TomMonton
I'm beginning to see a trend in scratch build park jets. Not so much on design but more driven by the common materials we have available to us today. Depron (craft quality) is no longer being manufactured and running off shelves fast .. if not already. (fail)

Brushless motor technology has improved exponentially with big thanks to the multirotor market, these little motors return impressive power and performance at a very reasonable cost. Many of the newer planes run on these smaller motors with credible results. (win)

Radio technology continues to improve and develop into broader and better interfaces. Flight controllers and stabilizers are common place items anymore. Battery technology also continues to improve on itself making lighter, more punchy power packs all the time... all the while price, function and availability is easy to reach for. (win-win & win)

3D printed parts and even aircraft are only beginning to come into their own. As plastics, printers and designs are evolving this too has been a welcome addition to the hobby itself.

All good stuff guys and thank you for keeping up the good work.

Now let's brag about it ... the categories are !!

* Park Jet
* Cargo
* Water / snow / grass
* FPV platform and/or multirotor
* Performance (3d/scale/pylon)
* Foul weather (flies no matter what)
* Relaxed Fly (that easy fly warm up plane)
* Goto (your all around goto plane).
*Sparkle (when you just got to show off your stuff)
*3D Printer (new category ?)

-ParkJet: I have fallen back to my own bad habits and fell back to the RCP MiG-29 v4. It requires little room and I'm just very comfortable with it.

-Cargo: I have moved onto the KkGuinea. I had to destroy last years cargo "Twins" to scavenge some of the extra parts.

-Water/Snow/Grass: Yep .. the Mako still rules.

-FPV Platform: The Ranger 1600. A store bought mid engine glider that just glides forever. Otherwise an old HK Color250 quad frame that is stable and easy to fly.

-Performance: The FRC MiG-29 seems to outperform most everything else as being incredibly nimble in the turns and still slow down on a decent glide. With that 3D body style lift she rides glassy smooth in the air and at times gets going a little too fast .. too easy. You do have to hang onto her.

Second choice would be the 'lil Ripper. A simple 3D foamy tractor airplane.

-All Weather: The FRC AlphaJet II just doesn't care what the weather is. She just wants to fly.

-Relaxing: Either the FRC Highlander... the Mulitplex FunCub or the Avios HK Tundra. All three are tractor STOL craft that are relaxing and fun to fly or do touch and goes.

-Goto Plane: The FRC-F16 Heavy profile. Just a simple well balanced park flyer. A stable and predictable flight envelop.

-Sparkle: The FRC MiG-2.88. An imaginary war bird concept foamy that fly's amazing and will attract attention. What is that ?

Second choice is the FRC AlphaJet II. Is it a wing .. or is it a delta?? It also looks amazing when lit with onboard LED's.

-3D Printer: .. a new category even. I use the Creality 10s
Fly like your mad at it.
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KK
Love this thread...thanks for starting this again, Tom!

I have to say that my list is sort of going to be more or less the same as last year as I havent really been doing much lately. But here's my favorites anyways:

* Park Jet: I think I have found myself flying FRC Mig-29 a lot more and has been my goto jet (although RCP Mig29 v4 is just as fun!). FRC Mig-29 is just so buttery smooth to fly, and sounds so cool so I love it!

* Cargo: Hands down FT Guniea Pig modified to build with MPF

* Water / snow / grass: My new favorite here is the FT Guinea pig modified to build with MPF - just an excellent flyer all around!

* FPV platform and/or multirotor: My new FT gremlin (carbon fiber scale-down alien frame) is a lot of fun!

* Performance (3d/scale/pylon): Hobbyking hummer still is good here. (Although, FT Edge 540 is pretty close)

* Foul weather (flies no matter what): hands down RCP Mig-29v4. Yet to find a jet that performs better than this in any given weather.

