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Old Oct 03, 2010, 12:15 AM
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Eflite foam Warbird appreciation thread

With the exception of the little P-40 and the slow-flying biplanes, the days of the Eflite foam warbirds appear to be gone for good... but some of us are still lucky enough to have one or two in our hangars.

Each of the planes in this short lived series was special in its own way. To this day folks seem to get a dreamy, far away look in their eyes when talking about their old Eflite P-47s and P-38s.

Share some pictures and info of your favorite current (or deceased) Eflite warbird!

I currently have the P-38 and the Hawker Sea Fury in operational condition and they're each superb airplanes and they're each almost too nice to fly.

Here's the Sea Fury, completely stock (save for the special prop) with the optional Park 480/1020kv motor. It's showing some wear after two years of light flying duty. The stock retracts aren't great but otherwise, it's a thoroughly lovely model. It flies like a shining example of an electric warbird- it's reasonably fast, stable, predictable and stalls only occur with plenty of warning and without drama. If all my planes flew this well, I'd be a happy man. Most importantly, it's a stunner in the air.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 10:36 AM
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So nobody wants to share?

Maybe it has been too long since these birds were available.

While there have been some good foam warbirds in recent years, none have matched these planes for scale detail, flight performance and price. They were really something special, IMO.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 11:02 AM
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I keep an eye out all the time for one of the P-47's, but never seem to find any. Just checked out the video that came up in a review and it really looked like a great flier. Sounded pretty good too with the Park 450 the reviewer used. Wish I would have gotten into this hobby a bit sooner. Sure lookes like I missed out on a gem.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 11:19 AM
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You guys are singing my song! Whilst E-Flite have done some nice foamy bipes (although why do YET ANOTHER red Fokker DVII when there were so many other choices GRRRRRR! ) but what happened to the foam warbirds. Are they perceived as competing with PZ? - they certainly don't in my mind. GWS had bought out a couple of well designed slightly larger ones (FW190 and P40) before they fell on their face in the mud but now it looks as though Ming's pretty much got the market to himself.

Is the perception - or the reality - that todays incomers to the hobby don't have the time, will or patience to put something together and even, horror of horrors, PAINT IT THEMSELVES?

I'm just in the process of restocking my pile of unbuilt GWS warbirds in white unpainted foam so that I'll still have some fun foamies that I can put together cheap and quick and fix easy when I get it wrong. The trouble with todays pretty stuff is it looks real pretty until you find yourself flying it at negative altitude and then it just looks a mess.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 11:28 AM
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Me with my e-flite p-38 stock park 450 power system-22 flights on her so far and loving every minute of her. Love the fact shes just at home at the club field as she is at my local park up the street.

Did all the fixes from the build thread on here and hope that she survives a long time!
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 05:36 PM
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Love my seafury, though it would be considered more of a reno racer with Turnigy 35-36C. I flat out hauls and I have put more flights on it than any plane in my stable.

I love the eflight. Wish I would have purchased a P-38.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 05:57 PM
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I love my P-38 so much that I have a spare NIB waiting for the day that the glue out weighs the airframe.
I am 1 motor down waiting on some replacement parts but it will get back in the air and it will continue on for as long as I can keep it.
Below are a couple pics of the plane that I have affectionately called "Gilligan's Down" I have nose art I made for it but have never gotten around to applying it.
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Old Oct 05, 2010, 08:01 PM
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Still have my P47D.

http://www.wagnerg.com/hobbies/P47D/

George
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Old Oct 06, 2010, 06:39 AM
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Very cool stuff, guys!! It's great to check out pictures of other survivors of the dwindling population of Eflite foam warbirds.

So if they had continued this series, what do you suspect would have come next? What would you have wanted?

They already hit two rare and/or special planes (P-38 and Hawker Sea Fury) and a seldom moddeled version of a favorite (the razorback P-47) so it seems like they were willing to take chances.
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Old Oct 06, 2010, 08:06 AM
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i was hoping forsomething janese next.
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Old Oct 06, 2010, 09:51 AM
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They're a bit too "pretty" for me (for which read fragile/susceptible to hangar rash) but if you look at the range of stuff that Alfa models has put out you'd have thought that E-Flite could match them or better them?

BF 109F ; Hawker Tempest Mk V; P47D Thunderbolt; Albatros DV; Fokker DRI; P51B; P51D; Focke Wulf 190 D-9; Spitfire Mk V; Bristol Beaufighter; F4F Wildcat; Lavotchkin La-7; Nakajima Ki 84A Hayate; Corsair F4 U-1; Focke Wulf 190 A-8.

I'd settle for pretty much any of those made and priced the E-flite foamy way and that's without some real obvious ones like Hawker Hurricane; Vickers Wellington; B-25; JU 88; Mosquito; Zero etc
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Old Oct 10, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Alfa has a DR!??? Googled and found nothing. Link please Roger.

Thanks
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 06:27 PM
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E-Flite P-47

Here's some pix of my P-47. E-Flite 480 motor, no rudder servo or landing gear. 2100 mah 20C Lipo battery. Great flying airplane. These were taken on Oct. 3, 2010. Enjoy guys.

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Old Dec 27, 2010, 04:29 PM
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I've been flying the pants off of my E-Flite P-38 that I only recently picked up a couple of months ago and it is superb. I ran it so low that it even comes in dead-stick with no surprises. EPO current ParkZone type composition with a couple of engineering enhancements would make this airplane a stick of dynamite. It's visual effect is just too cool. Anybody reading this comment....if you have any E-Flite P-38 parts you would like to sell or whole planes, please call Steve in N.J at ...732-530-2061....Thanks....
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Old Dec 27, 2010, 04:54 PM
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Here's some pix of my P-47. E-Flite 480 motor, no rudder servo or landing gear. 2100 mah 20C Lipo battery. Great flying airplane. These were taken on Oct. 3, 2010. Enjoy guys.

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The best flying warbird ever!!! I still have mine as well.
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