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Thread: Comparison of 3 Carenado Bonanzas: F33A / V35B / A36

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    Default Comparison of 3 Carenado Bonanzas: F33A / V35B / A36

    I'm looking for suggestions about my next aircraft purchase: that classic plane -- the Beechcraft Bonanza! I've always really liked the look it these birds, I don't yet have one in my small library of planes, and I have consistently enjoyed Carenado's products, so I figured I'd go with one of the models they offer. Here are three available:


    Any suggestions, preferences, disappointments, etc? (I'm slightly leaning away from the F33A which I think doesn't not have a GPS -- I could be wrong though.)

    One thing to keep in mind is that I have a so-so simming machine at the moment, so if for some reason one of these is a resource-hog (which I kinda doubt), I'd probably rather be safe than sorry. Thanks!
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    Carenado - V35B Bonanza X is a winner. I fly it all the time.
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    Well, I can only comment on the a36 as that's the one I have.

    Excellent aircraft. No 2d cockpit, but so what! The details are awesome. Easy to fly, even for a beginner like me.

    A walk thru the cabin, and one can almost smell the leather upholstery. There's a little table that extends and folds.

    The cockpit details are also nice. The pilot side small window also opens and closes.

    For the money, I don't think you can go wrong. It was my first ever Cerenado purchase, and I don't regret it. Frame wise, I didn't notice a major hit. Flies smoothly without stutters.

    BTW, if you're interested in a small jet, their recently released Phantom 100 is getting positive reviews...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paxx View Post
    Carenado - V35B Bonanza X is a winner. I fly it all the time.
    Cool, one thing though: does it have a GPS and autopilot? How is it on frames? I definitely do like that V-tail!

    Quote Originally Posted by kingnorris View Post
    Well, I can only comment on the a36 as that's the one I have.

    Excellent aircraft. No 2d cockpit, but so what! The details are awesome. Easy to fly, even for a beginner like me.

    A walk thru the cabin, and one can almost smell the leather upholstery. There's a little table that extends and folds.

    The cockpit details are also nice. The pilot side small window also opens and closes.
    Nice! Yeah, I'm slightly leaning towards this one. Same question as above: it has a GPS and autopilot, no? Just checking. Thanks for the feedback!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillypennpilot View Post



    Nice! Yeah, I'm slightly leaning towards this one. Same question as above: it has a GPS and autopilot, no? Just checking. Thanks for the feedback!
    Yes to both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillypennpilot View Post
    Cool, one thing though: does it have a GPS and autopilot? How is it on frames? I definitely do like that V-tail!
    Yup. You shouldn't have any frame rate probs.
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    Thanks, gang. They all look pretty nice. Maybe I'll check back in a few days after I decide on one and let you know how it flies. Cheers!
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    They're nice planes, but nowhere near the quality of these:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YQjabJiFt4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWQRsPce7ss
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XflrsmGNLQ

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    Ha, yeah, I hear ya. But to be honest, I don't think I'd even appreciate most of the features at this point. I'm still very much learning the basics of flight -- not to mention I just dropped a ton on Orbx FTX scenery and other addons -- and I just wanted a little non-default single prop aircraft of good quality I can fly around in the lovely Pacific northwest. I'm also a little worried about performance on my so-so system. I've read that A2A & Real Air can be a bit tougher on frames, etc. Thanks for the tip though!
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    Big fan of the A2A Cherokee right now but it's a tad slow and you want something simple and faster. My suggestion is the F33, more stable without the V-tail, 200mph cruise speed and retractable gear. Check it out in action here.

    Edit; Carenado aircraft will give you a frame hit too, luckily they supply both the regular version and a Lite version in the same package.
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