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Old 06-16-2012, 01:04 AM
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Question Multiplex Fun Cub or Mentor?

Not looking for what's "best," as I know they are different planes, but I'm very interested in both. I'd just appreciate it if anyone willing would post their impressions of both or either.

I'm particularly, but certainly not exclusively, interested in reports from people who own and fly both.

I'm a beginner, looking to become an intermediate. I fly a HZ Super Cub, Multiplex Slow Stick, and an Easy Star. I haven't quite gotten to the "never crash" stage, but at least my crashes are now caused by mistakes, instead of a complete lack of experience.

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Old 06-18-2012, 01:17 AM
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Hmmm. No body has anything to say about these two planes?

Both seem to get excellent reviews, but it looks like the Fun Cub has the biggest following, so I think that will be my next purchase. I'm really interested in learning to fly with ailerons.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:34 AM
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I don't have a Fun Cub yet and can't tell you anything about the Mentor but if you haven't seen it check out this thread on the Fun Cub. The people there seem pretty excited about it. Definitely my next plane.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1209004
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:56 PM
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I guess few people have flown both. Lots of threads with glowing reports on the Fun Cub you could read.

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Hmmm. No body has anything to say about these two planes?
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:54 PM
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Yep! those threads are what suddenly sparked my interest, but I really was hoping for someone who'd flown both. I guess the Fun Cub is the way to go, but my interest in the Mentor is that it's almost the same cost, but BIG!

I have a large place to fly, and 47 year old vision, so I'm really interested in flying something really, really big. I'm not that confident in my piloting skills, so I don't need a 50cc gasoline-engine plane with two thousand dollars invested, but a bigger plane that I can afford to crash would certainly be neat.

Not that crashing is my goal.....
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:10 PM
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A few other things to consider:

The mentor has a one piece wing while the FunCub is two piece.

Wing loading on the Mentor is 14.58 oz/sq ft and the FunCub is 9.8oz/sq ft.

FunCub is ready for flaps.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:10 PM
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Hmmm, I didn't notice that the wing loading was so much lighter on the Fun Cub. I wonder if that'll make it more susceptible to wind?

I live on a mountain. It's not particularly windy, in general, but it's never, ever actually calm. I (for instance) have a very hard time finding days to fly my Slow Stick. It's super responsive to any wind at all. The easy Star and the Super Cub fly fine, unless the wind gets over 5-6 mph (at my skill level, I know experienced pilots fly all these planes in much higher wind).

The one or two part wings aren't much of an issue, as my back yard was a 7 acre corn field, that's now just grass, so I don't have to travel to fly.

Flaps and those BIG wheels are the main reason I'm leaning toward the Fun Cub.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:17 PM
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I know nothing about the Mentor, but I can't imagine an upcoming novice regretting the Fun Cub. It's just such a blast to goof around with, and can take considerable punishment.

ps: I painted mine yellow with red trim, and it's easy to see, including orientation.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:19 PM
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If you're flying the Super Cub I don't think it will be a big issue but generally lighter wing loading will make it a bit more susceptible to wind gusts.

There are plenty of videos of people flying the FunCub in high winds. As long as you know your limits it shouldn't be too much different than the Super Cub.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:29 PM
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Pete,

I painted a plane yesterday. Black with red and yellow trim on the Easy Star, because my son (3 years) decided that his Batman figure needed a black plane. I had fun doing it, and was really impressed with the difference it made in visibility.

I'll try to post some pics, eventually.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:32 PM
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Turner,

My problem is that, while I have a big place to fly, I have a fairly small place to land. Well, except the Easy Star, cause I can just set it down in the field.

My problem with the wind is that, if I'm not perfectly centered, I hit a row of stupid Bradford Pear trees. I'm eventually gonna cut them down, and have a much better landing strip.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:26 PM
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Having flown neither, I could be wrong, but looking at the Fun Cub videos I would say the FunCub would take less space to land and take off.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:41 PM
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I agree, but it's more about being blown sideways. That's where the wind gets me, is coming in through a fairly narrow opening. Too far left, and I'm in a hay field. No problem, except that I look really stupid. Too far right, and I hit a pear tree.

I'm pretty sure that my best plan is to cut down at least two pear trees!
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:55 PM
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The Mentor also has a 2piece wing (like its predecessor the Magister). But I glued them to one piece as 1,6m ist easy to transport for me and it is stronger. I also don't separate the Funcub Wings.

Both models are quite similar in nature. Both can fly rather slow but also fast. With the usual setups they need only a few meters for start.

Mentor:
heavier, therfor faster on landing (mine has also flaps)
can tow larger sailplanes
less wind sensitive
needs more power - bigger batteries - more power for charging
gear OK, handles higher grass on landing strip

FunCub:
lighter, especially with flaps very slow to land
smaller batteries, I use the "standard" 3s2200
gear too soft, needs modification

If wind or towing is an option, choose Mentor. If space, charging and price is important Funcub is better.

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Originally Posted by r_kopka View Post
The Mentor also has a 2piece wing (like its predecessor the Magister)....
Ooops, so it does. Got the incorrect info on one piece from Tower Hobbies.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:28 PM
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Sorry I didnt see this before, we here in San Diego are big Mentor fans.

We use the Mentor as our club trainers, and I've used mine for much more than just that.

This one is mine:







This is all the ordinance I drop from it:



Another club member's Mentor:





Here is our monthly float fly (spy 2 mentors):


(and a 3rd Mentor on floats)



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I can tell you that the Mentor is an extremely relaxing plane to fly. Its versatile, and very forgiving. You can outfit it to be a rocket, or a floater, it tolerates both ends of the spectrum.

It lands very well in x-wind landing situatiions, and the tail dragger gear puts up with really bad runways without problem (better than the Magistar with trike gear).

At our last night event, there were 5 mentors in attendance. They are great birds.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:33 PM
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r_koopa,

Thanks! That was exactly the kind of comparison I was looking for. I've decided that it doesn't really matter, though, because I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up buying both! They are both very cool planes!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:35 PM
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Nitro Blast,

That's a great looking Mentor, there. It's a shame you couldn't come up with some way to make it more visible! LOL!
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