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What's your favorite beater plane?

Old 05-09-2006, 12:27 PM
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Default What's your favorite beater plane?

This subject comes up occasionally, so I thought I'd start a thread to see what people thought about it.

I define a beater plane as an inexpensive plane that flies well, but that you wouldn't be heartbroken if it crashed. This is the plane you go to if you've had a bit of a break from flying and you want to get rid of the cobwebs before risking something precious. It's the one you use to test out that new receiver or to practice high speed inverted passes a couple feet off the ground.

Right now, my beater is a World Models Aircombat Zero with an OS .32 FSR. It's not particularly pretty, but it was cheap and it flies great.
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:39 PM
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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

Well, my beater plane was one that I wouldn't be upset about if it crashed. The funny thing is, that when it did crash I was really upset over losing it!!!!

It was my Balsa USA Thunderbug 40. At least when it went out it did it in style. I had a full speed mid-air with a helicopter. There wasn't much left of either one of them after all was said and done. I found the engine over 20 feet away from where the radio landed!!!

Right after the collision I could see the plane and only about 1/3 of the left wing was missing. I honestly believe that if I had been a little higher up I may have been able to recover. But as it was, I was at full speed and the collision happened at about 20' off the ground. Posted are some before, and after pics.

Unfortunately Balsa USA no longer puts out this kit. But, my flying buddies and I have blown the plans up to a 60 size and I'm currently building one of these to be my new throw around plane.

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Old 05-09-2006, 12:47 PM
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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

Right now its my Midwest Star Duster, but it changes with time. Not much into the plane, fun to try new or crazy things with.
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Old 05-09-2006, 06:51 PM
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I liked my Star Duster also till I broke it trying to fly down a narrow driveway lined with trees, I don't know why it couldn't do it, it had done many times before. I'm lucky though as I have another kit for it and Midwest doesn't sell them any more.

Right now my favorites are the Midwest Aerobat and three of the ARC Modelfly ( old Falcon Trading planes ) , Ready, Jupiter and Cessna. It's a bunch more that aren't available now. When they are gone I'll either have to quit or start building again.

I don't even take my big one's out anymore, just teach and fly my beaters, getting old I guess. ENJOY !!! RED
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:54 PM
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I'm against the whole idea of a beater plane. I would never consider any of my planes a beater. I'm heartbroken when I crash anything. Unless it's an ARF, which I'll admit I've bought in weaker moments.
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:52 PM
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Here's mine. I bought it used in Vegas and don't even know what it's called. It is very stable and is really a nice flying little plane. The engine is an O.S. .30.
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:38 AM
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SIG Somethin Extra

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Old 05-10-2006, 11:18 AM
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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

Definitely not a SIG Somethin Extra, unless they made some MAJOR modifications.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:25 AM
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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

Hello; It looks like one of my favorites, a Sig Mid-star 40. My favorite beater is a Sig four star 60, since I sold my Mid-star. Another favorite is the goldberg Chipmunk, another is the Ace Bingo. I like the concept of "beater planes", just a plane to have fun with, not to show off with.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:39 AM
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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

My choice for a "beater" is my old Sig Kougar. The airframe is
20 plus years old. It was given to me a couple of years ago
by a fellow club member who wore out several motors on it
and then stuck it in a closet for 15 years.

I cleaned it up and fixed up a few things and put a GMS 47 on it
that I got cheap. Total investment is about $40 for the motor,
a spinner, prop and fuel tank.

The covering looks like hell, the cowl is cracked, the wing
foam core is oil soaked in several areas and there is more
epoxy in it than any 5 planes should have. But it flies just great.
I fly it all the time in winds that keep normal people at home.

I have a new Kougar kit on the shelf when the old beater
finally gives out.

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Old 05-10-2006, 02:57 PM
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I second the Kougar !!! But mine came apart. (Don't dive one down from a speck in winds gusting to 30.) Especially an old one.

Now, my beater is a Kyosho Cap232. ( But I would never let it know its the beater. It thinks its the queen of the fleet. )
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:36 PM
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No my beater plane is a SIG Somethin Extra. The first one I owned was a test bed for engines. I flew it with the following engines: Tower 46, GMS 47, MDS 48, OS 46FX, and a Saito 56.

