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Old 08-05-2004, 05:52 PM   #1
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Need help picking first plane

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Hello folks

And Old RCer returning Would like some help picking my first RC Sail plane with electric.

Some days the wind just does not work that well.

Would enjoy a good kit or scrach built.

What do you suggest for a plane ,Motor, Radio system.

I am open to any size suitable for large fields and hat covered slopes

Have not been in the air in 20 years or sailed one of my boats in 15 years.

Have Santa Barber one design and a marbnle head.
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Old 08-07-2004, 06:48 PM   #2
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I guess your looking for a modern sail plane?

I have this old motor sail plane ARF. It's new in the box. Sort of. Been sitting on someones shelf for quite some time. It's right from about the time you stopped flying! See pic below.
Also Keep me in mind for a power system. I sell brushless Typhoon outrunners. You can see some discusion on these in the eletric planes forums.

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Old 08-07-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
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One of the best packages for starting that I've seen is a Carl Goldberg Electra. It is a kit that I'm sure you would enjoy building. Typical Goldberg quality with excellent instructions. It also flies great. It doesn't need a fancy radio or anything special.

If someone is starting out on a budget I usually recommend it. I've taught people to solo on it in less than 4 flights. It's slow, gentle and easy to see but still you can thermal it. Longest flight I had on one of mine was a hour.

The most exciting flight I had with my Electra was in Alberta at dusk. The air was cooling off and the bush was releasing heat , I thermaled in it for 20 mins. I had to stay about 10 ft off the top of the trees to take advantage of the heat release. When I got lower I just turned the electric motor on and flew out. What a blast. I was playing with a hawk a couple days later and I lost. I had to go home and get a axe to get the airplane out of a tree.

I always have one in my hangar. When I have a radio that I doubt I install in my Electra. If there is a problem it is usually easy to get back or if it crashs the damage is usually minimal.

Give it try I sure a old RCer like you would enjoy building and flying it.

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Old 08-07-2004, 08:25 PM   #4
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I've seen one of these kits.
It looked very nice.
Lots of building though.

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Old 08-07-2004, 09:08 PM   #5
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They are easy to build. and an excellent flyer, love mine.
much better performance with same motor but with a gear box and 12 inch folding prop. better climb and longer running time on same battery
I use 6 and 7 cells packs
can`t go wrong with this bird
would love to stick a brushless motor in it
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