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The 2001 Nurnberg International Toy Fair

There are two major international toy fairs only for dealers (and the press), one in New York City and the other in Nürnberg, Germany. If you're interested in the new stuff most manufacturers are pushing our wayin eflight that has yet to hit the market, then check out Nürnberg. Many of these eflight sources don't make it to New York...

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Spielwarenmesse

International Toy Fair

Nürnberg

01.-06. February 2001

(Doll picture with rocking horse logo courtesy of
Spielwarenmesse eG, Nürnberg)


There are two major international toy fairs only for dealers (and the press), one in New York City and the other in Nürnberg, Germany. If you're interested in the new stuff most manufacturers are pushing  our wayin eflight that has yet to hit the market, then check out Nürnberg. Many of these eflight sources don't make it to New York.

This was a rush trip for me, so I couldn't see everything—this fair is humongous. I decided to attend only days prior to the opening, and by then the hotels were booked solid. So I left Cologne on Saturday, 3rd of February, at 4:00am and rode the train 5.5 hours to Nürnberg and headed straight to the exhibition center. From about 10:00am to 6:00pm I stumbled through two of the fifteen halls before wearing myself ragged and taking a 7:30pm train back to Cologne. Because of this fast pace I decided to focus only on models and, with few exceptions, not on electronics (how ironic for an electric flight guy). Therefore I highly recommend you check out Stephen Mettam's review in April's  Electric Flight Internationalmagazine for a more comprehensive e-modeler's report. But one thing's for certain: there's an incredible mish-mash of new models out there, many of them very similar to each other and cashing in on the parkflyer craze where manufacturers expect higher volume sales. And nearly all use the trustworthy 280- or 400-size motors.

All measurements are listed as provided by the manufacturer, and this is mostly metric.But here are a few basic conversions and a helpful metric conversion Website. Unless otherwise noted, all weights are all-up-weight.

25.4 millimeters (mm) = 1 inch
28.375 grams (g) = 1 ounce
1 kilogram (kg) or 1000 grams = 2.2 pounds

All prices are manufacturer suggested retail and nearly all are given in German marks (DM); divide by roughly 2.1 to get US dollars. The main reason I list prices in the manufacturer's currency is so you can compare how much, if any, the price differs once a model reaches your country's market.

Manufacturer index in alphabetical order

aero-naut      Bahüer      Graupner      Hirobo      Kavan     Kontronik

Multiplex      robbe      Simprop       Teltec      Tritex       Wipa

aero-naut
www.aero-naut.de
info(at)aero-naut.de

Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat

This newbie from aero-naut looks mean and built for speed. It comes with typical aero-naut fiberglass and molded plastic parts, and the uncovered wing and tail are prebuilt from balsa. Wing span is 1330 mm, length 1063 mm, wing area 27.5 dm2, wing loading 70.9 g/dm2, and flying weight with 10 cells is appr. 1950 grams. Recommended power setup with ten cells is two Race 400/6v motors, 2.64:1 gearboxes and 8.5 x 6 props. Price is DM 489 (w/o power components).


Actro C5, C6 and C8

Köhler builds these high-torque brushless motors but they have better sales and distribution through aero-naut. And to meet the demand for smaller model applications (e.g. Speed 400 and 500-types with 200-400 watt output) Köhler designed the Actro C-series. Each weighs appr. 140 grams and measures 37 mm dia. x 39 mm long. Efficiency is 84-86 percent, and the C6 and 8 also work well in helicopters (helicopter cell amount is in [] ). The C5 uses 7-10 cells, the C6 uses 7-12 [10-14] cells, and the C8 uses 8-14 [12-16] cells. Price for each motor is DM 359.

Bahüer  (index)
www.bahuer.com
bahuer.Deutschland(at)t-online.de

Bahüer Modelsport is a division of C.A. Industrial Complex in Ponteverda, Spain, a corporation that primarily focuses on integral graphic art in the areas of printing, edition and boxing. Although the headquarters and manufacturing facility is in Spain, the majority of their real R/C model sales are handled through Bahüer Modelsport Germany. All their models are made of durable composite paper and prefinished.
 

