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JLK
09-27-2005, 04:20 PM
I would like to build a electric to fly this winter here in Iowa.
brrrrrrr
I am attracted to the 32" Yak-54 types with airfoil rather than flat plate wings. I am open to all suggestions though.
I would like to get in as $reasonably$ as I can since I'm on a budget but want to be able to upgrade as I go along.
I know this is a wide open question but any suggestions regarding all the equipment would be appreciated.
Thanks!:)
JLK

aeropal
09-27-2005, 04:43 PM
What's wrong with the suggestions made in the similar previous threads on this board?

watt_the?!
09-28-2005, 12:05 AM
buy the plane you like then we can help with the setup, using your constraints.

2dogrc
09-28-2005, 12:46 AM
I went to School in Ames, it is pretty cold there. I would suggest a plane with flame paint scheme to keep it from freezing!
:)

JLK
09-28-2005, 01:53 AM
What is the tradeoff for the flyability of the built up 32" model and the durability of the flat plate all foam plane.
There is also the add'l cost of the built up models.
Which way do y'all (I'm originally from Texas :p) recommend going?
Thanks!
JLK

pace_likethesalsa
09-28-2005, 01:55 AM
http://www.smallflyingarts.com/Current_Content/Article_2/meat_tray_1.htm

Im building this as soon as i find a cheap radio and some foam

2dogrc
09-28-2005, 04:52 AM
okay..Have you built with foam yet? If not, Foamy factory sells easy to build 3d planes. We sell a easy NON-3d plane that includes a CD with foam building techinques. Once you build your first couple flat wings you will learn the techniques for foam building. Then you can start tweaking the designs. Say build a full fuse with flat wing, then full fuse and airfoil wing.

If you want to save money, and you know you like to fly, go brushless. it will save you money in the long run and you will get the power that makes this sport so much fun!

They are about 1 zillion brushless motors and ESC's out there. I would suggest a 15-18A with suge to 18-20A ESC. This size esc will allow you to use many motor sizes and batteries with small to medium size e-planes.

Motors..again a zillion good motors out there, eveybody has there own ideas. it will help when you narrow down which plane you would like. Then it is easier to pick a motor.

If you want a cheap plane, and can get blue-core here are the planes for a plane you can build in an hour! I really like mine. It is a good 3d trainer, and really fun to go real fast and then roll like a drill bit!

Fun Plane
http://www.2dogrc.com/mypics/Foamie.pdf

JLK
09-28-2005, 11:31 PM
to one of these three.
I would appreciate everyone's opinion.

E-Flite Yak-54

Extreme Flight Yak 55 SP-E

Somenzini.com E-Yak-54

Thanks!
JLK

Aranel
10-05-2005, 05:59 PM
Where at in Iowa are you?

Aranel

JLK
10-05-2005, 06:45 PM
Looks like the complete opposite side of the state...Mt Pleasant!

Aranel
10-05-2005, 09:43 PM
Yep - Long ways away! If you dont mind building balsa get a switchback... A very relaxing flyer and not too much invested. They practially build themselves.. some skis and there you go.

Aranel

Steve
10-06-2005, 12:44 AM
What experience level are you? I live in Vermont and I just built an STS foamie. It has an enclosed fuse that will protect components from snow. I plan to put a set of GWS floats on it and fly off snow and frozen lakes/ponds.

I fried an ESC on a Slow Stick last winter when it got warm and formed condensation inside...then it shorted. Something to think about when you fly in the winter, especially over snow.

I just flies scale though....nothing fancy.

AEAJR
10-07-2005, 02:30 AM
I would like to build a electric to fly this winter here in Iowa.
brrrrrrr
I am attracted to the 32" Yak-54 types with airfoil rather than flat plate wings. I am open to all suggestions though.
I would like to get in as $reasonably$ as I can since I'm on a budget but want to be able to upgrade as I go along.
I know this is a wide open question but any suggestions regarding all the equipment would be appreciated.
Thanks!:)
JLK

Take a look at these. If you are experience, get the sport wings. If you are new to flying get the slow fly AND the sport wings.

Magpie - with both wing kits - $55
Easy to build Foam kit -
Has trainer wing AND and aileron sport wing
Master the first, then advance to the second.
They offer a complete package with both wings and all the electroncis for $160
http://www.mountainmodels.com/magpie.php (http://www.mountainmodels.com/magpie.php)
discussion threads
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3502851#post3502851 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3502851#post3502851)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=306795&highlight=SmoothE+build (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=306795&highlight=SmoothE+build)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3502851#post3502851 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3502851#post3502851)
Video - slow fly wing
http://www.mountainmodels.com/Magpie.wmv (http://www.mountainmodels.com/Magpie.wmv)
Sport wing
http://www.mountainmodels.com/MagpieSP.wmv (http://www.mountainmodels.com/MagpieSP.wmv)

SmoothE - $50
Easy to build Balsa and foam
4 channel aileron trainer
http://www.mountainmodels.com/smoothe.php (http://www.mountainmodels.com/smoothe.php)
Discussion Threads
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234349&highlight=SmoothE+build (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234349&highlight=SmoothE+build)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=205796&page=19&pp=15 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=205796&page=19&pp=15)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276761 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276761)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295225 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295225)
Funny video
http://www.mountainmodels.com/SmoothEsmall.WMV (http://www.mountainmodels.com/SmoothEsmall.WMV)

Models Dandy Sport - $45
http://www.mountainmodels.com/dandysport.php (http://www.mountainmodels.com/dandysport.php)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295225 (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295225)
Complete Package $155
Video
http://www.mountainmodels.com/ds1.wmv (http://www.mountainmodels.com/ds1.wmv)