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Where have all the cheap but fun EDF models gone

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TonyS13/08/2020 18:57:35
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I realise I've been away a while (8 years as it turns out) but when I was into flying a lot I used to be able to pick up really affordable but fun foamy like the Starmax Panther or the small Vampire (can't recall who made it) or the Multiplex Twister all of which were amazing little planes. Now there's almost nothing to pick from it seems. Even other types of plane like the Multiplex Blizzard with the tuning set which was a warm/hotliner (let's not get into that debate) is gone.

 

Anything that looks similar is 4 times the price.

The world's changed a lot......

Edited By TonyS on 13/08/2020 18:58:31

Trevor Crook13/08/2020 22:34:57
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Tony, I had the Starmax Panther and it was a great little machine. Freewing still do one very similar, for a similar price allowing for several years of inflation.

https://www.motionrc.eu/products/freewing-f9f-panther-64mm-edf-jet-pnp

I don't know if the Vampire you had in mind was the Durafly one. I also had one of those, a great little machine, and still available.

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/durafly-vampire-rcaf-70mm-pnf.html

I think both of these still fit the affordable description. Go on, treat yourself!

Trevor Crook13/08/2020 22:36:34
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Edited By Trevor Crook on 13/08/2020 22:37:50

TonyS14/08/2020 08:25:15
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Hi Trever,

Great spot, thanks. I think I might just treat myself to the Freewing. The Starmax looked and flew beautifully for a (relative) cheapie.

Tony

John Lee14/08/2020 10:26:29
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The Arrows Models Marlin is a great flying little EDF. I sampled one at the RCHotel last year & immediately ordered one on my return home.

The other one I would recommend is the Freewing Lippisch which is a just brilliant little model.

Edited By John Lee on 14/08/2020 10:26:59

TonyS14/08/2020 11:19:11
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Thanks John,

Love the Lippisch - looks a great little plane. I did see the Marlin but the u/c worries me. I don’t have anywhere smooth enough for such small wheels and I’d worry about the control horns if I belly landed it. Thoughts?

Tony

GrumpyGnome14/08/2020 11:20:39
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Arrows Viper? Smaller with no wheels.....

John Lee14/08/2020 20:17:21
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As you can see I fly the Marlin off grass. Our strip is quite small but it leaps off the short grass no problem. The undercarriage is easily removable, the mains just clip in whilst the nose wheel is attached via a collet & grub screw.

marlin.jpeg

The horns are exposed but could easily be protected with a faring such as:

horn cover.jpeg

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