Do one thing, do it well - it's why we only offer one nitro-powered
model helicopter, the Pantera 50.
Because first and foremost we're modelers here at Audacity and thus, we've
learned what's really important whether you're learing to fly or are an
experienced modeler. Simplicity, toughness, and ease of repair. Along the way we
designed in nifty features not offered by the competiton. Combined with
impeccable handling, and a price sure to appeal to your thrifty nature and it's
a winning combination.
Learning About Our Product: This is the
Overview section, which is where we point out Pantera features.
We hope your BS-meter doesn't flicker due to our playing fast and loose with the
facts because it can cost sales. Print magazines vet their authors before
delivering advice but online-information is seductively free. Forums are
especially popular because you can ask an anonymous question without appearing
stupid. But remember, anonymous cuts both ways because keyboard-experts, like
chucklehead37 explaining why lots of aluminum upgrades for the model he
flies makes it best, carries as much authority amongst the unknowing as a world
champ explaining the nuances of sub-trim! Invariably, chucklehead is flying a
model made in China and mistakenly believes shiny aluminum means something more
than cheap labor for polishing parts. Moreover, he never wonders if lots of
upgrades imply a good model, or if it's a good model only after the expensive
How can you tell the difference, i.e. identify when someone is simply
polishing a turd with cheap shiny aluminum upgrades? For one thing, if the idea
of needing to buy an upgrade aluminum head, or an aluminum cooling fan before
you've even flown the model makes sense, you might be a chucklehead and we're
probably not making the right helicopter for you! If, however, it leads you to
wonder what drives otherwise sane folks to buy models, which require an upgrade
from the very beginning, you're not alone. Here's our position on most upgrades
- the best bang for your buck is burning more fuel!
Just like that you've discovered we're blunt and speak plainly. Moreover, we
expect you to act in your self interests just like we're acting in ours by
offering our product. We know you need information to efficiently sort what's
important to you and we figure you'll be visiting other manufacturer's websites,
reading magazine reviews, and going online to see what others have to say. The
trick comes in separating the wheat from the chaff, or avoiding information
overload. If anything we say doesn't make sense, just pick up the phone and call
because we're here to serve you! We're a small company based in central Florida,
and being from the South means we've always figured it's not bragging if you can
back it up.
So, are upgrades bad? No, not hardly, but when we set out to design the
Pantera, our principal goal was to deliver a bird, which in stock trim
would perform anything you're capable of - no upgrades needed! For example, she
comes with long-lasting urethane dampers, and instead of offering upgrade
aluminum blade grips, we make the plastic grips strong enough to withstand the
abuse. Do we offer any upgrades? Sure, but by and large they're real upgrades.
For example, the Pantera is the only 50 designed with a 91-class engine
in mind. While 2-gallon experts debate the relative merits of the latest
50-class engine du jour, the astute amongst you realize there's no
substitute for cubic inches, so that's a real upgrade. Understand where we're
coming from? A Pantera is unique for a lot of reasons, so consider all
the facts as you learn more.
