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kc30/05/2018 11:20:26
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The Moronic is such a great plane it will be worth knowing what the kit costs.

However you could consider the SLEC Funflyer kit or SLEC Limbo Dancer ( both available in i.c. or electric versions) or another kit Wot4 as replacements. I think all these planes are now with built up wings rather than foam. For overseas shipment it would be worth asking what the shipping cost is for 2 or more kits because it might not be much more than just 1 kit. Selling off the spare kit might be worthwhile.

For a plan version of a funfly model there are many plans available and you could consider something like the Kanga which can be obtained as a plan sent by e-mail if I remember correctly. Martyn is often here on the forum so a message to him might produce a plan you can print out yourself.

Of course you won't find a free plan of a Moronic or Panic or Gangster because the designers of these great flying models guard their finest designs well!

Wilco Wingco09/11/2019 13:48:01
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Does anybody have any photographs of the ORIGINAL Phil Newman Panic?. Just bought a very old version off Fle-bay and there are no cut outs in the ailerons, the tail feathers are all solid balsa and the fus is built like a brick xxxxhouse. Lots of ply and no cut outs??. Nothing like the kits available. Either a very well modified or built from an old plan???. embarrassed

Bob Cotsford09/11/2019 15:30:54
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Sounds like the original Panic that had a foam wing with veneer capping in place of ribs and solid tail surfaces. I used to have one but sold it the other year and don't seem to have any photos of it. It will still fly ok, I only used a 52 though people stuck anything up to a 91 on them.

Don Fry09/11/2019 15:51:39
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I'm just getting around to finishing a current kit Panic. I have an ASP 75, and an OS 90 FX, and have drilled out the mounts to take either. I am inclined to shove in the ASP, if only to put it to work.

What pitch prop. I assume six inch. Any observations?

Wilco Wingco09/11/2019 16:36:22
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Thanks Bob I'm sure you are right. I thought the wings were built up but just checked and they are foam with capping strips. Do you have any idea how old it might be, just for fun?. I intend putting an Irvine 53 in it for a winter hack. I also have a 61 to try, then where did I put that 91?.

Thanks for the info I knew someone would know. Cheers. smiley

Mike Smith09/11/2019 16:57:06
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This is my Panic from the 80's. Solid foam wings and, if I recall correctly, no cut outs on the control surfaces. Very robust!

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Don Fry09/11/2019 18:16:36
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Nice colours Mike. Gives me a bit of hope.

It's been a trial to do. Not the kit, or the build, but me. Can't be bothered. And I need a hack.

Paul Marsh09/11/2019 18:23:48
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I have a Panic, built a few years ago. OS 61SF shown here, but has a OS 65LA in it now. swapped the engine, for no reason, but the LA pulls it vertical, still...

Bob Cotsford09/11/2019 19:13:34
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I think I remember the original kit was around the same time as the Acrowot was introduced, maybe mid 1980s?

kc09/11/2019 19:27:10
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Avicraft advertised the Panic in RCME April 1981 but it wasn't mentioned in their very comprhensive advert in April79 so somewhere between those dates for the kit I reckon. Possibly they were flying it as a prototype a bit earlier.

Wilco Wingco09/11/2019 20:05:09
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Thanks chaps you are an ever amazing font of knowledge. My example is looking decidedly faded but you have given me the will to recover it and get it looking spick and span again. Thanks for all your help and I look forward to getting her in the air again. 40 years old ??? and still solid. Not many ARTF can say that these days, just shows the old ones are the best.heart

Mike Smith09/11/2019 20:25:16
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...and, for anyone wanting something a little smaller (and maybe electric), I can recommend the Mini Panic.

video here

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Steve J09/11/2019 20:53:55
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Posted by Don Fry on 09/11/2019 15:51:39:

I have an ASP 75, and an OS 90 FX, and have drilled out the mounts to take either. I am inclined to shove in the ASP, if only to put it to work.

What pitch prop. I assume six inch. Any observations?

I flew my Panic ARTF on a .91 FS driving a 15x6. A .75 TS should be similar in power to a .91 FS.

I really must put some new bearings in that engine and get the Panic back in the air.

Edited By Steve J on 09/11/2019 21:07:08

Wilco Wingco09/11/2019 21:05:03
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Hi Mike. What power train do you have in your mini Panic. I have a half completed kit but can't decide if I should install an Irvine 20 or maybe the left overs from my re-kitted Wot 4 electric. I rather fancy the I/C but need to find a home for my WOT 4 Foam-e bits.Where did you put the battery box and access flap???.

Mike Smith09/11/2019 21:41:49
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The power train consists of an Airtek Exel EX/3536/1100/7 brushless outrunner motor, J Perkins EnerG Pro 60A BEC speed controller and a 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery. The prop is 10 x 6 electric. This makes it quite sprightly.

The servos and speed control are accessed from below by removing the lower wing. There is an access hatch for the battery directly below the upper wing.

I'm no expert, but imagine your Irvine 20 would probably be suitable if going down the IC route.

Don Fry10/11/2019 09:24:00
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Thank you Steve, I will examine the prop box for 6 inch offerings.

Rich too10/11/2019 10:21:19
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I really should have a panic for nostalgia. My modelling started with many Thursday evenings spent at the Avicraft store in the 80’s and yet I never owned one!

J D 810/11/2019 10:22:53
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rNot had one myself but a friend did and used to manoeuvre it had to get the interplane struts to pop off ! laugh They were only fixed on with clothes fasteners.

Edited By J D 8 on 10/11/2019 10:23:15

bert baker10/11/2019 10:36:35
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Posted by J D 8 on 10/11/2019 10:22:53:

rNot had one myself but a friend did and used to manoeuvre it had to get the interplane struts to pop off ! laugh They were only fixed on with clothes fasteners.

Edited By J D 8 on 10/11/2019 10:23:15

Yes that's the point, Press studs to hold the and plates on,

Cartwheel it down the runway ,

refit  the wings back onto their seats refit the end plates and go fly again.

 

No glue needed for the average misshap

Edited By bert baker on 10/11/2019 10:38:21

Bob Cotsford10/11/2019 11:47:30
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Plentyof reading on the MiniPanic here, power trains, balance - everything you need to know and more

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