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The Alpina is back!

The biggie from Mpx returns, this time all moulded...

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MattyB30/07/2020 17:50:13
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It's back! After a long time away Multiplex have re-acquired the Alpina name and are releasing a new all moulded 4m version, the Alpina Carbotec. This time it's manufactured by Tomahawk Aviation and is priced at 1200 Euros in electric and unpowered versions...

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There is also a smaller 3.3m one with a T tail (again in electric and pure sailplane), the Antaris… (880 Euros)

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At these prices I think they could be pretty popular, especially if the Tangent quality issues have been sorted out.

Callsign Tarnish30/07/2020 19:17:38
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I had an early straight 4m one, not the subsequent Magic with plug in tips, about 20/25 years ago and it was one of the best fliers I ever had, should never have got rid of it.

Richard Clark 230/07/2020 20:43:06
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I always wanted one of those. My closest model shop, Spire Models near Salisbury, used to be full of such things but I never got past 'very tempted'. Multiplex also made a terrific big electric one with a 'hatchet' shaped very slim fuselage and named it after a German beer, though I can't remember its actual name.

It's about time Multiplex made (or marketed) a proper plane again rather than just overpriced chunks of washing machine packing material.

Frank Skilbeck30/07/2020 22:31:42
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Can't also help thinking that there is a niche in the market for good quality fibreglass fuselage with foam veneered wing gliders, a few years ago I picked up a part built Multiplex Fiesta, while it won't perform like a mouldie it does fly really well and just about always accompanies me to the slope.

GrumpyGnome31/07/2020 04:35:17
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I can only drool at the machines costing that much.... I know they will last for years and still be gorgeous, but I'd never be able to justify the cost sad.

GG

Richard Clark 231/07/2020 07:08:36
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Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 30/07/2020 22:31:42:

Can't also help thinking that there is a niche in the market for good quality fibreglass fuselage with foam veneered wing gliders, a few years ago I picked up a part built Multiplex Fiesta, while it won't perform like a mouldie it does fly really well and just about always accompanies me to the slope.

I've got the old Multiplex Graffiti (glass fuz, balsa sheeted foam wing with a spruce spar) with a geared Kontronik 'long' 480 size motor and a Kontronik 80 amp Jazz controller.

It's terrific!

Andy Meade31/07/2020 08:45:16
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Posted by GrumpyGnome on 31/07/2020 04:35:17:

I can only drool at the machines costing that much.... I know they will last for years and still be gorgeous, but I'd never be able to justify the cost sad.

GG

Same here. I'd be buying something scale if I was splashing that much cash. No doubt nice aircraft though.

Barrie Lever31/07/2020 09:10:20
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Posted by MattyB on 30/07/2020 17:50:13:

It's back! After a long time away Multiplex have re-acquired the Alpina name and are releasing a new all moulded 4m version, the Alpina Carbotec. This time it's manufactured by Tomahawk Aviation and is priced at 1200 Euros in electric and unpowered versions...

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There is also a smaller 3.3m one with a T tail (again in electric and pure sailplane), the Antaris… (880 Euros)

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At these prices I think they could be pretty popular, especially if the Tangent quality issues have been sorted out.

Matty

The links give a 503 error and I cannot find the new airframes on the Multiplex site, any chance you could give a new link?

Thanks

Barrie

Steve J31/07/2020 09:14:19
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About 2/3 of the way down this page there is a bit on these models (in German).

**LINK**

Robert Welford31/07/2020 10:27:37
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I thought that Tangent owned the IPR on the design of the Alpina, but there's nothing on their website. This moulded version looks identical with the current Tangent Alpina. I wonder whether the wing section has been changed.

I noticed that Tomahawk Aviation do all-composite 1/2 scale ASW 27, ASG 29 and ASG 32 costing > $5000, so the new Alpina Carbotec is a budget product!

I had a Multiplex Alpina 25 years ago that was a lovely glider. Unfortunately, the all-moving tail crank broke when flying it loaded with ballast and inevitably "bit the dust". I currently have a Tangent Alpina Carbon Pro waiting to be built. The wings are very stiff compared to all other versions. I must build it ...

MattyB01/08/2020 14:46:11
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Posted by Barrie Lever on 31/07/2020 09:10:20:

The links give a 503 error and I cannot find the new airframes on the Multiplex site, any chance you could give a new link?

Somewhat worryingly these models seem to have vanished without trace off the Mpx site...sad

Edited By MattyB on 01/08/2020 14:47:35

MattyB04/08/2020 21:13:13
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Spoke with West London Models today who had listed the Alpina for pre-order; apparently they have been told by Perkins (Mpx’s UK distributor) that these models will be direct sales only from Mpx in Germany. They didn’t know anything about the mysterious missing listing on the Mpx site though...

Frank Skilbeck15/08/2020 08:29:12
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Back on the website now available for ordering direct from Multiplex.

MattyB15/08/2020 10:42:49
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Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 15/08/2020 08:29:12:

Back on the website now available for ordering direct from Multiplex.

Interesting. Multiplex did not respond to my email, but they must have resolved any issue with Tangentnin order to place them on sale...

Alpina Carbotec Elektro

Antaris Carbotec Elektro

Power train and cable set accessories 

Edited By MattyB on 15/08/2020 10:46:00

Steve J15/08/2020 14:09:40
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Matt's Christmas present to Matt? Or aren't you going to be able to wait that long?

MattyB15/08/2020 21:14:17
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Possibly! The Antaris is more practical for day to day flying and storage and a lot cheaper being based on 4S packs I already have, but I’ve wanted an Alpina since I was a kid in the 80s. Investing so much in a single airframe seems rather decadent, but being all moulded it should have a long life. Decisions decisions...

Frank Skilbeck16/08/2020 08:31:01
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The Antaris looks like a larger moulded version of the Heron. So a Heron with better performance and energy retention, very tempting yes

Steve J16/08/2020 08:43:38
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Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 16/08/2020 08:31:01:

The Antaris looks like a larger moulded version of the Heron. So a Heron with better performance and energy retention, very tempting yes

That is precisely what I am thinking.

MattyB16/08/2020 13:06:35
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Yes the Antaris is a tempting proposition, and I like T tails as well. Another cheaper alternative is the Robbe Calima which is pretty analogous to the original Alpina - foam wings, glass fuse, 3.8m span - and it is available as an ARF and PNP. It’s a fair chunk cheaper than these models once kitted out, but the colour scheme... let’s say it’s an acquired taste! crook

Calima video (YouTube)


Edited By MattyB on 16/08/2020 13:07:34

MattyB19/08/2020 09:14:53
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As per the Mpx site I have sent an email to enquire about availability and shipping costs. Waiting patiently...


Ordering by email - it’s all a bit noughties!

Edited By MattyB on 19/08/2020 09:17:02

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