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Old Jul 30, 2011, 07:25 AM
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New Electrifly G-44 Widgeon

Not sure how new this is, but I just came across it this morning. Looks nice!


http://www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1151.html
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 AM
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I think it is real new as there is no price and it is not on Towers site yet, it does look good though.
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 11:47 AM
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About time!
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 07:03 PM
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VERY nice looking! Hull design looks pretty good, very attractive color scheme and one of my favorite amphibians.

And the notoriously weak motor mounts of many Electricfly models appears to have been addressed and corrected, at last. No standoff boths to mess with, a nice simple radial mount.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 01:14 AM
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This looks sweet! can't wait for availability and pricing....
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Old Aug 02, 2011, 12:17 PM
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I don't know about final timing or pricing, but I can tell you it is sweet indeed. Fly RC has the exclusive on this one for our November issue and I made the first flights of our review sample on Sunday morning. I've been waiting for a model Widgeon in this size range for a long time as well and my initial impressions are that a lot of people will be very happy with this one. It will need days and days of very thorough flight testing before I can submit my review, though! Here's a teaser for now.

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Old Aug 03, 2011, 05:06 PM
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That is a beauty... it kinda makes me re-think building my own Goose from scratch or just buying this ARF. One recommendation though -- glue a chunk of foam to the bottom of that battery hatch so it floats! One bouncy landing and off it will pop then sink to the bottom.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 01:10 AM
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It comes with a block of foam specifically for that, as well as a tether. These guys really seem to have it all covered on this one.

I was out flying again this morning, plonked it harder than I should have and by all rights should have pulled off one of the tip floats. No joy for Murphy today, as it came home intact and looking sharp. I can tell you from experience that it takes a lot more than a bouncy landing to pop the hatch.

You will have to like building a lot to pass up this one. I was ready for the lake in well under 10 hours.

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Old Aug 04, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Oh, but I do like building...

And frankly, I wish it were a little bigger. For a twin, I'd like to see it in the 55"-60" wingspan range... 1/10 or 1/9 scale instead of 1/12 scale.

Still, it is a beautiful plane and I think they did a great job on this one. I wonder if it will also come in a military or Coast Guard paint scheme.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 11:15 AM
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Thayer,
Wow, Sweet! Just when I thought that was it for seaplanes this season, Electrifly comes out with another one. If you get a chance let us know how it handles in light to moderate chop. In Madison, WI we rarely fly off a glass, smooth surface, there's always some chop. If you've flown the GP Catalina give us your thoughts on how the G44 compares to it as well. This is so tempting!
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Warhead, I've been watching your build, wishing I had more time in the workshop.

I certainly understand what you mean about more size, but as you know, all design is a case of shuffling compromises. At this size it will be easier to keep assembled between missions, and uses a 3S pack which a lot of folks might already have.

As for alternate schemes, my guess is this is the one version that will be available. It won't be that tough to strip it, then paint the glass parts and recover the flying surfaces.

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Old Aug 04, 2011, 01:27 PM
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Looks like the multiplex twinstar with the float kit! I bet she's gunna be pricey.....I do really like it though.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 02:39 PM
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Freddy, I haven't flown the Cat, but have been repeatedly assured that this one flies even better. I have to say, other than my botched landing, I have found it wonderful in the air.

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Old Aug 05, 2011, 03:16 AM
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Warhead......I'm hoping to scratch a large scale Turbo Mallard once I get moved to our new home. Great bird.
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 12:33 AM
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When are they do out and any idea on the price? So I guess I can use my PBY setup on this...
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