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Old 12-30-2011, 07:50 PM
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I am looking at a new plane for my son. I wanted to get an 25% edge 540 or an extra (73"), but while looking I was hard pressed to find one other than aeroworks. The other thing I am confused about is that I had an Aeroworks 540 25% when they first came out. I put a YS 1.20 on it and it flew fine and I could go vertical with it, torque roll it, etc. Now when I look at the same plane on their site they are calling for a 30cc gas. I guess my question is why? The 1.2 is 19.6 cc so why a 30cc instead of a 20cc?

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Go to Chief Aircraft and look at the Pilot brand, they seem to be lighter than most brands in the smaller gassers - 30cc and are easy to get spare parts if needed. Please don't discount the need for spare parts, it can mean the difference between having to buy a whole new plane or not. I can reccommend the SBach, it flys great fast or slow and looks cool too.
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Lots of guys are going to the new small gassers for economics; they're a BUNCH cheaper than say a new YS engine. Then there's the fact that YS engines just LOVE 30% nitro fuel which around here is near $40.00 a gallon and a little YS-110/115 will go through about an ounce a minute of that fuel.

There are a couple of the older Funtana 90's around here with the little 26cc gassers and they fly okay but neither of them will keep up with my Funtana 90 with a YS-110 on the nose, but they cost those guys a lot less money to buy and operate and the little gas engines are a lot easier to tune. Downside is they don't put out the power a YS will and they are heavier.

Your choice but the small gassers seem to be the way most folks are going and I would not put a 20cc gasser on a 25% size model, you'll need more....

OH.... Edge or Extra?????

I have both and like both but you need to pay attention more to the manufacturer's reputation and reports of how the models fly as the same model from different manufacturers can fly very differently. I'll repeat something my IMAC mentor told me when I was trying to decide the Yak/Extra/Edge question; "buy the one you like 'cause you'll fly one you like more than one you don't like and practice is much more important than which airframe you fly...."

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