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Old 03-19-2009, 11:54 AM
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ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR AIRCRAFT??

I JUST BOUGHT ONE, AND AM CURIOUS IF THERE ARE ANY COMMENTS OUT THERE ...


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Ill keep this simple and sweet,
This is the hands down winner of "The worst mistake you can possibly make " award.
LESS than three minutes of flight time, and still a battery (2200 MaH 4C), purchased from easytiger, puffed up enough to crack the fuselage.
Looks okay, flies horribly, slower than death on a good day, and it's all your fault.
Just call them to complain, you'll see what I mean.
Another "here today, gone tomorrow " outfit.
Forty MPH at full throttle,,, falls out of the sky at the 2/3 rd's throttle they reccomend for "extended flight times".
That's why you can't download the manual online,,,TWOMINUTEFLIGHTTIMES !!!
Don't fall for it. Trust me, I've flown it.
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So Edge 540, how did your SR-71 fly???
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Yikes ! I ordered one last week. The video on the website looks pretty good ..... why would the video on the website differ so much from the actual performance ? We'll see .... I'm up for the challenge ... (or the big dissapointment) ... Bob
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I was worried about that. So far all the model Blackbirds I've seen much of are a bit dissapointing on the speed end. So far I've resisted the urge to get one but it has crossed my mind several times.
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<span style="font-size: small;">I'm curious to see how Edge 540 made out. I haven't heard too many good things about easy tiger models lately.
It only took one experience with their product and their customer support to realize that I would never buy from, or deal with them again.
Avid modelers stick together and communicate with each other their experiences, something that easy tiger models doesn't seem to realize, or they just don't care.
(I'm thinking the latter)

Do your research before you buy, and don't believe everything you see.
In my opinion, You get what you pay for.
Just don't pay easy tiger models for it...
Here today...gone tomorrow.


Edit : The video you saw on their website was a modified version, on a five cell pack, that was also pretty well smoked after that three minute flight. IMHO
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I will second the comments made by ETM-arrived a month lateto the wrong addressnever responded to my emails, issued a chargebackplanes arrived..both wings damagedneither eTM or Lanxiang will do anything about it-both were RTF'spresents for XMAS.
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Pretty simple really, Don't buy It. (The product, or the hype)
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Read a review on it in Fly RC magazine. They pretty much gutted it out and installed Dons Wicked motors, upgraded esc's and Thunder Power 45C batteries to get it to fly right. Way too much hassle for Styrofoam!
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ORIGINAL: Cleared2Engage

Read a review on it in Fly RC magazine. They pretty much gutted it out and installed Dons Wicked motors, upgraded esc's and Thunder Power 45C batteries to get it to fly right. Way too much hassle for Styrofoam!
I already made that mistake on another foamie. [&o] I probably could have bought a low end turbine for what i have invested in these foamie things. [>:]

