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    Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    I have a Bandit ARF with a P-120SE set up without the hopper tank. Any ideas on the flight time I can expect? How critical is the hopper tank?

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    Dantley - Are you having a quest to own every jet ever made

    I suspect 6 minutes is a good starting point. I could fly mine with both P100 and P80 for 9 minutes of a variety of power settings with and still land with the hopper full. If you stay WOT, maybe just start off with 5 and see how capacity looks......

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    That's all going to depend on how you fly. If you are a throw the hammer down kind of guy you could expect to get maybe 5 minutes but if you use your throttle accordingly you might get 7 minutes. I have a p80SE in mine with the large hopper tank set-up and i can get a full 10 minutes at full throttle and still have the hopper tank almost full. If i manage the throttle accordingly i could probably get 13 minutes comfortably.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    Andrew, in a word... yes, but only because my fleet was wiped out.

    My BARF doesn't have the hopper tank. Do you guys feel it's critical to have?
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    My Bandit Arf does not have a hopper tank. Might add one for smoke soon. I believe i was getting 6 mins. I now have a 100RX and get 8mins with mainly full throttls
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank


    ORIGINAL: dubd

    Andrew, in a word... yes, but only because my fleet was wiped out.

    My BARF doesn't have the hopper tank. Do you guys feel it's critical to have?
    Sorry to hear that - I guess it means you get to go on a best of the best toy hunt though.

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank


    ORIGINAL: indubitably

    My Bandit Arf does not have a hopper tank. Might add one for smoke soon. I believe i was getting 6 mins. I now have a 100RX and get 8mins with mainly full throttls
    John
    John, what was powering your BARF before the 100rx?
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

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    ORIGINAL: dubd

    Andrew, in a word... yes, but only because my fleet was wiped out.

    My BARF doesn't have the hopper tank. Do you guys feel it's critical to have?
    Sorry to hear that - I guess it means you get to go on a best of the best toy hunt though.
    Trying to make lemonade from a ***** load of lemons.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    I have a Bandit ARF powered by a P-120. I have my timer set for 8 1/2 minutes and fly mostly at around 3/4 to full throttle. The center tank is usually still full, or just beginning to drain when I land. I am seriously considering replacing it with a much smaller tank just to get rid of the extra weight.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank


    ORIGINAL: dubd

    I have a Bandit ARF with a P-120SE set up without the hopper tank. Any ideas on the flight time I can expect? How critical is the hopper tank?


    That depends, how good are you with dead sticks?

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    You don't need to use the BVM hopper tank if you want to save a few $$$. You can just find an appropriately sized plastic tank which will work great as well.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    Thanks, guys. My BARF is RTF with only the saddles and I need to decide if I want to add the hopper or just fly it. I'm time constrained, so if I have to do any work with this plane it'll be weeks before it gets in the air. I currently have smoke tanks where the saddle tank would go. So in short, I am trying to convince myself that the saddles are good enough. Sounds like I can comfortably get a 6 minutes flight with mixed throttle use... no?
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    Well, my S Bandit has a Merlin 140 drawing from all three tanks. So far I have only had 8-9 minute flights, but am landing with the mains 1/2 full. I reckon the mains alone would be good for an 8 min flight with an engine of this size..

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    I have a handful of flights on my new MK II Bandit and I am going to be using the kevlar hopper tank for smoke fluid. Using just the two saddle bvm tanks and the sullivan tank that came with the fuel package from bvm (located between the saddle tanks and below the intake duct), I seem to have plenty of fuel. I have been using a 7 minute timer setting and moderate throttle usage, I have yet to even get into the sullivan tank which is plumbed between the two saddle tanks and the UAT. I have a P120SX in my Bandit.

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    Jeff, good to hear! Sounds like I'll have plenty of fuel for a 6/7 minute flight without the Sulivan hopper tank.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    I use a 10 ounce hopper with a P-80SE. If I take it easy, my hopper is still full after 7 minutes. If I let her rip I am deep into the 10 ounce header after 7 minutes. I would be careful with no hopper and 6 to 7 minutes on the P-120 unless you are why off the throttle. I would go shorter time for a couple of flights. Good luck!!

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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    I used to have a 120 SX in my Bandit before the repair and then i re-fitted it with the 100 RX. A little slower, But a lot lighter, intentionally. Its a lot of fun, and is my favorite with the light setup. Light is in for sure now. Its way out of scale to see an 80 inch plane go by at 250 mph. Out of sight and small turning it around. Its just a perfect plane right now.
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    RE: Bandit ARF without hopper tank

    The 100SX sounds like a great combo for the BARF. Will you have at the Buttonwillow "Spring Fling"?
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