The popular MINIs. Models with white base color are DM 124.40, silver base color are DM 130.70

Maybe you've already read about the MINI in The E Zone or  Sailplane & Electric Modeler'sFebruary 2001 issue. (In S&EM it was a sidebar to the Bahüer JU-52 review.) It has been a popular parkfly kit and prompted Bahüer to capitalize on the design size with three other brethren—the Mini Baby, Mini Storch and Flash 120. All require 2 or 3 channels and come with a 400-size 6-volt motor and Günther-Prop. Because these little models have a small wing and tail surface area, and hence less paper strength, their flying surfaces come with a laminated foam core to add rigidity. Building them is an enjoyably different and easier experience to traditional balsa.
 

Ana Maria Pérez, Bahüer's Sales Manager in Germany, holding the Mini Baby and Mini Storch. On the wall behind her is the Mini Baby's big brother, Jodel Baby, and the Flash 120.

Mini Baby

Flash 120

Mini Storch

The wing span is 910 mm, length 600 mm and weight 460 grams. Price is DM 138.80.

Wing span is 1200 mm, length 700 mm and weight 480 grams. Price is DM 142.10.

Wing span is 1000 mm, length 620 mm and weight 450 grams. Price is DM 139.90.

Graupner  (index)
www.graupner.com

Mini Partenavia


Micro Taxi

These little guys are two of Graupner's Junior Line, and a third model not pictured is the Easy Fly. They're foam and build fast without tools. A cell built into the fuselage is quick-charged in 4 minutes by two normal 1.5v dry-cell batteries, but I didn't get any information on flight times. They're all simply motor on/off, and the only one that's not free-flight is the Partenavia. It comes with a small transmitter that allows turning by simply switching either motor off briefly. Partenavia wing span is 485 mm and weight 80 grams, price DM 198; Taxi wing span is 360 mm and weight 40 grams, price DM 34.90. (The Easy Fly is a pusher-prop and also DM 34.90.) Charging batteries are not included.


Tipsy and Terry


V-Star ll


Star Jet

Only the Tipsy is new, but it looks nice together with the Terry. The Tipsy is an all-foam ARF pusher-prop parkflyer. Wing span is 888 mm with an E64 profile. It uses a Speed 280/6v direct to a folding 5 x 2.5 CAM PROP. Graupner claims 6 x 650 mAh NiMH cells keep it aloft 15 minutes. Price is DM 89 (w/o power setup).

The V-Star ll is another ARF for direct-drive Speed 400 with a 15 x 8 (cm) folding CAM PROP and 6 or 8 x 500AR cells. It's 3 channels, requires V-tail mixing and is suppose to be aerobatic. Wing span is 1050 mm, length 685 mm, wing area 14.81 dm2, and min. weight 410 grams. Price is DM 228 (w/o power setup).

The Star Jet is all foam and uses an economy power setup with two direct-drive Speed 400s and Günther-Props, or a competition setup with two Speed 480 Race motors and 14 x 11 (cm) CAM SPEED PROPs; and 7-10 sub-C batteries. Wing span is 1200 mm and weight 1470 grams. Price is DM 186 (w/o power setup).

Hirobo  (index)
http://model.hirobo.co.jp/

Hirobo's display was mostly laden with gas-powered helicopters, but among a few others the showcase window had these three electric models actually introduced in 2000. The brochure I received was in Japanese, so everything but numerals is difficult to interpret. And it only lists suggested prices in Japanese yen which I have roughly calculated into US dollars. They are available without the motor, prop and spinner, but these prices include them. The wings are foam and laminated, I believe, with balsa, and the fuselages are fiberglass.
 

Grob G109

G-22M

Sportavia RF-5

Wing span 1300 mm, length 660 mm, wing area 15.2 dm2, weight 800 g, motor a 380/6-volt with six or seven 500-600 mAh cells, H.S. 6x5.5 prop, 3 channels. Price is ¥29,800 = $248.

Wing span 1440 mm, length 810 mm, wing area 20 dm2, weight 620-670 g, motor a 380/6-volt with six or seven 500-600 mAh cells, H.S. 6x5.5 prop, 2/3 channels. Price is ¥25,800 = $215

Wing span 1300 mm, length 750 mm, wing area 15.2 dm2, weight 800 g, motor a 380/6-volt with six or seven 500-600 mAh cells, H.S. 6x5.5 prop, 3 channels. Price is ¥29,800 = $248.

Kavan  (index)
www.freescale.de
kavan(at)t-online.de

Kavan, the export division of Conzelmann Modelltechnik in Germany, is now jumping deep into the small sportfly and parkfly market. They have already had some nice little parkfly models, but now they've got some unique designs including the Ford Trimotor, de Havilland DH-2 and Focke-Wulf Stösser. Also, coming this May, two small sportfly models will be ready for delivery—the already popular Cap 20L design, and the new Projeti.
 

