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Old 08-07-2003, 06:43 AM   #1
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I am looking for ideas and suggestions. I have approx 10-15 acres of cleared farmland behind my house and I would like to work towards having something to fly out there when I can't get the time to get to the club field. I am about to be a new dad and I have a 3 year old so simetimes time is at a premium. I think I just want something that can land on it's belly? Also I have only been flying for 2 seasons so it can't be anything too advanced or I would be wasting my money. I was also thniking maybe something electric. I don't have a bucket of money to spend either so something cost effective would be great. I love this hobby and want to keep at it as long as I can so if I could sneak out back for a 15 mintues flight every now and again that would be great.

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Old 08-07-2003, 10:45 AM   #2
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When I read your post Tim and what you want to fly...cheep, lands on its belly, quick to fly at a moments notice, fairily new at word came to my mind ... SPAD!

I built a whole 48" airplane, engine mount and fuel tank included for $25.00
and some spare piano wire and links sitting around my shop. And an economical Thunder Tiger 46 Pro engine and a cheepie radio and you'll never have this much fun so cheep and what a great flying plane it is.

There are several references on RCCanada to various SPAD sites where you can download the plans for free. The plane I built was a Das PlaStick and have included a pic of the finished plane. I think a SPAD would meet all your criteria and then a whole lot more!

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Old 08-07-2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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There's also an entire topic here just for these airplanes...just two topics above this one on the main index Thanks for spreading the word Gary! GREAT looking DPS!!!
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Old 08-07-2003, 11:56 AM   #4
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I've got a bit more than 10 acres out back.... so I levelled a strip 30' x 300' for a landing strip, and got an Airmadillo . I managed to teach my kids to fly it! If the field is pasture or grain, it's ideal for landing - just coast in, controlled crash, no damage. 30 x 300 is just big enough, certainly not too big!
We also got a couple of Fighterbirds from Great Hobbies. Fun to fly, but it's always windy here, limits times we can fly. These are V-tail, no elevator, so you can't penetrate into the wind.
If it's not too windy, they are quick to go. Get two, one for each of your kids. (For his/her 0th birthday, of course!) . (Or maybe your wife could fly too.)

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Old 08-07-2003, 07:25 PM   #5
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tlefurgey: A spad is also the first thing that came into my mind after reading your post. Because they are cheap, and quick to build, there is virtrually no worrying about crashing them. So you can try a bunch of crazy stuff with them, that you normally wouldnt try right away with a balsa plane. Spads are a blast!
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:51 PM   #6
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I would think a HobbyZone Electric would be suitable - Commander, Aerobird

Used to do the same thing before I got into Glow.
Just forget about the included cheapo wire landing gear and you've got your answer.

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Hope it all works out!

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(You don't have enough money to make them all yourself.)
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Well if you've been flying for 2 seasons I assume yuou can take off and land your trainer well and have probably moved on to something else. If you want a nice plane for flying in your backyard for chea get a wonder and OS 25 la. The benifit is if you decide to get into combat you also have a nice combat plane. The wonder is easy to fly although for your test flight I suggest you get someone to hand launch it for you. Great flying plane. Just needs 3 standard servos and a receiver and battery. Took me about 35 hours to build mine.

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