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Old 11-20-2010, 10:31 AM   #11
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My personal choice would be electric, especially in a .40 size. It's very affordable to run a plane that size as an electric and they've nice and clean.

Another nice thing is that electrics aren't fussy. As long as your motor, battery and ESC are well matched for their purpose you aren't going to have issues, unlike some glow engines that can be very finicky to tune.

I've never run a glow plane. I went from electrics right to gasoline and still use both. I've had glow cars and wasn't really fussy on the messiness and clean-up required with glow fuel.

There are pros and cons to both, really. If you go glow, the Saito won't do you wrong I'm sure. We have many in our local club and they always seem to run well and the 4-stroke sound is pretty cool too.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:46 AM   #12
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Re: Gas or Electric?

One of the major things that I really enjoy with Electric powered scale models is that the motor is totally enclosed and not messsed up with an engine sticking out of the cowl. There are a couple of Pawnee 40's in our club and the Electric takes it hands down for appearance. I know that sound and smell goes a long way in a Glow engine powered model, but cleanup for an Electric model is almost non existant. My wife has never been happy with a smelly Glow model in the car or in the basement. If you miss the sound there are sound systems that replicate the sound of the full size Pawnee.
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:04 PM   #13
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.... a smelly Glow model in the car or in the basement. .
give me a break!! smelly?? try a gasoline or diesel engine, then you'll know what smelly is, lol.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:48 PM   #14
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give me a break!! smelly?? try a gasoline or diesel engine, then you'll know what smelly is, lol.
Lol, you got that right

My glo powered go to model spends much of its life in the trunk of my car, if it were to stink as badly as has been suggested here you can believe my wifes nose would have instantly tracked it down and banished it.

On the gas or Electric question....yes, I have an electric plane and a heli and have nothing against that side of our hobby....Gol-darn, Ive tried and tried enjoying my electrics but I just cannot get used to flying without those fat sounds and doppler effect of my big fourstroker making a low pass....Theres absolutely nothing electric Ive ever heard that even comes close.......IMHO
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:03 PM   #15
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Re: Gas or Electric?

yeah wives can be replaced but not the smell and sound of gas or glow in the morning LOL .just kidding,I am fortunate my wife supports my intrests,I would say go with what you are most passionate about after all it's about what is most fun for you.both will fly. of all the pros & cons for me passion trumps them all .I could care less if my hobby is practical.I have my minivan for practical and easy of use but my 69 firebird is mutch more fun.Roger
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:41 PM   #16
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Re: Gas or Electric?

I fly electric aswell as a lot of Saito's. Your spacific airframe would give you a lot of pleasure with the 82.
But the pawne sure would make a great winter flyer on ski's. Which I would lean towards electric. All summer you will enjoy the sound, smell, and reliability of the 4 strock option
Hell fly the first ARF with the 82. Replace it with an electric. It's a week-end assembly. Hope you wear one out!
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Re: Gas or Electric?

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I agree with Jeremy, I have a few electrics, a falcon jr, a caps 232, a yak 54, but I fly these in the back yard to satisfy the itch. When I get to the field and start the glow its a hole knew game. I love the smell of the glow fuel and the sound of the engine. Once up in the air I've got to make at least one real close fly by just to smell that fuel.

I agree... I do have 4 electrics that I use for winter flying and for that quick itch scratch in the back 40, but all my others are glow powered... I just love the sound and smell of a glow fuel powered engine on a summer morning!

Either way, it doesn't matter, they both have their pros and cons.... just get out flying and enjoy!

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Old 11-23-2010, 01:48 PM   #18
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Re: Gas or Electric?

If noise is an issue, go with electric.

Price wise, on a 2 year operation comparison, if you shop around, an electric setup + batteries will be the same as a nitro setup and fuel.

The majority of my planes are nitro but I am slowly (but not willfully) migrating to electrics. It's just happening.... (And I'm not complaining...)
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Re: Gas or Electric?

As said based on your situation it sounds like electric would be the smarter route. Besides it's all going E anyhow these days, planes and helis it's the way to go!
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #20
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Re: Gas or Electric?

Since you mentioned that noise is not a factor. Then I would go with the Saito. However.. the prices being comparible, is far from the truth. You can get an electric setup with 2 batteries for about $150 were as the nitro motor will run you $225 to start, and then $30 a jug of fuel, again and again and again.

The pro of a nitro is... You can fly it in the winter without any concerns. With Lipo's, you must keep them warm at all times. But, with Lipo's, you just plug it in and go.

I fly both, but if I were in your situation, Id go with the Nitro simply becouse they sound better
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