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Old Jul 06, 2011, 03:21 AM
Don't grow up, it's a TRAP !!!
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For years we have been paying way above you guys for our sailplanes.
I was gunna say something like, "So how does it feel?" But decided not to.
10 years ago US$1 bought AUD$1.52 so we Aussies basically doubled the US$ price of a model by the time freight was included. Global economics aside, $2.5K for a model of this caliber is still "cheap" compared to reproducing one yourself. If you dont agree, then you can have two Vultures for the price of a Maxa ... great value
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Old Jul 06, 2011, 10:43 AM
WINS - Winch In Nose Sailplane
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That's not Aussie dollars, mate.
You haven't checked the exchange rates lately!
$1US buys $0.93AUD
For years we have been paying way above you guys for our sailplanes. I can recall Carl Strautins paying almost $12kAUD to get 3 ICONs landed in prep for the 2005 world championships!
Well me gently with a chainsaw! In my own defense I must tell you that I do live under a rock.
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Old Jul 06, 2011, 04:31 PM
There's Something in the Air
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2 questions:

1) So how much more do you have to pay to get one without the silly "MAXA" on the right wingtip?

2) Where is the signup sheet to get on the list for one of these?



John
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Old Jul 06, 2011, 08:31 PM
WINS - Winch In Nose Sailplane
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2 questions:

1) So how much more do you have to pay to get one without the silly "MAXA" on the right wingtip?

2) Where is the signup sheet to get on the list for one of these?



John
Well, John, either you're just trying to push me over the edge (which knowing you is definitely a possibility) or you're really gonna line up for one of these, which will also push me over the edge.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 03:46 PM
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I wouldn't be suprised if the price doesn't go up more.
Today the price is listed as $2600. It's sort of like like watching an eBay auction.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Today the price is listed as $2600. It's sort of like like watching an eBay auction.
Dang! I had my email to reserve one of these all written but didn't send it in just yet (got interrupted by life). At $2500 it was a stretch, but I could convince myself it was worth it. At $2600, I'm on the sidelines.

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Old Jul 08, 2011, 06:03 PM
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Wow 2600 are we trying to kill F3J how do expect to grow the sport with $2600 planes and you need a couple of them then and $2000 dollar winch what happened to keeping J from getting expensive like B. How are we going to encourage junior pilots to fly when there dads can't afford the planes themselves. I guess I know why RES is getting bigger.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 07:17 PM
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Who says you have to fly a Maxa?

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Wow 2600 are we trying to kill F3J how do expect to grow the sport with $2600 planes and you need a couple of them then and $2000 dollar winch what happened to keeping J from getting expensive like B. How are we going to encourage junior pilots to fly when there dads can't afford the planes themselves. I guess I know why RES is getting bigger.
The market will decide. There are plenty of alternatives, case in point the new Supra on my bench
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 12:17 AM
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I think it it's well worth $2,600.00. It hasn't lost a contest yet! When it has to compete against less expensive planes ( I think that is every plane out there), the Maxa will seek it's true value.
This plane is not priced to promote the sport, it is priced to make as much as possible from the people who do promote the sport.
Only the top flyers will probably buy this plane for this price anyway, so I'm sure it will do fine.
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 07:33 AM
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One can't go wrong, especialy when you crash some of these giga dollar plastic babies you learn more about life than a year in a monastery. No pain no gain isn't it

Imagine that playfull big fat dog playing and fouling around with a wiggling tail & stepping on that just unpacked Maxa wing that lies the grass.
Poll your own spiritual level:
1) Smile and blood pressure doesn't change, call the dog, give it a kiss & hug and say: "You realy didn't know what ya doing did ya, I love you dogy doggy doodiedoo."
2) The riotgun speeks the tale of eternal dogfields.
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 08:09 AM
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Relatively speaking Maxa is not that expensive, actually less 2x what the others cost.

Currently I fly Aspires. A nice plane. Also Xplorer, Perfect, Satori, Supra etc. are nice planes. If there were a new plane that would give me clearly better contest performance than Aspire, say 5 positions up in the list in 100 pilot contest, I would pay 5ke for it without blinking my eye.

Fortunately F3J is about flying skills. One cannot buy the wey into podium in F3J

The real question is: is Maxa worth to mess with? Lighter than 1.9-2kg superfloaters are nice idea but in contest environment they are not needed that often. Maxa might have superior performance is some niche conditions, but in more general terms working with the current airframes is a more rational choise. Or just travel to big competitions to learn something! One can fly a long way zig zag across the Europe with 2000e
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Old Jul 15, 2011, 10:57 PM
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Can anyone provide info on the airfoil thickness and camber at root? Please?
Thanks.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 03:44 AM
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Is anyone flying this monster at the nats?
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 04:58 AM
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Wow 2600 are we trying to kill F3J how do expect to grow the sport with $2600 planes and you need a couple of them then and $2000 dollar winch what happened to keeping J from getting expensive like B. How are we going to encourage junior pilots to fly when there dads can't afford the planes themselves. I guess I know why RES is getting bigger.
Actually, given today's materials costs and the labor involved in building these models, $2k plus isn't that much. If you have ever gone thru the effort to make molds and build molded parts, you would have a different perspective on the cost. I don't like shelling out that much money either, but I know that what I get is a work of art from a real artisan.

There is no real difference in cost between F3B and F3J, just a percieved difference. That is because you have to pay towers and pay their expenses at a big contest. In F3B you have actual equipment (winches and line) to buy. Models cost the same and you need 3 for both if you want to be competitve at the world level.

When I was a junior 20 years ago, I couldn't afford a molded plane either. But I flew the best I could with what was available to me and my family. I learned a lot of fabrication skills because of that. I also didn't have the expectation of going to a WC until I was an adult, with a job and could really afford the right equipment.
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