More Info on World's Cheapest ARF

My Start 40 Evolution 2 Trainer arrived today from http://www.raidentech.com via FedEx Home Delivery. The actual manufacturer of the ARF doesn't appear
to be Selective R/C as I'd originally suspected (http://www.selectiverc.com ), although Selective R/C may be the U.S. importer and distributor for this ARF. The actual manufacturer appears to be Khiem Tin Ltd. DBA VHN Line, a Vietnamese corporation - http://www.vhnline.com
The ARF came with an outer shipping box over the manufacturer's packing box for extra shipping protection. The internal packing was minimal, but my initial inspection showed that the plane arrived in perfect shape with no shipping damage. The overall strength of the airframe and quality of the covering is good. The included hardware looks quite servicable, even though it isn't what I'd consider "top quality."
The instruction manual is a fairly clear and legible photo copy. The instructions themselves aren't comprehensive, but they seem easy enough to follow and anyone with any previous ARF assembly experience can probably follow along easily enough. I paid $38.95 for the airframe and another $8.33 for shipping and handling to get the ARF from Raidentech in California out to me in Nebraska. So far, I'd certainly have to say I've gotten more than my money's worth.
A great deal of assembly required by other ARFs is already done. All of the control surfaces are already hinged and installed, no hinge gluing required. The engine mount is already attached to the firewall, as is the nose gear assembly (minus the wheel). While I doubt the packaging's claim that this ARF can be ready to fly in an hour, it does appear that it will be a very easy final assembly.
I'll need to scrounge up a receiver, crystal, and battery, but other than that I can probably build up the ARF tonight and have it ready to fly soon. I'll post more after I get a chance to put it in the air.
All in all though, if you want a basic trainer airframe for a bargain price, this does seem to be an awfully good deal so far. Raiden is continuing to run this as a "monthly" special for the time being, so feel free to roll the dice if you want a good, cheap ARF.
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Thanks for the information, Ed. Good luck with it.
Good flying, desmobob

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Those links didn't work for me....(except the Radintech)
Jerr
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The Selective RC link worked for me when I double checked it just now. The VNH Line website is down right now, but the link I provided is correct. Just trying to provide some additional information about how these $38.95 ARFs are getting out to R/C pilots.

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Just got this ARF today. This thing is built like a tank! I'll have i
flying this weekend. Assuming it flies well I think this is a supe deal. Besides the trainer function this could be a good one desig contest flier for fun stuff like spot landings, limbo, etc. Heck it' practically disposable, perhaps some really lame combat or pylon racin would be fun.
I'm getting ahead of myself. First I need to teach my son to fly
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I've been slowly but surely putting mine together. I was surprised to see that the wing has almost no diehedral in it and it's semi-symmetrical. The plane should be fairly aerobatic when flying.

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Ed Paasch Wrote:

How about a "one roll 360 degree turn" with this plane ? Simple rolling turns are a breeze. With the unit set-up as described above, we can. CG is a bit aft o ours. You do need a bit of raw power to do it tho
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Hmm..
I am sure glad a lot of other people now think this is not that bad o a deal for so little money. When I mentioned this plane a few months back, I sure got it from a lo of people for even having the nerve to mention this Viet Nam product. BTW, ours now is a tail dragger, engine rotated ccw until MAC exhaus is right under the fuse, top of fuse closed up above the engine, zer dihedral in the wings. End result: why spend so much if so little can do almost the same
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I'm planning on doing the same thing with the same plane but I'm new to it. Anybody got any tips on the conversion?
Looking at the inside of the fuse I was planning to just mount a block across the width of te fuse just behind the firewall and then drill it out. A couple blind nuts to hold the front gear on (thinking 10-24 since I have another plane already like this and the 1/4-20 were too big and ripped a chunk out of the bottom of the fuse when I hit a rock landing).
For the tailwheel I figure I'll glue some lite ply to the bottom of the tail end of the fuse and snake a piece of piano wire up to the rudder for some steering.
I am very, very open to suggestions though...
Thanks, Steve
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You fellows were right aboutthe screws holding the nose gear in place. We had to put in longer ones. Also our plane, with an FP-40 OS engine takes close to 13 oz of lead to get it to balance. Anyone else haveing balance problems??? Frank Schwartz
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How did you make the wing with zero dihedral? did you make a new joiner or what?
TIA
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jason w Wrote:

Shave off a bit of material from the provided joiner until you can la the wing halves flat on your building table. You get a "crack" on top but I filled it with epoxy mixed with sawdust. You could also us microballons.
Steve Wrote:

Dubro makes this "Nylon Wing Mounting Kit" Catalogue number 256. Instead of mounting them inside the fuse, under the rear of the wing, mount them outside of the fuse. I do this before I remove the rods tha are used for the rubber bands. I clamp the wing on the fuse with a fe rubber bands (the ones that came with it :D ), then I run a 1/4 -2 bolt that I sharpened at the end from the bottom of the bracket up t the wing. This gives me an exact location where to drill the holes. In locating the position of the bolts brackets, I make sure that th head of the screws are flush with the top of the wing surface whe mounted. Put a small thin piece of lite ply underneath the bolt head (glue it on).
Also you must make a doubler for the former that will hold the front o the wing down. Glue it inside the fuel tank compartment.
HT
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FS:
Glad you "found" the "too short screws". We did at the first landing. Regarding weight addition. Ours has an OS 46 on it with a MAC pipe. The engine mounts were the long ones and so ours has it all the way u front. That is probably the difference here
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Anyone have a good link to this product line?
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This pushed me over the edge and got me to order one, even though I hav
far too many unbuilt planes:
"Use coupon code "HOBBYLAND" at check out for 10% OFF on all R/ products at Raidentech.com 's already crazy low prices. Coupon expire on 11/28/05 or while it last.
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Too late , ordered 2 already. :) mk

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Thanks for providing the discount code. That pushed me over the edge. I just ordered one of their $38 trainers. I think I have found a home for my OS FL-70, at last.
Ed Cregger

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Solcat:
They are in your neighbourhood, so pick one up personally (ask fo John) and save the shipping cost. Take a look at their Giles 202. Pretty neat bird. Just keep a straight face when you see their warehouse..... Will be back there soon before christmas to pick up some of thei goodies.
IR
Ed P: Looking at the size of the rudder, when you have it ready to fly, se how it performs when you make a rudder turn....
I am still amazed at how good this bugger flies and how much fun it i for so little money
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Yeah but it's only $6 for shipping. And if I went I'd probably end u
buying that 40 size P47. But I'm still learning how to land and stee a Magister on the ground
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Solcat Wrote:

Agreed... You'd probably spend that much on gas now :( And yes, you may end up with more than you wanted to get... :D I walked in to get one thing and walked out with four :o
jason w Wrote:

I found one area that may be a bit skinny on the "glue amount" end. Look into the area that is right underneath the wing mounting area o the fuse. One of ours had the formers not quite well glued on (in ou opinion).
The wing is a "Rubber band hold on" type. You get four huge rubbe bands, that I used as building aids !! Otherwise it is all OK "as is" Do not use an Iron to get the wrinkles out. You smear the painted o decorations. Use a heat gun and a glove to smooth them out.
If you want to make it "bolt down", then do it during the buildin stage. You can use the wings as a template to make the new cente section out of lite ply. Ours have zero dihedral, and the hold dow bolts are mounted "outside the fuse" (easier to place correctly). W also added a "peek window" above the fuel tank, so we can see when th fuel tank is fuel or how much fuel is left. We did a three line fue system.
Robert Scott Wrote:

It does
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