- Mid-way through a roll, as if on a string, the
Pantera 50 handles as sweetly and honestly as a pattern
I. Features - the competition never saw us coming
- Removable Bearing Blocks - easier maintenance
- 40% Bigger Bearings- a hevay duty foundation
- Larger Clutch - how to harness a 91
- 4 mm Flybar - think pitbull vs. poodle
- Mixture-servo Mount - convenient in-flight adjustment
- Direct Servo Control - reduces sloppy linkages
- 90° Linkages - easier to build and setup
- 8 Servo Mounts - scale modelers rejoice
- Triple Bearing Tail Rotor Grips - silky smooth
- Dual Tapered-Collet Clutch Hub Mounting - minimize
II. Options - making a good thing better
- 91-powered Pantera - simply wicked
- Output Shaft Stabilizers - crsiper cyclic response
- Air Filter - increased engine longevity
III. Extended Info - behind the scenes
- Better Than Sex - hmmm
- Paid Pilots - a matter of trust
- Overengineered - it didn't just happen
- Proof of Concept Model - step 1
- CAD Refinement - step 2
- Alumium Positive - step 3
- Create the Mold - step 4
IV. Conclusion - is she the right heli for you?
V. Learn More - head-to-head comparisons
I. Features - the competition never saw us coming
Removable Bearing Blocks - easier maintenance: Sturdy
removeable bearing blocks form the foundation of the Pantera 50. In
fact, the Pantera 50 is the only 50-class model crafted
ofengineering-plastic whose three main shaft bearings are carried in easy to
maintain removeable bearing blocks! The tail drive gear use a pair as well. As
any experienced heli pilot knows, it's a pain in the rear to split side frames
to replace bearings, yet mainstream, old fashioned designs force this rigamerole
on you - what a crock! Our removeable bearing blocks mean you can R&R
(remove and replace) main shaft bearings following a crash in less time, and
with less hassle. After all, what's your time worth?
- An axiom of engineering
is "The structure's only as good as the foundation upon which it is
40% Bigger Bearings - a heavy duty
foundation: It's one thing to claim the Pantera
50 is heavy duty, it's a horse of another color to prove it. Shoving a big
engine into the Pantera was the easy part, making it live was the real
trick. Where some view the Pantera 50 as overengineered, astute
modelers recognize our thinking of the future led us to engineer her with the
BBC in mind from the begining. Cast in this light, our using 40% larger bearings
makes perfect sense! Consequently, the Pantera 50 is more durable than
an ordinary 50-class - and bigger bearings are part of the reason - but there's
- Bearings 40% larger than
those used in competing models results in tremendous durability.
Larger Clutch - how-to harnesses a 91: As you delve further
into your research you'll encounter our competitive reviews. One thing you'll
see mentioned over and over is how the Pantera clutch is so much larger
than competing designs. Once again, it's because planning for a 91 colored our
thinking! Arguing which 50 makes more power isn't even germane to the discussion
when you consider the horsepower of a 91, which was the task we faced. So even
if you never opt for the big block, you win because the bigger clutch is more
durable and withstands more abuse. Basically, the Pantera is built like
a brick outhouse for a reason!
- Compared to competitive 50-class helis, the
Pantera 50 clutch is huge!
4 mm Flybar - think pitbull vs. poodle: If you wish your
50-class heli had that crisp locked-in feel of a 90-class heli, then you'll
appreciate how the Pantera 50 uses a 4 mm diameter flybar. It's 85%
stiffer than the whimpy 3 mm flybar used on competing 50-class models. But the
real benefit is how much easier it is for you to fly the maneuvers with the same
"snap" as the pros. Granted, they have the advantage of being more experienced,
but the Pantera 50 will help you grow to their level very quickly.
Moreover, the 4 mm diameter flybar opens the door to the many optional 4-mm
mount flybar paddles (previous, the exclusive domain of 90-class birds).
- The 4mm flybar leads to more crsip maneuvers - in
terms of a dog fight, think pitbull vs. poodle
Mixture-servo Mount - convenient in-flight adjustment: We've
all had it happen; we discover the fuel mixture is too lean in flight. By the
time we recognize it and land, the engine may be damaged. If you've ever had an
engine go lean while flying you'll appreciate how easy it is to install a
mixture servo in the Pantera 50 using the built-in frame-mount. At
last, you can fine tune your engine's air-fuel ratio while you fly instead
having to land to make adjustments! Use an extra channel on your transmitter, or
plug the mixture servo into the mixture port of your governor and its onboard
computer manages both the RPM and fuel mixture for you!
- Adding a mixture servo to the Pantera 50is
dead nuts simple
Direct Servo Control - reduces sloppy linkages: The
Pantera 50 features direct servo control and as a consequence, there
are fewer linkages to get worn and sloppy. You gain a huge advantage - in both
simplicity and precision - by eliminating the complicated and old fashioned,
push-pull linkages found in competing designs. While simpler is a
no-brainer, eliminating a butt-load of linkages means it's easier to
build your model too, and of course, reduced wear means your maneuvers are more
consistent because you elimiate the slop.
- Just 3 linkage rods control the Pantera's
swashplate while competing models frequently require as many as 12.
