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Old 03-07-2005, 04:09 PM
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Hey guys I received my OTOP today, and man! what a plane. Painted in the mold and it is gorgeous. Planes Plus distributes this plane, and it is a steal for the price. Check out these pics. By the way when I weighed both wings. They came out to be the same weight for both wings. I am pretty new to pattern within the last few years, but I have never had an airplane where both wings came out to be the same weight 15.3 oz!!!!!!
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:05 PM
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What happened to the Impact?? You are bringing out the heavy artillery this year.......please go easy on us!!!
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How many color choices did you have and what all does the kit
come with ? Great looking airplane.

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This kit comes with everything except a engine mount. I had them, do my color choice on this one, but they can do just about any scheme, as long as you have good pictures!!
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How long does it take them to do a custom color combo and how much extra
do they charge to do it ? Be sure to give us a report on how it flies. I've been
thinking about this one myself for awhile.

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Saw them at the WRAMS show- it does look great in person. The information I got from Planes Plus indicates a choice from 4 different stock color schemes. There is also an option to order the airplane with pattern or artistic aerobatic tailored control surfaces, or can be ordered with both sets of wings & tail for I think $300 extra.


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Old 03-07-2005, 06:04 PM
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I Think that Planes plus would have more of the info that you need. Talk to Carla!!

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I can see 4 color schemes on their flyer, none of which match yours. Did yours have a Style number?

I subsequently called PlanesPlus and found out that you can have a custom color scheme for some extra bucks. Then I saw that is what you had done.

Type first, ask second, read later... My Bad!...

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Hey guys I received my OTOP today, and man! what a plane. Painted in the mold and it is gorgeous. Planes Plus distributes this plane, and it is a steal for the price. Check out these pics. By the way when I weighed both wings. They came out to be the same weight for both wings. I am pretty new to pattern within the last few years, but I have never had an airplane where both wings came out to be the same weight 15.3 oz!!!!!!
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How heavy is it overall, out of the box? Any other details on its flying ability? Any coupling requiring mix?

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Hey I recognize that Stud in the hat UAL767!
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Weight of the plane:

Fuse - 38 oz.
Stab - L-3.9oz, R-3.8oz
Wing - L-15.3oz, R-15.3oz
Rudder - 2.5oz
Wing tube - 3.7oz
gear - 4.7oz
Wheel Pant (2) .2 oz

All total = 5.46 lbs
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Thank you for the time you took to do the weighing etc. It looks pretty viable from here. I was told that it uses similar construction to and Impact and that it is a composite skin and polyurethene foam shell fuselage and wing. Can you confirm?

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Old 03-11-2005, 05:47 PM
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Multiple wings and stabs, hmmmm.
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Yes Eric I can confirm that the it uses the same material as the Impact. However, the manufacturers of the OTOP made some changes the COMP ARF need to do with the Impact. They have a brace in the airplane, that makes the sides of the fuse very stiff. However it is not a big widebody as the Impact is. The body reminds me a lot of the Temptation.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:31 PM
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Hello rgreen24

How’s the ARF.
What are the things that needs to be done before flying?
Is it a real ARF? Or could it be compared to the Impact, buy this I mean
in terms of what work is left to be finished? ( Required to be finished, before flying )
Does it have a hardware package? ( if so what is included )

Any more pic’s any one?

Anyone, any more info on this plane?
It will be greatly appreciated.



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Hey Robert I got a group of about 10 of us to look at the Otop at the Planes Plus factory. I took some measurements and your right about the fuse size being about the same as the Temptation. It's about 1" larger in the widest part of the girth. Mike
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Thanks for the info Mike, I though as much. No I just hope it flies as good or better than the Temptation.

This is a real honest to God ARF, all hardware is included, except the engine mount. Pull, pull hardware, elevator harware, rudder and elevator mounts, tail wheel bracket (no tail wheel) Gear and wheel pants.
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The plane sure looks nice Robert. I really hope it flys as well or better than the Temptation also. The Temptation is an excellent design. It sure is good to see a plane of this calaber being offered at such a great price. Mike
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Hello rgreen24,

Thanks for the info.
Could you post some pics while you building it ?
And could you also give us a Report on the plane, when it’s done ( flight report )

Again thanks for the info.


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Here is the OTOP in it's country of origin. The plane is fly by 4 yrs. old boy. He can fly it on incredible routines. You might not believe if you won't see it by yourself.
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That's incredible. 4 years old. A future champion no doubt!!
Also that plane looks a lot like a big Great Planes Venus 40. The best little pattern plane on the market. If it flys similar it would be of world class caliber. Very impressive! Mike
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Another shots of OTOP and it's pilot (on the left)

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Version 3...YS-160.....Central Header and ES Pipe, futaba.....it takes alot to impress me after 20 years of pattern airplanes....I'm impressed!

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Version 3...YS-160.....Central Header and ES Pipe, futaba.....it takes alot to impress me after 20 years of pattern airplanes....I'm impressed!

So am I,,,, Can hardly wait for the flying report.
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Glomming on to the thread here with some pics, hope that's OK. I just received an OTop Monday night and have a few pics to start with. I'm really impressed with what I see so far. Very nice paint finish for a composite bird under $900. Fuselage is quite light, weighing 2 lbs 10 oz with the landing gear with axles bolted on, rudder glued on with horn attached (with minor mods to be described), tailwheel bracket on. Wings are average at 15.1 and 15.2 oz apiece, no horns or other hardware in yet. Straight as an arrow though, as everything else appears to be so far. Stab/elevator assembly is 8.4 oz, including CF tube and AR pin, plus mounting bolts. Really nice interior finish work to the radio bay / pipe mount area. Alot of thought went into this design to make it easy to set up. No instructions provided, will have to ask Carla if they have them, but if you've ever done a CA bird, it won't be an issue. Dead easy to assemble so far and looks like just a few days work total. Apologies for the workbench clutter in the pics, as I am doing this all in a hurry. This was a snap decision to get the OTop (Saw it at the WRAMS show in FEB). I've been working to finish two Temptations for spring and have fallen behind (work, life, basement floods, snow shoveling & back pains etc - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!). So, with apologies to Temptation #1 that now shares the benchtop with the OTop, here's a few shots:
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