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Old 06-01-2011, 01:50 PM
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Default Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?



The question is really which one to buy? I am in conundrum and seeking input from more senior pilots that have knowledge of the planes under consideration. I am looking at the following Cessna 182 Skylane - Trainers with aminimum wing spanof: 47"+ up to 55". The planes I have found in my searches are listed below and I have attached a photo of each for reference.



For the sake of this discussion, I have purchased a plane from Banana Hobbies without issue, I have purchased several RC boats from HK had issues with them supporting their warranty, I have purchased from Tower Hobbies and had good suggest with them, Ihave no experience with Nitroplanes.



I welcome any constructive input. Thank you in advance for you time.



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1. NitroPlanes.com http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a300-14...-blue-arf.html

5 Channel AirField RC 55" Sky Trainer Upgrade Version Airplane w/ Brushless Motor/ESC/Flaps/LED Lights Almost Ready to Fly ARF Receiver Ready -EPO Foam Plane (Red or Blue) $129.00+ tax/shipping = $156.05
Wingspan: 55.5 inch
Outrunner Motor (3536-kv900)
Servo: 6X 9g High Speed Micro Servos
Speed Controller: 30A Brushless ESC
Nitroplanes offers a lower price version with a blacked out cabin.
http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a182-sk...g-v3-blue.html

2. Banana Hobbies http://www.bananahobby.com/1994.html
Super Scale 6 CH BlitzRCWorks Cessna 182 - 2.4GHz Blue Flight Trainer Master Pro Radio Remote Control Electric RC Airplane RTF $164.90 + Shipping: $18.73* Tax: $16.08 Total: $199.71
Wingspan:51.2 inch
Brushless outrunner motor ???
Speed Controller: 30amp brushless ESC
Servo: 4X 9g high speed micro servos & 2x 17g for flaps

They offer another version 182 without the cabin detail for a little less money but larger wing span.


3. HobbyKing.com
Durafly Cessna 182 1.4meter 5Ch (with flaps) Plug-n-Fly (USA Warehouse)
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=14514
$113.97 + shipping = $127.97
WingSpan: 55.10in
Propeller: 10x5E
Motor: Brushless outrunner 35 series
ESC: 30A
Servos: 9g x 6 (Quality servos, with precise control.)
a few iderations of the 182 I will post pictures for clarity'

4. Tower offers their version by Hobbico
47.5" wing span for about $129 with they premier member deal it's $109
Nice too
Lots to choose from for sure!

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Old 06-02-2011, 04:23 AM
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

http://www.parkflyers.com/Cessna_Pro...e_p/4303si.htm
Old 06-02-2011, 08:17 AM
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

Minnflyer
Thank you for your response. I am not sure you understood myrequestwas specific to those planes I listed as "planes of interest". My hope is to get some feed back from others that have first hand knowledge of one of all of the planes I referenced and/or information on any experience with the suppliers I listed.

The Cessna you referenced is the same or very similar to the less expensive version of this plane - having a blacked out cabin/cocpit area in place of the more scale appearing
and detailed cocpit's the other slightly more expensive versions I listed. I made mention that some of the companies offer the less expensive style as well.

There maybe other 182 Cessna's that I don't know about. Having that information would be great too. I have a number of planes already, and while I ama reasonably new pilot, I continue to improve my skills and moving toward my scale and sophisticated aircraft.

Again, thank you for your reply.
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

One thing I can tell you is that you have listed the three companies with the most notorious records for bad customer service. So a search of them and you will see very little positive feedback
Old 06-02-2011, 08:37 AM
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

Jeez, stay away from banana hobbies. do a search and you'll find out how bad they are.
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

Go with the Hobbico plane, Tower has great custumer service if and when you need it.
Old 06-17-2011, 07:59 PM
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

Well when it comes to the companys you listed I can say I buy 80% of planes from Nitro and 20% from Banana Hobbies. I have had perfect transactions with both of them. I know that BH is a bad word but what you here is the negative and a happy customer RARLY does anyone post a positive experience with a nusiness. If they were as bad as people make them out to be they would not still be in business. All .com companies have problems. None are like you LHS but for me pricing is important and I have had no problem with their customer service. I used Hobby King as a experiment and would still order from them if I want something at a good price but so not care waitimg 2 months to get it and high shipping cost.
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

Just for grins you could always go into the ARF forum and see what other ARF people have to say about these three planes. You would get a lot more response, you could maybe even do a search for other threads on these planes and see what types of problems others have had with them. The added work of doing a search could be fun too?? In the ARF forum you may even find someone that is assembling one or all of these planes and help you out troubling shooting any problems that may accrue.
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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

I would go with the BlitzRC Works SkyTrainer!

Hi guys!

I enjoyed my visit at EDWARDS (High School Band Practice Surface) with my Cessna 182 again and it was nothing but spectacular!

This time our good friend David Hart who is a professional photographer for a few RC Hobby magazines came over and took some pictures of the action that morning!

Just Love this landing sequence!











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Default RE: Cessna 182 Skylane ARF Which plane to buy?

I own the Flyzone Cessna 182 Skylane Select Scale from Hobbico (Tower Hobbies). It is a really nice looking plane and flies really well. The only weak point, as with all Cessna 182 RC models, is the front landing gear.  Parts support from Hobbico is pretty much as good as that of Horizon Hobby. I would get the Rx-R version though since you can add your own Rx. However, the Tx-R version comes with a Tactic Rx installed and also comes with a free AnyLink adapter ($25.00 value) which will work with a lot of diffrerent radio systems. It works great with my Spektrum DX6i.

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