Let's Play Fantasy Island
OK, let's play pretend, shall we? ( I had a lot of fun writing this)
You scratch off that lottery card, that quick pick game or whatever, and you win big, but not too big.
You pay the taxes on the prize, pay some bills, you buy some gifts and determine that you want to treat yourself to some new RC equipment.
No banking for the future. You got to spend it now. The budget is $5K and no one is unhappy that you are going to spend it.
What's it going to be?
Here's my list.
Competition Thermal Duration Sailplanes
3M full house competition sailplane - Total $1100
Mantis - Fuse+Wing, tail = $600
Digital servos, Receiver, , Battery = $500
3M RES - Total $1000
Digital servos,receiver, battery $340
F5J Speed 400 competition - $900
Hyper 2 ME with Speed 400 competition motor system $550
Servos, receiver, etc. $350
Good Time Slope Planes
Eraser 60 EPP Slope Plane - $270
Eraser 60 - $125
F 20 Tiger Shark EPP Slope Plane - $230
F20 Tiger Shark $110
OK, that's $3500 on Thermal and Slope planes. Plenty of Fun here!
Let's add some small Electrics for fun.
Mountain Models Smooth E - $220
Kit with sport and slow fly wing
brushless/lipo servos, receiver, locator.
Carbon Falcon - Travel fun plane - $300
Brushless/lithium system/servos, plane locator
Zagi TAZZ - Some high speed fun - $330
Plane kit, motor, battery, charger, servos, etc.
3D Fun planes - $310
Shockflyer 3 Pack $100
1 Brushless set-up with servos, receiver, lithium. $210
Great Planes PolyCharge4 DC Only 4 Output LiPo Charger - $100
Charges 4 lipo packs at once.
Great Planes Incidence Meter $20
Extra Lipo packs - $210
Just to round it out
So that's $1170 in small electics
Add $3500 in sailplanes
$330 in misc accesories
This is my $5000 trip to Fantasy Island!
She is very pleased that you are FINALLY doing something for yourself, you wonderful man!
I would have to say, i'd take all that 5K and build up the hill up the road(its un-woned so I dont have to buy it first) with some compacted dirt and make it into a slope!!
Then I'd go buy a bundle of FFF and get to sloping!
Or I'd get a 1/4 scale Nimbus 4, scale it out, buy a trailer and a nice little scale Cessna 180(scaled out as well) and go on a raod trip to fly-ins accross the mid west(where all the best thermals are...proof is in the picture below when a tent got lifted on a calm, sunny day!)with my g/f as tow pilot!
Incredible photo!! Where was this taken. Or is this a photoshop special.
I didnt read the caption under the pic it was taken in Vermont
But still, the thermals are GREAT in the mid west!
My turn My turn
Eraser Exteme F3J
Li-poly RX Batt
AVA or Topaz
Li-poly RX batt
A nice new winch turn-around and retiever! Boy I wish Rahm was still in business!
Brushless motor setup with gearbox and Li-poly's
plus 3 extra Batt's
for the slope and the dark side
Double carbon Opus V
Hitec digital servos
Have Ray Hayes build a EA-6B sloper
for the park I would get a Space scooter
put a brushless motor in that and power it with Li-poly's
Oh yeah and another Hitec Eclipse with spectra Sorry guys I like this radio alot.
I am Mr. RC, your host. And this is my faitful assistant, Upstart.
While you are on the RC Fantasy Island remember that there are no problems or issues. The sun is always out, the wind is always from the right direction and the lift is eternal.
While there can be crashes, there is no need to fix, unless you wish to. We will take care of everything.
If you land below the ridge, don't worry, upstart will be standing there with a new plane and will run to get your other plane.
If you winch up for thermal hunting, you will always get a great zoom and the wings never flex too much.
There are no glitches, not interference and no shootdowns. Your channel is always clear!!!
However - LI Polys must still be handled with care, charged at the proper rate and stored properly. They will still burn up your plane, blow up your car and burn down your house. You will then have to sleep in the open and you will have to walk to the slope or thermal field.
However, when you arrive, your radio will be charged and your plane will be waiting. Upstart will have it all for you.
So dream of your new fleet, your new radio, your new charger.
Fly, fly .... fly!
I'm a young guy, so I'd plan for the future.
I'd take the 5K, and buy a bunch of quality servos and receivers. Never seems you have anough of those anyway. Then, I'd buy a bunch of composite materials for Drela designs. Like enough spar materials to build 3 or 4 more Bubble Dancers and Allegros (I have already build one of each). And then some composite materials to build a handfull of Supras.
Of course I'd also have to order a bunch of tailbooms from tailboom.com. Then, I'd be set for building for a number of years.
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