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Trendsetters and Iconic Models over the Years?

Most copied, most common and most wanted?

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Don Fry17/01/2020 19:58:56
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Posted by kc on 17/01/2020 19:44:24:

Don - Smog Hog plan on Outerzone

Stand educated.

ron evans17/01/2020 20:26:37
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For a trendsetter how about the Astro Hog by Fred Dunn, from 1957.

Probably the first low wing aerobat and the daddy of all those that came after, sweeping the board in US competitions.


Martyn K17/01/2020 22:55:53
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Wot 4.

Must be zillions of those around

KiwiKid18/01/2020 01:04:25
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Maybe not so popular in Europe, but the Parkzone F-27 Stryker has had a huge uptake worldwide and helped a lot of folks get into the hobby over the years. The first model (brushed motor with seven cell Ni-Mh power) was produced around 15 years ago and it's descendant is still available (in upgraded format) from E-flite. It came in a variety of set ups from RTF package with remote to the bare airframe which retailed for 20 bucks in the States. This allowed all manner of fun stuff to be done to them - here's some of mine.

Original with undercarriage and bomb dropper.





su 27 1.jpg



Lotsa fun laugh

David Davis18/01/2020 05:30:42
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Radio Queen

Four Star 40,60 etc

Goldberg Tiger

Calmato Alpha 60

Reno Racer18/01/2020 07:28:01
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Joe Bride’s Kaos range of aerobatic pattern aircraft from the 1970s

Kaos 40, 60, super Kaos, killer Kaos etc. All now available on outerzone.

topflite Contender 60

Sig 4 Star 40

Alan H18/01/2020 09:39:45
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Posted by Peter Christy on 17/01/2020 15:26:29:

Well, the "Taurus" dominated fixed wing-aerobatics for many years, and clearly influenced many other designers. On that basis, I would think it deserves to be regarded as a trendsetter, iconic AND common - at least in 60s aerobatic circles!



+1 for the Taurus, my first low model and a delight to fly. They were the dominant multi aerobatic model back in the mid 60's.


Jon Laughton19/01/2020 11:37:40
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For me - the DB (super)Mascot and the Acrowot...

Chris Channon19/01/2020 11:56:23
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Yamammotto, Premier Preceptor, Precedent Hi-Boy, Precedent Bi-Fly.

Robin Colbourne19/01/2020 23:25:27
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Posted by Chris Channon on 19/01/2020 11:56:23:

Yamammotto, Premier Preceptor, Precedent Hi-Boy, Precedent Bi-Fly.

Chris, you've just answered a question I've been meaning to ask, namely, 'Who made the Preceptor?'
I borrowed one from a friend to give lessons for quite a long while, but never knew who kitted it. Apart from rather too soft main legs that were forever bending back, it was a wonderful four channel trainer, and flew really well on an OS35FP. The one I flew had a silicone tube from the outlet on the silencer to just by the right hand main wheel, so it didn't get covered in goo either.
I can't find a picture of a Preceptor anywhere though. For those that have never seen one, it looks like a slightly anorexic MFA Yamamoto.

There are lots of good suggestions coming through. I would never have thought of the F-27 Stryker, but I take Kiwikid's point. Maybe the original question should be broken down by decades? The Tauri and Ugly Stick are definitely classics; the Ugly Stick, in particular, being much copied through the years, and even influencing such classics in their own right as the GWS Pico Stick; I bet that would have surprised Phil Kraft!

Tony Wright 420/01/2020 00:36:54
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Keil Kraft ,Outlaw and fleet wing ( another Dave Platt Design) .As a thirteen year old 1973 always aspired them.

Still haven’t got round to building them ! My first trainer also KK the Gyron ( yet another DP Design!) 1979. Flew free flight and c/l between years. KK phantom mites cL etc. free flight snipe and most of the veron,mercury and kk.kits.Bought from John Morgan’s The Model shop Hull. Any one else used this shop? Later on went to RJ models and on special occasions a trip to Reg Beaumont’s All gone now 😥

Doug Moss20/01/2020 05:54:48
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Falcon 56, Senior Falcon.

Telemaster, Senior Telemaster.

ken anderson.20/01/2020 09:28:15
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there can be only one...…..a Junior leads where the rest follow.

ken dept.

Nigel R20/01/2020 09:32:08
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Posted by Robin Colbourne on 19/01/2020 23:25:27:

The Tauri and Ugly Stick are definitely classics; the Ugly Stick, in particular, being much copied through the years, and even influencing such classics in their own right as the GWS Pico Stick; I bet that would have surprised Phil Kraft!

I think the Stik was something that would have been discovered eventually - no matter who discovered it.

It's the logical answer to "how simple can an all-wood RC airplane be?"

For simple, also read "quick to make".

Kraft's particular genius with the Stik was styling the tail end to look like a Fokker and plonking some big iron crosses on it smiley

Nigel R20/01/2020 09:32:37
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To add to the list, if its not on it already -


Mark Agate20/01/2020 09:49:06
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Keil Kraft Super 60

Crescent Bullet

DB Ghost Rider (inspired many variants)

Avicraft Panic

Romeo Whisky20/01/2020 13:44:09
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Just LOVE the FormosaNew GWS FormosaFrom the early days of electric, the GWS FormosaGWS Formosa F3AI've still got two of them upgraded to brushless and Lipos.  (US Navy one was lost in a mid-air collision).

Great flyers.


Edited By Romeo Whisky on 20/01/2020 13:46:14

Stuphedd20/01/2020 14:56:19
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The Formosa is the most relaxing plane to fly , and very popular in our club , great for doing very precise aerobatics and getting ready for the B test , Possibly a classic ?? and if it was still produced there would be many more and then it may probably be a "Classic ".

but for me , A 1968 Ugly Stik taught me RC , then the Wot 4 plan built , but now I have degenerated to foam things , EFX s etc.

DCW20/01/2020 21:01:14
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Devils Duster profileThe CAP Devil's Duster from the 1980s. So much fun I had to build a re-designed version in this century....CAP Devils Duster

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