Hi all,

I have been looking at the BananaHobby SkyMaster. It can be bought for $25 off the selling price if you leave off the transmitter/receiver.

If this is the same SkyMaster (Not the Nitromodels gas SkyMaster) that Chris has talked about, has anyone had any experience with this RTF? I believe that Chris recommended removing the front motor and doubling the size of the rear pusher motor.

Regards,
TCIII

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NitroModels and Raidentech have carried two versions of the 337. It is sometimes hard to find them in stock.
I have seen several other suppliers advertising the same ones using the exact same pics as well.

Both are meant for fuel engines, but both have been modded by many a builder into EPP.

Both the smaller .25 twin engine one and the larger .45 twin have many threads devoted to them at rcuniverse.

The gist of the forums is that you have to realize these are chinese assembly-line creations, but if you are careful and take your time going over them with a fine-toothed comb and strengthening areas mentioned in the blogs, they can be fine flyers. (with plenty of room for UAV autopilots and cameras)

Youtube also has many vids of both the electric and the nitro engined models.

I am currently trying to work out the right brushless to power my 81" Skymaster...
I'm taking it slow, and seeing the crashes on youtube sure doesn't help!
That's not the SkyMaster I've got. Mine is the NitroModels one. I wrote about it here. It's designed for electric and is very nicely made.
Picture of the Banana SkyMaster


and DIY drones apparently has some authority - if you search on Google for "BananaHobby SkyMaster" this thread comes up before Bannana Hobby's site ! :)
Chris,

NitroModels must not be selling the EPP SkyMaster anymore as they only show the gas engine version when you search their website using "SkyMaster".

How long ago did you buy your SkyMaster from NitroModels?

Regards,
TCIII
Bummer. I got mine about nine months ago. Nitro Planes was listing it last week, but I guess they ran out.
Chris,

Is your SkyMaster 337 an electric balsa model?

Presently Nitro Models is selling an EEP balsa ARF pusher called the Sadler Vampire SV-2.

Regards,
TCIII
Hi all,

Has anyone had any experience with ARF/RTF models from BananaHobby?

Regards,
TCIII
Hi all,

I am going to answer my own question concerning BananaHobby.

In a nutshell, they have less than a stellar reputation. Over at RC Universe I read some of the 15 pages of complaints. Some were as recent as March '09 even though they hired a guy named Pete to improve their reputation.

Bottom line, do not purchase anything from BananaHobby unless you like banging your head against the wall repeatedly.

Regards,
TCIII
hobby lobby had them for awhile. discontinued now. bummer. would have been a great UAV platform with a big brushless in the rear.

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