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#1 spy0o7 Jun 02, 2001 04:46 PM

Soarstar sold by hobby lobby?
 
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/soarstar.htm

#2 spy0o7 Jun 02, 2001 04:47 PM

36 wingspan, readybuilt foam. This is an obvious copy of Wingo. It includes motor, prop, nicad, motor controller, and charger. The included motor controller, charger, and nicad are not as good as the corresponding items recommended for Wingo. Soarstar flies well, but not, in our opinion, as well as Wingo.

#3 Jim Ward Jun 02, 2001 05:24 PM

spy0o7:
I have a Soarstar that I have flown for 7mo.
It was my first elect. and has survived getting started and only gained a couple of oz. in the process. It still has all of the origional componants and they still preform well. I have had numerous 20+min. thermal flights and continues to allow "relaxed" flights between my sport & pylon planes.
What is the total cost of the Wingo after adding all recommended parts? This add sounds like an mfg/supplier tiff.

#4 spy0o7 Jun 02, 2001 08:18 PM

same with me, I have a soarstar. Hobby Lobby is so anti soarstar even in their ad.

#5 greg morrison Jun 02, 2001 08:24 PM

I've flown both the SoarStar and the Wingo and in my opinion they fly equally well. I'm glad to see the Wingo is now selling for a more reasonable price (I'm sure this is due to the cheaper SoarStar/Poppy offerings) as it was definitely overpriced in my opinion. Strange that Hobby Lobby has made the choice to carry this airplane but then has gone out of their way to criticize it. SoarStar offers alot for the money but Wingo has become more price competitive now that the price has been lowered by $30.00.

Greg

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#6 GYROGEARLOOSE Jun 02, 2001 08:44 PM

I'm not sure this is being interpeted correctly. I have often noticed that Hob-Lob is very candid and up-front about some of their products that they find short of expectation. One often finds comments like " The landing gear is weak and won't hold up landing in grass, reinforce ect.,ect.,. Read their catalog and you will see this quite often. The Pfaltz(sp) was such a disaster that they included their own instructions on how to modify it to make it flyable!
This begs the question of "if they don't like it, why do they carry it"? I don't know the answer, but I do know that the purchasing agent and the tech guy sees the products from different perspectives. And the tech guy is VERY candid! http://www.ezonemag.com/disc/biggrin.gif

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#7 greg morrison Jun 02, 2001 09:10 PM

I wonder if the tech guy even looked at the SoarStar since the wingspan is incorrectly listed as 36" when if fact it's 43-44". The fact of the matter is that the SoarStar/Poppy made many improvements upon the original Wingo (which has since been updated itself).

MicroFlight magazine gave the Poppy (same airplane as SoarStar) a glowing review and was particularly impressed by the extremely high quality of the included geardrive. In this case I think HL's opinions are totally offbase.

Greg




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#8 ChrisD Jun 04, 2001 08:26 AM

I love Hobby-Lobby, so don't take this wrong, but when I started in this hobby last August, I called them about the Wingo/Soarstar and they pooh-poohed the SS, much like was mentioned above.

As I was trying to limit my expenditure, I went with the SS for $129.

I love this plane, and the gearbox (1.85:1) is quiet and efficient. In fact, I'm thinking of ordering a spare GB/motor for other planes. ECMC (now GreatHobbies.com) has them with motor for roughly $27 Canadian.

HL is just responding to the lack of sales of the Wingo vs. SS/Poppy. They were a staunch Wingo supporter, so they have to downplay the SS in their ads to save a little face. Money talks..........



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