90° Linkages - easier to build and setup: While it's easy to
appreciate how all the extra linkages, bellcranks, bearings, and shafts of
competing designs get sloppy as they wear over time, there's another issue. Many
competing models mount the servos in the very vulnerable nose, which results in
expensive damage to the servos. Worse, is how tedious it is to R&R all
those servos and linkages because of the frequently broken servo
sub-frame - get a life! Moreover, in a crash, it's easy for linkages to get
lost. Frankly, direct servo control is a huge advantage for the Pantera
50 not just because it's simpler and more precise, but for one other
reason, it's far easier to set up your model since all the linkages make a
perfect 90° at the neutral position. But protecting the servos within the side
frame wins points too.
- Easier to build linkages in a Pantera 50;
just one from each servo, and they make 90° at the midpoint
8 Servo Mounts - scale modelers rejoice: Whether it's the
articulating horizontal stab of a Blackhawk, the retractable landing gear of a
Bell 222, or the spot light beneath a police Jet Ranger, you'll appreciate how
the Pantera 50 makes it easy for you to install as many as 3 option
servos within the side frames for a total of 8 (3 plus the standard 5 servos
used for flight). Whether you're modeling a 15 million candle power Night Sun
spot light of a police Jet Ranger, or aiming the 20-mm three-barrel GE cannon in
the undernose turret of a Boeing RAH-66 Comanche model, we make it easy to
unleash your creativity!
Moreover, it's a fact, the Pantera 50 is particularly well suited for
scale use. It's not just the extra servo mounts but attention to details
like how the radio platform, because it merely supports the receiver and battery
(which can be readily relocated almost anywhere within a cavernous scale
fuselage), can be removed altogether without affecting the integrity of the
model. Unlike competing designs, which use a separate servo sub-fame, the
Pantera 50 servos mount directly in the side frames! Why is this
important? Because the eye is drawn to the cockpit of a scale bird, which means
you can detail the cockpit area with instrument panel, seats, pedals, etc. to
your heart's content!
- Everything forward of the bright green line of the
Agusta A109 fuselage can be removed and relocated
Triple Bearing Tail Rotor Grips - silky smooth: A steel tail
rotor hub is an option for most of our competitors, yet it's standard on the
Pantera 50. Competing designs use 2-piece tail rotor grips but we know
the tail rotor grips see some pretty intense loads and hence,the Pantera
50 features one-piece tail grips - after all, you never see two-piece main
rotor grips, right? Furthermore, believe it or not, some 50-class models come
with just one ball bearing in each tail rotor grip! Others improve on this by
using two ball bearings in each grip. Still others, improve it further by using
one ball bearing and one thrust bearing in each tail grip. However, the
Pantera 50, like high end 90-class helis, features two ball bearings
and one thrust bearing in each tail rotor grip - a triple bearing set up! Which
would you prefer?
- Triple bearings in the heavy duty one-pece tail
rotor grips of thePantera 50
Dual Tapered-Collet Clutch Hub Mounting - minimize runout:
Unlike our 50-class competitors, which feature a screw-on clutch hub resulting
in no possible runout adjustments (basically you're at the mercy of whatever
runout results when you assemble it), the Pantera is built like the big
dogs. Top of the line 90-class birds feature the same dual tapered-collet clutch
hub mount, just like a Pantera. Note the tapered collet (made of
brass), then the hub slips onto it, and then the tapered steel engine nut,
securing the hub between the two tapered pieces to self-center the assembly.
There are some places you just don't want to take shortcuts in manufacturing and
this is one of them!
- Dual tapered-collets for mounting the clutch hub -
just like high-end 91-class helis
91-powered Pantera - simply wicked: If you live out west, in
high country like Denver, CO you've experienced the huge power loss due to
density altitude (i.e. +5000' vs. sea level). To overcome this the Pantera
50 accepts 91-class big block engine because there's no substitute for
cubic inches when it comes to making horsepower. Moreover, she's designed with
620 mm blades in mind but can accept up to 640 mm without modification.