Cap 20L and Projeti

Both these models are made of lightweight foam and Kavan claims a low assembly time. For the aerobatic modeler, the Cap 20L looks like a nice small addition to any eflight collection. Wing span is 1001 mm, length 828 mm, wing area 18.3 dm2, and min. weight 650 grams. It uses a 480 "Black Power" motor (e.g., a Speed 480) with a 3:1 gearbox and 10 x 500AR cells. Controls are elevator, rudder, aileron and motor. Price is DM 199 (w/o motor compliment). The Projeti is a pusher prop model for direct-drive Speed 400/6v, 8 x 500AR cells, and what looks like a 6x4 prop. Wing span is 820 mm, length 563 mm, wing area 16.5 dm2, and weight min. 490 grams. Control is elevons and price is DM 139 with motor and propeller.

Each of the following parkfly ARF models  exceptthe Ford Trimotor comes with a "Plug and Fly" 280 motor, Kavan 3.43:1 280 SPF gearbox, and APC 10 x 4.7 (or similar) prop. They are all prefabricated foam with some preformed plastic and light wooden parts, and all are pre-painted. Each requires 3 channels.
 

Ford Trimotor

de Havilland DH-2

The three motors with big props might be thrust overkill, but this Trimotor is sure a cute little thing. Wing span is 1060 mm, length 720 mm, wing area 16.5 dm2, and weight 430 g. Uses 7 x 500AR cells. Motor kit sold separately. Price is DM 249.

After a few attractive scratch-built versions appeared at indoor flying exhibitions in Germany, low-and-behold a DH-2 kit appears. Wing span 860 mm, length 780 mm, wing area 24.5 dm2, and weight 330 grams. Uses 7 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 237.

Focke-Wulf FW-56 Stösser

Fokker Dr. I and Albatros D. V

Sopwith Triplane

Nicknamed the Falke—Falcon in English—the FW-56 was the first German plane to demonstrate dive bombing. Wing span is 910 mm, length 640 mm, wing area 12.3 dm2, and weight 320 g. Uses 7 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 209.

The Fokker's wing span is 790 mm, length 610 mm, wing area 23 dm2, and weight 330 g. The Albatros's wing span is 790 mm, length 630 mm, wing area 17.5 dm2, and weight 310 g. Both use 7 x 350 mAh, price is DM 239 and DM 219 respectively.

More people know of the Fokker Dr. I, but it was actually inspired after the Germans captured a Sopwith Triplane. Wing span is 785 mm, length 600 mm, wing area 24 dm2, and weight 330 g. Uses 7 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 237.

Kontronik (index)
www.kontronik.com
info(at)kontronik.com


Smile 40-6-12, Fun 400-23, Fun 480-33
All motors and speed controllers come with sometimes confusing numeric designations. Is there an easier way to name them? That's debatable. But Kontronik's semi-solution is to name their products using simple English (Castle Creations in the U.S. uses mythological names). Now, not only can you Tango to the Beat of a Rondo or Samba under the Sun, but you can Smile and have Fun too. The Fun is Kontronik's new brushless compliment to the 400, 480, 500, and 600-size motors. (Fun 500 and 600 not shown.) The Smile 40-6-12 is a universal 40 amp ESC for 2-, 4- or 8-pole brushless motors; it also comes as a (30 amp) 30-6-12 version for Fun 400 motors. Each uses 6-12 cells. A Smile 50-6-18 is also available. The Fun 400 costs DM 273.82, the 480 DM 293.37, the 500 DM 371.61, and 600 DM 410.72. The 30-amp Smile costs DM 244.48, the 40-amp version DM 293.37, and 50-amp version DM 352.05.

Multiplex (index)
www.multiplex-rc.de
www.multiplexrc.com (USA)


Cargo
Multiplex has taken  justflying around another step—now you can drop (or bomb) things. And the Cargo will do it. This 5-channel model (Rud, Ele, Ail, Mot, and Cargo Door) can carry a payload up to 500 grams (17.6 ounces). And Multiplex also sells a colorful little 5-man parachute team and airplane-shaped gummi bonbons to drop from the model. That should keep the kids happy while waiting for dad to finish his flying fun. Wing span is 1600 mm, length 1200 mm, wing loading appr. 45 g/dm2 and weight appr. 2000 grams. Power is 4 x Permax 400/6v direct to Günther-Props, or with optional 400 L gearboxes and 17.5x16 cm props, and 7 or 8 sub-C cells. Price is DM 299 with motors and small direct-drive props. Gearbox setup is extra.

