hay guys has any one checked the CG on the bobcat (WITH OUT THE MOTOR), just for fun i checked mine (RETRACTS & RADIO INSTALLED) and I'm so tail heavy it's not funny,
i put mine together with a 91 magnum xls and i could not put enough weight in the front to balance at the recommended cg. can anyone enlighten me on this. seems like the instructions are way too far forward.
Ah, now the Achilles heal of Nitroplanes comes out! There is a thread in the Seaplane forum about the Nitroplanes Seawind and guys were raving about how much better it looked than the Great Planes one. Then somebody tried to fly it... Turns out, it won't fly (or flys like crap, if at all). In fact, in the only picture of the Seawind on the Nitroplanes site that shows it off the ground, you can clearly see the feet of the guy standing behind it that just threw it!
I hope it works out with these things, but it may be that it looks much better than it flys...
That is one cheesey photo!
But I don't think all is lost.
I think a LOT of these planes end up in the hands of modellers who NEED a full instruction manual and need their hands held.
These kits don't provide diddly in the way of documentation. Part of the price, I guess. But you will find that most of them build and fly just fine, I've had a few of the Nitromodels planes, can't beat them at the price. Can't speak about this Bobcat, have not had one yet, but chances are it will fly just fine. Yes, it might need noseweight, and yes, it might be up to you to figure out the CG and throws and such, and yes, you might need to check certain aspects of the construction, but if Great Planes sold it, yes, you might get much better support...but it sure ain't going to be $129! And you might STILL have problems.
Other side of the coin is it's a SUPER bargain at $129...unless it folds a wing on the first flight. Then it's not such a great deal!
But I think chances are the plane will fly fine.