Sonic TBM PT-17 Stearman 47.2" PNP
I'm on the hunt for a Stearman, ran across the Troybuilt site and found a beautiful foam PNP:....the size caught my eye!
Just wondering if any of you bi-plane guys have any recent experience with this model (looked in archives here...no luck)...?
They are out of stock, so I called and got placed on the "wanted" list.....6 weeks is the due date at Troybuilt.....I refuse to deal with HK and seems this model is scarce (at a decent price) anywhere in the U.S.
Wow, Nice Plane and at a Great Price :$ Buy me one too :D :D :D LOL, Ok Just kidding :p> I think it will be a Great Flyer, as with all ARFs, go over it with a fine tooth comb, brace any areas that need extra support, and I think you will have a Super nice plane to fly for a long time, Take care, Chellie
Just an idea, you might want to give it a thin coat of clear Enamel, a clear coat to keep the foam from getting dirty and stained. I think 2 cans of testor clear should do it, test on a piece of foam first, its foam safe paint.
Thanks Chellie.....I've had so much success and fun with the GWS Tiger Moth 400 (as I have previously expressed) that I'm bitten by the bi-plane bug (also looking at an Ultimate). Great Hobbies has it in stock at a pretty good price:
I'm just not that familiar with them...I was considering the GWS version, but the size is a little small and cost for all the other equipment/PS I'd use would be a wash......besides, it's time I got into the bigger battery crowd (at some expense).....since everything I'm getting interested in now seems to be getting bigger and in the 4s class (+40" and +2.5lbs). I also think having now earned my "wings" on the PZ Trojan, the bigger planes give me more satisfaction, are easier to keep track of in the air and offer more flexibility when upgrading or repairing.
I'll take the "clearcoat" advise...starting to see a little wear on the Moth and it will be good for future foamies.
Eventually, when I get the courage and $$$, I'd like to explore the balsa varieties like Troybuilt offers....I have the flight space where I play.
I used to have this GP Ultimate Bi Plane, I built it from a kit, it had a K&B 61 in it :$ it was nice until my brand new Computer Airtronics transmitter took it out, I had no control over it :mad: No More airtronic radios for me, I use JR Transmitters now on 72 Mhz with Berg receivers, That combination is Solid as a rock, Take care, Chellie
Unique Models makes a pretty nice one. Check out Rich's videos above.
Motion RC( My new favorite) and Nitroplanes offer the FMS version:
Maxford USA in California makes what looks to be a very high quality PT-17:
Seems like there may be several options for you !
Good luck and let us all know which way you go.
I took a look at Rich's build of the Unique version........Some very good tips there........It looks identical to the Sonic. A little worried about adding the 2.5oz of additional weight. Rich mentions using various size Mah batteries but the voltage (either 11.1 or 14.8) is not mentioned. The planes manufacture spec's indicate 14.8v...I wonder if that has any bearing on his C/G....?
I think I've narrowed it down to either Sonic or Unique.....not as impressed with the FMS or Maxford versions (wing struts, motor cowling and tail gear assemblies) look a little cheezie.
Thanks again....I'll report back after I make the purchase and start assembly....it's gonna be a few weeks away!
The closest Unique dealer I could find is in Canada: http://abong-rc.com/
Let me know if you find a US distributor. MotionRC was considering picking up the line but I think they opted out. Competes with their Freewing and FMS lineup.
I was seriously looking at rhe PC-9/ Texan II. Sent them a mail on how much it cost to ship to Texas and they responded pretty quickly . ~ $60.00 Kind of hefty in my book. Then, when I took a closer look at the plane, it's nice and everything, but for the price they were asking, I'm just not crazy about foam hinges.
Keep us posted.
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