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Old 04-15-2008, 12:56 PM
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I guess I need to get an Ultra Sport, but I think I''d like to build one of the bigger ones from plans with retracts.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:30 PM
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ORIGINAL: SpeedBoy

My vote is to Ultra Sport ever

The perfect plane in category sport/fast/fun ( to me )
That sure is a pretty US!!!!!

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Old 04-16-2008, 12:49 PM
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I gotta go with the 4*60. I''m on my third. I also have Kaos 40 that I built a turtle deck on and guess what??? I''ts an Ultrasport. Flies great. To me sport flying is relaxing with easy landings. Any of the above listed planes that don''t meet my criteria don''t, well, meet my criteria. Stryker, gremlinno way. Don''t even have LG. I like the Tiger. Don''t know about the Pulse. What about the Advance 40? We have a couple at the field and they fly nicely. We gave away a Dragon Lady last year and have a couple at the field as well. Better than the 4*? I guess that''s a matter of opinion. The Bruce Tharpe Venture 60, now discontinued, is reputed to have all the best qualities of the 4* plus a few added later by Bruce. After all he desinged the original 4*. That my story and......
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:15 PM
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I've never flown an Ultra Sport, and I'm definitely interested in getting one in the future. They look great and fly great in G3. Anywho, I've flown Pulses, Sticks, Tigers, 4*Stars and a couple more sport type planes. The best two, far and away, have been the Stick and the Pulse. The Ultra Stick is just great fun to fly, and the Pulse is more of a precision-sport plane. If I had my choice between the two, I have no idea which plane I'd get...but they're both awesome.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:33 AM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

Thunder Tiger's Cloud Dancer is a real nice plane and real fast with a Saito 56.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:57 PM
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I vote for the Ultra Sport and the Combat Gremlin!
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:41 AM
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somehow my post didn't show up here. i was gushing about my ultrasport 60 purchase and it didn't make it. well anyway, i recently acquired an US 60 with retracts and an OS .61 RF (rear exhaust). it flies very fast, requires no input upright or inverted. the same with the landings and takeoffs. it just simply waits for a command. very long smooth takeoffs. great sportplane.
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:45 AM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

I really enjoy my Great Planes Super Sportster. My Twist seems to be as much of a Sport Flyer as it is 3D'r, although it is not your traditional sport plane to be sure.
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:53 PM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

Falcon 56. Although many will say its not a Sport plane. But When I built mine I made some mods like little Dihedral, Lowered the wing saddle about 3/4 inch, wing mount bolts, more area on the rudder and elevator, Max deflection, and a OS .40. Balance is set reward.
I let a few guys fly it, that are into 3D .60 profile planes, [ better fliers the me ] They really were impressed and could not believe it was a falcon. If you set up any plane right, or whats right for you, you will get the max performance and will say Mine is the best.
Trust me when I say you can tweek a super sportster or a ultra sport, and many others, the wrong way and you will have a crappy plane.
or build it light and right and tweek for max performance and that is what you will have.
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:38 PM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

My vote is first the Ultra Sport 40, and second the Sig Kougar.

I built my first Kougar in the early 80's. Flew 2 years and crashed it. Then built a second one which I flew until I built the Ultra Sport in 1990. It was just a couple of weeks ago I took the engine and radio out of the Ultra Sport - never a crash in 17 years of flying it. But age caught up with it. It was painted with Formula U and by now there were hireline cracks all over and the paint had bubbled were the exhaust hit. Also hanger rash had built up<G>.

I have now ordered the Pulse XT 60 based on comments here on RU, studing the manual, and seeing the ad for it in the mags. I may also try to rehab the second Kougar which I still have.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:37 PM
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Hmmmm... Sport plane to me means able to be utilized in a vast number of arenas or posessing qualities observed over several classes of aircraft. Having said that I will differ to my first kit after my trainer - an Easy Sport 40. Absolutely fantastic characteristics. I'm suprised I haven't seen it mentioned yet... that I can recall.
Another excellent 'sport utility' plane was Hangar 9's Advance 40. Now that plane could take some serious abuse and knife-edge at the same time. Flat spin easily and land like a feather.

