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Vigor CS ReduxSince Curtis finished down from the top this year and, having watched the price drop on Vigor CS', I seriously believe JR will come out with something more competitive in the 3D world very soon. I also suspect that, if they want to keep Youngblood flying for them, they will do a total redesign and not a makeover, strictly for the 90 size engines, incorporating a number of Curtis' innovations. Personally, I am a Vigor nut, but, in the same breath, I have to admit that the Fury is one helluva' challenger, if not the better of the two aircraft. The current potential for the Vigor CS, although well beyond my capabilities, is due for a complete redesign with both lower weight and price. Blades, engines and fuel system components have out-paced the Vigor in technology insertion and I think the Vigor airframe is about at its limit for the serious, nimble-thumbed 3D artist.
Another interesting fact was the complete drought on Vigor kits about two to three months ago. For some reason, the availability, with the exception of a couple of retailers who had good stock levels, on the Vigor CS completely went away. That was at about the same time that the price started coming down and combos with the Vigor CS and OS-90 could be ordered for $1100 and change. Maybe the combos and price drop were just the ticket to get folks to buy, however even Horizon was out.
I have 4 Vigors at this point and my favorite combination is the Vigor CS with the belt drive tail rotor. I really hope the Vigor, as a model, stays around because, from my standpoint, it is a solid aircraft. Having come back into the hobby at a late stage, I seriously doubt that I will ever get into heavy 3D flight, however the wide range of size and handling characteristics, and the availability of a wide range of upgrades make it pleasing for my aging eyes and "not-so-nimble" anymore thumbs. Since I enjoy building almost as much as I do flying, I also like the ability to customize the aircraft to my own abilities with after-market upgrades.
One last thought on, what I think will become a true classic in R/C helicopter history, the Vigor properly set up makes an outstanding beginner's aircraft, especially for us'n folks with advancing CSS (can't see stuff). My first aircraft and the one that I will also always remain very fond of is the Voyager 50, however flying the Vigor is so much more easy, specifically because of he size difference. Somewhat pricey for a starter aircraft, the Vigor set up with a limited pitch range and soften handling characteristics is a stable, forgiving beginner's platform. I realize that the 30's and 50's are cheaper to do damage control on and that's fine for those who can see them and maintain orientation at altitude, however when you can't tell for sure whether the aircraft is coming or going, until it impacts terra firma, then nothing is cheap.
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