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Old 11-29-2004, 05:41 PM
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Default New: Eflite Mini Funtana

This looks great, I can hardly wait for it to come out! Does anyone have any dirt on this puppy?

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Shop/ByC...ProdID=EFL2075
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Old 12-08-2004, 06:37 PM
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it is going to have 2 places to put the wing
that might be fun
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:58 AM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

Has anyone else noticed this full size fuse plane at 37" is supposed to weigh only 20 oz.... No way. My 36" purpose built electric e taco weighs 28 oz all up with 2500 ma batt and its a very light profile.
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:32 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

Actually, I've been flying a production sample Mini Funtana for a few months now and a number of prototypes have been flown in the past 6 months. With the included gearbox (6.6:1 ratio), 12x6 prop, E-flite Park 400 4200kv motor, Thunder Power 3S 2100 10-12C capable pack, Phoenix 25 ESC, 4 JR 241 servos and a JR610M receiver the weight is just under 25 ounces ready to fly. This is the recommended motor combo and performance is awesome. Current draw is around 21-22 amps on a fully charge pack, producing close to 40 ounces of thrust. On a 25 ounce airplane, this is incredible vertical performance capable of all the 3D manuevers you can think of.

The Mini Funtana was demoed at SEFF this year and more recently at the JR Indoor Festival where everyone was very impressed with the power and performance. You can see a video of the Mini Funtana being flown by Mike McConville with the recommended motor set up here:

http://kepople.rchomepage.com/images/funtanamini.wmv

We should be updating the web page specs very soon - it should be around 20 ounces RTF less battery. The first batch of Mini Funtanas should in stock at your favorite local shop just before Christmas!

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Old 12-09-2004, 04:13 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

You should advertise your weights noting less battery. Isnt pushing 22 amps thru a 180 watt class motor a bit much?
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:21 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

I really want one of these things! I am going to put in my order this weekend!

I have an AXI 2212/20 with a Jeti 18 amp waiting for a plane now since I just lost the current ship yesterday to a radio failure. It was an Air Blaster.

Will this motor combo be okay for this Mini Funtana? If so, should I direct drive it or use the gearbox?

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Old 12-10-2004, 04:24 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

Riff -

I dont have direct experience with the 2212/20 motor, but have flown the 2212/34 motor quite a bit. While the 2212 series motors are excellent for powering 3D models 16-18 ounces, it might be a tad bit less power than you'd like on the Mini Funtana for all out 3D performance. I believe one of the 2808 series motors might be a good fit, but have not tried one myself.

The included gearbox readily accepts our Park 400 brushless motors which sell for under $55 most places and provide outstanding performance. Yes SMALLFLY, 22 amps can be too much power for these Park 400 class of motors without proper cooling and throttle management. An add-on heatsink will soon be available for the Park 400 motors which will aid in cooling (cut outs have been included in the cowling to increase airflow), but use of the 4200kv motor for all out 3D flying will still require proper throttle management to keep the motor temperature under control. As you will find in the manual (now posted on our site), we do cover this. Using the 3700kv motor, max current is around 18 amps, which still provides good vertical performance while keeping the duration up and motor temps down. I assure you, both motor set ups were extensively flight tested in extreme conditions (that day the video was shot it was over 90 degrees with 90%+ humidity and the motor performed very well) and with proper cooling and throttle management they both worked great.

As noted in my first post, we will update the weight on the web as soon as possible (it has already been corrected in recent print materials).

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Old 12-10-2004, 09:25 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

is E-flite Park 400 4200kv comparable to Himax 2025-4200 ?
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:33 PM
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Will my himax 2015-4100 fly the Funtana?
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:38 PM
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it might fly it but will be very heavy on the sticks.

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Old 12-15-2004, 09:38 PM
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mines ordered have the 40 size now this is the best flying plane I've flown so far and if the mini is half as good i cant wait
I'm going with the kontronic fun 400 Phoenix 35
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Old 12-23-2004, 02:25 AM
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I just started with the electric planes and went out and got cap 232 wattage for starters.i put a little bit bigger servos then what it calls for ...Does it really matter???
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:10 AM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

I couldn't wait for my park 400 motor to show up so I put a himax 2015-4100 that was laying around in my funtana with a Thunder power 1350 three cell. It turns the 12-6 pretty good. It will just hover at full throttle. The plane flies like a scale aerobatic plane with this set up but not a 3-d plane. the motor gets pretty warm if you push it. My park 400, speed control and batteries showed up at the hobby shop yesterday and are going in tonight! Can't wait. This is a great flying and beutifully made airplane.

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Old 12-23-2004, 07:02 PM
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Will the Jeti speed control 18-3p work with the eflight 400 for this plane? I have it setting here new, and would like to know before I used it.
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:23 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

It all depends on the battery you use (voltage) and how you prop it. I have no experience with this motor the the Jeti 18 should handle it fine with the right gearing/prop. You will need to stick a watt meter to it.

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Old 12-23-2004, 10:23 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

Got mine yesterday at the LHS. Bought one for me and one for my Dad for Christmas. Looks great and should be a blast to fly.
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Old 12-24-2004, 03:14 PM
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Just flew with the park 400/cc25/3x2100 combo. WOW! this thing is a blast. got about 13 minutes before it started getting soft. really woke the plane up over the himax I had in it.

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Old 12-24-2004, 06:02 PM
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AXI 2808 24, Jeti 30a 3p, APC11X4.7SF, HS55 Servos, TP2100 3S1P, AUW 25oz W/O Wheel pants, Plane wants to leap virtical out of my hands, Simulated 20 second hover and (1/2 throtle) 10 Second Climb out (full Throtle) Motor cool, Battery slightly warm. Not the real world I know. Will Test fly when weather breaks (Montana) could be a while.
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Old 12-24-2004, 10:09 PM
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Man this is tough!
It's assembled,with the final equip being HIMAX20254266,CC35AMP,AND2000MAH PACK
its crazy power very smooth through the gearbox and just begging to be flown,
Tomorrows christmas day and sure divorce if it was tomorrow
say sunday then if that snow dosent hit tomorrow,if i dont get it before next wed then its going to be two weeks the only consolation being that ill be skiing
sure hope the weather is good sunday at least part way warm and little wind,
celabrate the season and pray for some nice weather,
MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Old 12-25-2004, 10:44 AM
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Dang......I must of been very good this past year!!
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Old 12-25-2004, 11:07 AM
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Lucky............lol, I'm waiting to see how these perform before I buy one, seeing as ill have to buy all the electronics as well, my FT 90 sure is great, I hope the littlest one takes after the bigger two!!!!!!
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Old 12-25-2004, 03:18 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

y2ohoh:

I will be very interested in hearing how the "Mini" flew with your set up...I am building my "Mini" (First Electric Plane) with the following equipment:

Himax 2025/4200 with 6.6 to 1 gearing
Castle Creations Phoenix 25 speed control
Thunder Power 2100MA 3 cell
JR 610 Rec
(4) Hitec HS-55 servos
Carbon Fiber control rods

Any comments or suggestions from you after you fly yours will be appreciated.

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Old 12-25-2004, 04:24 PM
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Default RE: New: Eflite Mini Funtana

HOw is everyone building them so fast/ I read somewhere a guy built one in 4 hours. What is to be used for canopy glue/ The only canopy glue I have used took over night to dry.
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Old 12-25-2004, 05:55 PM
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I haven't received mine yet.

Isn't a 2100 mah a bit heavy for this type of plane?
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Old 12-25-2004, 05:59 PM
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RiffRaff:

The 2100MA TP is what Hangar Nine has in theirs and the plane flies great in the videos...

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