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 Post subject: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:05 pm 
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Chris,

What do you think of the E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF that was just announced?

I've been thinking about dabbling with a "warmliner"... I have no sailplane experience. Strictly 3D airplanes and helis.


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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:32 pm 
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Hmm... it seems OK, if a bit expensive for a non-molded wing. For comparison, the Wilco / Tiger like I fly (1.6m) is fully molded and lists for $375:
http://www.espritmodel.com/wilco-f5b-hotliner-arf.aspx

It does look like the Allusive would be easy to assemble, with better access to the radio equipment than the Wilco.

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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:14 am 
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Thanks Chris.

Newbie question - does your Wilco hotliner slow down? Or is it always fast?

I guess I'm looking for whatever has the widest speed envelope and can still thermal.


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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:17 am 
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I guess "slow down" is a relative term. It doesn't like to go really slow, but it WILL thermal. You just can't work the really small thermals, and you keep your speed up while circling.

I suspect the Allusive would slow down and thermal better than the Wilco. And I thought of another thing: It would also be easier to repair after a mishap...

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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:45 am 
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And then there's the power system - the Allusive will use a standard 150g outrunner, 3S2200 batts, and 40A ESC (all of which I already have).

With the Wilco I'm looking at a 4S setup - 70A ESC, inrunner (Neu's are pricey!), and gearbox.


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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:56 am 
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Yep, no doubt the Allusive is more "everyman" than the Wilco. It has some good features...

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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:30 am 
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What do you think of the lack of flaps or spoilers? Would flaperons or spoilerons be useful?

Since I have no fast planes and no sailplanes that can thermal I'm looking for a fun sport plane that can do a mix of the two. Doesn't have to excel at either.


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 Post subject: Re: E-flite Allusive 2.2m ARF
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:43 am 
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I use spoilerons on the Wilco, and they work great. It would never land without them! :lol:

I'd say the Allusive would fit that goal perfectly then.

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