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Old 06-13-2010, 10:45 PM
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I know that building a spad on your own is supposed to be an easy task and cheap, but I've heard of people that sell assembled SPADs. Does anyone know anything about this? I'm lazy, I'd rather spend my time flying than building.
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It's not worth the work to build one and sell it. Not when balsa ARF trainers can be had for under $100 and fly better. And truthfully, they don't save you much money, if any at all. The airframes are cheaper, but radio gear and engines still cost the same. And if you have one crash with a SPAD that you wouldn't have had otherwise you're in the hole.

For cheap and easy, peruse the buy and sell forums here and Craigslist to find good used airplanes.
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Spads are a lot fun and build easy enough. They can take a bit of rough stuff and keep flying. Build time is much shorter once you get the hang of 'em. SET UP, as said above, is the same as any other plane....always worth doing right.
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I found it: www.spadflyer.com
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Idasam, See also norcalspads.com. He makes a wider variety of arf's.
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Try these, I know the dude personally and have seen his products.

http://midcalspads.com/General.html
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The 40" fuse and 48" wing from spadflyer is a nice flying plane.  Dont' get the shorter fuse; it is not as easy to control of balance.
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i have the short wing kit from spadflyer its a fun airplane and you can put a supertiger 51 on it for cheap. I use a 12.25x3.75 on one of the old ST 45 italian made engines. on the supertiger 51 its a screamer.
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ORIGINAL: Idasam

I found it: www.spadflyer.com
Ed Sorrels, who runs Spadflyer, is a great guy. The plane is a good flyer, and very tough. The other day, it was a bit too windy to fly; 20 MPH, with gusts well above that. With several of us standing around the field, hoping the wind would die down, I was the only one to put a plane in the air. I made four flights with my Spadflyer, and one with my grandson's. It's nice knowing you can take a few risks without winding up having to spend several hours repairing your plane. Some of my landings weren't very pretty, but no damage. I wouldn't have put a balsa plane in the air under those conditions. Thanks; Ernie P.
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I planted another Balsa bird today. if it was a SPAD I could prob repair her...not enough cable ties for this one....back to the SPAD Bipe.

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