However, despite being primarily designed for a 50-class engine (or even the
super economical OS 46FX-H with an optional short clutch hub), we knew guys
living closer to sea level would enjoy the rush as well. Here, at last, is the
real reason for the general heavy duty nature of the Pantera 50. You
see, as a hotrodder at heart, the bigger engine was in our mind from the get go!
Meanwhile, we've also seen plenty of backyard engineering efforts (many of them
superb) leading to home-brew 70-conversions of competitors 50-class models,
which ultimately prove impractical for the same reasons. E.g. they wore
out quickly because the bearings were too small, the clutch couldn't handle the
power, the fan couldn't cool it, the fuel tank was too small, etc. Consequently,
we engineered solutions to these issues from the beginning, i.e as part of the
very foundation of the Pantera 50 so everybody could join the fun. Some
say it's sick, but a Pantera with a big block is a never ending rush,
and yes, she's wickedly quick!
- The mighty YS91SR installed in the Pantera
makes for an insane experience
Output Shaft Stabilizers - crsiper cyclic response: During
maneuvers, the feedback from the rotor disk may actually force the swashplate
servos to give slightly on their rubber mounting grommets. If you spend big
money for top drawer servos, you're wasting some of their capabilties because
the flex in the servo mount makes it more difficult to be a consistent pilot.
The Pantera's optional output shaft stabilizers (the bridge over the
top of the three swashplate servos) gives you a tighter and immensely more
controlled response. Naturally, if you're just learning to hover it probably
doesn't matter, but once you get into forward flight and 3D
aerobatics, even average pilots feel the improvement.
- Replace the servo arm screw with our special output
shaft, then slip the bridge with bearing over the servo.
Air Filter - increased engine longevity: Have you ever seen
the air filter on your car engine, or the one for your lawnmower? How about the
air filter on a motorcycle, or truck? Even race cars and street motor cycles
have them. It's pretty simple, an air filter increases the longevity of an
engine. Unless you think money grows on trees, this is important to you -
especially during tight economic times - so unlike the competition, the
Pantera 50 has an air filter available. Enough said? Not quite!
- Cooler, denser air delivered through the filter
results in more fuel for the mix and thus, more horsepower
Some modelers actually believe their flying field is dirt free (yeah right).
But what about when you crash? The fact is the Pantera 50 air filter
really delivers the goods during a chicken dance. That's what we call what
happens when a model crashes and the engine keeps running and basically, the
model flops around on the ground until the fuel is exhuasted. Dirt goes
everywhere, especially inside the engine, which ruins it!
- Straight from a chicken
dance, the production snorkel is clear silicone and the filter is
So just how good is the Pantera 50 air filter system at protecting
your engine? Here's the money shot, i.e. where a picture is worth a thousand
words . . . and more than 200 bucks for an engine! Note how clean the inside of
the carburetor throat is? Need we say more?
- Sand got everywhere "except"
inside the carburetor, thereby protecting this engine!
- Better Than Sex - hmmmm
- Paid Pilots - a matter of trust
- Overengineered - it didn't just happen
- Proof of Concept Model - step 1
- CAD Refinement - step 2
- Alumium Positive - step 3
- Create the Mold - step 4
Better Than Sex - hmmmm: Model helicopters are more fun than
sex! OK, that's an exaggeration. What's not an exaggeration is how exhilarating
helis are to fly, even those from our competition! That said, we think a
Pantera 50 is the best heli for your money . . . here's why.
- Pantera 50 captured
in smooth, stable, slow forward flight
When you boil it down, Audacity Models have two
types of customers. Those with experience, and those new to the sport. How do
you make one model satisfy the requirements of both the beginner and the expert?
As it turns out, it's pretty easy because when we set out to create the
Pantera 50, our parameters were simple. It had to fly great, be
durable, and inexpensive - in that order - because one thing is certain;
regardless of experience, flash doesn't trump substance, nobody likes to waste
money, and how it flies matters a lot!
"People who think for themselves realize good
design, good performance, and good value never gets old."
