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Old 01-02-2007, 02:28 AM
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Once again I hoped this would be the next Yak. Hobby Lobby is such a great place to do business with sometimes I expect more than I should. I have mixed thoughts about this kit. On one hand it builds easy and quick and since it was on sale at a very fair price I can't be too down on it. On the other hand its heavier than the average foamie with the laminate covering and Hot glue assembly. Oddly enough that was one of the reasons I wanted to give the F3A a shot. Looked like a good rough air plane with the pattern moments and higher flying speed. It does handle less than perfect flying conditions. It lands and takes off very smoothly. Its just my taste has turned to slower lighter planes that fly well in smaller areas. To be fair I knew this plane would be much as it is. At the sale price its not bad but I would never pay the regular price for another. Hobby Lobby is great but some of its kits fall a little short. If a slightly overweight plane thats needs a little more speed to fly is to your liking then you may be fine with it. I have a feeling this will be a one run kit. When they are gone they are gone.
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:12 PM
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I know this is an old post but I just bought one from the H-L Crash sale last week. All you said seems correct, the only change I made during assembly (it's built minus the motor, it's due in from Heads Up today) is I used Sumo glue instead of the glue gun, the Sumo foams less than Gorilla and sets much faster and I would think has more bond strength than the glue gun. I don't mind a bit heavy, I'm not really a 3D flyer. I'm looking forward to the maiden. Do you still have yours?
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:06 AM
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I finished the Exciter, the rain stopped long enough for a quick maiden. Here's the scoop, the only good thing I have to say is I didn't auger it, but it was close. The rudder came loose from the vert stab because the hinge (which is the covering on one side) came loose (see rear facing video), the elevator broke in half and changing altitude was a twisted experience, and the landing gear would fold on every landing (listen to me laughing at the end of the front facing video). All of this and no crash, that's a pretty weak plane IMHO. I suppose I could redesign the landing gear and the rudder and fix the elevator, and probably will, but it'll still be a pig. The best I can say is I have the electrics now for a decent 3D flyer, this ain't it. I weighed it, it's 18oz, and I built it as light as I knew how. It's "only" 16 oz with a 1200mah 3S battery (the 18oz is with a 1500mah battery). I'll be looking for a good deal on a neat cheap 3D like the Pitts S2.

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Old 08-02-2007, 03:58 PM
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Here's a vid I did on it with the camera/cap trick, it's a strange flier for sure.

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Old 08-03-2007, 03:55 AM
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And it is now in the discontinued sale items list at $20.

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Old 08-09-2007, 06:58 AM
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So, to revive this old thread, I just got one of these Exciter kits from a friend... but I also got a Yak-55 and Pop Flyer Pitts...

Which do you think I should build first? They all seem very similar, but I like that the Pitts is a biplane...

I am kind of a beginner flyer but expert builder due to loads of previous model experience. Recently I've built a Flatana, Slow Stick and Stryker, the last two I can fly very well, but I haven't tried the Flatana yet.

I have one set of electronics for any of these kits, but won't be buying any more airplane guts for a month or so...
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Old 08-09-2007, 04:35 PM
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jasmine2501, I'd build the Pitts, the Exciter is weird and not much fun IMHO, the Yak is very capable, but from I've read fairly fragile and might not take a hit very well. I have a Hobbly Lobby Pitts S2 and I love it, much more so than the Exciter. I hope this helps.
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Old 08-09-2007, 05:21 PM
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Yes, thank you... I've read some bad stuff about the Pitts, but I was leaning toward that one. I just happen to like the Pitts ever since I saw a real one hover over the runway at an airshow in "middle-of-nowhere" Nebraska - I have no idea how they got such an entertaining airshow to come out to that place...

And I already have a fragile 3D plane.
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Old 08-18-2007, 05:16 AM
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All are very fragile. Having built and flown each of these; Exciter was built sans landing grear. Flew great, greased in the landing only to have cut clover and grass stems begin to tear deep into the leading edges. Got tired of tape repairs and drilled it in for the kids. Buy another? hell no gave away my extra. The HL Yak-55 flys much better but needs to be landed over shorter grass than I have available. The first one still flying but gave my extra away. Ah the HL Pitts S2, cute as can be but most fragile of all. One of my current driveway/ Street flyers. No grass landings. Yes again, gave my extra away. What I've slowly learned is simply keep these fragil foamies away from the grass fields. Especially when CO park field grass is likened to an upturned coarse push broom. LOL
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:05 AM
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Hehe... aren't you the person who gave me those? I got the Yak ready to go and we'll see what happens
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:59 PM
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I bought a H-L Super Zoom with the floats, it should be here tomorrow, I'm stripping the electrics from the Exciter for it, I'll let you know how it flies.
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:14 PM
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Hi gang,

Hmm, I just ordered one for $15. Should I cancel the order? It seems like this plane gets mixed reviews. Does anybody think this is a candidate for K-F airfoil?

