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Stearman6505/12/2018 07:43:09
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I came across the FlyFly Fox & otherswhile surfing Youtube. I liked the look of them so checked further. There is a UK distributor/ seller, They seem around 25% cheaper than similar products. Their web site is virtually non existent. There isn't much on here about them.

What's your experience?

Roo Hawkins05/12/2018 08:28:11
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Hi I would keep well away from them. They have very weak wings the wings joiner tubes in the wings are only fixed to the ribs and not the spars and the fuselages can sometimes be weak. It is a shame if they spent a few more ? they could have built a nice glider.
Andy Meade05/12/2018 09:12:52
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I've got a flyfly Salto that I've flown for a few seasons now. It's a little bit heavy, so I added flaps for crow braking effect, works well. A nice little machine, imho - no issues with the joiner / spar interface (so far - touch wood!)

simon barr05/12/2018 12:14:48
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A fellow club member had the Duo Discus. It performed well on both the slope and aerotow.

But it met it's end when a wing folded just after release from a very stable and gentle tow.

Anthony Scott 205/12/2018 14:42:31
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My Fox has proven to be great value for money. It flies well in a wide wind speed range, is aerobatic & has survived its share of slope side arrivals. I would happily have another.

Ronaldo05/12/2018 15:38:32
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I have the Fox and the Salto, and have electrified them both (no slope nearby). They both fly well, but I did open up the wings to reinforce them, and then recovered with white profilm.

The Salto has no flaps like the Fox does, and lands a bit fast especially on a dead calm day, even with airbrakes. So as Andy mentioned of his Salto, I'm also considering fitting flaps for crow braking.

They are great value for money if you don't mind doing a few mods

Stearman6505/12/2018 17:09:23
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Thanks to everyone who has commented.

I have watched around 15 Youtube videos on various Fly Fly models, some bad, but in the main good. My own observations of the flying videos, I get the impression that the designers have taken the wing areas of the full sized versions of the scale models as gospel & not designed them as more flyer friendly. Most I've watched look very twitchy on ailerons, & landing speeds high in comparison to similar models from other manufacturers. IMO the wing areas are too small compared to their weights, which isn't something easily corrected. The models suffering from wing failure have mentioned that when investigating why they had failed found the wing tubes only being attached to the root ribs & not to the length of the tube. I see Ronaldo mentioned he had strengthened the wings, can you explain further what exactly you did.

Saying all that, I'm still of the opinion that I may try one, depending on what the Stinson, I have for sale fetches. I'm thinking one of the scale motor gliders that FlyFly produce, of which I could never afford one of the better manufacturers versions.indecision

Brian Hammond05/12/2018 18:28:01
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Iv,s found the Flyfly model I have is not bad but spares seem like hens teeth and the importers just don,t want to know!

Stearman6505/12/2018 22:11:20
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Posted by Brian Hammond on 05/12/2018 18:28:01:

Iv,s found the Flyfly model I have is not bad but spares seem like hens teeth and the importers just don,t want to know!

Who are the importers?

Stearman6505/12/2018 22:51:27
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Anyone bought from this company? On their pricing they have 4 headings PNP, Kit with motor, Kit. & Glider. Anyone know what PNP means? that is the most expensive option. Tried their chat help but they wanted me to register, at this stage I don't want a load of spam.

**LINK**

Edited By Stearman65 on 05/12/2018 22:52:08

I think PNP means plug & play in this instance, maybe includes servos.

Edited By Stearman65 on 05/12/2018 23:08:03

Martin Harris05/12/2018 23:10:14
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Not used them but they have been around for some years.  Postage is a bit of a killer though!

PNP is Plug and Play - ready to plug in a receiver, connect a battery and go (i.e. all the servos, motors, linkages, hinges etc. are pre-installed)...after programming your transmitter of course!

Edited By Martin Harris on 05/12/2018 23:16:40

Brian Hammond06/12/2018 08:09:12
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If I remember correctly, the company had taken over giantcod but now seem to have disapeared.

Andy Meade06/12/2018 08:47:09
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Don't know who the importer is, but Gliders UK carry lots of stock.

Roo Hawkins06/12/2018 08:56:51
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Hi have you thought about a pat teakle glider they are about ?370 and they fly great but you do have to build them yourself has they are only a basic kit. Glass fuselage and foam wings tail and canopy. I have a vega .dart and asw 20.

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Edited By Roo Hawkins on 06/12/2018 08:57:54

Stearman6506/12/2018 10:05:22
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Posted by Andy Meade on 06/12/2018 08:47:09:

Don't know who the importer is, but Gliders UK carry lots of stock.

If you check there web site, a lot of the motor gliders are out of stock. Have sent an email to check when they will or if they will be replenishing their stock

Stearman6506/12/2018 13:13:01
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Still no reply from Gliders UK. But while I was checking around for FlyFly stockists, found another in China.

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simon barr06/12/2018 15:23:24
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I'm still waiting for a reply from Gliders I sent them several months ago regarding some lipos... Got them from HK in the end, so their loss, I guess.

Andy Meade06/12/2018 15:32:53
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Anyone tried picking up a phone? They answer pretty quick.

simon barr06/12/2018 15:37:17
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You, indeed, have a point Andy, but when they supply a Contact email, I do expect an acknowledgement at the very least... Just old school, I guess.

Stephen Smith 1407/12/2018 19:38:54
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Posted by simon barr on 06/12/2018 15:37:17:

You, indeed, have a point Andy, but when they supply a Contact email, I do expect an acknowledgement at the very least... Just old school, I guess.

The phones old school not email.

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