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Old 12-01-2010, 09:32 AM
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Has anyone heard of this company or had one of their arfs?? I,m wondering about the quality. Thanks
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:18 AM
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They fly great and the quality is good.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:59 PM
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When I was getting airframes built for my own brand a few years ago, Flight Models was one of the 2 companies that did that work for me. I eventually dropped my own brand name and went with their brand and range.
They are one of the better quality builders from China. They are also the manufacturers of a few different brands (Because they are good builders) and their planes fly very nicely. I still have quite a few of their airframes flying in my fleet.

Like most ARF's there are some things on them that I do when I build them.

1 - Look closely at the undercarriage mounts as they tend to be the usual thin ply mounts, I like to strengthen the area with some tristock and a little fibreglass.
2 - Pin the firewall. I use toothpicks on all of them from 1.20 size upwards and fibreglass on all my planes above 50cc
3 - Be cautious about the original ball links supplied. They are some of the better Chiense ones but are a far cry from the genuine DuBros. I have used the originals but have had a couple of them fail on me.
4 - Throw a little extra thin CA around inside the airframe joints to where you can reach.

Those comments apply to most Chinese ARF's - which is most ARF's.

I no longer import airframes but while I was doing it, they were most definitely a manufacturer of choice due to the flying qualities and general build qualities. There are better but you will pay significantly more for them and unless you are a particularly "top end" flyer (In which case you probably shouldn't be flying mass produced ARF's) you will get just as much enjoyment out of one of these.
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That is some great tips. Thx
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:30 PM
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No worries Pat
I see you are a Jetero flyer.
I remember going to a couple of pattern comps there a few years ago when I was blessed with living Near Houston for a while. (I hung out at Fort Bend with Earl Haury and a couple of others during my time there). I have some very fond memories of your field and the fields in that Area in General. Great times, great locations and great people indeed.
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