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nickj
10-31-2005, 10:42 PM
I've flown RC glow-planes off and on since 1985. Back then I bought a couple of electric ARFS (Kyosho) that were complete disasters--too heavy, too underpowered. My only success with electrics in those days was a Goldberg Electra.

I got out of the hobby for about 15 years. When I came back I was blown away by the advances in electrics, and all the kits/ARFs/RTFs available. I'm flying glow-planes now but I'd like to try flying electrics again. The choices nowadays are kind of overwhelming. I'm thinking about maybe the Parkzone Cub (I like the Decathlon, but haven't liked what I've read about it), or one of the Cessna 182s (ParkFlyers?). I also saw a Parkzone P-51 banner ad on RCU that looked pretty cool.

I really don't know which companies have the better reputations, although I suspect (after the Kyosho fiascos) that performance of some of these planes isn't always as advertized. I'd prefer an RTF foamy, but wouldn't be adverse to a foam ARF. I'd like alierons but it's not a deal-breaker. I'm generally looking for something mildly areobatic but not necessarily fast.

If anyone has any suggestions for which way to go, I'd love to hear them. I'd also like to know whether or not the radios in these RTFs could be pulled out and used in another plane.

Nick

flyranger
10-31-2005, 11:04 PM
I was also RC glow flying 15 years ago and started electrics in June of this year. I invested in a decent low-end radio system, the same brand I used before - Futaba. Have moved the flight package through three planes so far. Still works like a champ.

Rugar
10-31-2005, 11:20 PM
IMO since you are flying glow, so you must already have a TX. I would get something in the GWS line like maybe a warbird or a Formosa. Most of the RTF planes that I have seen will fly, but just barely with the included power setup. They are more suited to newbys who are thrilled just to see them get off the ground. I dont think you would be satisfied with there performance after flying your glow planes. Plus most of the RTF's come with a am radio setup thats not really suitable to use in another better plane in the future. It would probably be around the same price to get a GWS plane in a slope version and go brushless to start with and use your existing TX. Once you have all your componants in one, you can use them in many differant planes in the future. Im sure you would be much happier going this route. Once you fly a Brushless Formosa on lipo's, and see the performance you can get out of these foamies, you will throw rocks at your glow planes.
Just my 2 pennys worth.

nickj
10-31-2005, 11:27 PM
Rugar and flyranger, thanks for the replies. That's very useful information. Since returning to RC I've bought half a dozen glow planes and 3 new Futaba radios, all with standard size servos and rx. I'll need a new micro flight pack for an electric in any case. An RTF would've filled that need, at least for my first electric, but it sounds like I'd be better off getting an ARF and new radio gear.

Good to hear positive things about GWS. They have some nice planes.

flyranger, what planes have you been flying, and how do you like them?

AEAJR
11-03-2005, 01:45 PM
I've flown RC glow-planes off and on since 1985. Back then I bought a couple of electric ARFS (Kyosho) that were complete disasters--too heavy, too underpowered. My only success with electrics in those days was a Goldberg Electra.

I got out of the hobby for about 15 years. When I came back I was blown away by the advances in electrics, and all the kits/ARFs/RTFs available. I'm flying glow-planes now but I'd like to try flying electrics again. The choices nowadays are kind of overwhelming. I'm thinking about maybe the Parkzone Cub (I like the Decathlon, but haven't liked what I've read about it), or one of the Cessna 182s (ParkFlyers?). I also saw a Parkzone P-51 banner ad on RCU that looked pretty cool.

I really don't know which companies have the better reputations, although I suspect (after the Kyosho fiascos) that performance of some of these planes isn't always as advertized. I'd prefer an RTF foamy, but wouldn't be adverse to a foam ARF. I'd like alierons but it's not a deal-breaker. I'm generally looking for something mildly areobatic but not necessarily fast.

If anyone has any suggestions for which way to go, I'd love to hear them. I'd also like to know whether or not the radios in these RTFs could be pulled out and used in another plane.

Nick

If you want to try an RTF electric that is pure fun! PURE FUN! Try this one. Will take a real beating. Great keep in the car plane!

F27-Stryker - RTF - $170
Fun Keep-in-the-car plane
Just pop off the tail fins and it goes back in the box!!!!!
http://horizon.hobbyshopnow.com/products/description.asp?prod=PKZ1200 (http://horizon.hobbyshopnow.com/products/description.asp?prod=PKZ1200)
Video
http://rc-galaxy.com/Video/F-27_Stryker_Richard_Harris_7-9-04.wmv (http://rc-galaxy.com/Video/F-27_Stryker_Richard_Harris_7-9-04.wmv)
http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_videos/parkzone_F27_stryker_smallformat.wmv (http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_videos/parkzone_F27_stryker_smallformat.wmv)
http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_videos/parkzone_stryker_video.wmv (http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_videos/parkzone_stryker_video.wmv)
Review
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=392 (http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=392)


Something RTF that will go 3D and take off from a runway?

Typhoon - RTF - Foam Brushless - 3D RTF - $220
Have not seen this fly, but Parkzone has introduced
Good planes, so far. - Reports have been mostly good.
http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_planes_parkzone_typhoon.htm (http://www.hobbyzone.com/rc_planes_parkzone_typhoon.htm)

flyranger
11-03-2005, 04:05 PM
Nickj, I am flying a muchly modified GWS Slow Stick. Installed ailerons in wing and e-flite Park 370 inrunner/e-flite 6:1:1 gearbox swinging a e-flite 10x7 prop. Power is supplied by 7 cell 1150 ma NIMH pack giving 15 minute flight times, more when not windy. I also built a Great Planes Lil Poke that has power system upgreaded to an e-flite Park 400 outrunner and a Li-Poly 3 cell 2000 ma pack. Also 15 - 20 minute flight times! I modified the landing gear making it more robust and added larger wheels. I love to ROG and shoot touch and goes with my models and most park flyers have landing gear as an afterthought!