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« on: January 06, 2018, 02:55:29 PM »

I’ve been flying FF for a couple of years now. Started with an Embryo and found the sticks too small for my shaky old hands (eventually turned the thing into unflyable, unrepairable mush). I’ve been flying a couple of Blue Ridge Specials since then and am working on The Shaft from Volare since it’s a bit larger and has 3/8” sticks.

I’ve watched a couple of P30s fly at the club and have read that they’re good for beginners. I’d like to start with a full kit to learn some more building techniques (adding DT, etc.). I’ve looked seriously at the Monarch from CB Models, the Souper30 from RetroRC, and the Kiwi from BMJR. The Monarch is a bit expensive and looking at the construction notes a bit challenging construction-wise with the diamond shaped fuse and pylon. The other two are obviously cheaper and are plain old stick built.

Do any of you have experience with these? Are there any recommendations you would make between these three, or any others.

Thanks for your input.

Dana
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 04:18:01 PM »

Souper30 is a good solid performing model - recommended,

I switched the sheet fin to a  built-up structure to reduce risk of warping.   The design wing mount is bulky and heavy and a change to a symmetrical section pylon worked well.

Good flyer.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 04:57:06 PM »

How about the Spitfire P-30 here in the plans gallery.  I have heard that its a good flier and certainly does not look like all the others.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 05:07:38 PM »

I built a BMJR Kiwi P30 several years ago when I first started flying free flight.  It is easy to build and very forgiving to fly but is somewhat heavy so not real competitive.  But I still liked the large, low aspect ratio wing so I'm now using the wing and tail on a small mulvihill (Andrade rubber) model with more rubber and a folding pro.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 05:11:19 PM »

Can't go wrong with the Souper 30.  As for the Monarch, all of CB Model Design kits are amazing.  The quality is second to none and they come with everything you need to be competitive. (for a price  Grin) The building instructions are great as well!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 05:12:28 PM »

How about the Spitfire P-30 here in the plans gallery.  I have heard that its a good flier and certainly does not look like all the others.

I LOVE the look of that! Too difficult for first P30 (low wing) though?
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 02:03:34 AM »

I went with the Souper 30 at the suggestion of experienced club members.  Mine was scratch built in a hurry and ended up at 34.5 grams, minus only the rubber.  Unfortunately I've only had chance to do test glides.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 04:11:25 AM »

I don't know how well it flies, but here's a truly minimalist P-30:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6609786
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 10:29:30 AM »

Get the Souper 30.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 01:03:05 PM »

I don't know how well it flies, but here's a truly minimalist P-30:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6609786

Wow! That’s a great idea. May not be next, but it’s on my build list.

“Lazy Bones” is a great name too.
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2018, 01:50:23 PM »

I don't know how well it flies, but here's a truly minimalist P-30:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6609786

Someone should upload this to the Plan Gallery. I tried, but I’m on an iPad and the process is complicated enough for a PC user. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2018, 10:15:07 AM »

Souper 30, easy to build and flies well.
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