Club Favourite Models

 

 

At the January 2007 indoor meeting we had the idea of listing our favourite models. Not the ones that we were looking forward to building and flying, but the ones that we had already built and flown many times and fallen in love with: the models that we have really enjoyed and would not hesitate to recommend to friends.

 

‘Up first’ is the “Mini Super-Sportster”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This model is recommended by Rick Williamson as excellent value in an ARF. He has built and flown a number of sp400 models, and he says this one is very well designed, built and finished and it flies beautifully. He has no hesitation recommending it to pilots who already have a reasonable degree of experience.

 

Model Name:

Great Planes Electrifly “Mini Super-Sportster EP

Construction:

ARF

Balsa

Ease/speed of construction

Intermediate

Piloting skill needed

Intermediate

Controls

 

4ch (conventional - ailerons, elevator, rudder, throttle)

 

Span

 

39.5 inches

 

100.5cm

 

Area

276 sq. inches

17.8 sq dm

All up weight (typical)

22 -24 oz.

624 - 680 g

Recommended Motor

400 size brushed motor and 2.4 : 1 gearbox included (Direct drive Hacker A20 20L brushless out-runner recommended for more advanced pilots)

Input power range

80 - 110 Watts

Gearbox Ratio

2.4 : 1 (brushed) or 1 : 1 brushless outrunner

Battery

8 cell 2/3 A NiMH pack (as designed) recommended for balance

 

 

Second on our list (although the order has no significance) is the “Typhoon”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story behind this model is that Phil Stang picked it originally, and he had a ball and started to recommend it to everyone in the club. Ray Lemke had not had the best of his experiences with his first model and Phil urged him to try the Typhoon as it was easy to assemble and quick to get in the air yet was easy to fly and lots of fun. Ray hesitated because it looked like it might be hard to keep up with, and too aerobatic for his skill level. He rapidly found that although this model is highly aerobatic and can perform 3D stunts, provided you don't open the throttle too wide it is not too hard to fly and is heaps of fun! So this model has ended up being a firm favourite for Phil and Ray. Thanks for putting us on to it Phil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod’s favourite model has got to be his Bill Griggs “Assault”, but since this model is no longer available we won’t include all the details except to say it weighs about a pound and uses an Sp400 on eight Nimh cells:

 

 

 

                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very soon his favourite model will be the Brio 10, simply because it can accelerate vertically and is a hot performer! Also it comes ready built apart from hinging, and motor and radio installation. The quality of construction is very good and it represents excellent value for money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model Name:

         Great ParkZone  Typhoon 3D EP RTF  

Construction:

  RTF (Approx. Assembly Time15 minutes)

  Z-Foam

Ease/speed of construction

   Beginner

 

Piloting skill needed

   Intermediate

Controls

 4ch (conventional - ailerons, elevator, rudder, throttle)

Span

                Span  39.5"

                100cm

 Area

                ? sq. inches

                 ? sq dm

All up weight (typical)

              Weight 26 oz.

                 740g

Recommended Motor

  BL400-15T brushless with gearbox

Input power range

           80 - 110 Watts

Gearbox Ratio

  8:1

Battery

 

  9-cell 10.8V 1000mAh Ni-MH

(8-10 minutes on NiMH, 15-18 minutes on 2100 mAh LiPo)

 

 

 

Model Name:

         E-Flite Brio 10        

Construction:

  ARF (Approx. Assembly Time 5 hours+)

  Lite ply and balsa

Ease/speed of construction

   Intermediate

Piloting skill needed

  Advanced

Controls

 4ch (conventional - ailerons, elevator, rudder, throttle)

Span

                Span  41"

                104cm

 Area

                325 sq. inches

                 21 sq dm

All up weight (typical)

              Weight 28/34 oz.

                 795-965g

Recommended Motor

  Park 480 (3D) or Power10 (F3A) E-Flite brushless outrunner

Input power range

  150 - 375 Watts

Gearbox Ratio

           None required

Battery

  3S Li Po. 1320mAhr for 3D & 2100-2500 for aerobatics