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Old 06-24-2018, 01:22 PM
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Never say NEVER.......
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:03 PM
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ok highly unlikely!
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by wantitbad View Post
they have to make it appear hard to get so they can charge $999 for it . If it sold for $749 like all other TF giant warbirds it would be hard to keep in stock . I do want one but Iíll never pay $999 for it .
Iím sorry, I donít buy your cynical view here. You really think they are making intentional delays for appearances to justify the price? Unfortunately, we can only speculate about why the delays are occurring, but Iím sure theyíd rather make a sale than try to fabricate some scheme to justify a price hike. This plane has some design feature upgrades beyond any of the other Top Flite offerings.

I have one paid for and on pre-order through my local hobby shop. Waiting patiently and working on my Top Flite Zero.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:27 AM
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you are right that was quite cynical! I saw this plane at Toledo and aside from the nav lights it looks like all the other giant TF arfís which I love by the way I own
fw190
corsair
spitfire
mustang
both P47ís
60 size p47
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so i have no problem with TF , I just question the worth of this one but That is relative to the desire
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by wantitbad View Post
they have to make it appear hard to get so they can charge $999 for it . If it sold for $749 like all other TF giant warbirds it would be hard to keep in stock . I do want one but Iíll never pay $999 for it .
Having been on the inside of the industry, this just isnít how it works. Bryan McLarty is right, they would much rather make the sale than delay.

The conspiracy talk on the RC forums makes me both laugh and cry. The industry isnít big enough nor are any of the players sophisticated enough to be that devious. The people in the industry, even the big players, are just people trying to survive in a difficult business climate. And there are real people behind the development of these products, usually a single developer whoís poured 18-24 months of his life into making this product real. After announcing a product, and especially after it hits the market, itís really hard to watch the armchair engineers take their shots, nit-picking every little detail. Makes me think of a certain Teddy Roosevelt quote about being in the battle.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:02 AM
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Very true, and well said. The armchair engineers/Monday morning quarterbacks are quite pathetic.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:17 AM
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Iím neither an arm chair quaterback or arm chair engineer Im simply a guy that builds and flys rc warbirds. My dad used to say opinions are like buttholes everybody has one and everybodyís stinks !
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by David Eichstedt View Post


Having been on the inside of the industry, this just isnít how it works. Bryan McLarty is right, they would much rather make the sale than delay.

The conspiracy talk on the RC forums makes me both laugh and cry. The industry isnít big enough nor are any of the players sophisticated enough to be that devious. The people in the industry, even the big players, are just people trying to survive in a difficult business climate. And there are real people behind the development of these products, usually a single developer whoís poured 18-24 months of his life into making this product real. After announcing a product, and especially after it hits the market, itís really hard to watch the armchair engineers take their shots, nit-picking every little detail. Makes me think of a certain Teddy Roosevelt quote about being in the battle.
Dave:
Having been on the inside of the retailer, what kinds of issues are common for delays and multiple pushbacks for release dates? Iím not asking you to figure out THE REASON for the holdup, but Iím sure you can shed some light on common things that could be the hold up.

My local hobby shop manager said that in a phone conversation with Top Flite, Great Planes, Towerizon or whoever she talked to about it, she commented that the plane gets built in China and then sent to the US. Once itís here, something is added to the kit. Perhaps the hardware package? I think Top Flite includes all quality, name brand fasteners, control horns, pushrods, etc. that may all be produced here and then added. The fact that Hobbico has seen its demise, is it possible that these items are in short supply or unable to be manufactured? Just some thinking...
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:26 PM
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Delays can be anything from production mistakes to shipping issues. Usually at the factories they like to be involved in supplying everything including the hardware from my experience. They might be adding the instruction manual here after a quick QC check, could be a printing delay or correction. We used to check all our products and make sample inspections. Sometimes we had to add something to the product box even if it was just an inspection seal before we shipped product.
Shipping by sea takes 20 days but customs can be difficult and especially if they combined shipping in the container.

So who knows what the delays are, it’s not unusual, but to save face the company should be keeping the info coming and provide realistic dates.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:34 PM
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One thing to remember is that there is now a trade war going on with China. This COULD MEAN that the price we see for ARFs may be going up. Since we don't know exactly what is on the tariff "hit list" the prices are going to be in question until everything stabilizes later this year.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
One thing to remember is that there is now a trade war going on with China. This COULD MEAN that the price we see for ARFs may be going up. Since we don't know exactly what is on the tariff "hit list" the prices are going to be in question until everything stabilizes later this year.
This article may explain the delivery delay!

https://www.suasnews.com/2018/04/ame...rone-industry/

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]So many parts of the drone and model aircraft food chain are covered, that it can only drive up the cost for end users. At the moment a 25% tariff is being put forward for consideration.[/COLOR]

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Old 08-06-2018, 01:00 PM
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Pre-orders are open on Horizon web site now.
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:07 PM
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Andy, do you have one coming?

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Old 08-06-2018, 04:08 PM
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Not as of yet, though my flying buddy ordered one so I'm sure I'll get to the do maiden and fly it whenever I feel like
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:26 PM
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I ordered one.
Noticed they moved UP the expected arrival date back to Mid-August from late August. Thatís got to be a good sign!
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:19 AM
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In stock now....get'um while they're hot.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:06 AM
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I would like to know if 90cc Saito radial will fit.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:41 AM
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Pictures I'm sure someone has one need one more plane
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The 90cc fits in my Corsair, I dont have a direct comparison but I'd be surprised if it doesn't fit. I'll ping the product developer in a little while, he's on my Facebook and see what he says
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:49 AM
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Looking at it at the Toledo Show, and having the Saito. I don't think it's going to fit. They had the T/F Hellcat sitting by the Horizon 60cc Corsair, and the Corsair's cowl is bigger.
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Confirmed that it will NOT fit.
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This diagram was posted in RC Groups a while ago. The FG90 R3 engine is 250mm diameter, or 9.84 inches diameter, or 9 - 27/32" diameter.

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Guys, the Hellcat arrived. Canít wait to get it all unwrapped. If you are familiar with the added fuse weights on the TF FW-190, the ones on the Hellcat are substantially heavier. Be careful as you lift the fuse out of the box. At this point it is really, really nose heavy.

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What a beauty! If there is a wrinkle in the covering, I canít find it. Great job with the covering around the compound curves. A few minor dents in the wing center section but I can get those out.

The pre installed flaps, ailerons and elevators are spot on. Aligned perfectly, well glued, articulate smoothly.

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The cowl looks very nice but the fiberglass is a little thinner that Iím used to from Top Flite models.
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Pictures!! or it did not happen
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