The second I will never sell as I did with the first.

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Old 05-10-2006, 04:23 PM
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ORIGINAL: PilotFighter

I second the Kougar !!! But mine came apart. (Don't dive one down from a speck in winds gusting to 30.) Especially an old one.
Does that mean I shouldnt be doing that? Hmm...you should of told
me sooner.

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Default RE: What's your favorite beater plane?

Either my Superstar trainer, but it's not much good for "inverted passes down the flight line" or my Rascal 40 (on my second one anyway). Either one is great to take out and thrash and not worry too much about consequences, or to try something new and not be sure of the outcome (like a 100 foot spin with 90 feet of altitude). On a breezy day I like taking either one to altitude, shutting the engine down, and see how long I can stay aloft.


Or maybe it's ME that's not much good for "inverted passes down the flight line"
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:02 PM
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"Inexpensive planes that fly good"......then all my planes are beaters
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:25 PM
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Mine was a Little Stik with a Magnum .25. I bought it at a club auction, replaced the Enya .30 it had on it with the Magnum and flew it for ten years. I sold it at another auction two years ago and it was back again last year as a tail-dragger. I was tempted but it went to a good home. I love Stik's. I've had a few Little Stiks and a few .40 sized. I have a World Models version .40 sized one NIB in the cellar.
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My favorite was a Sig Something Extra I bought used. I flew it for nearly two years. I sold it, and now it's someone else's beater.

I've been flying a Midstar for nearly three years now. It's depreciated to a beater I guess. But I'll miss this one if anything happened to it.
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:27 PM
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Hangar 9 Super stik 60

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world models t-34 mentor, fly's good in windy conditions. Will do all maneuvers then lands better than a trainer.
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:42 PM
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I used to have a Midwest Super Hots as my beater. I kicked myself for selling that one off. It's still at our field, it's somebody else's beater now. I've made a couple of offers to get it back, but they won't sell it. [>:]

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Old 05-10-2006, 10:36 PM
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My beater plane is an Ace Cloud Dancer, it has 170 plus flights on it. It is about 10 years old. It has been broken in half and recovered 3 times. It is my goto plane when I just want to go out and have some fun. It will meet its demise at my hand someday. I will not sell it.
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:33 AM
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Back in the day, any of the Flite Line kits. IMO they were the best $25 - $35 kits
on the market. If you wanted, you could have one of their kits of box to in the
air in 3 days (two days if you pushed it). With most of the Flite Line kits you
could dress them up to make them look better or make mods to make them fly
better. My favorite is the Scat Cat 500. Add a sub fin, a rudder and drop the
dihedral a little and you have one nice everyday plane. Now that's a Beater/
Cobweb Shaker and all you need for power is a cheap .40. I still have couple of
kits on standby. I know this beater is a blast for the pass but this is JMO.

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Old 05-11-2006, 07:32 AM
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I saw that someone said that they had a Hots as their "beated". Mine is now the Kaos46, I fly them hard and sometimes crash. But I can build one from scratch in two weeks when one dies. I have in the past had a couple of Hots and they are a lot of fun. The one attached here is long dead, it was an experiment in brown paper covered foam wings. They were good but it died when the firewall pulled out due to fuel soaked balsa. Must dust off the plans again.
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MY 3 yr old beater keeps me interested for several reasons; fun scale warbird of my own design, highly aerobatic with a gentle stall, colorful and easy to see in all conditions, P.O.S. GMS 47 engine that runs best full throttle smokin rich, poor man's retracts - unassisted hand launches, gentle flying qualities on low rates and a real handful on high, fits in the trunk of my car without removing the 56" wing, and most importantly it simply refuses to die.
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My sig Kommander. one of the finest planes to dead stick of course that stopped after i got a new fuel tank seemed to fix that problem. didnt look pretty but it was fun to fly with a 45 supertiger(italian made). of course now i am selling it but no one wants to buy it. well alot of people mistake it for the kavalier because i modified the gear by mounting it on the fuse instead of the wings like originially designed.
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