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Old 11-30-2004, 12:40 AM
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Default sub-2 meter RES electric ARFs?

anyone know of an arf rudder-elevator-spoiler electric glider that meets the following requirements:

1) two meter or sub-two meter (like 60")
2) rudder elevator spoiler control
3) arf, with a plastic fuselage (not wood or fiberglass),
4) and is reasonably inexpensive (can motor ok)

i am looking for this to recommend to first time pilots.

most of the planes i have seen that meet these specs all have no spoilers built in or even optional, leaving the only choice to cut the wing and install them from scratch. easy if you know how, but i am looking to suggest this for beginners.

i know there are some with wood or fiberglas fuse, but i really like the plastic ones for ruggedness on dorked landings that beginners are likely to make,

i have been thru a number of websites and have not found such a creature.

anyone know of one?

thanks.

r.
Old 12-10-2004, 03:25 PM
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Default RE: sub-2 meter RES electric ARFs?

I don't recall seeing too many introductory e-gliders with spoilers. Most are either R/E/T or A/E/T

With these planes you get a good first plane, a good first electric and a good
electric glider.

Easy Star - RTF - also listed above
This is a Park Glider - can be flown as parkflyer or glider
http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/240025.asp
Easy Star - ARF - Add you own radio gear
http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/240009.asp
Discussion Thread on Easy Star
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258656

Ascent - this is a park glider ARF
It can be flown as a parkflyer or a glider
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Shop/ByC...ProdID=EFL1075
Review
http://rcgroups.com/links/index.php?...at=237&id=4233

Spectra - 2M - RTF
78" wing span - perhaps too large for a parkflyer, but a good first e-glider
You can add spoilers later if you like. The Spirit has spoilers. The wings might fit this.
All wood, not glass
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXVJ51**&P=ML
Spectra ARF -
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXADK2&P=7

Electra - 2M ARF
78" wing span - perhaps too large for a parkflyer, but a good first e-glider
Again, all wood.
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXDJB2&P=7
Old 12-11-2004, 03:10 AM
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Default RE: sub-2 meter RES electric ARFs?

Most of these basic models don't have the world's best glide slope so spoilers aren't really needed for glide path control except in contest situations. For general sportflying you only need to plan your approach circuit to put the model in the right place and altitude. A rather important skill to learn for later so they may as well get used to it now...
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Default RE: sub-2 meter RES electric ARFs?

We have people flying and thermaling the Easy Star, the Ascent and the Electra at our sailplane club. They seem to do well with them. They are certainly not contest ships, in the sense of the 3M moldies, but that is not their intention.

If you are looking for entry level e-gliders, these can safely go on the list. The only one that is not a traditional glider is the Easy Star. This one appeals to the parkflyer guys who want to dabble in gliders, or gliders guys who want a "toss in the car" small e-glider.

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