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08-12-2010 10:51 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Gorgin4325

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Just thought I share this info with you guys here...

I'm interested to see how many hardcore Hirobo/JR/Kyosho fans will switch over!

Source: Align's Facebook Page.

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08-12-2010 11:18 AM  8 years agoPost 2
G Steyn

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Now, if Align could only get Alan Szabo to hover again.........

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08-12-2010 12:16 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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This is just what some of us have been waiting for. I expected Align would build a heli for F3C and with money tight for most people it's a great time to launch it

After seeing how well Mark Christy did at this years Euros with his own modified 3D Trex 700 I think this is going to be a very popular option for many of us who won't or cannot pay the price of the high end machines. This heli + the Rave will mean that everyone can afford fully competitive heli's for F3C...and can even afford a backup heli

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08-12-2010 01:42 PM  8 years agoPost 4
joec

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That's great. But the big question is will it fit in a fuse?

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08-12-2010 02:43 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Yeehaanow

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Seems like it would be a good platform for AP/AV too.

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08-12-2010 03:57 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Paul Woodcock

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Hi George

Interesting find......

I might just have to buy one.

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08-12-2010 04:47 PM  8 years agoPost 7
saigon-heli

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I did wonder why Align does not want to make F3C machine. So, this news is the answers. Keep up good work Align!

I just built my Trex 700N LE for FAI F3C practicing purpose, I use all the stock parts, it is quite stable in hover fly(to me). If I use FAI blade & paddle, it should be better.

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08-12-2010 05:52 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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I would have tried the nitro version a long time ago if more gear ratios were available ......

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08-12-2010 08:28 PM  8 years agoPost 9
human213

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hirobo to this?
uh, um, er,

probably,

zero.

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08-12-2010 09:45 PM  8 years agoPost 10
daniele76

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mah, for me change only head, dumper soft , paddles more heavy; will be important to consider if the gear ratio decreased !!

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08-13-2010 04:47 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Santiago P

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hirobo to this?

uh, um, er,

probably,

zero.
You think Hirobo has to answer to that? Have you ever gone to an AMA precission contest in the states? Hirobo helis out-nunbers others 3 or 4 to one.
I'm interested to see how many hardcore Hirobo/JR/Kyosho fans will switch over!
None likely

This maybe nice for newcomers and Align faithfulls, but with all the available E conversions for Freyas, and the proven flight performance of the Vibe SG, I don't see anyone droping their current precission helicopter to get a TRex.

In fact, the current 700 only needs a softer head setup, and a faster tail ratio to be perfectly usefull in F3C.
But in true breakneck fashion, here is the release of yet another Align product. Can't argue with their success.

By the way, Curtis ENV is getting closer to be released, and it showed very well at the Nats.

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08-13-2010 05:26 AM  8 years agoPost 12
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AMA Class 1 was won this year with a Trex 700.

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08-13-2010 06:29 AM  8 years agoPost 13
saigon-heli

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If Align has a pilot like Alain Szabo in 3D to demonstrate this machine then they will have a "big" win again.

Hirobo, JR and Kyosho will be hard to beat Align because of the cost of production unless they change their strategy.

To me, equipment is important but the pilot factor is far more important. I believe that a moderate machine with an exellent pilot surely beats a moderate pilot with an excellent machine.

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08-13-2010 07:42 AM  8 years agoPost 14
spdntckt

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interesting direction..
would be nice if align actually fixed their existing products as well as coming out with new ones... sigh..

at this point i dont see myself buying any more align birds..

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08-13-2010 09:50 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Hati

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Demonstrate an F3C heli in 3D? What sense does that make?

I am in the process of buying a Freya OP III, will be doing the E conversion as I build it. I can tell you that Align wouldn't even come close to be considered for F3C in my books, not for the next 10 years or so. Usually people intending to dabble in F3C are fully aware of the costs involved and do not get into it lightly just because it's fashionable. You go into a precision discipline, the last thing you want is a sloppy heli.

Hirobo and JR have spent years developing and improving their dedicated F3C helis. There is no way an upstart can get close to that.
I would hazard to say that even the ENV is not that precise yet, just Curtis' super human talent makes it look THAT good.

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08-13-2010 01:21 PM  8 years agoPost 16
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I dont see all those who fly AMA-FAI now jumping on the bandwagon for this machine but I like the fact that this will introduce a market price machine for those who want to get into precision flying but dont have 5G's to play with:}. I see this as a giant step forward for the cause!. This style of flying is having a resurgence so i think Aligns timing couldnt be better. If we are lucky other manufactures will follow suit. We had around 40 contestants this year at the nats to prove that point. The gain is great to see.

we just need to see more local promotion of this style of flying like we have done in Ohio this year. This is what it will take to keep the ball rolling. 3 of the top 4 pilots in class 1 were contestants in the Ohio series of contest. congrats to all of them !!!!!!!!!

Tom

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08-13-2010 03:28 PM  8 years agoPost 17
Gorgin4325

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this will introduce a market price machine for those who want to get into precision flying but dont have 5G's to play with
Perfectly said. Align made 3D "affordable", and now they are doing the same thing with F3C. There will always be those who prefer higher-end F3C machines, just like there are in 3D.

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08-13-2010 06:37 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Paul Woodcock

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hi guys

I think this is going to become a very loooooong thread.

I love high end machines, i love Hirobo, JR, Kyosho and all beautiful machines.....

but I have stopped competing in F3C as i now live in a country that has no competitions. I could not justify having 2 top machines just to mess about with, so I sold them off while they were still current so i could get some cash out. I would love to get a new machine just to practice and get my fingers back into F3C. Just for fun. Electric seems like the way to go. This TRex may just be the thing....

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08-14-2010 02:53 AM  8 years agoPost 19
Dr.Ben

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I would hazard to say that even the ENV is not that precise yet, just Curtis' super human talent makes it look THAT good.
That statement is utterly false. Several of the top FAI finishers at the US Nats, including a former F3C WC and at least one of our past world team members, flew Nick Maxwell's FAI model. ALL of them were impressed and said it flew VERY, VERY well.

Ben Minor

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08-14-2010 06:51 AM  8 years agoPost 20
Hati

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That statement is utterly false. Several of the top FAI finishers at the US Nats, including a former F3C WC and at least one of our past world team members, flew Nick Maxwell's FAI model. ALL of them were impressed and said it flew VERY, VERY well.
I'll have to have a chat to the two guys who saw the ENV and had a close look at it when Curtis came over earlier this year.

However I think we both agree that Curtis has more talent/natural ability then most heli drivers around the world, that in turn can make just about anything look good

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