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I should be committed so I need your help committing to a plane!!!

2nd Plane, FT Explorer or FT Spitfire?

  • FT Spitfire

    Votes: 17 85.0%
  • FT Explore

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • FT Bronco Pusher

    Votes: 2 10.0%

  • Total voters
    20

FL_Engineer

Well-known member
#1
I want to build a 2nd plane, I've been all over the place with what I plan on building. Thought I was going to build a Bronco pusher, bushwacker, explorer. Finally bought a Timber X and that seems to be a great highwing style plane but I sort of want a slow flying plane like the explorer. I'm also very much considering just going to an FT Spitfire as I have a fondness for warbirds and people seem to have great luck with this plane. I'm not too concerned about crashing it either way. So since I can't make up my mind please just choose for me! I have a 2836 motor and 40A ESC ready to go.
 
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FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
#4
I would say it depend on your piloting skill.
The Explorer is perfect for the beginner, as the prop is protected and it is set almost as a glider.
I have yet to build a Spirfire, but it is by all dell a great plane to have in the stack.
and the bronco... I can't speak to it.
 

Merv

Well-known member
#5
As others have said, the Spitfire is a great plane and would be a great choice if you can handle the speed, it wants to fly fast. It may be a better choice for the 3rd plane. The bronco is a great choice but a twin motor setup is a bit more difficult. You could make the bronco a single motor pusher. Twin boom pusher have all of the advantages of the explorer.
 

FL_Engineer

Well-known member
#7
The early returns are in and we can safely call this race in favor of the Spitfire. I have to say I think it's my true favorite anyway. So much so that I already have some khaki/ olive paint and I watched the Swedes build vid like a month ago. Will likely add the battery hatch and foam turttle deck. May also play with the nose a little as it is one thing that bugs me about it. I would love to just step up to the MS but I think a few strategic MS touches could work for now and not make it hurt so bad when it meets the ground.
 

The Hangar

Well-known member
#8
The early returns are in and we can safely call this race in favor of the Spitfire. I have to say I think it's my true favorite anyway. So much so that I already have some khaki/ olive paint and I watched the Swedes build vid like a month ago. Will likely add the battery hatch and foam turttle deck. May also play with the nose a little as it is one thing that bugs me about it. I would love to just step up to the MS but I think a few strategic MS touches could work for now and not make it hurt so bad when it meets the ground.
I flew my spitfire today and so did one of my flying buddies and we both agree it is one of the best flying ft planes!
 

BATTLEAXE

Well-known member
#9
The early returns are in and we can safely call this race in favor of the Spitfire. I have to say I think it's my true favorite anyway. So much so that I already have some khaki/ olive paint and I watched the Swedes build vid like a month ago. Will likely add the battery hatch and foam turttle deck. May also play with the nose a little as it is one thing that bugs me about it. I would love to just step up to the MS but I think a few strategic MS touches could work for now and not make it hurt so bad when it meets the ground.
I did a thread on the nose mods on the Spit if you would like to check it out, here's the link
 

BATTLEAXE

Well-known member
#11
I didn't do the top hatch on it, the power pod slides out to change the batt. I did the removeable wing and I suggest making yours fixed if you can. The removeable wing does more damage in crashes then the fixed
 

mayan

Well-known member
#12
As others have said, the Spitfire is a great plane and would be a great choice if you can handle the speed, it wants to fly fast. It may be a better choice for the 3rd plane. The bronco is a great choice but a twin motor setup is a bit more difficult. You could make the bronco a single motor pusher. Twin boom pusher have all of the advantages of the explorer.
I have to disagree with you on the Spitfire wanting to fly fast if you build the old version I promise you is can slow down so much that you just stay shocked. I vote for the Spitfire. I hear many have issues getting the explorer balanced, as for the bronco cant speak of it as I have no knowledge over it.
 

The Hangar

Well-known member
#13
I have to disagree with you on the Spitfire wanting to fly fast if you build the old version I promise you is can slow down so much that you just stay shocked. I vote for the Spitfire. I hear many have issues getting the explorer balanced, as for the bronco cant speak of it as I have no knowledge over it.
Yes, today I flew the spit slow, and it really did well!
 

FL_Engineer

Well-known member
#14
So a little plot twist... Checked the motor on the scout after the crash on Sunday and the shaft is bent. I've repaired it otherwise but it will need a new motor. I could buy a new cheapo one from banggood again or I could use the 2836 in it and find a better motor for the future Spit :unsure:. Also how do you guys handle receivers in your planes? Do you dedicate a receiver to each plane or swap them at the field? I currently have one in the scout and one in the Timber. The flysky receivers are pretty cheap but I'm on a tight budget and looking to save where it makes sense.
 

The Hangar

Well-known member
#16
So a little plot twist... Checked the motor on the scout after the crash on Sunday and the shaft is bent. I've repaired it otherwise but it will need a new motor. I could buy a new cheapo one from banggood again or I could use the 2836 in it and find a better motor for the future Spit :unsure:. Also how do you guys handle receivers in your planes? Do you dedicate a receiver to each plane or swap them at the field? I currently have one in the scout and one in the Timber. The flysky receivers are pretty cheap but I'm on a tight budget and looking to save where it makes sense.
I have 5 receivers. One is a little sketchy as I’ve had the throttle cut out when fly aggressively, so that one isn’t used much. The other 4 go between planes, but for the planes I fly a lot, I usually try to dedicate one receiver to that plane and not swap constantly. Just like @BATTLEAXE I have all my models saved in the transmitter so all the settings for the specific plane are all saved. If your timber is the bnf version and has a dedicated as3x receiver and stuff, I wouldn’t swap it out, since it seems like kinda a pain and I don’t know if you’d have to to reset or calibrate as3x and stuff. Again, I’ve never dealt with as3x so there might be nothing to it...
 
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FL_Engineer

Well-known member
#17
I have 5 receivers. One is a little sketchy as I’ve had the throttle cut out when fly aggressively, so that one isn’t used much. The other 4 go between planes, but for the planes I fly a lot, I usually try to dedicate one receiver to that plane and not swap constantly. Just like @BATTLEAXE I have all my models saved in the transmitter so all the settings for the specific plane are all saved. If your timber is the bnf version and has a dedicated as3x receiver and stuff, I wouldn’t swap it out, since it seems like kinda a pain and I don’t know if you’d have to to reset or calibrate as3x and stuff. Again, I’ve never dealt with as3x so there might be nothing to it...
Timber is a PNP so I added a FS-ia10b and hobby eagle pro.
 

mayan

Well-known member
#19
So a little plot twist... Checked the motor on the scout after the crash on Sunday and the shaft is bent. I've repaired it otherwise but it will need a new motor. I could buy a new cheapo one from banggood again or I could use the 2836 in it and find a better motor for the future Spit :unsure:. Also how do you guys handle receivers in your planes? Do you dedicate a receiver to each plane or swap them at the field? I currently have one in the scout and one in the Timber. The flysky receivers are pretty cheap but I'm on a tight budget and looking to save where it makes sense.
My personal goal is to have one per plane, but as of now just swap out between what I fly and have everything saved on the Tx.