With the Cargo's cargo door there is lots of potential to carry things aloft and then let them go.


Lupo

PiCO-Cub with floats

Twin-Jet

The Lupo is an ARF for anywhere the wind is still, indoor or outdoor. Wing span is 920 mm, length 650 mm, wing loading 10 g/dm2, and weight appr. 220 grams. The small 150G motor/gearbox unit with 9x4.7 prop comes already installed. Battery is six or seven 1/3AA or 2/3AAA cells. Controls are rudder, elevator and motor, and price is DM 139.

The PiCO-Cub isn't new, but the water floats are new and add 750 grams to the model. For DM 49 you get all the float parts necessary to fly from water. But, I suspect, what also might interest people is the potential to use the floats with other models.

This ARF looks fast and it uses the same durable foam like the Pico-Jet. Wing span is 910 mm, length 802 mm, wing loading 36 g/dm2. Power potential is from 2 x Permax 400 and Günther-Props to brushless combinations (maybe too expensive for a foam model like this?), and 7 x RC1700 to 3000 NiMH cells. Control is elevons and motor Price is DM 219 (with 400-size motors included).

robbe   (index)
www.robbe.com

There has been limited online discussion about wanting to see a return to production of some past robbe kits, particularly the four-engine ducted fan BAe-146. While at the Nürnberg Toy Fair I spoke to Herbert Berger, Head of Purchasing and Development for robbe Modellsport, and asked him specifically about the possibility of this foam kit returning to the market. Since it's robbe's policy not to sell the molds for any discontinued model—you could buy a real nice house for the cost of the BAe molds—then we are at robbe's mercy unless another manufacturer develops a kit from scratch. Mr. Berger told me that robbe Modellsport needs combined dealer orders (or intents to order) of at least 500 models to resume production. So if you're interested, get your dealer(s) to start making serious inquiries. Stir up enough [worldwide] demand to scream for 500 of these kits and maybe robbe will hear the echo. The company knows people have been asking about it.

Later, while having lunch with Stephen Mettam, editor of  Electric Flight International,we discussed this reproduction issue. robbe was probably a little early with such a big four-engine EDF kit...and it was foam after all, not fiberglass! Three or four years ago it was also a bit more than most kit buyers were aiming for, and although the price was alright, it wasn't cheap. Once the model's liquidation stock was gone—sold at a  realattractive price in Germany—it started catching on, probably because more of them were simply flying. This kit has its little shortcomings, but overall it's a good flying and impressive model, and it has much more potential with add-ons like flaps and retracts.

Now to some of robbe's new market entries...
 


Impression

Hunter 400
robbe lists the Impression as a "High Tech Hotliner," and it's an ARF with fiberglass fuselage and Oracovered wing and elevator. Wing span is 1980 mm, length 1150 mm, wing area 37 dm2, and weight appr. 1700 grams. Price is DM 675 (catalog lists model w/o power unit). The all-foam Hunter 400 also comes in blue with "Blue Angels"-type decoration. Includes a 400-size motor and pusher prop. Wing span is 720 mm, wing area 12.7 dm2, and weight from 470 grams. Battery is 7 x 500AR. Price is DM 159 (white version) and DM 199 (blue version).

Fokker Dr 2000

Skippy

Fieseler Storch

This 3-channel Fokker Dr 2000 slowflyer model is built exclusively for robbe by Tritex. It's traditional balsa construction and all parts are CNC formed. Wing span is 980 mm, wing area 19 dm2, minimum wing loading 15.5 dm2, and min. weight 295 grams. A 280-size motor, 4:1 gearbox and 10x8 Slow Fly prop is included. Requires 6 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 145.

The robbe catalog shows a young girl, radio in hand, always handling the Skippy. The foam slowflyer does look unusually cute, and maybe robbe is doing something right to attract women to the hobby. Wing span is 920 mm, wing area 19.2 dm2, minimum wing loading 19.3 g/dm2, and min. weight 370 grams. Motor compliment is same as the Fokker and included. Requires 7 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 179.

