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- 3D flying is very weight and size dependent: These planes can vary greatly in weight depending on how you outfit them. Do your best to make them as light as possible. This means lightweight wing tube, landing gear, batteries, tires, spinner, tailwheel, etc.
- The larger the plane the better it does 3D and precision flying with the same wing loading. A really light 35% plane will fly better than a heavy 40% plane, but it won't fly as well as a reasonably light 40%.
- No plane will fly well if not set up properly. Digital servos, high voltage batteries, radio set up, right thrust, CG, sealed control surfaces, baffled engine cowls, gas/oil ratio and type, propeller and more make a lot of difference to your fingers! - Do not screw around and buy cheap components for your plane or you will be sorry. If you can't afford to buy the right stuff in a certain size class, then stay in the lower class. Go to the highest class that you can afford to do right because the bigger the better. You will have a much better flying plane in a smaller class if done right than in a larger class done on the cheap.
CONS: It will take a lot of hours to build the plane. Those hours could be spread over a 4 month period or a 4 year period. Repairs are very difficult. It you whack a wing, what are you going to do? This will take many hours to repair, especially if you need parts. If you had a builder make it for you, then you have to get in line again to have it made again. If you want the best, then you have to build it yourself, or go to a builder and have it built. Either way it's going to take many hours to build and thus there is a lot of money invested in the plane. You may have so much time or money invested that you may want to sell it to someone with a lot of money, someone who can afford to lose the plane more than you. If you have the money or the time and the skills, then a kit is the way to go, however, you will need two or three planes which are close in size so that you can have one sit for months on end waiting for repairs.
CONS: The quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, though it is becoming more consistent as workers go from one factory to the next. Quality is getting better all the time. Chinese planes are the most advanced followed by Thailand and then followed by South America. Now, having said that, the Thailand produced Composite ARF planes are a higher quality plane, probably due to the owner living in the shop, while importers who aren't on the production floor on a daily basis have less control on quality. Thailand is not as developed as China, so there are fewer NC machines and the aluminum heat treating is not up to the standards of China, much less the US. The adhesives used now are much better than before, the wood is better, the machining is better, the assembly is better, the paint is better, and the hardware is better. The covering now used in many planes is Ultracote though the "Chinacote" or "Procote" is much better now as well.
CONSTANT QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS - TBM provides feedback to the manufacturers for improvements which are being made on an ongoing basis. Each batch of airplanes are better than the last. Constant improvements are the nature of the giant scale industry.
ABOVE AVERAGE ARF PLANES: All the planes that TBM offers are the best value in a plane in my opinion. They have the lowest pricing, and offer a light yet strong and good flying plane. They boast the lowest wing loadings in most cases, and thus they fly very light. If we offer planes that we get bad feedback about, we will work with the factory to make improvements. If they cannot or will not make improvements, we drop them from our offerings.
WHICH IS BEST? - All of the planes that we offer fly very well. You will not be disappointed with any of them. If you are primarily interested in 3D flying, then the Yaks are the best. They hover pretty much all by themselves. They fly more slowly due to the large cowl, large fuselage, and thicker wing. If you want to fly with more speed, fly larger maneuvers, and do snaps much more easily, then the Extra's are the best choice. The Extra 260 is a mid wing version of the line of Extra planes, and it has the best pitch and roll coupling of any of the Extras. While the Yaks are extremely stable, they are more difficult to snap. The Extra's are less stable and are easy to snap. So, get a Yak for 3D and get an Extra 260 for IMAC.
WARNING - Gasoline and Turbine powered R/C model aircraft are not manufactured to withstand unlimited G's. Any R/C model aircraft can fail, be it a wing folding up or a fuselage breaking in half under too high of a load. Just as any full size aircraft, model R/C aircraft have a maximum G rating. Because you are not in the plane flying it and experiencing the G's and reading the G-meter, it is more difficult to judge the G's on the aircraft, and it is very easy to exceed the limits of the aircraft. Understand that if you perform a snap roll, parachute, wall, blender, knife edge loop, or pull hard on the elevator at almost any speed, you can be putting in excess of 15 G's, even in excess of 30 G's, and most aircraft can only designed to take 10-12 G's. If you perform any violent maneuver, you can break your plane. When I perform hard maneuvers, especially for the first time on an airframe, I am prepared for a failure and am prepared for it as best I can be. This mainly includes performing the maneuver far enough away from spectators that in event of a failure that I am not endangering others. In addition, be prepared for the manufacturer to not pay for a new airframe which is broken during flight. It is common practice for any manufacturer to not replace an airframe which breaks in the air or upon landing. I have only seen manufacturers replace airframes when they have received many of the same failures and the manufacturer determines that there was a design or manufacturing error. If you break an airframe, and you are the only one to do so, then it is probably not the fault of the manufacturer. Please fly safely, and avoid full throttle operation other than at low airspeeds.
R/C model jets, warbirds, aerobatic planes, DJI S1000 Octocopter, and UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to name a few are not a toy! If misused, it can cause serious bodily harm and property damage. Fly only in open areas, and AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) approved flying sites. Follow all manufacturer instructions included with your plane, radio, servo's, batteries and engine. Aircraft manufacturers guarantees each kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any component assembled by the customer. All parts of high stress must be inspected and reinforced if necessary by a competent builder. Some parts should be glued again. High stress areas such as firewalls, motor boxes, wing mounts, landing gear mounts, etc., are areas of high concern. Seek help if necessary. In not case shall TBM be liable for the cost of any product it offers which is not manufactured by TBM. The liability to the manufacturer cannot exceed the original cost of the purchased item. Further, TBM reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice. In that TBM has no control over the final assembly or materials used for final assembly, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any damage resulting from the use by the user of the final user-assembled product. By the act of using the user assembled product, the user accepts all resulting liability. The kit manufacturers have provided you with a top quality, thoroughly tested kit and instructions, but ultimately the quality and fly ability of your finished model depends on how you build it; therefore, we cannot in any way guarantee the performance of your completed model, and no representations are expressed or implied as to the performance or safety of your completed model. It is the user's responsibility to inspect each component for worthiness.