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$260 Ather 3700 3.7M ARF

An ALES glider for the budged-constrained? maybe?

http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...15mm_ARF_.html

Always looking for a more inexpensive way to lure new members to our motor glider competition and "be competitive"... could this be it?
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Old Today, 10:30 AM
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I don't know how it is possible to offer this sailplane at that price. Assuming that it can actually fly and hold together it certainly looks like fun to try out and also to outfit it with inexpensive power package. It might be possible to have an ALES glider for what, $400? Hard to believe such a package would be money well spent.
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Old Today, 10:34 AM
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People do use modified Radians on ALES competitions and sometimes score good. Is it a pipe dream to expect this one to compete against the Pulsars? at that price ?
oh makes me wanna get one just to see...
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I am going to listen in on this discussion. Hopefully someone buys and reviews this model.
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I am going to listen in on this discussion. Hopefully someone buys and reviews this model.
Question would be though... buy the cheap plane and put cheap electronics in it? or also put cheap electronics?
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More and more of the reviews I read of the HK products are pretty good. So I would outfit the entire thing from HK.

SWAG numbers

Plane $260
Motor - $40
ESC - $40
Servos - 6 - $150
Misc - $70
Battery - 2 - 90
Prop and spinner - $50


Approx total - $700 plus shipping

Add your favorite receiver and you are in the air.

Does not mention pushrods or control horns so I can't tell if they come with the glider or not. That would be in the Misc along with wire extensions, switch and whatever.


Is the build any good? who knows?

Contest worthy? Who knows?

All up will proably be around 96 ounces based on the specs, about 6 pounds. Certainly no featherweight.

They suggest a very large motor and battery. Recommended motor is 42 mm and up to 1300 watts on 5S. Even at 96 oz that is over 220 watts per pound. That is crazy power. 4-5S and 3300 to 5000 mah. Wonder if it needs it or balance or if you could use a smaller pack.

Posts by users say on 4S pack the recommended motor puts out about 670 watts on a 14/x7 prop. Maybe a 15X7 gets it up to about 750 watts which would be around 125 watts/pound which is a good ALES target.

On a 14X10 5S 900 watts.


As a comparison you could us Gracia 3.5M.
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Old Today, 12:36 PM
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That is what i was looking at... Gracia vs Ather... the Ather wins cost-wise...
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That is what i was looking at... Gracia vs Ather... the Ather wins cost-wise...
Anther will Probably be 20 ounces heavier. Projected weight on a 3.5 Gracia is around 76 ounces. Ather around 96 ounces.
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