flown in the backyard (i.e. very tight area) and take some breeze. I've looked into MiniIFO, but I think it's too fast.
Any thought?
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Old Jan 06, 2004, 06:07 PM
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You can't be serious? Spend an hour reading ezone and
your answers will appear

Some people have horses in their "backyard"

How tight of an area?

The IFO makes a perfect backyard flyer.

Try a Depron mini-bipe of some sort.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 06:12 PM
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My experience has been that you may be asking for a lot. Slow, but can take a bit of breeze, and be flown in the back yard! With everything to choose from, one of these may be close to what you want:

Assuming you have some experience and electronics try one of the GWS SlowFlyers. The Tiger Moth is the ultimate slow, relaxing flyer that will (probably) fly in your back yard. Problem with it is that it won't handle much of a breeze.
The SlowStick is slow, and will handle a little more breeze than the TM, but it isn't as likely to stay in the yard, and isn't quite as relaxing.
Hopefully, someone with experience with the other brands has some suggestions for you.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 06:20 PM
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Slow Stick or Mountain Models Duskstik if you're looking for 3 channel. For something aerobatic, I prefer the Tiny X, Wasp, Mini IFO, Mini GeeBee, Mini Speedwing. Out of those, the Tiny X and Wasp can fly pretty slow on a DX-A setup.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 07:10 PM
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How's about 20'x20'
I have a Tiger moth but I can't fly that close with it.
Heard about Gym-E from Todd, but can't find much info here. Anyone has a good link on that?
Old Jan 06, 2004, 07:14 PM
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How about a helicopter?
The make some micro choppers now.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 07:21 PM
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Old Jan 06, 2004, 07:33 PM
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20X20 ?, any of the IFO's or a small 3D like the Tiny-X.

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Old Jan 06, 2004, 07:50 PM
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the micro choppers you can hover in the living room ....even in a small area outside with out much wind.....even inside in a tight area (10x10) you still get rotor wash...does make it interesting and keeps you on the sticks .
Old Jan 06, 2004, 08:01 PM
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Whoah! Deja vu!

How about the Gym-E?

Old Jan 06, 2004, 08:07 PM
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20x20 is not much fun for flying anything unless you like constantly being in a turn. The Gym-E can fly in very small areas, but probably not as small as the IFO (which can do high alpha). Maybe a Jar or something like that, but again, all you will be doing is hovering and turning. I think a heli would be more fun and challenging in this size space, but none o fthese things will handle much wind.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 08:13 PM
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20'x20' huh, I say get yourself a good Kite!! Sit on your back deck and let out the string.
Old Jan 06, 2004, 08:36 PM
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i was under the impression that the mini ifo was just about the slowest plane known to mankind... you can build the thing to 4oz AUW...IPS...ugh what could be slower except something w/ a 6" wingspan and a 20mAh lipo?!
Old Jan 06, 2004, 08:46 PM
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I saw a MiniIFO, it is not slow but the guy did fly full throttle.
I have Hummingbird heli (actually, it was my first RC)... it does not match my criteria for this (it's not so RELAXING to keep it airbrone)
I'll check on those airplanes. Look like there might not be so many choices there .
Thanks guys (sorry for Deja Vu!)
Old Jan 07, 2004, 08:44 AM
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Todd's Gym-E is a real winner!

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