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Oct 25, 2002, 01:29 AM
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Break From Building

I decided to take a break from my usual kit-bashing and scratch-building, and try somethinmg easy. HA!

This is an "AirSurfer" I picked up at Wal-mart for 50 bucks. It took me about an hour from box to charged and ready-to-fly. It only took about three seconds to crash!

Well, after about three hours of test glides and wingtip bending and taping to trim it out, I was finally able to enjoy some good flights with it. The flight times ranged from the initial 3 seconds to 7.5 minutes before it got too dark and I had to quit.

I found out why it took so long for me to get the hang of it. It says right on the darned box, that it's for 8 year-olds. No WONDER I couldn't fly the dang thing.

Wingspan 30.5 inches
Length 20.0
AUW 9.0 ounces
Controls throttle (all-or-nothing)
differential thrust (inboard motor shuts off for turns)
Motors pretty strong sized between the GWS and a 280
Battery six-cell NiMH (after 4 cycles, the batteries are taking
about 400 mAH charges)

So far, the airplane has proven itself to be indestructible. Believe me, I tried.

Gary My photos.
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Oct 25, 2002, 02:03 AM
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I always wondered what a Tigermoth would look like after 5 minutes in the microwave .

Last edited by echoplanar; Oct 25, 2002 at 05:57 PM.
Oct 25, 2002, 10:26 AM
Leave me alone!
Martin Hunter's Avatar
That looks like some kind of alternate-reality 1930s creation or something. I had not seen that before now! Is that how it looks out of the box? It's very unique!

Oct 25, 2002, 10:29 AM
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robs's Avatar
I might just have to get one for my girlfriends son. When he gets bored with it, maybe I could ...

What kind of trimming did you have to do? Just twisting the wings?
Oct 25, 2002, 10:48 AM
Now with more COWBELL!
U2Steve's Avatar
Ok...Who's gonna be first to stick a brushless in one?
Oct 25, 2002, 12:03 PM
the journey is the reward
Hammer Head's Avatar

Yikes...but kinda to

"I always wondered what a Tigermoth would like like after 5 minutes in the microwave . "


Oct 25, 2002, 03:48 PM
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The only trimming I did was to bend the wingtips. All four were way out of whack. The last half of the flights are best, because the power comes down a little to more closely match the glide trim. I took this photo to illistrate the rather STRANGE looking side view. This is the left side, moving to the viewer's left.

Oct 25, 2002, 05:59 PM
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DNA's Avatar
Top right pic looks like a flying rhinocerous.
Oct 26, 2002, 05:27 PM
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Yes, that's what it looks like straight out of the box. There's also another which is mostly blue.


Thanks for the link. I can't believe I had missed it.


Here's a larger picture...
Oct 26, 2002, 08:14 PM
Lookin' Good. Real Good.
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That plane looks like some sort of gun from power rangers. I didnt know they hads another RC plane out, i thought it was just the intruder. Oh well. Im paying too much attention to you guys with your moths and switchbacks.
Oct 26, 2002, 10:12 PM
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HAHA! So true


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