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trebor05/02/2015 10:14:56
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Been looking at some electric planes for my clubs quiet days only. I,m after a slow easy flying that might take a bit of light breeze. Never fancied a foam plane before but would they take more abuse ? These take my fancy at around my price range.

Art - Tech Stol 500 , Parkzone Sport Cub or a HK Durafly™ Balsa Series - Fieseler Fi 156 Storch 1154mm.

Advise appreciated.

trebor05/02/2015 10:46:33
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Some links,

Foam **LINK**

Foam **LINK**

Balsa **LINK**

Do you think the dihedral on the Art Tech stol would make for a better novice plane even if I didn't use the flaps straight away.

J Moyler05/02/2015 11:25:25
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I think that the Art Tech Stol would be a good choice also consider the Multplex Fun Cub (Have flown a flew myself). You should be able to set one for about the same price if not cheaper. Would not recommend the Storch, I have flown one but the undercarriage is not suitable for the normal club grass patch.

Regarding taking abuse. I few members at my club use foam planes for winter flying and you would be amazed at some of the damage that has been repaired. If a balsa plane had the same damage it would have been consigned to the bin.

JM

trebor05/02/2015 11:38:49
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I will have a look at the Multiplex.

andyh05/02/2015 17:45:43
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I've been after something similar & am probably going to get myself a HK Bushmaster, which looks to be much the same as the FunCub, at a fraction of the price:

http://www.hobbyking.co.uk/hobbyking/store/__57920__HobbyKing_Bushmaster_Sport_Plane_EPO_1550mm_PNF_UK_Warehouse_.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-xYaq_H3BQ

Edited By andyh on 05/02/2015 17:46:39

Josip Vrandecic -Mes05/02/2015 18:23:04
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Hi Trebor , if price is not a problem.....I reccomend MPX Fun Cub:

**LINK**

avtur05/02/2015 18:39:03
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I'm going to recommend the Parkzone Sport Cub .... although within the Parkzone range its getting a bit confusing because there are a number of 'Cubs'.

The "Sport Cub" is one of the more recent models, no AS3X, just a Cub with an aileron wing, flaps and tundra tyres, it's a great flyer. I've not had a problem with longevity of this or any other foam ARTF's.

I have nothing but praise for for Parkzone foamies, depending on your home situation and building facilities they have a lot to offer.

Edited By avtur on 05/02/2015 18:39:30

trebor06/02/2015 16:13:23
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Looking at the Fun Cub, its got floats. laugh Plus spares might be easy to get hold of but the trouble with surfing the net you see other things. I came across the Flyzone Dhc - 2 Beaver which is reported to be very stable, plenty of power and floats included. yes Only thing the wings clip in and would be difficult to take out for transport plus I couldn't find it for sale in the UK.

**LINK**

Then I looked at E Flite Dh Beaver.

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Then Ripmax St Beaver EP

http://www2.ripmax.net/Item.aspx?ItemID=A-STM140&Category=010-030

I can see small differences but are these the same basic model ?

Edited By trebor on 06/02/2015 16:19:11

Pete B - Moderator06/02/2015 17:35:29
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They're all Beavers, trebor, but the E-Flite is a 68" span 5lb balsa/ply and not really suitable for a novice, TBH. Definitely not in the 'bounceable' category, anyway.....smile

I thoroughly enjoyed mine until one side of the tailplane fell off...crying 2

Pete

trebor06/02/2015 17:47:36
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I got my links mixed up blush and a headache frown

trebor06/02/2015 18:06:13
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I keep hearing there quite stable flyers even in breezy conditions, some appear to have more dihedral than others. If I didn't use the flaps and floats straight off wouldn't they make a good trainer with a few extras for later ?

Another one Dynams Beaver looks similar.

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Pete B - Moderator06/02/2015 18:47:37
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I think it largely depends on how you feel your abilities as a flyer are coming along at present. You seem to be getting instruction on your IC jobbie and I assume you're looking for something that'll give you some more air time when you can, perhaps when you're alone at the patch?

Certainly, the more flying you get in, the quicker you become accustomed to flying a model around with some degree of planning and control, rather than following it around, IYSWIM.

I reckon any of those Beavers will be a little challenging if you haven't reached the stage of being able to take off, fly a circuit or three under control and land consistently where you want to, so I'd be inclined to look away from the 'scale' models and go for something that will be fairly forgiving, yet still look good in the air.

If this is the scenario, I'd suggest the Fun Cub or similar - the throws can be reduced to a fairly benign setting and it will be very forgiving. It's a fairly rugged model too and will put up with a bit of abuse. As your skill and experience grows, you can turn up the throws and enjoy it a bit more.

Just my 2p worth...

Pete

Steve Colman06/02/2015 19:21:33
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+1 on the Fun Cub.

Steve.

trebor06/02/2015 19:26:26
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Ta chaps yes

Martin Rowe 106/02/2015 20:21:30
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It's a bit bigger but I have a eFlite carbon z. It's a lovely plane to fly.

Chuck Plains06/02/2015 20:53:44
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Even though I should be getting on with my own Cub build (foam) I will also say FunCub. It's one that I will buy myself one of these days.

trebor06/02/2015 21:03:52
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Posted by Martin Rowe 1 on 06/02/2015 20:21:30:

It's a bit bigger but I have a eFlite carbon z. It's a lovely plane to fly.

There nice but can I justify the money thinking

Cheapest Fun Club Ive seen was at 4Max.

Is there a Mark1 and a M2 Fun Club ?

Edited By trebor on 06/02/2015 21:05:39

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