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Old Apr 12, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Just noticed that it doesn't come with a battery this time around. I guess that's the "Basic" part... Bummer. I too would be interested in a painted airframe, or in a reasonably priced PNP ($200, wink wink). Love the color scheme!
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 12:25 PM
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One disappointment I can already spot is the hatch, looks like a magnet is still up front.

-swps


We used a larger magnet to hold the hatch on. It is much more secure now.

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Old Apr 12, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Just ordered a bare airframe. Gonna put a CS 10 blade or Alloy 11 blade in there. 4s or 6s? Hmmmm... Also gonna use the 25 size retracts that have thicker strut for our grass strip. If all goes well, I may need a few of these
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Bare airframe is SUPPOSED to be unpainted. Of course we all know how that worked out LAST time ! ;-)
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 03:57 PM
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I like this plane as I do most of the Parkzone line. But, man-o-man! $300.00 for the stock bird and then another $143.00 to install recommended upgrades? This kind of pricing is what has chased me away from parkzone. When I can find comparable birds out there for much less and put my own upgrades in and still be under PZ's stock price, please tell me where my incentive is to by this model. To bad. I really like parkzone stuff and Horizen service is second to none, But you know what they say! "Money talks , and Bull St walks".
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 04:05 PM
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To bad. I really like parkzone stuff and Horizen service is second to none, But you know what they say! "Money talks , and Bull St walks".
In my experience, Hangar 9, E-Flite and Parkzone planes are the best value for quality.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 05:53 PM
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In my experience, Hangar 9, E-Flite and Parkzone planes are the best value for quality.
I will never argue the quality. There are other good quality birds out there made by the same Asian manufactuers that dont scald your wallet. So the value for the price paid in my opinion just isnt there. Now as for customer service and parts availability Horizen cant be beat. I find that the more experience I gain, the fewer mishaps I have and the less I need that cusomer support. For me it is not cost effective. This all my own opinion mind you and not an attempt to force or sway anyone elses opinion.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 06:30 PM
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I am in for this bird.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 06:50 PM
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Its not gonna be a cheap purchase. However....... You get what you pay for. My first Habu flew great right out of the box. All the push pull rods where perfectly adjusted right out of the box. On my first flight I didnt even need to touch any of the trim switches. Now with the added niceties of flaps for $22 in servos. This plane will be even easier to land. But Im not sure if Im down for paying $120 for their servoless retracts when Im sure I have a set in my box of goodies. So fixed gear is a minor non scale look to have to live with.

But for $321 its a pretty good deal IMHO considering what you get for performance. Im also hoping that they offer a PNP version as they did in the passed. I think that this will make is more attractive in cost. Im pretty sure that the reciever offered in the BNF version isnt worth the extra $100. When I have atleast 3, 6 channel recievers not doing anything. Time will tell I suppose
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 06:55 PM
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In the PZ Habu thread, Dave mentioned that they're just doing this version, for ease of distribution. So, no PNP. Just BBNF (Batteryless Bind-N-Fly). Too bad too, because if it truly was BNF, you could sell the rx and batt for $100, and get it back down to the $200 PNP price... Actually, I'm kinda confused. Seems like with lipo technology getting more advanced, it would cost PZ less $ to include a batt than it used to, which would mean a higher profit margin. But hey, I'm not in the industry, so there are probably reasons for the change I'm not aware of.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 07:26 PM
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People crack me up talking about how expensive this plane is. When I started flying in the early 80's do you know how expensive a glow DF model was? Do you know how unreliable and hard to fly they were? And guess how durable they were? For $300 you are getting a pre-built ready to fly super durable and reliable EDF. To each their own, but I already placed my order for a bare airframe to customize. I may order a stock one too to compare.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 07:30 PM
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I hear ya (I just had the same convo with a flying buddy last night), but I think there's some validity to it in this case. Habu1 was only a couple years old, and other than not having precut space for flaps and retracts, it's the same bird as Habu2, except for the same price it doesn't come with a battery. I'v bought one if it was a true BNF. It looks super sweet...
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Great EDF... I have the first Habu and now i wish more speed on the Habu 2....Also why a Flap and retracts ready to fly.....IT'S TIME KNOW....!!!
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 08:04 PM
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I hear ya (I just had the same convo with a flying buddy last night), but I think there's some validity to it in this case. Habu1 was only a couple years old, and other than not having precut space for flaps and retracts, it's the same bird as Habu2, except for the same price it doesn't come with a battery. I'v bought one if it was a true BNF. It looks super sweet...
The price only dropped to $299 for the BNF, $199 for the PNP when they were closing the door on the V1.The release price was $399 for the BNF, $299 for the PNP and stayed there until about 9 or 10 months ago. Check out the first page of the V1 HABU thread, and I remember how sore my wallet was......
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 08:05 PM
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That's true - totally forgot about that! Well then, I stand corrected. $299 is an awesome deal.
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