* Relaxed Fly (that easy fly warm up plane): RCP Eurofighter v5

* Goto (your all around goto plane): Mig-29 (FRC and RCP v4)

*Sparkle (when you just got to show off your stuff): I share similar thoughts with Tom with just one change - I love the 110% scaled twin version as it just puts up a great show - esp. when it slows down for high-alpha...

*3D Printer (new category ?): My home built printer - with many modifications and optimizations, its a kick-ass printer now! As for 3d printed plane I think I like the looks of P-38...
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F1wanabe
I have to have a disclaimer now for obvious reasons. I'm now running RCPowers but for the past 6 years I've put so much blood, sweat and tears into the FRC planes working with Jay that I must to mentally take a step back and just think of only flying them.

Parkjet: RCP EF v5. To me a parkjet is just that: a plane to bring to a park- ball park, soccer field, large yard. The EF v5 is the plane for that. Can fly slow but is extremely maneuverable, good looking, flies great inverted and, standing on 2nd base, easy to keep within the ball field. 2nd choice? The FRC Alpha Jet MK2 on 2s especially if there is a ball game being played at the time. You can keep the Alpha Jet in left field only and still have a blast with it!

Cargo: Multiplex TwinStar II. Love the looks and a stable big twin! Haven't flown any other cargos.

Water/snow/grass: Shumate Polaris or it's modified version, the Aqua Cat. I actually like the Aqua Cat for its better aerobatics, but the Polaris is the better plane off of water, snow and grass. For snow only? RCP Hydro- definitely!!

FPV: The only FPV capable plane I have is the good ole Dynam Hawk Sky. Glides forever and flight time is better than any other plane I have.

Performance: Another disclaimer: Jay and I flew all the migs, SUs, F18s, f15s and Alpha Jets and designed the FRC Mig 2.88 to have the best characteristics of all of them. The 2.88 is a plane that feels razor precise and I feel comfortable flying full throttle through a whole battery even a few feet off the ground. Aerobatically it is almost as good as the Alpha Jet mk2 but doesn't have the speed restriction of the Alpha Jet. High alpha? On a high alpha scale of 0-10, the Alpha Jet is a 15, and the Mig 2.88 is only a 10! We designed the rudders for high alpha and the control you have in high alpha is actually second to none. OK, I'll stop.

All Weather: Aqua Cat. Model Aero has the esc heat sinks that allow you to seal up the electronics bay while still cooling the esc. I was confident flying it off water and in rain all day without fear of damage. Plenty of wing loading left in reserve for the build up of snow and rain as well!

Relaxing: DEFINITELY the RCP SU v4. This video says it all....


Goto Plane: FRCF Mig29 Twin Prop. One plane can do it all and this is pretty much the one for me. With the sculpted body and twin quad motor set up, the high lift and low wing loading allows you to do those slow stable fly by's for the cameras, then blip the throttle and go ballistic! My favorite is the parachuting down into high alpha. BTW, I only flew the Mig in the UK while visiting Jay. Never finished mine!

Sparkle: Two of them: RCPowers F117 v3! No other plane gets people's attention like the F117! It should not be able to fly but it's so easy to fly well. Must be the black magic they used on it over there in the Skunk Works? The V1 and V2 were good, the V3 is spectaular!
Second choice is the FRC F22 Scale Score and fold. It gets so much attention for its scale looks especially after people realize its not store bought! The easiest rear mount plane I've ever flown.

-3D Printer: Nope!
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JTiger
, I don't think I've even built 9 planes but I'll give this a shot

My Goto/Relaxing/Parkjet right now is my RCP F-18 V3. Why? I've had mine a couple years, and even after a few crashes and repairs it flies great. I'm also very comfortable flying it.

