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Cessna 177 Cardinal

Manufacturer: Thunder Tiger

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews6
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Description: Semi-scale sport aerobat. 67" span; suitable for .60 two-stroke or .70 four-stroke.


simon hack wrote on 02/02/2011:
GOOD LOOKER
Strengths: easy build
Weaknesses: didnt like the bolt on wing crashed mine it broke of breaking fusalage
Overall: good looker srable ideal novice like myself
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

Ben Pettit wrote on 15/10/2009:
NICE PLANE THAT SHOULD LAST
Strengths: Value for money,tough, easy to clean, won't soak up oil, looks great and flys superbly
Weaknesses: Heavy, hard to repair.
Overall: I have the Thundertiger version and i'm chuffed to bits with it. Flys great on a 61 with flaps to slow it down. A computer tx will get the best from the airframe.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
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Flight performance
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Value for money
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Overall
80%

Chris Beer wrote on 15/03/2007:
ALMOST BOMBPROOF
Strengths: construction.ie plastic
Weaknesses: weight
Overall: good trainer. follow on with flaps and floats
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

Braddock, VC wrote on 15/03/2007:
FINE PLANE WITH NO REAL WEAKNESSES.
Strengths: Easy to build without the need for many tools or adhesives. Completed model is guaranteed to have correct incidences etc and is MUCH stronger than any other artf. I'm on my second one which has a saito 82 in which endows it with excellent performance. The first one had a laser 70 in but the exhaust started melting the firewall so it was changed for a TT 61 GP which was excellent but more intrusive than the 4 strokes.
Weaknesses: My only niggle was the imitation drag link on the imitation front oleo which was knocked off in the first bit of rough grass.
Overall: I've flown mine on each flyable day this winter, it makes more days flyable as it is less affected by wind than some contemporaries. In many ways I prefer it to some livelier planes as it "sits" well in the air, looking most realistic. I also got mine real cheap,95 IIRC at Inwoods
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
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Flight performance
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Value for money
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Overall
100%

Peter Roberts wrote on 09/03/2007:
EXCELLENT AS A TRAINER AND AN EARLY MODEL WHICH LOOKS REAL
Strengths: Beautifully constructed, looks great, astonishing durability, good introduction to assembly. Very stable, easy to fly but will do first aerobatics, steady to land although goes on and on. Huge (400cc) fuel tank gives 20 minute flights easily. ARC supply spares to same high standard. Flies well off grass.
Weaknesses: Be careful when using the cyano - it welds the plastic. Servo tray mounting can be confusing, nosewheel opening not quite right, assembly fiddly in parts.
Overall: A lovely "plane" for all, not just newcomers to the hobby. Great to pick up as a refresher if you haven't flown for a while or need to restore your confidence. Has presence in the air and resists strong winds. Good with an OS 70 4 stroke or 61 2 stroke. Large wingspan makes for great stability and cavernous fuselage make installation really easy. Carbon rod push rod for elevators excellent - don't know why more don't use the idea. A little care with assembly will look fantastic and give a great deal of pleasure at the field. When RCM&E first featured them they flew of the shelves. If you're starting or know someone who is consider this plane.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Graham Ashby 123 wrote on 09/03/2007:
WELL ENGINEERED; GOOD DETAILING; ROBUST; SUPER FLIER.
Strengths: A beautifully engineered kit that goes together very well. Flight performance is exceptional with a benign stall and a crisp response to control. Low speed characteristics belie the all-up weight and, as such, the Cessna makes a good robust trainer. Pop it on floats and it takes on a new lease of life.
Weaknesses: The nose wheel steering set-up is fiddly; take time over the stickers, use soapy water and they can be persuaded around the compound curves without wrinkling. Handling on the water is good in light winds but challenging in a blow. Twin water rudders would be better than the single item.
Overall: I'd recommend it to anyone and actively encourage you to try it off water. Absolutely fabulous. Don't fit anything less than a .65 four-stroke if you're planning to add the floats. My ASP pulls the extra weight with little effort and still has some in reserve.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

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