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03-04-2008 05:35 PM  10 years agoPost 1
oldskool

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Winston-Salem, NC

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I'm wanting to put together a foamie for laughs and to mix things up. However I'm running up a big bill quickly for just a messing-around-with flyer.

foamie 25
esc 30
motor 35
rx -$70 - OUCH
servos $15/ea
lipo - 35

The electronics (Rx, xtal and servos) are costing me! Is there a cheaper rx/servos set that will work with my Fut 9C tx than the more expensive futaba stuff I have priced?

I wanted to get everything I needed for less thatn $150. Are there other areas to cut cost above?

thanks.

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03-04-2008 05:49 PM  10 years agoPost 2
rcfreak7

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most of the time i use extra stuff i have lying around but the cheap servos and cheapest esc and motor will do you just have to shop

i am my own dog

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03-04-2008 05:52 PM  10 years agoPost 3
1stPlace

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I use Hitec HS-55's on my foamies. My local hobby shop sells them for $10.99 each. I have several GWS receivers, they work fine for foamies, I've never experienced a glitch with one of them, 6 ch. receiver with crytal, $30.00. They work great with my 9C!

GWS Receiver

HS-55 Servo buy 6 and there onlly $10.50 each!

There, I just saved you $60.00 what's my commission?

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03-04-2008 06:07 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Drunk Monk

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Preston, UK

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hs 55's on mine too and some cheap rx I found in the bottom of a box somewhere. They certainly help to break up a flight day, great for when it's just getting too dark to fly, never too dark for a foamie


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-04-2008 06:13 PM  10 years agoPost 5
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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You can use a Berg FM rx or some other brand, $50 or less. No need to go PCM on a foamie, and you're rarely far enough away for range to matter.

But don't forget the reversible/variable-pitch prop. Foamie fun ain't full foamie fun unless you can ALSO hover it nose-down.

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03-04-2008 06:25 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Drunk Monk

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I've seem those on some vids and they do look a blast. Maybe its time I should put mine back to together again hmmmmmmm


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-04-2008 06:30 PM  10 years agoPost 7
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Here's a homemade reversible/variable-pitch foamie:

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03-04-2008 06:32 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Drunk Monk

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Cool, how many heli pilots fly a foamie or combat wing and keep putting negative in when you flip it, I keep doing it


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-04-2008 06:40 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Dood

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I put together a foamie a few weeks ago.
  • 1280kv b/l outrunner $40
  • 10A b/l esc $30
  • 4 servos $13 ea, $52
  • 6ch 2.4ghz SS rx $40
  • foam CA and activator $10
  • foamie kit $45
  • 8x4.3 slowflyer prop $2 (get lots and lots of these)
  • 750mAh 3s lipo batteries $45 each x2
(I left brand names out of this post to comply with RR policy. I will neither confirm or deny that Horizon Hobby is the distributor for literally every component of my foamie plane)

its not as cheap as you thought, is it?
The nice thing is, once your foamie is trashed, its like $40 to just go buy a new one.
or, you can just make your own out of some scrap foam you can get at a hardware store.

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03-04-2008 06:46 PM  10 years agoPost 10
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of Chicago

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My cheap foamy ended up around $500.

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03-04-2008 06:51 PM  10 years agoPost 11
Furious Predator

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my cheap foamy was around $450. fortunatly about $50 of that was for the plane itself. its pretty hard to wreck the electronics, its a bit pricey at first, but for the most part it is all a one time buy. those foamies can take a pretty good beating and are tones of fun.

i regret ever selling mine (used the electronics for a blade CP...another regret).

i plan to buy another sometime soon...funds permitting.

Shawn
Team Leisure-Tech
Team HelixRC

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03-04-2008 06:57 PM  10 years agoPost 12
1stPlace

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how many heli pilots fly a foamie or combat wing and keep putting negative in when you flip it, I keep doing it
I'm guilty It's even worse when you forget to give negative with your heli
My cheap foamy ended up around $500.
Yes, if you have to buy everything, including a charger, adapter cords, batteries, ect... it is expensive. Once you have all the essentials though, another plane is really pretty pretty cheap

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03-04-2008 07:25 PM  10 years agoPost 13
GimbalFan (RIP)

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My next one will be like the one in that 'tube clip, with the prop surrounded by foam to protect it and the motor mount. Those are what mostly get creamed in my 'mishaps'. I may buy a sheet of Depron (EPP?) and fabricate that myself.

Here's a build thread for his 'Sumo 3D' on another forum . . .

PS -- What's the preferred material these days for making foamies, and where do you buy it?

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03-04-2008 07:53 PM  10 years agoPost 14
oldskool

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thanks for the replies... will try the GWS rx

yeah I was considering the FlatOuts by GreatPlanes. Have these gotten favorable reviews?

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03-04-2008 07:59 PM  10 years agoPost 15
GimbalFan (RIP)

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A FlatOut was my first foamie -- not real sturdy. You don't want to use the hinges they come with, and other mods are necessary as well to get any sort of solidity. I wouldn't buy another -- there's much better ones on the market.

If you go to that link for the Sumo 3D, there's build plans in PDF format, and LOTS of info about the build. That will definitely be my next foamie.

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03-04-2008 08:13 PM  10 years agoPost 16
mmc205

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PA - USA

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Are you guys kidding me,
I had a great performing foame for
servos $4 each x4 (united hobbies)
bl motor and bl esc, $25 dollars for both (rc hot deals)
reciever $15 (united hobbies)
battery $15 (united hobbies)
flatana airframe $25 (tower hobbies)
for a grand total of ........$96
2:1 thrust to weight, 20 minute flight times.
that darn thing flew great, lots of 3D, lots of scrapes with the ground. Those prop savers are life savers..

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03-04-2008 08:52 PM  10 years agoPost 17
menace

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Sydney, Australia

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keep putting negative in when you flip it
thats how i've crashed heaps of them

!boo!

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03-04-2008 09:06 PM  10 years agoPost 18
Drunk Monk

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It's not just me then, I'm happy about that


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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03-04-2008 09:08 PM  10 years agoPost 19
1stPlace

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Holey CHIT! Now those are low prices!!! Thanks for the tip mmc205

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03-04-2008 09:17 PM  10 years agoPost 20
simages

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Cold Spring, NY

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My next one will be like the one in that 'tube clip, with the prop surrounded to protect it and the motor mount. Those are what mostly get creamed in my 'mishaps'. I think I may just buy a sheet of Depron(?) and cut it out myself.
Here's a build thread for his 'Sumo 3D VPP' on 'another' forum . . .
Thanks for this link, I built a GP RCU VVP Bipe not yet flown, but was inspired last year when I saw a similar design like the sumo... so, I ordered one and will put together this mid prop soon. It's called Nipple 4D from slowflyworld http://schnurzz.de/

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803620

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