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Percy Verance03/04/2018 21:53:00
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Just use a larger capacity lipo EP. Something like a 3300 or maybe even a 4000mah. It should still go in if you devise a fixing similar to the one I described earlier. A larger capacity pack will give you a further 2 or 3 minutes in the air, at roughly the same overall model weight.......

Then you really could lose that 4.8v pack...........

That was really the problem with these models. That awful glassfibre fuselage moulding had the weight in completely the wrong places, with little strength where it was needed most!

Edited By Percy Verance on 03/04/2018 21:56:42

Richard Wood04/04/2018 08:24:33
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The Superfly was marketed as an 'ARTF' back in its day, but needed a fair amount of work
to complete. I recall fitting the bulkhead accurately with polyester resin & glass cloth
and other odd jobs on the fuselage were quite daunting for a young newbie.
My 3 channel version flew nicely enough on an Enya 35, but that's nostalgia.

Good luck with your electric version - it's an attractive model with a Cessna look.

Edited By Richard Wood on 04/04/2018 08:25:26

Richard Wood04/04/2018 09:53:38
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Posted by Percy Verance on 03/04/2018 21:53:00:

Just use a larger capacity lipo EP. Something like a 3300 or maybe even a 4000mah. It should still go in if you devise a fixing similar to the one I described earlier. A larger capacity pack will give you a further 2 or 3 minutes in the air, at roughly the same overall model weight.......

Then you really could lose that 4.8v pack...........

That was really the problem with these models. That awful glassfibre fuselage moulding had the weight in completely the wrong places, with little strength where it was needed most!

Edited By Percy Verance on 03/04/2018 21:56:42

I thought it was a reasonably good fibreglass fuselage moulding for its time Percy
it was a good attempt from W&E to market a realistic looking non-boxy trainer.
It wasn't the lightest fuselage admittedly & that was its compromise, but it seemed
strong enough around the bulkhead & landing gear mount with a little laying-up with
resin & glass cloth in these areas.

Edited By Richard Wood on 04/04/2018 09:54:55

Percy Verance04/04/2018 21:06:09
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The Robbe Progo - although a few years later - was a good example of how to *do* this sort of model nicely. The Plura fus was much tougher than fibreglass, which became very brittle in the winter months. Still, the Superfly was very much a mid to late 70's product, and things were moving forward even then......

The Progo did cost a fair bit more than the Superfly - about 50% more as I recall - but it was a far superior product.

Edited By Percy Verance on 04/04/2018 21:08:35

EP04/04/2018 23:39:24
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Percy,

I looked up that Robbe Progo. It weighs 2.4-2.5kg. That is a similar weight to the Super Fly, maybe even a few oz more so I would expect similar performance. I bought my Super Fly when I was at school. No way I was paying 50% moresmiley.

The Super Fly has survived a couple of crashes for me. It doesn't owe me anything. It got me back into power flying. I like the way it has no real vices (tip stall etc.) but you have to fly it and it requires a bit of anticipation. It flies more like a real plane, You cannot go ballistic like you can with something like a Hobbyking Tundra to get you out of trouble or take off and land in a couple of feet. The landing speed is significantly higher than current trainers but not impossible. i.e. It flies like a 5lb model.

When I want to tear around the sky I use my WOT 4 foam e. 1/2 the weight and about the same power.

EP

Robin Colbourne25/06/2018 13:52:55
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This unfinished W&E Super Fly, complete with box, popped up on eBay, so could be ideal if you're after one and its your part of the world.

**LINK**

Hawke22504/02/2019 17:20:59
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I gotta be brutelly honest.... as I will never get to fly the Superfly because of the way my health is now,,,, I did seriously toy with the idea of selling it when i stripped out the work room to convert it into a walk-in wardrobe a few weeks ago to someone who will actually fly it and put it to good use rather than letting it sit there on the shelf gathering dust...but knowing me i will probably miss the damn thing...lol

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