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PROBLEMS WITH EASYTIGER MODELS
I received my March edition of Model Aviation in mid February like most of you, and was happy to see good coverage of EDF jets inside of it. I enjoyed the E-Jets article and noticed the three Easytiger Model pictures presented within the article. I went on to read Michael Ramsey's review of Easytiger Models F-117 (page 52). I've always loved the look of this aircraft and after reading the article became very interested in owning this one. I've also always wanted a model SR-71 but everything I've ever read told me the aircraft didn't fly well in model form until now. Michael's review convinced me to check out Easytiger Models website about ordering these aircraft.
On Wednesday February 24 2010 I called Easytiger Models and spoke with Curtis Mattikow who claimed to be the owner of Easytiger Models. He told me he had both models in stock and we settled on a price of $550 for both models with free shipping. He said the F-117 would ship priority mail but the SR-71 was too big for priority mail and would have to ship regular post. I asked if he could get those out that day and he told me they had a snow storm and it might be as late as Friday 2-26 before they'd ship. I noticed within an hour of the call, my credit card had been charged $550 by Easytiger Models. On Friday 2-26 I called to order another aircraft, (my grandson had seen the Flying Shark in the Model Aviation article and about had a fit for "us" to have one) I could not reach Curtis by phone. I tried again several times on Saturday 2-27 and again Monday morning 3-1. Each time I called I received a message from the phone company saying "The party you're trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time, will you please try your call again later" I called the phone company and a young lady told me that two things can cause this message.
1. The person you're calling has blocked your phone number
2. The person you're calling has had their phone turned off for non-payment.
I asked if problems with the phone company such as weather could cause the problem and she said "No sir, problems with things such as weather would produce other error messages, not that one".
A couple of years ago I got burned by an Asian company that folded up after they got my money. The first sign of trouble then was phones that didn't work anymore... A knot pulled up in my stomach...
I called the AMA that Monday morning 3-1-10 in hopes that maybe they had another way to communicate with Easytiger Models. I spoke with a very nice young lady who told me they'd have someone call me back as soon as possible. I called twice more that morning only to receive that same message. I tried again sometime after lunch and finally I got an answering machine! I've never been so excited to leave a message! About 10 minutes later Curtis called back claiming to not know who I was. I asked why the phone was off and he said it wasn't. I explained to him that I'd placed an order on the Wednesday before and wanted to know if it shipped and he said it did. About 30 minutes later Michael Ramsey, the editor of Model Aviation called me and asked if I'd heard from Curtis of Easytiger Models and was everything fine now. I figured he'd called Curtis about me and told Curtis to call me and then he checked on me. Anyway, I told Michael that Curtis had called me and said the models were on the way although I didn't know when they shipped and when to expect them. He told me to be patient that New York had had a bad snow storm that caused problems with the phones up there... I felt better for now. I called Curtis back and ordered the Flying Shark for my Grandson. I asked him if he could give me free shipping like the other two and he told me he'd throw in a free battery. I told him I didn't need that battery and he said he'd give me free shipping if I'd call Michael and apologize for my phone call to the AMA. I told him that I'd already talked to Michael and that I didn't need to apologize to anyone about this. I explained to Curtis why I called AMA and was nervous. I asked again for the total charge to the card and he said $179.95. An hour later he had charged my card for $203. I guess the extra $23.05 was for shipping, I don't know. I tried to sit back and be patient about this order. In the meantime I ordered new batteries and receivers and such for all three aircraft from a couple of different companies and all that came in a few days later. On Tuesday 3-9-10 while at home with pneumonia and no sign of any of the models I ordered, I decided to do what I normally do before ordering anything from a company new to me, I searched both RCG and RCU forums for both Easytiger Models and ETM and what I found really, really put a knot in my stomach.
I found one after another problem with Curtis and Easytiger Models posted on both RCU and RCG. In fact I found that Curtis had been banned from both forums! Apparently he has a history of lying to customers and then when they complain about him on the forums he attacks them there. On one thread I found where a guy had said there were many links to Curtis online, I posted a message asking the guy to send me links to these complaints.