Sticking with what has been mentioned so far, I'd say the Kaos is probably the most widely recognized sport-type plane.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:26 PM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

Sorry, you're all wrong It's the Great Planes Skybolt!
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:32 PM
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Jazzy, I wholeheartedly agree that the GP Easy Sport is a fantastic airplane. I have two,one of which is an incarnation of two before it. Done as a tail dragger and equipped with a bomb (coke bottle) drop and done in a Navy scheme. Powered since day one, 3-15-00 with an MVVS 40 with "tuned silencer", I have just finished an engine swap for an OS 55 AX. As soon as the rain stops long enough for the field to dry I'll give it a go. The other is also a tail dragger, but I built it as a low wing by inverting the fuse and cutting in a new wing saddle and a new slot for the hstab. The gear is mounted in the wing ala the Super Sportster only much stronger. This one is powered by a ST 61. Both are exceptionally well manered and great flying planes, you can land them ssllooww or hot wheels.
150flyer mentioned the Super SkyboltI'm on my 2nd and they too are great flying planes.
The Ultra Sports and the like are also terrific planes and you guys who fly them obviously like a lot more speednothing wrong with that, I'm 72 years young and prefer my speed from my Spitfire.
One could discuss "sport planes" till the cows come home and not get full agreement on which is the best one. I better shut up! I vote for the Easy Sports! Gustof
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:36 PM
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:48 PM
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I too have a Model Tech Dragon Lady and she's a real *****cat, Saito 120 and TME smoke, covered with 21st Century fabric and dual aileron servos in the wings,lots of fun! Gustof
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:40 AM
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So many great planes over the past 50 years, so many great posts here - I, personally, think the Stik series (all of them) are probably truly at the top for sport flying. I remember my Enya-powered Big Stik with a Kraft 4-ch tooling all over the skies with fond memories. But, being one the the many $$$-challenged types out here in the sticks, I'm going to 2nd the Falcon-56 vote with one of my own - my 1974-built Goldberg Sr. Falcon with a 20-year old Fox-.45 and 5-year old Futaba computer 4-ch radio.

From the pics below you can see some of the mod's I did (various factors dictating them). When I first built her I was flying an original SIG Kadet with Enya-.35 that's now running in a Great Planes kit-built J-3 Cub-40. Being self-taught with the Kadet, I wanted something that I could learn easy aerobatics with but would still fly (and survive) easily. At that time, the best plane available to me was the Sr. Falcon. I built her with nearly NO dihedral (which has turned out for the best over the years) and she was the first plane to have that Kraft 4-ch radio.

She's never had a MAJOR crash, although you can see the effects of the minor ones (mostly just plain bad landings) in the complete lack of nose ahead of the firewall. Also, being what was then considered an advanced trainer, she didn't roll all that great when new so about 20 years ago I replaced the original ailerons with new ones that are 50% larger - she's a drill in the air now.

Sport flying is supposed to be easy and fun, preferably with survivable aircraft. My Sr. Falcon is all that, and more.

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Old 05-01-2008, 05:20 AM
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If you want something cheap the World Models Sky Raider Mach 2 is a very nice sports flying aeroplane.
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:07 PM
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Jerry's Little Boy. Morris hobbies
Very sticklike but with lots o rudder and very light not to different than the Ultra sticks. I'm a stick fan but was flying a JLB that a buddy at the field and let me fly. VERY IMPRESSED! There is a larger version that is reportedly even more refined suposed to be coming out as an arf. SPOILER is the name.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:09 PM
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I'll have to go with UltraSport, any Stick, and a Hots.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:04 AM
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I see a lot of you like the Great Planes Ultra Sports. I see that GP has an Ultra Sport Plus. Does anyone have any experience with one of those? Are they the same as the original Ultra Sport 40's?
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:49 PM
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+1 on the Stik,Ugly Stick,Big Stick,Sweet Stick...
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:53 PM
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I whole hearted agree..there is nothing like a range of STIK's from the li'l STIK right through to the Giant STIK...You can build em, fly the pants off em, crash em and sometimes still fly em...."STIK's" forever.

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Old 10-24-2008, 12:21 AM
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Default RE: Best Flying Sport Plane??

+1 on the Stiks... they have to be the all time best all-around sport plane ever designed... Period.

I've had an UltraSport 60 for a long time, and it is quite a nice flyer... but for all-out versatility... you just can't beat a Stik... you just can't do it.

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Now flying a H9 UltraStik60... it's good, but it's not a Sweet Stik.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:55 PM
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My turn - the Super Sportster, of course a Stik, then the Twist. I own and fly each of these. Each one has its pros and cons, but all are great. The Tiger II and the 4-Star should also be ranked up there. I suggest that as a 2nd plane for transition that the 4-Star, Stik series or the Tiger II should be ranked highly. After flying so many years, I have had so many planes (I've lost count- put I still have all my old plans), but those mentioned always seem to end up in my fleet, especailly Stiks.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:15 PM
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Sig Hog Bipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
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