- John Beech, Owner, Audacity Models, Sanford,
Paid Pilots - a matter of trust: If somebody is flying one
of our models, they bought it with cold hard cash. The fact is the Pantera
50 has developed an impressive following, including some of the best model
pilots in the world. This brings up the subject of "paid" pilots. Audacity
Models doesn't pay pilots to fly our products, or say good things. Mostly
it's because it sticks in the John's craw, but partly it's because it raises our
costs (thereby making a product more expensive).
"Flying helis makes me a better fixed-wing pilot
because it keeps my fingers nimble. I fly RPVs in Iraq for my country, giant
scale models professionally stateside, and my Pantera 50 for the fun of it. I
usually fly it like a stole it because it handles great, is simple to maintain,
and has proven to be tough, which means I just don't worry about the inevitable.
I'm a better pilot as a result, and am happy to share this with anybody who
wonders why I'd rather fly a plastic-fantastic versus a fancy carbon fiber
model. Basically, I'm at the top of my game and don't have to impress anybody.
For me, helicopters are all about the fun"
- Billy Hemple, Tucson, AZ
We couldn't say it better! So while we set out to make the Pantera
50 a best-in-class 50-powered model expressly for experienced pilots - and
succeeded - we soon learned she's pretty good for beginners too. It's because
learning to fly a heli isn't easy, and fixing it after a crash is part and
parcel with getting into the sport. By the way, if it strikes you as odd we're
talking about crashing while describing why to buy our product, it's because we
don't believe in blowing smoke up your skirt. We believe you should know
everything up front before you make your decision.
- Yee haw . . . live dangerously with a high speed
inverted backwards hurricane!
Overengineered - it didn't just happen: For example, part of
what makes the Pantera 50 so good for the beginner is it's over
engineered compared to an ordinary 50 basically because it may have to handle a
91-class engine. As it turns out, this makes it tough and durable enough
to survive the inevitable knocks associated with learning to fly too. Meanwhile,
part of the reason we don't have to pay people to say good things about us is
because of what our customers say about us . . .
"I plowed in the Pantera doing inverted
hurricanes today (again). It hit hard. The guys at the field expected to see a
shattered heli when we got out to it. I'm happy to report no frame or head
damage. Boom, skids, blades, a few lost links but that's it. Any other heli I
own would have been totalled. Gotta love this super plastic!"
- David Wilson, Nashville,
Proof of Concept Model - step 1: Super plastic? Well, sort
of because the Pantera 50 is largely constructed of a fabulous
fiber-reinforced engineering-plastic material, which is so tough some call it
super plastic! This stuff is found in some interesting products because the
tough fiber-reinforced material is so forgiving it often bends and gives instead
of breaking. It's why Austrian arms maker Glock pioneered its use for
the frame of their superb handguns (used by cops around the world), i.e. for the
same reason we use it for the Pantera 50 side frames! Frankly, it's the
secret behind the Pantera 50, i.e. why it survives crashing better than
fancy carbon fiber helis, which are fragile and may crack like an egg during
impact. In fact, it Timex wouldn't get mad at us, we'd swipe their slogan and
co-opt - "The Pantera is so tough she takes a lickin' and keeps on . .
.", but we digress.
Anyway, since we're talking about side frames and materials, have you ever
wondered how a model comes into being? The first step is to actually prototype
the side frames to establish basic layout. We use flat carbon fiber plate, some
molded plastic pieces, and aluminum bits. Granted, it's relatively
unsophisticated but it serves to get the thing into the air so we can develop it
further. Amazingly, there are some manufacurers, which stop right here in the
process. However, in the picture below, note how this is only the begining of
our process! Why? Well, first off, we'll acknowledge there are some advantages
of using carbon for a finished product. It's light, easy to change layouts (from
a manufacturing point of view for prototyping), and looks great. However, the
disadvantages are it's time consuming to assemble (because it's tedious to align
and requires expert technique, which many folks never acquire), and generally
it's a pain in the rear to work on because it's more complicated, i.e.
installing servos requires extra hardware beyond that needed with plastic
models. Also, edges can be sharp unless you take the time to sand them all down.
