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Feb 16, 2005, 11:15 AM
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Can anyone recommend A plane with less then 30" wingspan..

that is a hot flyer and consistent flyer ..that takes 3 channels..I will be using a brushless himax 2812-1080 direct drive in it..would like something with some good speed characteristics {40mph+}...please help...can be a RTF or ARF...Ive tryed the mini piper twice..and no luck with no need to recoemmend that specific nice if it was also crashworthy...thanks
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Feb 16, 2005, 12:30 PM
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Would 30 and 1/8 inches be okay?

Take a look at the Wattage Hawk, it's small, fast and durable.
Feb 16, 2005, 12:37 PM
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Have a look at the RBC Embrear 314 Super Tucano. From what i have seen it is real cracker of a plane at 27 inch:


Feb 16, 2005, 12:44 PM
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SA micro cap 232
Feb 16, 2005, 01:32 PM
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thanks I will look at all 3 of these...keep the recomendations coming..
Feb 16, 2005, 01:35 PM
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who sells the sa micro cap232??
Feb 16, 2005, 01:42 PM
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Feb 16, 2005, 02:02 PM
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The micro cap is cool and I have scratch built one very similar to it. The reason I mention it is I just wanted you to know it is a very advanced fun 3d plane. Not a good choice as a second plane, but if your pilot skills are great then go for it and you will not regret it.
Feb 16, 2005, 02:37 PM
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When you say 3 channel you mean rudder, elevator and throttle right? The micro Cap is gonna be 4 channel. If you are talking 4 channel I like the G-Nat. Flies great on CD motor.
Feb 16, 2005, 03:04 PM
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A plane with the capabilities you are referring to would usually be 4 channel and you would want that anyway because using the rudder in flight is a great learning adventure and good practice to better your pilot skills. I had the hardest time learning 3d flying because I learned to fly using rudder only as a ground control thing.
Feb 16, 2005, 03:28 PM
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40 mph is actually pretty fast. It seems slow when you think about it but when measured with a speed gun you would be surprised. I saw a speed wing I thought was doing 70+ easy and it was in the mid 50s. Agree on the 4 channel thing unless you want elevator aileron only. That is entirely possible for a pylon type plane.
Feb 16, 2005, 04:17 PM
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Any of these will knock your socks off in the speed department. They're depron pusher jets and they are very fast with a hot brushless motor.

Here's Steve Shumate aka jetset44s links. F-15 Eagle JAS-39 Gripen FA-18 Hornet T-38 Talon/F-5/F-20

Steve is very prolific and he is currently working on a F-14 if you don't mind waiting a little bit.

If that wasn't enough, Steve has inspired others to use his technique as follows: A-6 Intruder F4 Phantom II SR-71 Blackbird

And for those who asked "Why not ducted?"

P.S. All of the above plans are free, you just supply your own 6mm Depron or 1/4" blue or pink fan fold foam(FFF).

P.P.S. Plans for the A6 and SR-71 are in the works and are not available yet. There are enough photos in both threads for the adventurous to make their own.

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Feb 16, 2005, 04:34 PM
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==40 mph is actually pretty fast. It seems slow when you think about it but when measured with a speed gun you would be surprised.==

This man knows of that which he speaks! I own a speed gun and clock planes at fly-ins, most of the people are disappointed when they find out what their planes are -really- doing I have a little delta EDF that people were guessing flew 65+. BUT, fastest clock on it has been 52. The small size (16" wingspan) really makes it looks like it's moving. I have another little EDF that I just clocked at 60 2 days ago. The thing looks like it's going Mach 2 though

Regarding the topic at hand, HET-RC makes some nice little 3 channel balsa ARFs that are under 30" and can be quite fast on direct drive. Here are some links:
Feb 16, 2005, 04:37 PM
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Oops, hang on, are you looking for 3 channel as in rudder/elev/throttle or aileron/elev/throttle? I assumed aileron as 40+ mph planes usually are.

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