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Old Mar 14, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Hey Tim,
Any update on the estimated release date for this plane? I understand the need for proper testing to get it right, so take your time, but I'm sorting out my plans for airframe purchases. I love my little Rifle but I consider this new 1M a "must have".
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 07:38 AM
Tim Lampe; Hobbico R&D
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Hi Straight Up.

We're waiting to receive and evaluate final samples made from production tooling (the unit shown in the pre release is not from production tooling). I expect that to go without a hitch, then we okay production and wait for the first run to be made and shipped. So I'm guessing we're still probably two months out.

You can monitor the Tower Hobbies web site and when you see the Rifle 1M appear there, it means availibility should be about a month (or less) away.

Sometimes, for good reason, the company is hesitant to release inside information other than expected delivery dates, but I'll try to update you on progress if/when possible.

But I'm the first customer! We have one on back-order and it's mine and already paid for!

Believe me, I'm anxiously awaiting myself!

Tim
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Why does ^^he^^ always get the good stuff?!
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:21 AM
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Well, the part number (GPMA1806) is on the front page of the flyer in this link:

http://downloads.hobbico.com/factshe...fact-sheet.pdf

But it hasn't been officially announced internally because it's not even up on the Tower Hobbies page or been announced to hobby dealers through the normal channels, but the part number is active, so I would think you would still be able to back-order.

I dunno, give your hobby dealer or Tower Hobbies a call and see what happens?

Tim
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Old Apr 06, 2013, 06:42 AM
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Photo of Rifle 1M prototype from 2013 Weak Signals show in Toledo, posted by SleepyC on Flying Giants
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Old Apr 09, 2013, 01:14 AM
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Looks like an awfully long nose compared to other planes in this class. Any specific reason behind that?
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Old Apr 09, 2013, 03:46 AM
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Yup! 19.7:1 quad-planetary gear box. Its going to spin an 8"x38" prop from a 4700kv heli outrunner on 6s. Should easily hit 200mph on only 60 amps!

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Old Apr 09, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Looks like an awfully long nose compared to other planes in this class. Any specific reason behind that?
Makes it ultra-simple to fit the ESC, motor, battery - and those of various sizes. This can be tedious on other models with a smaller/shorter nose. Also works out C.G.-wise.

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Old Apr 09, 2013, 09:18 AM
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Oh.... I stand corrected.
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Old Apr 09, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Oh.... I stand corrected.
Not all...I was just adding to what you said. I like your idea and hope to see someone try it and would definitely be interested in the result.

Good idea.

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Old Apr 09, 2013, 06:28 PM
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Tim have you flown this bird yet? If already posted sorry I didnt see it. I would love to know your thoughts and comparo to the original
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 06:00 AM
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Ah yea, flown the heck out of it!

Quickly, flies the same as the original Rifle - not much to say about it - it just goes where you point it. Wanna give it a good toss on launch and she lands the same (but spoilerons do help).

Flown it from 2S with 5.25 x 6.25 at around 300W up to 4S on Neu 1112/2D with 4.5 x 4.1 around 1200W. (But with that it's heavy and for experts only - 3S with 4.5 x 5.1 is the sweet spot).

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Old Apr 11, 2013, 11:47 AM
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Patiently awaiting the availability ... My motor was shipped yesterday and my ESC and servos are standing by ready to jump into the 1 meter Rifle ! And I've had 4 guys ask me to get them airframes as soon as they are available !
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:41 PM
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What motor you going with?

Gonna be around June before these things hit the streets. I'll provide updates when available.

Tim
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 01:48 PM
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I have a Mega 16-25-1.5 R to start...
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