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Jun 10, 2013, 01:11 AM
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Balsa Built ARF Parkflyers (not kits) Available Today


I have come to the conclusion that there are very few balsa parkflyers available on the market today, The best balsa parkflyers are all built from kits from places like Mountain Models, Stevens Aero, Zeke's Park Scale Models, and the like. After searching over 70 retailers and seeking advice from multiple RC forums and of course model aviation groups on Facebook I have built the list below.

Sadly, for those that do not have the time to build airplanes we are being shorthanded. Please note that this list does not include profile planes. That will be another list entirely. Also note that I am using the AMA's standard for a parkflyer which is 32 ounces or less for the airplanes below.

We all know that the MM Switchback Sport is one of the greatest parkflyers ever designed. It really is the commensurate parkflyer and perfect for flying in fields and parks no bigger than an acre or two. It can be very aerobatic or as tame as a three channel beginner plane. The Switchback comes in at around 13 oz AUW and can slow down to a walking speed for landing.

Sadly, I have discovered that there is an extremely limited number of balsa ARFs on the market today and even fewer great flying planes like the MM Switchback. This makes me believe that the reason why foam planes are so popular is that companies are producing many different options of foam planes for the parkflyer pilot. Hence the reason why so many people are such big fans of foam planes. I am as well, but some people simply believe that a balsa built airplane cannot make a good parkflyer. We know that that statement is about as far from the truth as you can get.

I am making a a list together of all the balsa parkflyers available on the market today. So if you are looking for a balsa ARF with an AUW of 32 oz or less, here you go. If you want a truly great balsa parkflyer with an AUW of 16 oz or less, than you are going to have to build it yourself. Although I hear the Grasshopper may be the exception to that rule.

Note: This list is a work in progress and it grows all the time as I discover new planes to add.

Frank

Balsa Planes under 10 ounces

3D Spirit All Wood 3D Plane V2… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-3dspirit-orange.aspx
Piper L-4 Grasshopper 250 ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL5025

Balsa Planes 10 - 20 ounces

Cessna 150 Aerobat 250 ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL5050
Curtis Jenny EP 38"… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-jenny-38-trans.aspx
Electric Extra 330L… http://www.ak-models.com/mm5/merchan...ectricAirplane
Extra 330L https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...80mm_ARF_.html
Idol https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ervo_ARF_.html
Tigermoth 32" Bipe… www.nitroplanes.com/timo32bielar.html
WP Starlett 900mm… http://www.graupner.de/en/products/a...T/product.aspx

Balsa Planes under 32 ounces

172… https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html
Addiction ARF… http://www.precisionaerobatics.com/p...ils.php?pid=53
Aero Crusier EP… http://www.americanpioneerhobbies.co..._electric.html
Albatros D.III EP 40" ARF… www.maxfordusa.com/albatrosd-iiiep40arf.aspx
Arrow 3D EP… http://www.americanpioneerhobbies.co..._electric.html
Butterfly Electric ARF Version 3.1… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-butterfly-v3-orange-1.aspx
CAP 232 EP… http://www.americanpioneerhobbies.co..._electric.html
Cosmic Wind… www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1810.html
Electric ZERO… http://www.ak-models.com/mm5/merchan...ectricAirplane
Extra 260 3D 480 ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL2475
Extra 300-S EP… http://www.americanpioneerhobbies.co..._electric.html
Fury ARF… http://www.atlantahobby.com/store/pc...0&idcategory=0
Gee Bee Model Y ARF V2.1… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-gb-ep-wr.aspx
Hughes H-1 EP 40” ARF… www.maxfordusa.com/hughesh-1racerep40arf.aspx
Mini Contender www.top-flite.com/airplanes/topa1025.html
Mini Funtana X ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL2425
Mini MXS-R EP… http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...-ep-SEAX128#t2
Mini Pulse XT… http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...arf-EFL2375#t2
Mini Sparrow Hawk EP… http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...k-ep-SEAX68#t2
Mini Ultra Stick… http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...qMgodZl8AXw#t2
Northrop Gamma EP 40" ARF… www.maxfordusa.com/northropgamma.aspx
PA Mini Katana… http://www.precisionaerobatics.com/p...ls.php?pid=229
PT-19… www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1149.html
Reactor… www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1540.html
S.E.5a… www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1140.html
SIG Kadet EP-42B … http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...ftF.html?E+Sig
SIG Rascal… http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...ftF.html?E+Sig
Sopwith Camel… www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1144.html
SPAD XIII www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1143.html
Stingray Electric… www.aero-works.net/store/detail.aspx?ID=256
SU-31 EP… http://www.americanpioneerhobbies.co..._electric.html
SU-31… www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1547.html
Super Chipmunk EP… http://www.carlgoldbergproducts.com/.../gpma1928.html
Taylorcraft 450… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL2625
Ultimate 30" EP Scale ARF… www.maxfordusa.com/ultimatebiplaneep30arf.aspx
YAK-54… www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1542.html
Last edited by Murocflyer; Oct 08, 2013 at 06:55 AM. Reason: Additions made to the 20-32 oz list
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Jun 10, 2013, 01:29 AM
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You missed one of my all time favorite planes unless it doesn't fit with the rules for some reason. The Mini Ultra Stick from E-Flite is an awesome plane. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...qMgodZl8AXw#t2
Jun 10, 2013, 01:32 AM
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You missed one of my all time favorite planes unless it doesn't fit with the rules for some reason. The Mini Ultra Stick from E-Flite is an awesome plane. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...qMgodZl8AXw#t2
Got it. Thanks Hance! I certainly did miss that one. Thanks for letting me know.

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Jun 10, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Balsa Planes under 10 ounces

3D Spirit All Wood 3D Plane V2… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-3dspirit-orange.aspx
Falcon ARF… http://www.atlantahobby.com/store/pc...1&idcategory=0
Piper L-4 Grasshopper 250 ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL5025


the falcon arf is proformance foam not balsa
Jun 10, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Balsa Planes under 10 ounces

3D Spirit All Wood 3D Plane V2… www.maxfordusa.com/gm-3dspirit-orange.aspx
Falcon ARF… http://www.atlantahobby.com/store/pc...1&idcategory=0
Piper L-4 Grasshopper 250 ARF… http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL5025


the falcon arf is proformance foam not balsa
Well shucks! That's even less now. Thanks for letting me know.

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Jun 10, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for the list!
Jun 11, 2013, 04:58 AM
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Thanks for the list!
You are welcome. Wish there were more!

Frank

PS I'm sure I must have missed a couple of the 20 plus oz ARFs out there. That is a popular size. If you run across one that I did miss, post the name and link and I will add it to the list in post #1. Thanks!
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Aug 04, 2013, 09:38 PM
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I know you are looking for an ARF due to time restrictions, which is why I own the L-4 ARF you have in your list and truly it's a fabulous flyer! Actually, it's far more aerobatic than I had expected! Though, I did double the motor power from the recommended.

Anyway, I have flown the 10-15oz size for a few years now and I am all about scale, mostly warbirds and bombers. I have built many of the 10oz birds from Manzano Laser and I can say that they build fast, and are truly remarkable flyers also. And at the size, they are inexpensive for gear, and look great in the air! +1 for Manzano!
Aug 09, 2013, 11:41 PM
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I agree that kits are the way to go in that size. Based on the research I done, and the reviews by others, you cannot find more than a few balsa ARFs that fly like the balsa kits that are available today.
Aug 03, 2014, 03:37 PM
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E-flite Cessna 150 Aerobat 250 ARF Review

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1915930


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