Whatever scale size you find it in, the Storch flies easily and takes off and lands great from the ground with minimal distance and effort. robbe's foam model's wing span is 1050 mm, wing area 19.4 dm2, minimum wing loading 14.4 g/dm2, and min. weight 280 grams. Motor compliment (but with APC prop) is same as the Fokker and included. Requires 6 x 350 mAh cells. Price is DM 219.

Simprop  (index)
www.simprop.de


AcroLift

Lift off xxs

The stunt-flying AcroLift is sold with either covered or uncovered wing and tail surface, but either way there's still some good building to do. It's fiberglass with balsa covered foam wings and balsa horizontal tail. But just looking at it you can sense a snappy performer. Wing span is 1570 mm, wing profile MH43, length 1015 mm, wing area 22 dm2, and weight 1500-1700 grams. Requires: 4 channels and basic power setup—a 650-size BB motor, 13x11 folding prop and 8 x 2400 mAh cells. Price is DM 379 (uncovered) and DM 469 (covered).

This is the smallest of Simprop's three Lift off "Edelhotliner" series (Edel means precious or nobel) with a 1225 mm wing span. The largest Lift off has a 1935 mm span. The kit is available just like the AcroLift with covered or uncovered wing and tail surface, but still some good building to do. Length is 710 mm, wing profile MH43, wing area 13.7 dm2, and weight 580-900 grams. Requires: 3-4 channels and basic power setup—a 480 BB Race motor, 6x3 folding prop and 7 x 500-700AR cells. Price is DM 239 (uncovered) and DM 319 (covered).

The following semi-scale ARF parkflyers are made of foam with a smooth and pre-painted surface. All but the S.E. 5 are slightly bigger than your typical parkflyer and offer a bit more snappy performance, and the Spitfire is the only one with a full profile (thicker) wing. Each has 3-channel control with elevator, rudder and motor. It sounds unusual, but I was told the motor and prop are sold separately and the gearbox is included with each kit, although I'm not sure which gearbox comes with the S.E. 5.


Spitfire

Hurricane and Me-109

S.E. 5

 The Spitfire uses Simprop's FunDrive 450+ motor with 3.66:1 gear-reduction, 10x7 APC prop and 8 x 500AR cells. Wing span is 1070 mm, length 840 mm, 23.5 dm2, weight is appr. 700-800 grams. Price is DM 279

 Both models use the AcroDrive 350+BB motor with 5:1 gear-reduction, 9x6 APC prop and 8 x 500AR cells. The Me-109's wing span is 940 mm, length 810, wing area 15.75 dm2, minimum wing loading 19 g/dm2, and min. weight 350 grams. Price is DM 171. The Hurricane's wing span is 1020 mm, length 790 mm, wing area 15 dm2, wing loading 22 g/dm2, min. weight 330. Price is DM 171.

 The S.E. 5 is powered by either Simprop's Parc-, Vario-, or EcoDrive 300+ motor gearbox unit. Wing span is 805 mm, length 635 mm, wing area 24 dm2, wing loading 14 g/dm2,  and weighs appr. 300 grams. Price is DM 171.

The companies Teltec, Tritex and Wipa of the Czech Republic have already been making some models that are sold exclusively through other companies, like robbe, for instance. The high craftsmanship and production of traditional balsa kits, or contemporary fiberglass models with prefabricated wings, or particularly many of the foam parkflyers buzzing around these days, is from a quality labor force in these and other Czech firms. Actually, the Czech culture provides an abundance of folk who are very skilled and handy, and quite industrious. The costs there are still quite inexpensive to western standards, but the economy is growing quickly and many Czech firms can already rightfully claim a top dollar for their products. The three aforementioned companies are already experiencing nice growth and are looking for foreign distributors and/or dealers. No prices appear under the pictures because at the time there were really no suggested retail prices outside of the Czech Republic.

Teltec  (index)
www.teltechmodel.cz
teltech(at)iol.cz


Windex

TL 132 Condor

This slick-looking 4-channel model is of the Swedish full-scale original, the Windex 1200. It comes with a white fiberglass fuselage and glass-reinforced foam core wings covered in white Oracover. Wing span is 2445 mm, length 1035 mm, wing profile MH 32, and weight 1800-2200 grams. Requires a 600-size motor direct to an 8.5x5 Slim-Prop and 7 x Sub-C cells.

The real Condor is an ultralight and this 3-channel model needs little room to fly. The kit uses traditional balsa and plywood parts, and spruce beams. Covering foil and other accessories are included, but the power unit is not. Wing span is 1060 mm, length 630 mm, wing profile a Clark Y, and weight 530 grams. Requires a Speed 400, 6x3 prop and 7 x 500AR cells.


