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Old 02-21-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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Side Force Generators or not?

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I am hoping for some warmer weather and calm winds in the next few weeks, I am hoping to maiden a Mini Funtana X. Being a fairly new pilot, I am wondering if I should have the SFGs on for the maiden flight, or take them off? I'm not interested in 3D (Yet) and have the throws set quite a bit lower than the instructions specify. I read that without the SFGs on, this plane should be a pretty good sport flyer, which is what I am interested in, but will definitely try it with and without the SFGs. Just want to have some recommendations on whether to have them on for the maiden flight. Do the make the plane more twitchy, or smooth it out somewhat?
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Re: Side Force Generators or not?

You wont need them if your just flying around dont use them if its really windy bounce you around a bit more,but try them after your maiden and see how you like them
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Re: Side Force Generators or not?

I found that the SFGs really helped in Knife-Edge and High Alpha flight.

They are also good at bouncing off the ground during landings. That's when they tend to break/bend/crack if you don't set it down just right.

Leave them off until you need them.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:12 AM   #4
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Re: Side Force Generators or not?

All they do is add side area to do knifedge. If your plane will do knifedge without them your fine. Besides they make a plane look like sh## Just my humble opinion.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:05 AM   #5
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Re: Side Force Generators or not?

I have a mini ShowTime and SFG's never left the box. From doing plenty of knife edges without them I can just imagine the excess lift they would give. I can see what a pain they could be for landings too if you don't get it level. Just a gimmick.

Definately leave them off initially. From what I hear the Funtana has good flying properties as-is.

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