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Old 12-23-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Recently watched a few videos of powered gliders, most of them EPO Foam. I have no experience
with foam aircraft and was wondering how durable they are. They're fairly inexpensive and can
get an ARF or RTF for under $ 200.00. The RTF's come with a radio and the ARF's comes with
everything except the radio. Any opinions???

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You can't go wrong with the Parkzone Radian Willy. Flys extremely well and very durable.
If your just starting out into soaring I highly recommend it.

There is also the Radian Pro but it's more money, heavier and does not fly as well in my opinion.
The foam in these is also extremely durable and if broken, a simple clean repair.

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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William is right although if you want the for sale stuff you can pick up a Radian Pro used for a lot less than street price. I don't know if the Willy has flaps but I sure like that feature on the Pro since I fly from a small area and they tend to keep flying without drag devices ................
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William, welcome to R/C Canada.
These guy's beat me to it. Pilots both freash and very experianced are enjoying the Radian. Some fellas like the Pro model. But you sure won't go wrong with the original 3ch version.
Lots of threats elswere in the universe about good experiances, and ease of repairs using gorilla glue, hot water etc.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Some of us are enjoying the "Walrus" from HK. In your hands for about $100. Has all servos motor and ESC installed. With flaps. Aerobatic, yet can be flown docile. Tex.

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Re: Powered Sailplanes

Thanks for the input guys. I was thinking of building a Gentle Lady and putting electric power in it. After seeing some of the great powered sailplanes that are available with everything included, (servos, motor, esc,) it would be cheaper than building a Gentle Lady. Shipping is free to a U.S. address and I have one for my business 20 minutes away.

Not knowing anything about foam airplanes, I thought I would put it to some people that knows more than I. The sailplane that I was considering is here:


Let me know what you think if you don't mind, there are even some videos of the plane in action.

Thanks Again
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The pink fuse (set up for electric) is not a gentle lady but I used the yellow Gentle Lady wing on it no problem.

Not new and nice like the foam ones you are looking at but the price is right.


You could easily chop the nose off the white fuse and put a motor on or use a pod.
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Re: Powered Sailplanes

The Parkzone Radians can be found in your LHS.
Spares are parts are available.
Service is excellent.
Both Radians fly very well. I have both and have had a lot of fun with them.
They can easily carry a 4 oz camera.
I would strongly suggest you pick a Radian and support your LHS.

For comparison the BH FMS ASK23 is scale and looks great too.
BH will ship well packaged and they do provide a good, quick shipping service.
Postage will be high.
Spare parts may prove to be very hard to get.
Any problems with the shipment will take lots of time to get resolved.
I bought their P38 last year. Everything arrived ok, and I have had absolutely no problem with the model; it even flyies great!

Ultimately the choice is yours.
If you are a new comer, then go with the Radian.

But this looks like a great set up if you are willing to take a chance.

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