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Old 10-25-2006, 12:52 AM
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http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/123412.asp

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Old 10-25-2006, 12:59 AM
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....looks like the Sonic....
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:42 AM
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Looks like the sonic but i dont think it is, I called the local Hobby People and they said it is a different item #. I told them to order one for me so I will be able tell for sure on Friday. I had a sonic 500 and loved the way it flew, so if it is the same I will be pleased.
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:57 AM
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I loved my Sonic, but thats when they were an ARC and you had to cover it yourself. The last round of ARF sonics had very poor covering jobs on them.

At $50, thats still a great deal and a very good way to get started in speed, and possibly racing.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:33 AM
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it looks like a rebadged sonic 500. i had problems with this plane, but at 50 bucks its worth another shot.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:25 AM
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....click this.... http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/127515.asp

....it does show a different item number.
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Here is what I think is going on there at HP. They have come out with a new "brand" of models called Hobby People and it appears many of the Model Tech and Sportsman Aviation labeled planes will be relisted under their new Hobby People brand name.

I would be willing to wager that the Q500 and Sonic are one in the same, regardless of SKU numbers. I just bought a Sonic a few weeks ago for $90. Wish I could get the $40 bucks difference back!

Daven, maybe it has something to do with the time of year or the weather but the covering on my Sonic is tight as a drum and looks awesome.
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Maybe they finally upgraded the covering material on the Sonic. I have had two of them,
and the covering material was baggy, and could not be tightened satisfactorily. When you
heated it, it would get looser. Part of the problem is the "mystery wood" on some parts
of the plane, that the covering (any covering) does does not like to stick to.

I had to recover both my first two Sonics, but that was over a year ago.

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Kmot:

Thanks for the heads up!~!! Just ordered one for the heck of it. For $50.00, can recover the thing and save some building time. Need a quick airframe, hope it will stand up to the Jett BSE 60 LX cause thats whats gong into it. Need somethig so fast the I can relax in our club open (anything goes, almost) racing class. Let us know how yours comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'll take some pics of the parts later, so you can see what the covering is like.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:50 PM
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I've had two actually still have one, not a bad plane and for 50 bucks you can't go wrong. I didn't recover either one just flew them. The firewall needs some attention, mine were just hot glued in and not very well at that.
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Reminds me of the old GP Viper. Remember the RTC? Any of you guys ever fly one? That was one of my favorite planes. Had a few design problems, but a fun plane none the less.
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I loved my Sonic.. It flew great and tracked very well.. It was my second racer.. I got it from Daven for a steal with a couple servos.. It died the last race of my first season...
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ORIGINAL: Lomcevak Duck

Reminds me of the old GP Viper. Remember the RTC? Any of you guys ever fly one? That was one of my favorite planes. Had a few design problems, but a fun plane none the less.
The old Hobbico Viper... Ah yes. I had a lot of fun with those as 424 racers. Even flew one (many, many times) as a sport plane powered with an OS .32 FSR (best motor OS ever made IMO).

The old Vipers show up on eBay every now and then. Great sport plane or even an entry level racer. They are worth picking up if the price is right.
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I maidened my Sonic this past weekend, and was very happy with it. I don't
have a real racing engine in it, it was supposed to be a Club Racer, but
our Club kind of dissolved about a year ago.

I didn't get a chance to wind it up tight, 'cause the engine was new, and I just
have a 9-7 sport prop on it....it turns 16k on the ground, but I had it running
over-rich for the first few flight. I spent my time trimming it out, and adjusting
the throws and the duel rates....man was it ever touchy on the elevator at speed,
but needed more throw on landing....I ran out of throw on the first landing, but
then it was probably nose heavy. It was a super slow roller on low rates on the
ailerons....I thought it would roll much faster than that at speed.

But man, that little sucker turns on a dime, and gives 9 cents change. The engine
didn't sag from the "G's" either, but then it was set rich. All in all the plane flies
just like any decent low wing sport plane, it is just smaller and faster.

I just checked the "pile" and I have one more NIB Sonic in it. My first one had
a nice little Rossi .45 in it, but it only went about 150 feet, due to reversed ailerons.

These are really a good little set-up for some thrills !!!

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I think the Sonic is actually a knock-off of the Scat Cat 500, with just a few minor changes done.
The Hobbico Viper is a good flying plane, but I recently folded the wing on mine. I had been flying
it for months and was well-pleased, and then one day, pulling a hard pylon turn , BANG! The
right wing top sheeting buckled near the root. Power was an OS .46 SF with Performance Specialties
tuned muffler and APC 9x7, good for 125 mph on the straight and level. I was appalled to discover
the wing sheeting was put on with double-sided tape, and this is what let go and allowed the sheeting
to lift and buckle up. The tape peeled off clean over a large area, see pics. Amazingly, the fuselage
didn't get a scratch on it when it went into the corn (I had time to chop throttle). I've got a couple
more Hobbico Viper ARCs in my inventory, so I'll be widening the center fiberglass of the wing on
the next one, in the hopes that will add sufficient strength.
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I just picked up one of those $50.00 Specials at Hobby People....

....it's a Sonic. The regular price is $90.00. The covering looked
OK, although I just glanced at it.

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That's the Sonic, or China Clipper. Looks like the sonic as well... Still for sale?
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I tried to take pictures that somehow showed the reflection of light in the shop so you could see the taughtness of the covering. I have not done anything to it myself.
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ORIGINAL: ehelibuff

That's the Sonic, or China Clipper. Looks like the sonic as well... Still for sale?
....here's the store locator....[sm=thumbup.gif]


http://www.hobbypeople.net/stores/stores.asp
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Looks pretty good. I may just buy one for the wing and build a low wing seeker. Not sure I like those long ailerons though.
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i started out w/ a 46 la in this plane and it was a real dog. could not get any speed out of it. i was suprised because it is such a small plane. switched to a 46 fxiw/ better luck. the plane went in during its 3rd flight due to control issues. russm
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Dave....it's easy enough to whack off about 1/2 the aileron, glue the outer portion
on, and just use the inner portion. However, I had my full size ailerons set on dual
rates, and on low....the thing rolled like a trainer....slow as mollasas....but the speed
wasn't real fast. On high rates it rolled fine. I would think that as long as the ailerons
aren't going to flutter, they are OK the way the are for sport flying.

You could compromise, and whack off the outer 1/3.

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I guess for the price, its tough to be choosy.

Can a couple of you do me a favor and weigh the covered wing for me? It would be better without the landing gear attached if you haven't put that on already.

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Dave....the wing package came in at just over 1 pound, 1 ounce....

....so without the plastic, you could call it 17 ozs. without too much argument.

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