However, there's a dangerous aspect, which somehow never makes it into their
sale literature, which is how the material can blank out RF (the radio signal
from your transmitter) leading to a crash. Worse, in the event of a crash,
carbon fiber can be somewhat fragile and crack like an egg! But what sucks is
how a set of carbon fiber side frames can be 5X the cost of plastic! On popular
imported products they can be as much as 2/3 the cost of an entire Pantera
50 kit! By the way, notice the weave in the side frames of the carbon
pieces (below). Most folks love this look, and we agree it looks snazy, but ask
yourself this. Do thedisadvantages of RF blanking, fragile, expensive, and
complex outweigh the advantages? Frankly, if you're prudent and careful
with your spending, the smarter choice is a model, which is both tough and
inexpensive. Since carbon models are neither, a prototype like the one
pictured below is only our first step in making a 50-class model.
- Establishing the basic layout
comes first. We use carbon fiber, plastic, and aluminum for the proof of concept
CAD Refinement - step 2: OK, so we've established the proof
of concept model using carbon and some bits to get the layout right. Our
second step is via a computer. This just means we're using software like CATIA,
which is the very same sophisticated CAD (computer aided design) tool used by
the likes of Ford and Boeing to refine the process. Here's where we really get
sophisticated! The beauty of software is we can take what we learned with our
prototypes and develop the model into a more elegant creation through the
advantages of virtualization and simulation. Simply put, it means we can apply
the power of a virtual engine and see how the model reacts. As a consequence, we
can remove material where stresses are low (to make it lighter), or add material
where the model needs it (to be stronger). By the way, for giggles and grins we
doubled the typical 50-class engine's 2 horsepower and in the computer gave the
Pantera 50 as much as 4 horsepower! We used finite element analysis and
learned what it took to make the Pantera 50 handle such an obscene
amount of horsepower (just an extra half ounce in the side frames). Next,
because occasionaly been accused of being more than a little power hungry said,
"What the heck, let's do it!". So we made the frame strong enough for a stout 91
engine, which approaches this kind of horsepower because we thought it would be
a hoot to offer an option to slip a monster 91-class engine into the 50-class
Pantera 50. More later!
- Using CAD (computer aided
design) results in sophisticated virtualization.
Aluminum Positive - step 3: The third step is to make an
aluminum positive. Remember, a mold is a negative so a positive is something,
which looks like what we're going to get. In fact, if we painted it black it
would look exactly what we'll end up with. Many expensive hours later,
the CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine has carved out a set
of frames using a solid billet of aluminum! Why go to this trouble and
expense? Simple, it's because we've found nothing beats having something you can
actually hold in our hands into which we can fit the engine and the servo
components, i.e. to see if what we virtualized in the computer holds up in the
real world. This is how we ensure it's really right.
- Using a CNC (computer
numerical control) mill, this is solid billet aluminum frame!
Create the Mold - step 4: The fourth and final step is the
actual molded product. In fact, fiber-reinforced engineering-plastic allows us
to make intricate parts, which are both strong and light. Best of all, it means
we create low-part count models with the advantage of stiffness, like a carbon
fiber model, but without the disadvantage of being harder to assemble, fragile,
and expensive. Simply put, we leverage the inherent toughness of the super
plastic material and create a semi-monocoque design. Is it as sexy as the carbon
fiber frame models? No, but you benefit in the real world because the entire
frame assembly is made of just two frame pieces, a left and a right side.
Consequently, a very complex molded assembly comes together in minutes, and best
of all, it's both extraordinarily rigid and light. Moreover, it's tough,
and inexpensive. Think about it; would you rather pay 150 bucks for a set of
side frames made of carbon fiber, or less than $30 for a set of ours?
- In the neutral position, all
linkages make a 90° angle, which make life simple during setup!
Savvy pilots allocate their money wisely. They pinch pennies 'till
they squeal so they can spend freely on their 90-class bird. These guys fly a
50-class beater and rely on the savings in fuel and cheaper parts to refine
their skills because they're flying it more frequently, i.e. to practice new
maneuvers. Before long they get to the point where they're flying without
fear, which is the key to becoming a better pilot in the first place since
it's nearly impossible to fly with courage when crashing a 90 can easily exceed
500-600 bucks, and result in weeks of downtime. Meanwhile, the wannabes and
2-gallon experts, enthralled by what the paid pilots are flying instead of
flying what makes sense, unwittingly complicate their lives with a
high-maintenance 50-class heli - duh! Subsequently, they find themselves flying
a 50, which is complicated like a 90 (and takes far more time and money to
repair) and before long (usually by the third crash) are actually regressing
simply due to their quite natural fear for the time and money required to effect
repairs - just like with a 90! Is it just us, or does this strike you as odd
behavior since it defeats the very purpose of a 50-class helicopter?
