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Old 12-31-2014, 04:44 AM   #1
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Anyone have any suggestions for a Bi Plane with the following qualifications.
This is for a buddy of mine who has been flying park flyers for about a year or so. He's a quick learner and flying, slow sticks, T-28 parkzone, and a parkzone 300 extra. He's now eager to try a bi plane, either a foamy or a Balsa ARF, . He'd prefer minimal set up, but if needed I can help him with the set up.

He's not into 3-D, more of a sport flyer who enjoys seeing a Bi Plane cruise around our field. Something in the order of a 44" wing span or so, a bit smaller is OK too.

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I like the Dynam Tiger Moth. Definitely not 3d... but a pleasant airplane to fly.
Forget the flying wires... they pop loose if you pull hard on the elevator. The foam flexes too much for the flying wires to be useful.
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This may surprise ... but the World Models Ultimate EP is a very good model. Keep throws to recc'd and use D/R as well - it's a nice machine that will cruise around all day on a 2200 3S ... just like a sunday sport machine on low rates....

Hit high rates and she'll perform ...

It's not as twitchy as a Pitts - because it has a longer moment arm wing to tail. Plus the span ratio to fuselage is greater.



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The Ultimate is a great flyer.....has lots of "growing" potential while being able to fly docile if set-up properly.....
Otherwise, maybe consider a Parkzone SE5a or a GWS Tiger Moth 400.....The SEa5 is a RTF/BnF/ARF a little smaller (37"ws) while the GWS Tiger Moth (42"ws) is an ARF kit build that comes with and without power/electric equipment......
To bad the Parkzone Albatros D. VA is no longer available new......another great flyer..........I own all three and they are my go to planes for scale and 3D flight , even in windy conditions.

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Parkzone SEa5....:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf3E1ZfO6mY

GWS Tiger Moth 400....:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PQO7YP5Mq0

Parkzone Albatro D. VA.....:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUlCpkJtilA

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Great suggestions guys! I appreciate it, more fun to ask than to do a search which I've done to some degree. But nothing like hearing the ideas from guys who actually have them! We will ponder these, and may have some follow up questions.

If anyone else wants to chime in feel free.

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There's actually loads out there ... and let's be honest - any answer you get will always be biased by what the guys posting has or had ...

I freely admit that about the Ultimate.

My Biplanes in current hangar and all kitted out ready to go :

Scratchbuilt SE5 ....





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The SE5 is based on a flat plate wing 3D design that I modified to have an aerofoil wing .. its in floor grade insulation foam and Depron. Flies ever so slow .. I can literally walk as fast !

Kyosho Pitts S2c



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Its a grand flyer and very stable ... I would suggest though it's a 2nd or 3rd intermediate job as the wing span and tail moment arms of Pitts make them supremely manouevrable and can catch the unwary out. This one is powered by Irvine 53 Glow ...

Ultimate EP

You have photo above !! But I did a few repairs and decided to redo in my colours scheme to aid visibility in grey skies :



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In my mind as an Electric - about the best of mine for an intermediate pilot when dialed down ... but fully capable of all the Pitts / Ultimate should be.

Skymaster Display Biplane



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This has to be one of the most all-round best Biplanes ever ... designed for a Display Team back the early 1980's - it was then offered as a kit. Powered as here with a reasonable 61 Glow - it's capable of all the barnstorming you could ever want. This is my second and will always be part of my hangar ...

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I can vouch for the Parkzone SE5a which, sadly, has been discontinued; and the GWS Tiger Moth 400 which can be hard to get.

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