On Wednesday 3-10-10 a package arrived at my home. I noticed that it had been shipped on 3-4-10 but when I opened the box up I found the flying shark not the F-117 and SR-71. I called Curtis and asked why I had received the Flying Shark first when it was mailed many days later. Without answering the question he began to rant about how he saw me badmouthing him on RCG for no reason after he gave me this great deal with free batteries and shipping and such. I told him that I hadn't asked for nor needed his batteries and that he offered the free shipping up front. Again I asked why I hadn't received the F-117 and he said he shipped them both regular post since "he had given me such a great deal he couldn't afford priority shipping" I told him he told me the F-117 would come priority mail while the SR-71 wouldn't fit under the priority mail size and he said he didn't say that and then started screaming at me "they're on the way OK? they're on the way!" I tried to talk calmly to him but he'd just scream over me. I told him "Curtis, on our first conversation I told you that I'm very interested in buying your giant scale Bearcat and electric motor package in the next couple of weeks and now after buying 3 aircraft and looking at buying an aircraft and motor package worth over $2500, you 're going to talk to me like this???? And he just kept on screaming and talking over me. I've dealt with guys like Curtis before in business and it's usually not good. These guys behave like this to overcome getting stuck in a corner of lies. He finally got me really upset and I told him that I was going to call the AMA to complain and I hung up on him and did call the AMA. I spoke with a really nice guy named Jim Cherry who is the Executive Director of AMA. He listened to my story and told me he'd work on it. He also asked me to call him when the other two aircraft came in. I appreciated his time. A couple of hours after my call to the AMA, Curtis called back and left a message on my voice mail. In it he said that he was going to refund my $550 and that when the package arrived, he wanted me to refuse the shipment. If I didn't, he was going to have to charge my credit card again. And finally he said that he didn't want my business... (trust me, he doesn't have to worry about that!)
It's now Sunday 3-14-10 (18 days after ordering the aircraft) and I haven't seen the package or the refund and don't know when I will. I do believe the package is on the way, just not when Curtis said he'd sent it. And really the slow shipping wasn't the first time I've been though that, the rude screaming and lying is what upset me. I'm not used to getting screamed at while trying to spend money and do business. The guy has a real anger management problem!
Here's my problems with the AMA in this. I'm a grown man and I should have known better than to order from a company that I didn't know without first checking them out on the forums. Had I done this, I would have NEVER ordered anything from Curtis Mattikow and Easytiger Models after finding all the complaints about Curtis or his "company". It's my fault that I let my guard down because I read the review in Model Aviation the official magazine for the AMA. I realize that Model Aviation can't be responsible for every ad placed in their magazine but I guess I thought the editor would "check out" a company before reviewing and recommending their products. There are now thousands of AMA readers who've read this edition of Model Aviation and might be incorrectly influenced regarding this company. It's alarming to me that others may subjected to Curtis Mattikow's poor treatment of customers as a result of Model Aviations failure to screen it's reviews first. It's this single concern that has me writing this now. I don't want anyone else burned by this guys bad behavior!
Harry McWilliams

Just a quick update. I still have not received the 2 aircraft I ordered from Easytiger Models (F-117 & SR-71). As I stated in an earlier post, I did receive the Flying Shark last week. I don't expect to receive the MIA aircraft either because I don't think Curtis ever mailed them. I did receive a $550 credit from Easytiger Models to my account on Tuesday though. In a voicemail Curtis left me on the 10th, he said he was going to refund my money and "when" the package arrived just refuse it or otherwise he'd have to charge my credit card again. Now do you really think Curtis would refund my money while a package is in transit... of course not! Fact is, he never mailed them. Also, he told me he had shipped the F-117 Priority Mail and the SR-71 regular post and in the voicemail he says to refuse "THE" package. So which was it, one or two packages Curtis? LIES, LIES, LIES! I'm disappointed that I won't be receiving the aircraft (I've got 4 new batteries that I have no home for now) but I'm glad that I got my money back. I believe my phone calls to the AMA ensured that would happen.

Michael211, I did talk to Michael Ramsey (Editor of Model Aviation) Wednesday morning. We talked for quite some time, and though I didn't agree with some of his opinions, we had a very good chat. I do like Michael and I do appreciate his hard work and enjoy his articles and I will continue to read his work in Model Aviation. However, I will always be careful of anything I read in that magazine from now on.

We differ in opinion in two areas.
1. I feel it's the reviewer's responsibility to check out any company whose models they are reviewing.
Michael said he is only reporting on the model itself, not the company.
2. I feel the forums are a good place to research companies. If the company has a problem with product or customer support, you'll usually see the complaints on the forums. Now I understand that you can't always trust what you read on the forums but if you see enough on a company (and believe me, there are PLENTY on Curtis and Easytiger) you should be VERY careful about dealing with that company. And the fact that Curtis is banned from both RCU & RCG speaks volumes on the man.
Michael says he doesn't do any research on the companies whose products he reviews. And he certainly doesn't trust anything he see's on the forums. I asked him how he knew Easytiger was legit and he said he has worked with Curtis before and never had a problem with him. Of course he's never had a problem with him before! Michael is the editor of the AMA's magazine! Curtis will bend over backwards to please Michael. Look what it's done for him... he received star coverage in March's edition of the magazine!

