||ARF FUNFLY 50
Okay, this one started with a bit of a tongue in cheek statement from me to Glen of GForce at the Harrogate Show 2008. When browsing his stall I spotted FUNFLY 50 and said “That’s got to have been designed by someone who flew control-line at some point in life”. Glen actually agreed with me and I eventually acquired a kit and set to fitting it out. A careful choice of words because apart from a couple of items to glue these kits are finished to such a degree that fitting out is pretty much all that is needed.
ARF manufacturing have produced yet another 50 size almost ready to fly fun model in Fun- Fly 50. The construction is the usual very light weight CNC laser cut ply /balsa key tab interlocked construction all finished in a very colourful polyester film covering which we have become accustomed to in the marketplace.
There really is no heavy construction to this model at all. The control surfaces are of an enormous size and come with all hinge slots pre-cut ready to receive the supplied “fuzzy cyano hinges” and therefore only need the hinges placing, zapping with thin cyano and that’s the job done. The only glueing on the job is to glue the battery bay under the wing and glue the tail in place. The canopy is held in place with 4 self tapping screws. I glued 4 small patches of liteply inside the fuselage for the canopy screws to bite into. Fit the battery plate inside the belly hatch and that’s all the assembly done !! Dead Easy !!
My choice of radio gear was Hitec HS82 Metal gear servos (4nr required) because of the large size of the control surfaces a sharp shock to these would result in damage to nylon gears. With the addition of a drive train and screwing the pre-formed undercarriage in place you have a completed aeroplane
Power trains can range from 350watts to 700 watts. The system I use is an OEM outrunner C35/48 5 wind on a 60A ESC and 4s 3700maH Lipoly all coupled to a 12 x 7 E prop at the full 700 watts There are several brands of the C35/48 namely Thumper, Wasp, Pelikan Ray.
The Fun-Fly 50 looks just like a control-line stunt model of earlier years and my thoughts on it’s performance being akin to a control-line stunt model were very much confirmed when I flew her.
This is one very agile aeroplane capable of far more 3D than I am. Knife edge loops, hovering, torque rolls, aneurisms , control-line circles plus all the normal aerobatics can be performed with ease. In fact, flown slowly the FunFly 50 will actually rotate around loops and bunts virtually in it’s own length helped with a burst of power part way through the rotation…quite impressive really. This model would be an ideal candidate for Fun Fly competitions as a serious electric powered contender.
Another great fun product from ARF at a realistic value for money price, a real Fun Machine.
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Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]