For the Performance/Sparkle I'd say my FT Edge 540. It's a very fun plane to fly, the aerobatic design can make for some very entertaining flying, even with mediocre piloting

3D printer: Haven't made any planes on it but I got a Creality Ender 3 a couple months ago and it's pretty neat. I foresee it being very useful...
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Rigbone71
Howdy Fellow Flyers!  I was just out flying today, & boy did that thrill come back strong today!  The past few days I dug out all my old planes, crashed/cannaliboised/poor flyer.  I decided to fix, complete, balance, do whatever needed to be done on all craft so I could take them all out.  So, my list goes like this:
PARKJETS:. My favorite this year, (and all previous years)- is TCP F-22 V2.  I cut my teeth on this plane.  It was the first plane I've successfully flown.  I upgraded it a bit though- has a Grayson Megajet, 60 ESC,& 1500 mAh 35-50C 3S battery.  Yes- it will do some fantastic tricks & it's faassst!!

CARGO:. I don't actually have any surviving planes that could be rebuilt.

WATER/GRASS/Etc:. I'm in the process of building the Mako: it's speedy & aggressive just sitting there!  I'll update when I maiden her.

FPV:. I received a small crazy pony type camera, & also my wife bought me a small 7" 'moniter'!  It's fun, but hard to see despite all attempts to cover lenses.  (The glare just finds a way to make it near impossible to fly just on the 'moniter').  But I found a plane that is fun & reliable; my RCP Su-34 V4.  I've tried slower flyers, but this keeps it fun & dangerous. Lol!

PERFORMANCE: well, this one falls to 2 different planes.  My F-22 V2 & RCP F-15 V(?).  They are both fast & maneuverable.  They both handle wind, gusts, etc like a GreatDane handles a Chihuahua trying to bite him. Pbbbth- 

ALL-WEATHER: think I just covered it in the last one.

RELAXING:. I think it's Tomhe- a profile Euro-fighter that just is so much fun!  I like to chase the pigeons from the baseball lights, then head up 200ft- hang there, wait, wait,waait... Then dive down & start it all over again!!  Recently I put LED's on it, red for right, blue for left, & a white arrow on the bottom.  Flying at night is a whole new world, & I highly recommend for those who are bored or think these planes have nothing more to offer! Ha!!

3D PRINTER: hmm- not even sure what to do with one yet, but in time I'm sure I'll think of something!!

Thanks for reading- I'll be including pics/vids tomorrow if I can!  Fly safe & enjoy this great Hobby!
"Where there is the Will, there IS Way!"
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e3_Scott
Hi Everyone -

I only fly park jets and don't have a 3D printer, so that narrows it down😉

Most of these planes are currently in my hangar, one is no longer, but I will still rate it as it is so darn good.  All the planes in my hangar have also been modified to suit my flying style/preference, so that and the fact these are all my opinions, take the following for what it's worth.🙂

My go to planes (kind of a tie here which is why "planes") if the wind is up or I am not feeling my "mojo" at it's best are the NAMC Mig-35B and the RC Powers Su-30 V4.  I have hundreds of flights on both these planes and they can handle just about anything I or mother nature throws at them.

Planes that like a little less wind and I need to have my pilot skills a bit sharper, RC Powers F-22, T-50 and F-15 V5s.

My "sparkle" plane, the FRC Foamies F/A-18 Hornet.

I know this wasn't really on the initial list, but in the spirit of "keeping RC Powers alive", my current top five favorite RC Powers planes of all time (I've built and flown a lot of them).

  1. Su-30 V4, easy build, takes modifications well, has the broadest speed envelope of any park jet I have ever flown, just an exceptional all round park jet to suit a wide range of pilots and skill levels;
  2. F-22 V5, by far the best F-22 RC Powers has ever designed, again, I have built and flown them all, agile, fast and the most forgiving of all the RCP F-22s I have flown, the "under rudders" on this and the T-50 again another brilliant RC Powers innovation;
  3. T-50 V5, very fast, flies on the razor's edge and for cool factor I think that T-50 profile is one of the coolest around and I could always use a little more cool😎, especially at my age;
  4. F-15 V5, very similar to the T-50 in certain ways, perhaps a little more forgiving, but quick, agile and a very precise handling park jet; and
  5. Su-27 V5, I'll be honest, not the prettiest looking Su on the block, but in well over 300 flights, it never let me down, not the absolute best at anything, but so very good in so many categories, I just loved flying this plane.
My input on some of the points in the original post.  Due to changes in foam availability, I have been building many of my planes primarily with Dollar Tree Foam (Adams readi-board).  It takes a little more patience and practice than some of the other foams, but with the right technique and adding in small amounts of Depron or MPF here and there, I am continually amazed at how light, strong, high performance and durable my park jets have been built with inexpensive DTF.

