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Old 05-03-2006, 01:16 PM
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Default Super Skybolt ARF

Well, someone should get this thread started, might as well be me. Any one buy one of these yet ? Looking seriously about getting one. How about engines for the 4500 elevation flyers. 1.4 gas RCShowcase ? [ maybe too much ] Saito 100 maybe too small ? Anybody even interested ? MM
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Old 05-03-2006, 01:23 PM
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MM,

I defintely am interested in this one as well. I saw it in Toledo and OMG. Between the Beech Staggerwing and the Skybolt, you had a very hard time getting me away from that booth.

I have a Saito 91 and a Saito 125 that both need a home. According to the requirements, the 91 should be fine, but for me, fine is not enough so I'm thinking of the 125 since I have it and I do not see any reason why a 100 would not be a perfect match for this plane.

I think the RCS gas engines might be a bit too much weight. Tower has the standard GP promo video and the manual listed

Wingspan: 57" (1450mm)
Wing Area: 924 sq in (60 sq dm)
Weight: 7.7lb (3490g)
Wing Loading: 19.2 oz/sq ft (59 g/sq dm)
Length: 53" (1345mm)
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:27 PM
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Already order mine... just waiting for it to be released and shipped to me up here in Canada. Can't wait to get it! I haven't decided what size engine yet, but it will likely be a new Saito 4 stroke sized from the higher end of the recommended engine sizes.

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:14 PM
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I have the Skybolt Kit, it's heavier than the ARF by more than a pound. I have a Saito 120 in mine and it's a rocket, waaayyyyy more power than I need. The Saito 125 would be nuts in this plane, I think the 100 would be plenty of power. A gas motor is way to much motor.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:25 PM
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I agree. The 100 or even the recommended 90 will be a great choice. Keep it light! I'm going for this one too.
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Old 05-05-2006, 09:57 PM
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have one on order I think a saito 125 would be perfict in this one
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:34 AM
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With 125 your prop will be hitting the ground. I think a 125 would be nuts in this plane. I had to go to a 3 blade prop in mine to get ground clearance.
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:39 PM
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Hoiw much room is there for engines? I mean length wise? I have a Saito FA-90TS(twin) needing a home.
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:01 AM
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It looks like the cowl will completely cover a side-mounted OS61. I've only trial fitted, but it looks like my engine will be completely covered. Only hole needed will be for the glowplug access. ok... and the needle valve.... and muffler outlets (Pitts muffler)
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ORIGINAL: darock

It looks like the cowl will completely cover a side-mounted OS61. I've only trial fitted, but it looks like my engine will be completely covered. Only hole needed will be for the glowplug access. ok... and the needle valve.... and muffler outlets (Pitts muffler)
Can you measure the cowl space from the firewall forward till the nose of the cowl itself so i know how much room is there? An OS61 is quite a bit smaller then a Saito 90 twin
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A few of you guys missed something MMike said. He lives WAAAAAAY up in the mountains. I would say to go with the 125 Mike. The new G-20ei would probably fit, but would add too much weight.

Like Robert (rc-sport) I also owned the kit, and it was one of my all-time favorites, and I was with bubba in Toledo and I was very intrigued by the ARF. So I decided right then and there that I was going to do everything in my power to write the review of it.

If you read the review, you'll see that I was very impressed!
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:19 AM
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Mike, I "reckun" I must be one o them "Hill-Billie" Mormons or "Mountain-Mormons. . A .91 pulls this plane just fine and it's my favorite out of 28 other planes I have. Ya'll take care. MM
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:42 AM
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ORIGINAL: MormonMike

Well, someone should get this thread started, might as well be me. Any one buy one of these yet ? Looking seriously about getting one. How about engines for the 4500 elevation flyers. 1.4 gas RCShowcase ? [ maybe too much ] Saito 100 maybe too small ? Anybody even interested ? MM
I don't get it. Why did you post this (Above) and then say you're already flying one with a 91 and it's great?
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:31 AM
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Guys,

I am aware that the Saito 125 may be a bit much. I was able to fly one a few weekends ago with a Saito 100 turning an APC 15X6 and it was just about perfect. The problem I have is I have either the 91 or the 125 and do not want to buy a new engine just for this especially since the 125 is still fairly new.

Since flying the one with the 100 I'm convinced that it would be just fine with the 125. Yep, it will be overpowered but I do practice throttle management and the 125 is lighter and almost the exact same size as the 100 so that will not be an issue.

I plan on getting a 3-blade for it for looks and ground clearance. I just finally got around to picking up the plane from the LHS.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:59 AM
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Ohhhhhhhh!!! I see now - Someone dragged this post out from 5 months ago. I though MM had just started it.
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:37 AM
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Yes Mike, As you can see, the post date starts May 3rd, five months have gone by and since then, I've bought one and I'm enjoying every moment with this plane. This one really is one of the very best ! Seeya around Mike, MM
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:51 PM
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I have just gotten one. I had to sell a couple of my other planes to appease my wife so divorce papers were not filed the same day i brought the plane home. I am getting the OS 91 to put in it and will put it together over the winter and maiden it next spring. I will be doing a smoke set up as well. Looking forward to it.

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Old 10-03-2006, 07:06 PM
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I hope your right about the 91 for power because this is what I'm going with.
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I hope your right about the 91 for power because this is what I'm going with.
same here
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:32 PM
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I flew the original kit with an OS .91. Not unlimited vertical, but it flew quite nice.
If I decide to get the ARF, I will use the same engine.
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ORIGINAL: TLH101

I flew the original kit with an OS .91. Not unlimited vertical, but it flew quite nice.
If I decide to get the ARF, I will use the same engine.
The Kit weighed over a pound more compared to the ARF....so your 91 will easily fly this ARF and you may get close to unlimited vertical.
I have 91 as well and just got the plane. I hope it will perform well. I have to finish my 60 size Extra 300s first tho(saito 90 FA-90TS twin for the motor).
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If you want to see it fly with an OS 91, just take a look at the video in my review of this thing:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...article_id=750

And BTW, the day I shot the video, the engine was not running right. It was close, but not 100% (Came to find out I had some bad fuel) but It was running well enough to get the video shot so I went ahead and shot it.
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I have to say that the GP Super Skybolt ARF is the BEST ARF I have ever flown. I have had two Skybolts The first was powered by a new Satio 125. The second is powered with a YS120. The skybolt with the YS120 is by far my favorite. With the Satio 125 I had to add 7 oz. of lead to the nose to balance, with the YS no lead was needed at all.

This airplane does everything you can think of. It's flat spins are unbelievable and its snaps are mind boggling!!! I have put 10 gallons of fuel through the YS120 in less then 5 weeks.

I like the ARF so well I bought another because I know I will be ripping the wings off of it.
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ORIGINAL: n57tc

I like the ARF so well I bought another because I know I will be ripping the wings off of it.
With a YS 120 you just might!
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I have been yanking and banking pretty hard with my OS 1.20 AX for a while and nothing has come loose yet. You're right, the snaps are amazing on this plane. I also agree that this is the best ARF I've ever flown.
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