Anyway, completing a Pantera 50 requires an engine and muffler,
blades, 6-channel radio, gyroscope, and governor. Weighing about 7-1/2 pounds
ready to fly, balance how she goes a mere ounce more than a Raptor 50, a few
ounces less than the Evo 50, a few ounces more than the T-Rex 600N, and about
the same as the Vibe 50 against her heavy duty nature, which resulted from being
designed to harness the power of a 91-class engine! Furthermore, while the
Pantera 50 is usually seen sporting 600mm main rotor blades, the fact
is she's really designed for 620 mm blades, which deliver superb
"I can fly anything I want but the Pantera 50 is
my favorite for rolling circles and shooting autorotations."
Lund, Ron Lund's Heliproz South, Corpus Christy, TX
Later, when you're comfortable with what she can do, slip in the 91 big block
and raise a little Hell while retaining the consistent handling
characteristics, reliability, and inexpensive parts of a standard Pantera
50 without the crazy expense of a 91-class bird. Yup, it's easy to get the
best of both worlds, which means you can really go from mild to wild with just
one helicopter, the Pantera 50!
Ultimately, all the 50-class helis are about the same size, weigh about the
same, use the same engine and rotor blades turning at about the same RPMs, and
thus, fly similarly. In fact, though it pains us to admit it, there's really not
a bad one in the group we compete against.
If you're new to helis, where the Pantera especially shines is when
you're learning to fly because she's so stable in the hover. Don't be
intimidated, and trust you too can learn to fly with a model like this. Later,
after you're comfortable, you can tune her up for maximum performance confident
she'll still be the same smooth, predictable, and easy to handle machine as
ever, even in the wind.
If you're experienced, unlike a wannabee, you aren't sucked into shiny,
gee-whiz, upgrades because they're available and pretty. Your practical side
comes to the fore because when you attend fun flies, you're prepared to show off
your skills with your 90 because at your home field, you burned many gallons of
fuel practicing with your 50-class beater - it makes perfect sense! The
Pantera is about competent, working-man values, not flashy in the hopes
someone will notice you. In fact, we've never quite understood what leads some
guys to fly 50-class models, which are loaded with aluminum upgrades since these
kind of defeat the very purpose of the 50. We're hoping you select our
Pantera as the right model for you because it makes good, sound, common
sense. Fortunately, she's one of those models, which makes you look like a
better pilot, so whether you're a beginner or expert, once you compare the
Pantera 50 to the competition, we believe you'll discover she's the
right heli for you.
- Blasting through the arc of a tick-tock, the
Pantera's manners are both impecable and predictable.
As for us, we're a small company so we can keep a tight rein on our costs.
This results in a great heli at a great price. Best of all, you can always pick
up the phone and talk to us (even John, the owner of the company) because we're
in Sanford, FL so instead of shouting at the base of Great Wall of China in
hopes somebody gives a damn, i.e. will deign to give you time of day, you can
get prompt service and courteous answers!
While we could go on until we're blue in the face, quite often the best way
to learn something about us and our models is to listen to our customers . .
Curious how a
Pantera 50 stacks up in the 50-class? We're not afraid to go
head-to-head with anybody!
To learn what they don't want you to know, just select a tab like [v.
Evo 50], [v. Raptor 50], or [v. T-Rex 600N] and discover where we kick some
Other tabs include [Documents], where you can download the instruction
manual, as well as [Accessories], [Articles] to read what the print magazines
have had to say, [Tuning], and [Videos], which show you what even a bone-stoke
Pantera 50 is capable of!
Thank you for considering our product.
John Beech - General Manager (and janitor)
Audacity Models, Sanford, FL