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Old Mar 06, 2010, 02:10 AM
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New Electrifly Rifle - All Composite "Sport Pylon" racer/mini hotliner?

I noticed this sleek little all-composite bullet on the Electrifly website tonight: http://www.electrifly.com/parkflyers/gpma1805.html

Any comments? This looks like a fun plane. 31" ws, 28" long, 17 oz, 112 sq in, for ~150 watts (and up).

No idea on the price yet...

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Old Mar 06, 2010, 08:56 AM
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Probably breaks at a 100mph
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Nose looks really long. You may have trouble balancing it.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 11:21 AM
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oh yea!... mini racer for the masses! I wouldnt worry about balance issues, just get close to the rimfire motor and battery weight with your chosen setup
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 02:30 PM
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The big question????????..........how much??????
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 09:07 PM
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The guy out at Florida Jets, today that flew the Evader demo, he had one at his table, he thinks they may go for around $120. He never flew it at the event, because it was a "jet only" event.
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Old Mar 06, 2010, 09:27 PM
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I think it looks like a cute entry plane that could be good for some cheap thrills. If it goes for 100-120 dollars I think it could be a good option assuming its strong enough to attain speeds in the 115mph range. If its more expensive then this ($150) then I don't think it will be a better option then the Escape based on size and quality.

The nose moment does look long, but I think it'll be doable. Most models require the battery forward to balance right, but with this you may not need to have the battery way forward
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Old Mar 07, 2010, 12:26 AM
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Looks neat. Too bad I swore to never buy anything from Electrifly again. Hope that I'm wrong, but I predict a thread full of quality issues and poor customer service.

What do you think the tail skid is for? Maybe to keep it straight after touchdown? Are those skids on the wing tips too? Wouldn't that make it easier to catch a wing tip on landing?
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Old Mar 07, 2010, 06:49 PM
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What do you think the tail skid is for? Maybe to keep it straight after touchdown? Are those skids on the wing tips too? Wouldn't that make it easier to catch a wing tip on landing?

I think it's a skeg to slow the plane on touch down.. the TD guys use it to hit the mark, but i have seen it on the nose, not the tail
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Old Mar 08, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Looks to me like a skid skeg that would alter the angle of attack while landing.

Come in a bit nose high to slow things down and when close enough it would push the nose down, killing lift. It would keep the plane on the ground after that.
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Old Mar 08, 2010, 10:45 AM
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I'm with GP on this one......it is an Electrifly ARF....it didn't come from Europe, K&A or Matney or was scratch built. In my experience with ARF's "many" not all have to be nearly rebuilt and modified to bring them up to par. I've seen to many firewalls fly out and wings and tails fly off in my time! I would like to get one in my paws to look at though. Any thing over 110 bucks and I'm not interested. I can build Slipso's all day for 25 bucks and I know they can take 120+.......
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 10:28 PM
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Aw geese, I'm a little leery of posting after taking somewhat of a beating over on the Evader thread (EDF Jets), but I can't resist because this one is another one of my "pets." I work in the R&D department at Hobbico and coincidentally, did the in-house development on the Rifle the same time as the Evader. Before marketing settled on an official name, I called it the "Widowmaker." Both of these little hot-rods are dear to my heart (as is anything I work on).

The wing skids keep the tips from digging on landing and the tail skid keeps the tail behind the nose so she won't pinwheel or cartwheel.

The nose is long so it will C.G. properly--shouldn't take any weight to balance. The nose was extended from earlier prototypes that required lead. Coincidentally, that just leaves more room for the battery and ESC (you should be able to view the manual on line).

Just like "thekid" said, "a cute entry plane for cheap thrills."

Tim
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 11:12 PM
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Can't wait to see one break
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 11:28 PM
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Can't wait to see one break
Geez, this is a whole lot of negativity for no reason. What gives? Would you care to explain all of your personal bad experiences with Electrifly or this model in general to justify the negativity?

Heres a thought to everyone. I will likely not be getting this model, unless the can work out a deal where I get it for free but im certainly not going to judge its strength before ANYONE gets their hands on it! It seems as though many are jumping to conclusions...

Tim, will we get a chance to see any video?
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 12:04 AM
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Looks neat. Too bad I swore to never buy anything from Electrifly again. Hope that I'm wrong, but I predict a thread full of quality issues and poor customer service.
My experiences with hobbico is on par
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