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Jun 28, 2001, 08:59 PM
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Best ARF or quick build aerobatic slowflyer ???

I am sure this has been covered a million times already. If there is an existing link please point the way.

I am looking for something that I can fly on my neighborhood streets.

Does a rudder, elevator, aileron ship exist?

I would like an wife and I just had our first born a few weeks ago. Getting out to the field is not as easy as it used to be.

If possible...recommended equipment would be nice. I have been lingering around this forum for a few weeks trying to learn a little about this segment of e-flight.



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Jun 28, 2001, 10:35 PM
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Hello Jeff! Congrats on the newborn!!!
I just built a MM Li'l Hornet a couple of weeks ago.... and I love it!!! I put 3 HS-55's in it which gives it full-house 4-channel control. The control setup was kind of difficult due to the 3rd channel but you can get a hold of MMcreations if you need any help.. I also have an FMA Extreme5 rx and a Pixie 7 esc. All of it runs on 7 AAA-720 nihm cells for about 10minutes..... it's a blast!!! And it only took about three 2-hour sessions to build with one overnight wait for some Elmer's to dry. It can clip right along at full throttle and slow to a walk for landing. I got mine from Dave at he's a great help when you call and has lots of good mods and tips on his site for the Hornet.

As to weather it will fly in your street..... that depends on your street!

Good luck and happy flying!

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Jun 28, 2001, 10:51 PM
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Here is something from Hobby Lobby;

There are lots out there. NSP has some, and so does Todds Models.
Jun 29, 2001, 01:19 AM
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How about getting a fully assembled and tested Mini-IFO? All you have to do is mount your receiver and batteries. You're good to go after that.

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Jun 29, 2001, 01:08 PM
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Jeff, I also want the same thing for my next plane, aerobatic ARF model. I want to fly in the street out in front of my house, mainly due to family considerations as well (I have a 20 month old).

Considering all of the research I have done on the ezone. The first three recommendations are on my list. But I would add one, the Flitter-B. You can get one from EAM for about $35 and it's a quick build.

So thats:
1) Lil Hornet
2) Champion
3) Mini-IFO
4) Flitter-B

For the electronics, I would recommend:
1) GWS Pico BB servos (or Hitec HS-50s)
2) Sirius GFS speed control for 3chs
3) Pixie 7P speed control for 2chs and future Litium metel battery option.
4) GWS 4P 3 channel receiver.

Let us know what you pick, so that my future decisions will be easier.
Jun 29, 2001, 01:15 PM
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What about the Sukhoi

Jun 29, 2001, 01:29 PM
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... and it's close relatives, also from Simprop, the Cap & the Extra,

The Sukhoi is one of the best and sharpest looking electric planes I ever built!
Jun 29, 2001, 02:03 PM
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Originally posted by JMEYERS:
I am looking for something that I can fly on my neighborhood streets.
How big of an area do you have to fly? If you are not specific you may get overwhelmed with too many recommendations. I assumed that you were on a street with houses on both sides and maybe trees. This would disqualify many "park flyer" aerobatic, 3ch, ARF models that are much too fast for this area. These would include the Sukhoi, the Cap & the Extra. If you have extra large streets, no trees, and are a seasoned aileron pilot, then the Crazy Sparrow would be in the same class as the three previously mentioned.
Jun 29, 2001, 09:29 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I plan on flying in a cull de sac. My neighborhood is a cluster home type so I will be banking quite a bit.

I think a speed 400 type would be too quick for this...I would imagine anything in the 280 class and down would fit the bill.



Jun 30, 2001, 02:16 AM
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Perhaps the duskstik 2 would fit the bill? It isn't quite out yet but CoClimber would probably be able to tell you if it fits your requirements (seems like it will).
Jun 30, 2001, 09:15 AM
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I hesitated mentioning my new aerobatic plane for a few reasons: it's not out yet, it's a kit althought I try to design my kits to be as fast build as possible, I'm not sure at this time how fast it will be. The new design is quite safe in a confined space because it's a pusher and it has a "bumper" on its nose. I hope to finish and fly my third prototype tomorrow. It has a new airfoil and wing dimensions, and it is being built off of the CAD drawings so, if everything goes well, I can have some kits made soon.

The second prototype can be seen at

On another note, consider Jun's idea of a mini IFO.

Jul 02, 2001, 03:42 PM
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I like the looks of your aerobatic prototype plane, plus I like the durability of pushers. Keep us posted!
Jul 06, 2001, 02:14 PM
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Check this beauty out !!!

Lots and lots of pictures .

I believe its a foamy scratch built kit. I will tell where you might be able to buy if your interested. I may want to get one first!

Very unique: scale bi-plane, 5 channel (4 servos, 1 speed control), optional flaps, and around 10oz (300grams).
Jul 06, 2001, 02:24 PM
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where can that potensky bibe be had? hobby club maybe? let me know..john
Jul 06, 2001, 02:54 PM
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Hobby Club maybe.

They sell two of their (potensky microsystem) kits. But there is no mention of the Pots bi-plane.

I am currently trying to get in touch with Alberto to inquire about the availability of the Pots kit. E'maild him just now. No answer on their phones.

Hope it flies as good as it looks.