Originally Posted by Yoyodyne
I'm looking for a nice winter project, and my LHS has one of these on the shelf. I'd like a big electric plane that can handle those windy days that my Partenavia and Eco 8 heli can't, and with the optional cockpit kit the Skylane would make a nice looking bird. It doesn't have to be able to scream around the sky, but on the other hand I don't want to have to listen to all those rude comments by the gas guys, either. I'd like at least 10 minutes of decent flying time on a charge. A geared brushless setup is probably the way to go,and I am open for suggestions on which motor,prop,and cell count/type. The box says an 81" wingspan and a flying weight of 10-12 pounds, I'm not too sure on the wingloading. Any suggestions?
I am building the Gold Addition Cessna right now. The wood is heavy or pithy. I have talked with Top Flight and they say they don't have a problem. Sorry to say I am disappointed in the kit and it may become a hanger queen after all the work I put into it. I built one about ten years ago and didn't have any problems. I also have a Top Flight P-40 Warhawk and I have looked over the wood in it and I believe I am going to have to replace half of the sheet wood. The Cessna wing itself seems to build heavy but straight (the only good thing I can say about it). The balsa blocks for the Fowler flap setup had to be replaced because they were so soft drilling the holes was a pain. The balsa actually wound around the drill bit. I don't know if I got a kit that was made on Friday when everyone was going home or not. But I would look at it very carefully before I spent 180 bucks. I have a Super Tigre .75 in it and if it doesn't become a 82 inch wide truck I will be very surprised. I'm not a newbe in building... I started building planes when I was 13 and I'm 60 now. Been around the block a few times.