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Old 04-29-2016, 03:28 PM
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I was bitten by the rc plane bug early last year. Bought a Bixler 2, taught myself to fly (eventually), then bought a traditional high wing balsa trainer running a brushless setup, joined a club and moved to a low wing sport 40' plane (Phoenix Scanner) also running brushless. Also have some Durafly warplanes.

I bought a Hobbyking Little Apple 50 1 month ago. Its sitting on my bench 90% built, servos and radio are in, it looks finished but has no power plant. I've spent the last 2 weeks contemplating buying a 2 or 4 stroke motor (leaning towards a 4 stroke). I have plenty of batteries but I want to try glow, but I'm still not sure. The high cost of glow fuel ($12 a litre at my LHS), the additional stuff needed and the horrible mess they cause are making me swing back to electric. Someone at my club also said the vibrations and oil seepage into the frame shorten the planes life considerably. Basically my brain is saying 'no' but my heart is saying 'Glow'. I want the sound and smell but not the hassles.. lol. Raced nitro cars for years, I know how temperamental these little motors can be.

Any tips on what way to go?
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:48 PM
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about 90% of the planes crashing at our local field were nitro!
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:33 AM
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As much as I love the smell of nitro, I have to side with the flashlights. Much, MUCH more reliable than fuel. Flame outs are what kill the planes. Get it off the ground and flame out, there goes the plane.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:46 AM
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I think I will play the safe card and run a brushless/60amp in it.
Went to the field the other day to fly the Scanner and witnessed a beautiful 2 stroke Yak (I think) sport plane take off and go dead stick 3m off the ground, the guy flying it was pretty experienced and he managed to abort and sort of land it but it still landed hard damaging the undercarriage and prop. I think he went for the high speed take off, if he had lifted off normally it probably would have stalled and crashed hard.

I think I can understand why 4 out of 5 planes are electric these days.
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Other than the sound (from a 4 stroke, the 2 strokes sound bad) I see no reason to fly a glow plane that days. The mess they make and the cost of glow fuel.. Not worth the headaches.
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Not worth the headache with how well electric planes run these days
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