L 200 Morava

Jerry

Free plans for this identical scale model appeared in   Flug- und Modelltechnik magazine's 7/00 and 8/00 issues. Now you can buy the Morava as an ARF with a fiberglass fuselage and motor cowls, and prebuilt covered wings. Wing span is 1630 mm, length 1092 mm, weight 1400-1800 grams. Requires 2 x 400 or 480-size motors, 6x3 props and 7 or 8 sub-C cells. Gearboxes would certainly increase flying time.

The Jerry is a simple 3-channel sailplane that's excellent for beginners. It comes with balsa-covered foam core wings already covered in Oracover. The balsa fuselage and tail are covered too and ready for assembly. You just need to add a Speed 400 motor, prop and spinner. Wing span is 1490 mm, wing profile a modified E 205, length 860 mm, and weight 800-900 grams. Battery is 7 or 8 x 500ARs.

Tritex  (index)
www.cmail.cz/tritexmodellsport
tritexmodellsport(at)cmail.cz


Pluton 400

Concorde 400
Both these models are from CNC-cut balsa but only the Pluton 400  (pictured with Tritex's Mr. Rostislav Polednik)is an ARF with covered wings, fuselage and tail. It's a 3-channel, Speed 400 direct-drive model for beginners. Wing span is 1000 mm, length 800 mm, wing loading appr. 32 g/dm2, and flying weight appr. 620 grams. The Concorde 400 is, as the number designates, for a Speed 400 motor and 7 x 500AR cells. Wing span is 600 mm, length 1450 mm, and flying weight 550-600 grams.

Wipa   (index)
www.novy-jicin.cz/vyroba/wmodel
wmodel(at)applet.cz
 


Qualt 200 L 

Qualt 200 XL
The full-scale Qualt is a Czech ultralight, and free plans for the smaller model were included in Flug- und Modelltechnik magazine's 10/99 issue. Wipa's 3-channel Qualt 200 L is CNC-balsa construction, wing span 1220 mm, length 745 mm, and weight 550 grams.  Power is direct-drive Speed 400 and 7 x 600 mAh cells. On the other hand, the Qualt 200 XL has a fiberglass fuselage and comes either as a complete kit, or ARC, or ARF. Its wing span is 1800 mm, wing profile an E 195, length 1170 mm, and weight 1800 grams. It's for either gas or electric motors, and Wipa lists a "Mega" motor for the electric conversion. Controls are 5 channels

Raven

Aero 45
Both these models are of full-scale originals. The Raven is for 4 channels, is all-CNC balsa and comes as a complete kit, or ARC, or ARF. Wing span is 1100 mm, wing profile an E 205, length 975 mm, weight 1110 grams. Power is from two Speed 400s and 7 x 1000 mAh cells. The Aero 45 is also CNC-balsa construction, wing span is 1640 mm, wing profile an E 207/195, length 990 mm, and weight 1530 grams. Power's from two Speed 400s and 7 x 1250 mAh cells. Gearboxes might be nice in this model.

Firecat

Auster

Traper

The Firecat looks like a nifty stunt flyer, is all-CNC balsa construction and only comes as an ARC or ARF. Wing span is 860 mm, wing profile a WM 99, length 950 mm, and weight 900 grams. Power is from a Speed 500 and 7 x 1000 mAh cells. Controls are 5 channels.

The Auster(pictured with Wipa's Mr. Michal Weingart) is of traditional CNC-balsa construction. Wing span is 1015 mm, wing profile an E 205, length 610 mm, and weight 500 grams. Power is from a Speed 400 and 7 x 600 mAh cells. Controls are 3 channels.

The Traper is an indoor flyer and only comes as an ARC or ARF (with motor components, I believe). Wing span is 1000 mm, wing profile a B 8356, length 800 mm, and weight 300 grams. Power is from a Speed 280 with a 4:1 gearbox and 7 x 280 mAh cells.

I am sure that many of these models will eventually find their way to the North American market and elsewhere in the world. If you're interested in one, I hope you find it.

So, that's all from me until my report on Aspach 2001. And have fun flying this summer.
 

All photographs herein are copyrighted © by James Frolik in Cologne, Germany.
Any questions? Feel free to e-mail me at: jdfrolik(at)hotmail.com

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