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Old May 08, 2010, 05:07 PM
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Hobbyking Mini Swift R/C EPP Glider Plug-n-Fly with crash-kit

I found this plane on Hobbyking today: Mini Swift R/C EPP Glider Plug-n-Fly with crash-kit. I think it is a new plane, it was discussed in their mini-blog some days ago.

You get 2 planes for the price of one: US$ 69.99.



Made with EPP, this small glider is both agile and very resliant to crashes. A great hotliner style glider with an 800mAh 2S pack, or bungy high-start/tow model with a 350mAh pack.
The Mini-swift is great fun slope soaring or just racing around your local park.
Included in the box is a complete set of foam for crash replacements or an entirely new model, you decide!
The Mini-swift comes plug-n-fly ready, so you only need to include your own receiver and battery to be flight-ready!


Specifications:
Length: 485mm
Wingspan: 610mm
Motor: Brushless outrunner
ESC: 6A
Prop: 5.1x3.1
Servo: 2x3.7g, 1x8g
Battery: 7.4V 2S 350 ~800mah 20C (Not Included)

Required:
Battery
Rx/Tx
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Old May 08, 2010, 05:35 PM
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Looks like the Multiplex Merlin but much more economical on the pricing. I might consider!

Edit: I bet that foam is utter Chinese crap. The Multiplex Merlin has much stronger ELAPOR
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Old May 08, 2010, 06:14 PM
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Merlin ripoff.
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Old May 08, 2010, 09:53 PM
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The only thing that kept me away from the Merlin was the price. I own most of what Multiplex sells/or has sold.

I built a pitcheron pusher Fox instead

I'll probably go 70/30 with a buddy for the airframe on this little guy.
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Old May 08, 2010, 10:30 PM
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Actually, now it's hard NOT to click that buy button./..
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Old May 08, 2010, 11:06 PM
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No mention of AUW....
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Old May 08, 2010, 11:15 PM
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Probably 6oz, give or take a couple...
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Old May 08, 2010, 11:27 PM
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Actually, now it's hard NOT to click that buy button./..

Well now that I clicked the "Buy" button, I got to sell something.
I'll let you guys know if the EPP is decent or not. Butch
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Old May 09, 2010, 10:15 AM
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Well now that I clicked the "Buy" button, I got to sell something.
I'll let you guys know if the EPP is decent or not. Butch
I know the feeling... I would buy it but I too need to crash or sell a couple things before I even think of adding another one to the hangar. At least this one is small!!

Good luck!! Are you planning on making the "crash kit" into a hot rod? Seems like there is some speed potental there.

Hopefully the foam is EPO (Similar to Elapor)... EPP is the chewy, open-cell, rough to the touch, very flexible stuff. It looks more like smooth EPO style stuff in the pics.
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Old May 09, 2010, 11:15 AM
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Looks like molded EPP to me.
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Old May 09, 2010, 04:21 PM
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I'm hopeing its molded EPP. It may be a bit more flexable than EPO, but alot tuffer.
In a hard crash, EPO usually deforms and if you try to glue all the pieces back together, it won't be in the right shape.
But usually molded EPP springs back, so the pieces fit back into the orginal shape.
Many of the susposed EPP planes I've bought, were not EPP, but EPO or simular.
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Old May 10, 2010, 12:16 AM
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Id bet almost $1.53 that its not EPP.
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Old May 10, 2010, 01:31 AM
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I'll bet a $1.54 that it's hand sanded EPS..
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Old May 10, 2010, 10:51 AM
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I'll bet a $1.54 that it's hand sanded EPS..


You might be right there. Hobbyking doesn't seem to mention the material and usually EPO (or EPP) is a big selling point because of the relative durability, CA compatibility, etc.

This plane looks pretty good regardless of the material....but I don't know about the rest of you guys but I'm sick of EPS. I have a bunch of EPS planes, not one of them is without hangar rash, dents, etc...

Why not just buy a Merlin? Yeah, I think the power set for the Merlin is overpriced...as MPX powersets always are...but the plane itself is beautifully engineered, flies great, fun/easy to build and looks fantastic.

Then again, not everyone spends every spare penny they have on airplanes like me....

I bought the power set despite the cost, and it works extremely well. That seemingly excessive cost goes to cover the cost of the headaches of finding a suitable setup...While nobody is perfect, MPX's research and development team is amongst the best in the industry. Build them the way they reccomend...and you're almost guaranteed a great flying plane.
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Old May 10, 2010, 10:58 AM
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My dad always said "you get what you pay for". I often buy cheap things, because I don't need them to last for twenty years. I tire of them soon. Two cheapies for the price of one quality plane- sounds good to me if the performance is similar.
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