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Christopher Morris 215/10/2019 07:49:17
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Hi, i am looking for an electric plane with room for modifications. IE: larger battery, more powerfully engine, giro, FPV & alike. So one with lots of easy space to work in so i can experiment. Any suggestions on ones you have found with lots of spare space.? Thanks

Frank Skilbeck15/10/2019 08:07:18
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Multiplex Easy Star has quite a large battery bay so easy to fit larger batteries and easy to make alternate canopies for FPV etc, a more specialised option would be the Ranger Ex

Peter Christy15/10/2019 10:07:55
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You are probably looking at something with a wooden structure, rather than a foamie. The few foamies I have owned all seem to have very cramped interiors.

I bought a Wot-4 foamie as a test hack for radio gear, only to find the receiver compartment so tiny that only smaller receivers can be squeezed in!

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Pete

Don Fry15/10/2019 11:08:41
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HobbyKing Tundra?

Rich too15/10/2019 11:39:27
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Posted by Don Fry on 15/10/2019 11:08:41:

HobbyKing Tundra?

yes +1

or similar **LINK**

Christopher Morris 215/10/2019 12:35:32
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Thanks for the input, foamys are quite often restricted, maybe i will extend the sides & reshape at worst. The wood is a good idea, but choice is very limited. I might go for a Bixler 3 as many have done mods with this plane. One even had a 70mm duct fan on the roof & said it Flys really good.

Dad_flyer15/10/2019 20:22:05
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It sounds as though you are looking to buy rather than build. Building gives you more options, both in the type and shape, but also to add things as you go along which will help the planned modifications. However it is then quite a while before you fly.

Another option is the FliteTest foam board models. They are quick to put together - hot glue and a couple of hours for most of them. If you want to change anything, a sharp knife will cut your way in, and more hot glue adds the new part. What you are looking to do matches the whole idea of their system. You can get the laser cut kits, or download the plans and cut from board. Their own board is slightly lighter than normal craft 5mm board, but that works as well. Some of the models are designed with several variations, 3/4channel, single/twin motors, sweet drop bays, FPV etc.

Tom Sharp 216/10/2019 00:28:02
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E flight Maule. Foam but has a hollow fuselage. Lots of room, even somewhere to place your reg number.

Christopher Morris 216/10/2019 06:45:59
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Must admit i have seen some real Frankenstein models that have been cobbled together & adapted, that have worked surprisingly well. Its this type of experimenting i like to see. The Maule looks a good bet & would be great if i could pick up a second hand one up, as they are a little pricey for a foam.

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Brian Dorricott 116/10/2019 09:10:27
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If you want balsa and space Seagulls Boomerang is a good choice either electric or IC , bags of room and a nice gentle flyer that doesn't bite but still aerobatic with the rates up . Same for Seagull E-Pioneer but thats electric only . FYI bit of a Seagull fan but bin those plastic clevises -ugh !

Christopher Morris 216/10/2019 11:19:56
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Thanks for that Brian. Looks a great choice & looks ;like the boomerang has loads of room. It looks like you could put another shelf inside for extra equipment. Not quite sure from the literature if it comes with anything? IE: motor, servos, do you remember what yours came with?. It also looks very upgradeable.
I am also surprised at the very reasonable prices in comparison to others, but maybe if it doesn't come with certain parts, this might explain it. But, nice looking plane.

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