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Old 08-27-2007, 04:24 PM
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Update: I cancelled the order for the Exciter. $15 is only a good deal if the plane is worth flying. I called Hobby Lobby and they were quick to oblige. The sales rep simply hit the delete key. Since I was looking for nice slow plane he suggested a Donuts bipe (PN DMS 5880), but the price seemed kind of high for a foamy kit. The profile version was a little less then $90 and the full fuselage was a little over $90.

Doesn't this seem a little high for a foamy kit?

Aito V2 Bipe $91


Profile bipe $87

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Old 08-27-2007, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Prof100 View Post
Update: I cancelled the order for the Exciter. $15 is only a good deal if the plane is worth flying. I called Hobby Lobby and they were quick to oblige. The sales rep simply hit the delete key. Since I was looking for nice slow plane he suggested a Donuts bipe (PN DMS 5880), but the price seemed kind of high for a foamy kit. The profile version was a little less then $90 and the full fuselage was a little over $90.

Doesn't this seem a little high for a foamy kit?

Aito V2 Bipe $91
We discussed this on another board, and what we found out is that the Mystic is designed by a professional 3D flyer (I forget who) and that it's made of a new material which is lighter than EPP, so it's not a standard foamy. However, nobody has tried it so we can't really say if it's worth it or not. Best to just learn on the $15 kit. Get one of their Yak-55s if they still have it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jasmine2501 View Post
We discussed this on another board, and what we found out is that the Mystic is designed by a professional 3D flyer (I forget who) and that it's made of a new material which is lighter than EPP, so it's not a standard foamy. However, nobody has tried it so we can't really say if it's worth it or not. Best to just learn on the $15 kit. Get one of their Yak-55s if they still have it.

Thanks. I will check out and see if the have the Yak-55s for $15.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Prof100 View Post
Thanks. I will check out and see if the have the Yak-55s for $15.
Keep in mind though... it's basically a disposable plane. It is fairly well made though... you might add some carbon fiber to the fuse, and I put some landing gear on mine as well.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jasmine2501 View Post
Keep in mind though... it's basically a disposable plane. It is fairly well made though... you might add some carbon fiber to the fuse, and I put some landing gear on mine as well.

They are $20
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Prof100 View Post
They are $20
Good to know. I got my Exciter and Yak from a friend who just didn't want to build it. I haven't built the Exciter yet because I'm working on a Pitts, and I'm short on electronics and can't buy any right now...
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:44 PM
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My Super Zoom is coming along, should be finished this weekend, maiden report coming.
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Old 08-31-2007, 07:14 PM
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Tireshred,
You're going to really like the Super Zoom. It's not another disposable foamie plane. I'm sure the ease of construction has confirmed this to be a quality flying machine.
Good luck on the maiden, enjoy.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:31 PM
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Hey Ben! That Yak flies really nicely... in a 4mph wind I was able to keep it under control when I picked low rates. When I came in to land though, a gust came up at the wrong time, so I'll be fixing the nose on it... but overall... yay
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:00 PM
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Hey Jazzy that's great. I have gone through two of these myself. I also have another two in the boxes. I get better with each one. So their intended purpose of being a disposable learning tool is working for me. I think I'll get another Super Zoom from Hobby-Lobby during their sale. I really do like that one and always could use a spare. LOL
Have a great weekend everyone,
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Originally Posted by benschott View Post
Hey Jazzy that's great. I have gone through two of these myself. I also have another two in the boxes. I get better with each one. So their intended purpose of being a disposable learning tool is working for me. I think I'll get another Super Zoom from Hobby-Lobby during their sale. I really do like that one and always could use a spare. LOL
Have a great weekend everyone,
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I keep thinking you're the guy who gave me the airplane kits

And yeah, they are disposable, but I do have $130 worth of parts on there.
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:14 AM
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Here's the red hot videos I took less than an hour ago. Note the stylish white socks and black work shoes. Also note the ejected wheel on the front view (I fixed it, there are bound to be failures). The Zoom is SWEET, I love it, the build was easy and the quality of the hardware is second to none I've built. A great kit and highly recommended, a little twitchy with me moving the camera around, but manageable.

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Old 09-05-2007, 02:34 AM
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Here's a vid I did with the camera on my hat, it's really a nice flying plane.

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