I invited Michael to call a couple of people he knows that have good knowledge of Curtis and the games he plays. I sincerely hope he will take the time to do that. I filled his ear with a great deal of information and if he places those calls they will reinforce what I told him. I have hopes that he will change his position on these two VERY important points. I do believe it's the AMA's responsibility to protect us from harm whenever possible and rethinking these points could go a long way to doing just that.

You guys can help with your voices as well. If you agree with me, you can contact the AMA at any level you feel comfortable with. Let them know your opinions on this matter. All I ask is that you don't turn this into a Michael Ramsey bashing. I feel Michael is a good guy and I'd like to see him continue with his work. I just believe he and the AMA need to rethink their policy on advertisers and reviews to protect their members.
Harry
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I am so GLAD I saw this!!! I was thinking about one of these based on the review in MA....BUT....I do not really care for or trust many of the reviews and editors/contributors who do the reviews. I am a long time glow/gas flyer,modeller and only dabble in the electric stuff a little. I have been thinking of an EDF lately and want something that performs....at least what I consider performs (~150 mph). I have seen many electrics (prop and EDF's) that can barely get off the ground or stay in the air and was worried about that with this SR71. I did know that this jet would not get anywhere close to the speed I mentioned earlier but i was thinking if it even flew "comfortably" that it would be fun for the "cool factor" alone. I guess not.

I have a few "mid priced" electric pyloners and a hotliner that move pretty good but they should...considering the money invested. I guess thats the bottom line....You get what you pay for!! I do realize that "good" electric performance can be had for 2-300 bucks but this SR71 sounds like it is not one of them. I was thinking of probably having to spend at least two to three times that to get close to what I was thinking about so I know I'm comparing apples to oranges.

I'm just greatful sites like this one exist to get some honest feedback by flyers/modellers who aren't satisfied with a plane that "barely stays in the air".

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I didn't have a radar gun at the field that day, but I would be very surprised if it hit 45 M.P.H. at full throttle with the gear up and the recommended battery. (purchased from easytigermodels)

Anything less than three-quarter throttle and you better drop the gear and line it up... because it's coming down.
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Nice to see so many unhappy customers posting the truth about vendors.

New members do not realize this is a very important part of enjoying modeling.

Keep up the bad vendors posts.

I post about my great dealings with BP Hobbies & All E RC .

I am a pain in the butt, as I am slightly ?? senile.
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Wow! That's quite a story....I won't even THINK about purchasing anything from them now....
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I have a ?ion is the EASYTIGER SR-71 BLACKBIRD and the BlitzRCWorks SR-71 Blackbird the same bird?

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yep, made by the same company in China.
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I too bought an Easy Tiger SR-71 Blackbird. After three months of constant emailing an calling to get the status of my shipment they said it went to the wrong address and I need to go to the post office to find it. I had given them my new address but they shipped it to my old address. So finally I get the plane, but none of the two batteries Iordered. It was another month to get them and they were not as good as the batterieis Ireally ordered. Customer service if you call it that was absloutley terrible! Never again from those people.
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Curtis (AKA Easytiger) has been banned from posting here on RCU and just about every other RC Forum.  He doesn't play well with others.</p>
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Read a review on it in Fly RC magazine. They pretty much gutted it out and installed Dons Wicked motors, upgraded esc's and Thunder Power 45C batteries to get it to fly right. Way too much hassle for Styrofoam!
In a way, I blame that on all the people who want everything RTF these days. It's difficult to get bare airframes anymore, and build them as you want to. That's the only way I care to do it. Not a problem though, as it's just made even more of a scratch builder out of me. All the RTF vendors are competing closely, as the bottom dollar, and not quality is seemingly the main issue with customers. Battery and gear issues seem to be across the board problems, with RTF foamies, and not vendor specific.
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Bill, have you checked Hobby-Lobby, NitroPlanes, and even HobbyKing lately?....They are all offering a much larger selection of ARF foamies, without electronics![sm=teeth_smile.gif]

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