Any of you guys run a formosa completly stock with the reccomended equipment? I do.. It's no fun.. The supplied 350 geard is gutless with a 9.6V. You can barely get a loop out of it. I am completly new to electric flight so I thought it would be like glow planes. You buy the reccomended equipment and get the performance the plane was designed for. If I knew it was going to cost just as much for a park flyer as it would for a glow plane.. I would have gone with the glow plane.
Man, I used to think the same thing about the cost and stuff. I finally invested about $350 into my Formosa (including 2 3cell lipos) which IS about the same as a glow plane, but with a brushless 400 on the front this thing is such a ball to fly!! Think of it like this:
1) You can fly this plane dang near anywhere. I hand launch (actually just open my hand) and it takes less than 10 feet to land. I take with it me to the farm now, and put on airshows for my brother, nephew, etc. I flew it in the middle of the Dutton Montana Fun Day parade right on main street 2 weeks ago for cripes sake. The crowd loved it! Can't do that with glow. I flew it at my Wife's Grandma's little Cul-de-Sac a few weeks ago. The entire Cul-De-Sac came out to watch. The oohs and awws, applause after landing, what a hoot!
2) This plane has made me a gutsier/more confident glow pilot as well. I'm doing things now with my glow planes that I probably never would have attempted before. I never get out of 'practice' either, cause even 25 MPH wind doesn't stop me. The Formosa is the ONLY plane in my whole fleet that I would take out in over 15 MPH wind. Plus IT"S A BALL TO FLY IN THE WIND, more so than calm conditions, in my opinion.
3) Better to get in on the 'ground level' with electric understanding. Glow will always have a huge place in my hobby, but I really feel electric is the wave of the future. MAN just had a review on a 42% Bipe on LiPos. It hovered at half throttle! Prices will come down eventually, but don't discount the performance of a plane like this set up right.