| Friends don't let friends fly Zagis!
Fortunately, my friends let me fly whatever I want. And vice versa.
I've had a lot of fun with my Zagis and similar planes ...
| > Hi Guys,
| > I've been out of RC for 5 years and I saw some park flyers locally
| > flying Zagis and doing a little combat. I thought that looked like a
| > blast and I'd like to get involved.
| > I don't mind paying extra for better stuff, I'd prefer to do it
| > "right" the first time than buy and waste money upgrading soon
| > thereafter.
Skip the usual Hitec 555. Get a FMA M5 receiver from
www.radicalrc.com instead (it's lighter and better, same price.) Get
a pair of HS-81MG metal gear servos from www.servocity.com. (Metal
gears will handle much more abuse than nylon ones. And you're likely
to abuse them.)
Use any transmitter you want, but it does need to have mixing. (Or you
could buy a mixer to put in your plane, but few do that.) Getting
something with at least 4 channels would be wise, because you could
use it with other planes as well. But if you're on a budget, Hitec
sells a decent 3 channel transmitter with mixing.
Stay away from the Hitec Feather receiver -- it's crap. The FMA M5
costs about the same and is a far better receiver. (The Hitec 555 is
good, but it's larger than the M5 and not quite as good.)
A `lost plane alarm' like the Hobbico Air-Alert ($15 at
towerhobbies.com) is cheap insurance. Since these planes tend to be
very tough, you'll try things you wouldn't dare with another plane,
and you'll lose it. The beepers can make this MUCH easier -- it's
amazing how hard a plane can be to find in a patch of trees! Don't
forget to put your name and number somewhere on your plane and battery
packs (for an electric), just in case ...
| > If you were starting over would you get a ZAGI combo or would you
| > piece it together using better components? A different brand/model
| > plane? What gear would you guys recommend? (I need everything
| > including radio)
www.combatwings.com makes some really good Zagi-like planes. They're
probably a little better than the comparable Zagi planes. I've got an
XR (glider) and a XE2 (electric) and both are very good. (I've also
had a Zagi 400 and 400x.)
Whatever you get, cover it in Ultracote rather than packing tape. It
looks much better and will have less drag.
Having the servo arms go down into the wing rather than up out of it
looks better and is more resistant to damage. (The control rod will
then go through a tube and come out of the foam near the elevon.) I'm
sure one of the modification pages talks about doing this ...
If you get a Zagi 400x, don't mount the radio in front of the battery
like the instructions say -- mount it off to the side instead, or
under the tray. Bury it in the foam. Otherwise, in a crash your
battery will smash your receiver.
http://www.yourzagi.com/build.htm#adhesives is your friend. EPS foam
will dissolve if you use the wrong type of glue on it!
If you're going electric (rather than glider) a brushless motor will
really improve the performance of your plane. But it'll cost a good
There's literally dozens of pages out there on zagi modifications, and
most of them apply to other foam flying wings as well. Put `zagi
modifications' into google and see what you get.
http://www.yourzagi.com is a good one to start with ...
Doug McLaren, email@example.com
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