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Old 07-04-2011, 11:01 AM
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Update: Re post 998 - I now own the Funtana I mentioned in this post. And I can confirm that it flies brilliantly, so there is no need for me to contemplate modifying this model's wing. Oddly-enough it looks just as 'flat' as my original Funtana's wing looked. But the difference in the way it flies is 'massive'

So, possibly in conclusion to this whole thread, I can say with some confidence that the appearance of a Funtana's leading edge isn't really a true indication of the way it's going to fly. Hence: Only contemplate doing the wing-mod if you're unhappy with the way your Funtana stalls viciously and unexpectedly - like my first one did :-)

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Old 07-05-2011, 06:13 AM
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Glad to hear you have another one going Tony. Hope you enjoy it. Mine is still sitting minus all the radio gear and engine. I have too many other projects going. I am still going to try the mod one day. (if I keep saying it maybe it will happen) lol

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:54 AM
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Hi David, I 'tried doing without' one for quite a while . . . but even though I have other good-flying models, I still missed flying the Funtana. So when the opportunity cropped-up to buy a good used one I just had to have it. This one has been flown very little, so is just like new, and I'm very happy with it

Although I have to admit that a massive glitch today almost saw me back to being Funtanaless again! The model did a wild gyration which I would have been proud to have been responsible for, but I wasn't. The model did it all by itself. I held the Tx high in the air and regained control quickly-enough to save the model from the crash it looked certain to have - and of course I then brought it around and landed it immediately

A range-check straight after the event showed a serious lack of range, so back at home I removed the Rx and tested the aerial for continuity - and it's soldered connection to the pcb too - both are fine. Doing a range-check with the Rx out of the model showed no problems, so at the moment I'm a bit puzzled by this turn of events. The only thing I wonder about is whether the long cables to the rear-end servos might have interfered with the aerial's reception? On the other hand, maybe I'm just fated for my Funtanas not to last very long!!!

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I hope you find the trouble Tony. I hate those kinds of issues. I hade one recently that would not range check past 20'. Did the same at the field as it did at the house. I tried it with and without the switch, in the plane out of the plane, ant in and out of the plane, different battery pack. All with no change. I finally tried a different RX and that cured it. I then tried the RX in another plane and it worked fine. So who knows???? Maybe one of the servos was not pluged all the way?
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Just popped back to see how this threads going.
After modding my plane back in 09.1009 it is still my number one plane ( i have about 20 flyable models from spitfires to f22's)
I got my 55ax running reliably to the point it's ridiculous and have hundreds and hundreds of flights on my modified funtana x 50
Haven’t , touch wood, had a single issue flying or landing and learnt lots about casual 3d flying.
hope your all well.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:42 AM
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Just completed the wing mod and also clipped 3 inches from each wingtip (crash damage). Prior to this mod I spent more time reacting to what the airplane did rather than flying it. After the mod, the airplane is awesome. It flies great slow, fast, inverted, and knife edge. I was so lost in enjoying the flight that I forgot about fuel consumption. The engine ran out of fuel at about 200 feet altitude and I was able to glide it around the field into a perfect dead stick landing. This would have never been possible before wing mod. It would have definitely beena destroyed aircraft.
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Just stopped by to update and am pleased to see that the wing mod has converted yet another bad-flying Funtana into a 'sweetie!' Also to report that routing my Funtana's aerial outside the fuz and up to the top of the v-stab has cured its tendanct to glitch (ok, it was only one glitch, but that was scary-enough after what happened to my last Fuintana). Since re-routing the aerial the model has had 10 flights without a hint of a problem . . . and I love flying it (but I don't fly it enough due to having too many other sweet-flying models to choose from - spoilt for choice I guess!)
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OK, I am finally going to mod my old Funtana S40 leading edges. I bought it to replace my Pizazz many years ago
(silly me...) and after 2 outings I hung it up. It has those same severe "snap out" issues you all report. I know the
Funtana is now a totally out of date model, but I have it, and it's like new with about 4 flights on it, so I
may as well try to make a silk purse out of the sows ear.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:49 PM
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Good Luck with the wing mod Fritz. I still have a Funtana and I still enjoy flying it from time to time. I look upon it as one of my 'newer' models, rather than an out of date one - my 1953 Junior 60 is definitely out of date, but I still enjoy flying that one too
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