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Old 07-27-2006, 07:57 AM   #11
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First off, congrats on your invite...Secondly, while it's true that a 40% will out perform a 32% airplane, I still think that you can be competitive with a smaller airplane. I mean yes, you will be at a disadvantage, no question(epecially if there is a lot of wind during the contest) But I still think that you can compete on a decent level. I mean just look at the last IMAC contest in Hamilton, the winner in the Advanced class, was flying a 35% airplane against the rest who had 40% airplanes. Not to say that it's the norm, but it can happen. It's a lot like auto racing...You need the car and the driver to win, although on rare occasions (Schumaker comes to mind) I have seen drivers win with inferior cars. I've also seen Quique fly his 35% Yak to the levels, that he could win at the Masters.

With the cost, and investment of a 40% airplane, I think you have to ask yourself this question...Do I plan to compete in IMAC/Scale Aerobatics, on a serious level?? or Do I just plan to compete at the Masters, with the intentions of making a decent showing. If your answer is to make a decent showing at the Masters, I think with some serious practice, you can still do it, without all the expense of a 40%'r

Just my two cents, and regardless, good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 07-27-2006, 09:50 AM   #12
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I think you need to go at least 35%.
Is cost your only limiting factor, or are you concerned about transportation in your vehicle?
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:41 PM   #13
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Re: 32% model competitive?

Dont agree there

Matter of fact. alot of 40% are not much bigger in size compaired to my 260

All in the guy on the sticks when you get in the 35% range.. just remember how Greg Marsden did at the TOC with is LITTLE Extra

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Chad cant you go up to 35%??

what's the difference :

Like Mike S. said earlier, if you don't have a 40% ship for Advanced or Unlimited, you're just practicing
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Old 07-28-2006, 10:37 PM   #14
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Old 07-28-2006, 10:58 PM   #15
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Thanks for the comments guys, I have lots of time to mull things over

Cost is limited issue, through pattern I decent sponsorships which I am fortunate to have, and allowed me to even think about this

Its more of a storage/transportation issue....I dont have a garage, or a trailer. I wont be buying a trailer either (may have a garage next year)....so the mini-van needs to haul it all! The basement needs to hold it all
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:48 PM   #16
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Chad, I used to wonder about that too, until a guy at our field started showing up to our field with 3 airframes. All packed in a Jeep. I'm not sure whether it's a Commander or a Liberty. Regardless. He packs around a 35% Edge, 30% Edge, and a 60 sized heli. I think he even came out with a Funtana 90 stuffed in there as well.

With the 35%, he removed both the wings and the stabs, which really reduces the amount of room taken up. The tail actually sat on the center console, tucked between the front seats.

I think most of the manufacturers today see that size can be an issue and allow you to have removable stabs and sometimes even the complete tail.

Your minivan should have plenty of room to transport it around.

Grats on the invite though. Good luck with your dilemma!
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Old 07-29-2006, 08:25 AM   #17
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I can store it in my basement for you...I have lots of room for that stuff.
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A good friend of mine has a Toyota Minivan and can easily fit his 33% in it. It would carry a 35% no problem and you could probably even squeeze a 40%
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Old 07-29-2006, 07:09 PM   #19
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Don and I have regularly travelled together with his 40% and my 35% all in one van, no trailer no special rack. Vaseline optional. With a bit of planning it's not too bad.

Stab's off both planes of course.
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