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03-19-2009 07:59 PM  8 years agoPost 21
BJames111

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I agree with you but then again they aren't marketed to flyers with limited hobby incomes.

This is marketed to the sponsored or higher budget RC heli crowd.
and there are still plenty of those types around.

I mean seriously especially down here at my club these guys have MONEY..

there are guys down here with 8+ $5000+ Turbine aircraft sitting in their garages. People have hobby money to spend and alot don't care what it costs..

Is that me? HELL NO..Do I want one.. HELL YES.. can I justify 1500 for a bare airframe.. HELL NO.

But don't underestimate the richer hobbyist. these are the same people that buy Hirobos and don't blink an eye at the cost.
Exactly.

Also MA still sells Plenty of Stratus HR versions for $1250...what's another couple hundred?

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03-19-2009 08:18 PM  8 years agoPost 22
Kinger

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Sharp paintjob.

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03-19-2009 10:55 PM  8 years agoPost 23
miami6

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here is a video form this year at Port Charlotte Fun Fly

of Scott Gray and his Machine

http://tiny url.com/dfc4b3

miami6

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03-20-2009 12:02 AM  8 years agoPost 24
fiordaliso

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We all know that Scott is a great and very very skilled pilot.

But this flight didn`t impress me that much.
A bit unstructured and chaotic.

I don`t know what to think about this new JR baby...
It is well designed when it comes to the actual trend in how to make a modern heli but it could have been made looking a bit sharper.
The Canopy is not bad. And the one of the "old" Vibe 90 wasn`t a winner too. But it looks like an old Grandmother. And it seems to move and fly that way also. Don´t get me wrong...But compared to a T REX 700 Nitro or more, the new MA 90 the Vibe 90SG almost in this vid looks tired, not as snappy as it could be.
Also the engine maybe will see better days.

But that`s just my late night impression...
Let`s wait and see.

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03-20-2009 12:11 AM  8 years agoPost 25
Ghostrider

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I said it once and I will say it again. The SG Vibe was designed for FAI first and 3D second. It's not fast and it's not light. If you watch that video closely, Scott is working hard to make the heli do 3D and so is the motor.

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03-20-2009 12:17 AM  8 years agoPost 26
fiordaliso

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Ghosty,

you are right.
Same philosophy there as with the old Vibe 90.

But the old one seemed to be hotter in 3D than the SG Version.
(I remember some videos of Lukas Riva, Scott Gray and Tareq A.)

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03-20-2009 12:32 AM  8 years agoPost 27
Ghostrider

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Let's just say that somebody that knows the old Vibe 90 like the back of his hand said the new Vibe is slow and heavy and the old Vibe is better for 3D. I wont say who said that but I heard it directly from the horses mouth.

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03-20-2009 08:32 PM  8 years agoPost 28
Futura SE

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On that video of Scott flying he did a tail slide and at the bottom the engine bogged so hard to stop that old girl it almost quit. The new Vibe 90SG is a PIG compared to the 700N!!!

Scott is a world class pilot. No one will argue that. One of my favorites, but that is mainly a FAI machine. I won't be as tactful as Ghostrider. The source he is reffering to is Curtis. He said that flat out. Not hearsay, not on the internet. He said it is more geared towards FAI and he thought is a good FAI machine that 3D is it's second best discipline. I mean Scott is a champion FAI pilot. What part of this seems out of the ordinary???

This discussion is about Nick leaving MA anyway, not the Vibe.

Norman Ross Jr.

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03-20-2009 09:18 PM  8 years agoPost 29
QuickSilver

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Nick Maxwell

They already have his replacement>>> Nathaniel Rice.

Kyle

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03-20-2009 09:50 PM  8 years agoPost 30
mlucia

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Did anyone else notice he has flybar weights on his 700 in that pic?
Rather then expo possibly?

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03-22-2009 10:07 AM  8 years agoPost 31
Santiago P

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Don't get thrown off by the weights, it also has Stubs instead of the stock paddles and the head is been modified. Just a few minor things to his taste. Nick is very keen on having a heli that "tracks" well, as you can see from his high speed sequences. The cool thing is that Curtis lets his pilots do what they want to do. Great employer!

oh, yeah, he does not use expo on his 3D helis.

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03-22-2009 04:48 PM  8 years agoPost 32
mlucia

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and the head is been modified. Just a few minor things to his taste.
Oh? Like what for instance? Interesting.

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03-23-2009 01:36 AM  8 years agoPost 33
Ghostrider

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and the head is been modified. Just a few minor things to his taste.
Oh? Like what for instance? Interesting.
+1 Yes, I would like to know what modifications he has done.

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03-23-2009 02:43 AM  8 years agoPost 34
chopper_crazy

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That would be awesome to say, "I fly R/C Helis for a living, make great money, and travel across the country."

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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03-23-2009 04:13 PM  8 years agoPost 35
Parker Hall

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I was thinking the reason Nick wasn't going to be flying a Vibe was because of his Futaba contract... Does anyone know if he is still flying for them? If he is I can see Futaba not wanting him to fly a JR Vibe. Just my two cents on the subject.

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03-23-2009 04:20 PM  8 years agoPost 36
USNAviationjay

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Um well Futaba doesnt have a heli division. so I don't see the conflict there.
JR Radio and Heli Divisions are 100% separate as well.
as long as his vibe had all Futaba in it I dont see how they would have any issues with it as they don't make helis.

how about them results this weekend.. Nick SHREDDED the LV competition with a 300 point margin to take first =D

nice flying!

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03-23-2009 04:24 PM  8 years agoPost 37
Clarence Creer

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***

JR Radio and Heli Divisions are 100% separate as well.
You may want to research this one. I don't believe that they are seperate anymore.
The following is from an email that I sent to JR and the reply is included:
My question is, is it possible to be a JR team member radio and electronics only?
Thank you for your interest in Team Horizon. To answer your question:
we do not. Our sponsorships encompass all of our products and our
pilots are held tightly to that rule.
Thank you for your inquiry.
Take care,
Jodi

Jodi Knopic
Field Marketing Associate
Horizon Hobby Inc.
217-352-1913

Team Kontronik Team minicopter/PeakAircraft
VTeam EvoPowerBattery

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03-23-2009 04:36 PM  8 years agoPost 38
Santiago P

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On the mods, I rather have Nick talk about them rather than myself, If I get his ok I will post them on the appropiate place. Should have not blurp about it without consulting with him 1st.
That would be awesome to say, "I fly R/C Helis for a living, make great money, and travel across the country."
There is a tremendous amount of dedication and work (for many preceding years) that goes into achieve a position like that.

The last couple of years Nick is been blessed with the opportunity to learn from Tim, Frank Noll, and maybe some others that escape me at the moment, and now he can follow Curtis footsteps under his guidance. This is just the beginning, and he's already a great young man. I wish him all the best.

Santiago "Chago" Panzardi

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03-24-2009 07:01 PM  8 years agoPost 39
merlin3

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btw nick is not with futaba any longer so that doesn't matter, he is strictly powerhelis so he can fly futaba, jr, whatever, heck he flys hitecs in his rave. Also he most likely won't fly the vibe 50 as 90's are his preference. I also believe he isn't too fond of the sg.

Justin - Team Horizon, Team Byron
2-700x, Trex 700n, small helis

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03-24-2009 08:46 PM  8 years agoPost 40
Santiago P

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+1 Yes, I would like to know what modifications he has done.
Flipped grips, delta set to zero, stubs, flybar weights at half mast

The rest is classified and held in a vault at the Pentagon, lol

nah, joking, thats all.

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