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Allan Bowker20/08/2011 12:31:28
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As a big fan of the Parkzone Stryker airframe it's no secret that I wasn't keen on the latest Q variant design that was launched this flying season. I must admit though that after seeing one perform at the hands of David Ashby during RCM&E Greenacres event I was impressed by its performance.
 
However I now think it is time for the F-27Q to move over, here comes the Scimitar.
 

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It wouldn't surprise me if Quique made a few designs for the replacement Stryker and this was one of them.
 
Wingspan is 42.6" (108cm), 5 servos, 60A ESC, 32 size 1010kv motor swinging a 10x8 prop (4S 3200mAh Li-Po). I'm not bothered about the vectored thrust but love the fact that you can add retracts.
 
Do I like the design?...............oh yes I do, it's just perfect for me.
I have no information yet on UK prices but they are taking pre-orders in the US for $319 for the PNP version and $399 for BNF (£195-£245)
 
I can only hope my piggy bank holds enough pennys to land one on my doorstep soon!
 
I recommend you click on this link for further reading: Horizon Hobby UK
They have loads of information and pictures for you to see.
 
Happy Landings Eveyone!
 
 

Edited By Allan Bowker on 20/08/2011 12:39:45

David Ashby - Moderator20/08/2011 13:57:09
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You hooligan Allan
 
Yes that looks fun and the retracts are a nice touch too.
 
 
nasa_steve20/08/2011 14:47:29
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I like that retracts are a nice touch have you got a review model on the cards David??
Allan Bowker20/08/2011 14:54:06
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Yes, I know someone who would like to review one
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator20/08/2011 16:19:44
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Looks much too much like hard work to me!
 
BEB
Frank Skilbeck20/08/2011 21:49:29
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Argggg, another new plane from Horizon, how many do they plan to launch a month

Maybe they should start doing park exchange.......................
David Ashby - Moderator11/11/2011 15:20:06
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park exchange Frank?
 

 

Allan Bowker11/11/2011 15:47:52
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LOL, I think he meant part-exchange.

Park exchange is an interesting concept though (part exchange planes in the park?)

Tom Sharp 212/11/2011 00:11:30
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Posted by Allan Bowker on 11/11/2011 15:47:52:
LOL, I think he meant part-exchange.

Park exchange is an interesting concept though (part exchange planes in the park?)

Or exchanging your old Parkzone models

Rene Wallage22/11/2011 08:31:20
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A new, and massively improved Projetti? I want one...
YakMad22/11/2011 08:50:54
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How could anyone improve on the Projetti??????? I have one for years that started out with a cheap 400 brushed motor and moved on to a brushless set-up with cheap 3s lipos and it still flys on rails. The Scimitar looks interesting but looks like it may need a smooth hard strip, doesn't look like it could be hand launched and I am sorry it is way too expensive for a foam model.
Lee Smalley22/11/2011 11:35:12
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same issue i have with the carbon z yak over 200 quid for a foam model, personally its a bit rich for foam for me ....but there again i am not a great lover of foam!!
Stephen Grigg22/11/2011 23:04:12
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Looks amazing to advanced for me and I agree with Lee
Lee Smalley23/11/2011 13:00:34
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flies well though!!!
Rene Wallage23/11/2011 14:21:36
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I look at it this way: by definition Horizon Hobby planes are more expensive than "the other" (Far East knock off) manufacturers. Anything with Quique Somenzini's name on it will be slightly more expensive as well.
BUT, you are almost guaranteed a properly build ARF, with available spare parts, an address to pose questions/turn to with problems, and reasonable after-sales-customer-service.
Is it worth the price? Some think it is, some think it isn't.
 
I have dubious knock offs, and known brand names. The knock offs (vs. brand names)spend about 50% more time on the building board pre-maiden (to make it all fit properly and flight worthy) and 25% more post-maiden (for repairs). Mind you, I do enjoy tinkering with my toys...
Tom Sharp 223/11/2011 19:57:30
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Posted by Rene Wallage on 23/11/2011 14:21:36:
I look at it this way: by definition Horizon Hobby planes are more expensive than "the other" (Far East knock off) manufacturers. Anything with Quique Somenzini's name on it will be slightly more expensive as well.
BUT, you are almost guaranteed a properly build ARF, with available spare parts, an address to pose questions/turn to with problems, and reasonable after-sales-customer-service.
Is it worth the price? Some think it is, some think it isn't.
 
I have dubious knock offs, and known brand names. The knock offs (vs. brand names)spend about 50% more time on the building board pre-maiden (to make it all fit properly and flight worthy) and 25% more post-maiden (for repairs). Mind you, I do enjoy tinkering with my toys...
 
 
The Park-zone Stryker (which is nearly a twin brother to the Scimiter) is a Quique Somenzini design and that's only £100 or so on line. It flys great and Park-zone is Horizon Hobby.

Lee Smalley23/11/2011 21:46:34
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Yes I sort of agree their stuff is real quality but I look at what I can buy for that money and I just can't see the value still you are right that if you do shell out the money you will get a sorted product that will fly fantastic, I will stick with my funjet and use the money saved for beer and wine
Mike Holderness03/12/2011 23:56:58
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Hey Guys,

I picked up a PNP version yesterday and will hopefully maiden it tomorrow, I've fitted the optional retracts and also the Spektrum telemetry sensors for speed . I'll let you know what I think tomorrow.

Mike
David Ashby - Moderator04/12/2011 06:30:19
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Hi Michael, please do, be interested to know what you think.....and how fast it goes
Rene Wallage04/12/2011 08:00:35
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Colour me green with envy
 
My wife just had to have extensive dental treatment, so no hobby money for me for a while...

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