I have been using quad motors in my park jets now for almost two years and will probably never go back to anything I have used in the past.  They do have their limitations and are more expensive than some conventional park jet motors, but for light weight powerful setups, they are tough to beat.  Also, with the high competition in the marketplace and the continually evolving technology and performance, newer and better motors are available all the time giving folks so many more options than the tried and true 2212/6 2200 kv motors.

#keepingRCPowersalive

#ParkJetnoise

Cheers,

Scott
Park Jet noise...the "other" sound of freedom😎
#ParkJetnoise #ParkJetpilot
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KK
e3_Scott wrote:
Hi Everyone -

I only fly park jets and don't have a 3D printer, so that narrows it down😉

Most of these planes are currently in my hangar, one is no longer, but I will still rate it as it is so darn good.  All the planes in my hangar have also been modified to suit my flying style/preference, so that and the fact these are all my opinions, take the following for what it's worth.🙂

My go to planes (kind of a tie here which is why "planes") if the wind is up or I am not feeling my "mojo" at it's best are the NAMC Mig-35B and the RC Powers Su-30 V4.  I have hundreds of flights on both these planes and they can handle just about anything I or mother nature throws at them.

Planes that like a little less wind and I need to have my pilot skills a bit sharper, RC Powers F-22, T-50 and F-15 V5s.

My "sparkle" plane, the FRC Foamies F/A-18 Hornet.

I know this wasn't really on the initial list, but in the spirit of "keeping RC Powers alive", my current top five favorite RC Powers planes of all time (I've built and flown a lot of them).

  1. Su-30 V4, easy build, takes modifications well, has the broadest speed envelope of any park jet I have ever flown, just an exceptional all round park jet to suit a wide range of pilots and skill levels;
  2. F-22 V5, by far the best F-22 RC Powers has ever designed, again, I have built and flown them all, agile, fast and the most forgiving of all the RCP F-22s I have flown, the "under rudders" on this and the T-50 again another brilliant RC Powers innovation;
  3. T-50 V5, very fast, flies on the razor's edge and for cool factor I think that T-50 profile is one of the coolest around and I could always use a little more cool😎, especially at my age;
  4. F-15 V5, very similar to the T-50 in certain ways, perhaps a little more forgiving, but quick, agile and a very precise handling park jet; and
  5. Su-27 V5, I'll be honest, not the prettiest looking Su on the block, but in well over 300 flights, it never let me down, not the absolute best at anything, but so very good in so many categories, I just loved flying this plane.
My input on some of the points in the original post.  Due to changes in foam availability, I have been building many of my planes primarily with Dollar Tree Foam (Adams readi-board).  It takes a little more patience and practice than some of the other foams, but with the right technique and adding in small amounts of Depron or MPF here and there, I am continually amazed at how light, strong, high performance and durable my park jets have been built with inexpensive DTF.

I have been using quad motors in my park jets now for almost two years and will probably never go back to anything I have used in the past.  They do have their limitations and are more expensive than some conventional park jet motors, but for light weight powerful setups, they are tough to beat.  Also, with the high competition in the marketplace and the continually evolving technology and performance, newer and better motors are available all the time giving folks so many more options than the tried and true 2212/6 2200 kv motors.

#keepingRCPowersalive

#ParkJetnoise

Cheers,

Scott

Very nice list there Scott. Couldnt agree more on the quad motors..   they are just so powerful and yet lighter than the tried and tested 2212 2200kv motors. For about half the throttle for cruising, the motors are also efficient and pack a lot of punch!
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