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It's back! After a long time away Multiplex have re-acquired the Alpina name and are releasing a new all moulded 4m version, the Alpina Carbotec. This time it's manufactured by Tomahawk Aviation and is priced at 1200 Euros in electric and unpowered versions...

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There is also a smaller 3.3m one with a T tail (again in electric and pure sailplane), the Antaris… (880 Euros)

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At these prices I think they could be pretty popular, especially if the Tangent quality issues have been sorted out.

RCGroups thread here...

 

 

 

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pete beadle
1 hour ago, wookman said:

All moulded Multiplex Alpina, what's not to like!

Hi wookman

The price(s)...

For me, the Alpina was always a simple, relatively inexpensive, easy to build, easy to repair, Big 'Un:thumbsup: Neither of these fill that bill for me:(:no:

and, when will they learn to spell - ANTARES!!!!

Sorry,  call me a Luddite if you will. Over the years I've had FIVE Alpinas, they're lovely, smooth and easy to fly to fly, iconic, high-end sportsters....don't think I'll be saving up my pennies to buy this new one though 

Still, good luck to them, at least they're trying!

Regards

Pete

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1 hour ago, pete beadle said:

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and, when will they learn to spell - ANTARES!!!!

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Pete, They probably can spell 'Antares' but that's not the name of the model.

(sorry - cheap shot)

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3 hours ago, pete beadle said:

Hi wookman

The price(s)...

For me, the Alpina was always a simple, relatively inexpensive, easy to build, easy to repair, Big 'Un:thumbsup: Neither of these fill that bill for me:(:no:

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when was an Alpina or for that matter anything Multiplex ever inexpensive Pete  🙂

My Alpina in 1982 cost the equivalent of a thousand Euro's now

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One of my flying buddies from years ago had Mk 1 Alpina that I drooled over a good bit more than I should have. Closest I got back in the early eighties to owning one was looking at the adverts! They were EXPENSIVE. I am now lucky enough to have two Mk1s, a flyer and a resto. Total cost under half what a kit would have cost in the eighties. They are iconic for good reason, they are very very good. But then you all know that. If the quality is there then is 1200 quid expensive? Well yes but it is more a question of value for money. For a 4m machine with that sort of pedigree there will be some who will consider it an absolute bargain. If they turn out to be that good I will buy a second hand one in a few years time. No rush, I have got two Mk1s to ware out first. 

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Hi all

MANY years ago I remember standing next to Sean Bannister on the West Face  of Ivinghoe Beacon while he was putting the first (Mark One) Alpina review model in the UK through its paces....it was literally awe-inspiring. When he finished his tour de force flight by s-l-o-w-l-y axial rolling the big beast across the face of the Beacon I realised I was now standing in a group of flyers, who had all stopped flying to stand and watch, in total silence as Sean showed us all what the Alpina could do

The Alpina had real presence and, I seem to remember Sean said later that the price on the Alpina's box was around £150.00. I don't know how to work out what that price was in "today's money" but I do know that several of the flyers who watched that day were fully prepared to pay a LOT more than the price on the box to get their hands on one.:yes:

Even today, I stand and watch someone who can fly an Alpina well in preference to flying myself.....and so do many others.....it is the dictionary definition of iconic....and yet I  just don't want to own a fully-moulded one....odd isn't it?!

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Pete

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1 hour ago, wookman said:

One of my flying buddies from years ago had Mk 1 Alpina that I drooled over a good bit more than I should.... 

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Would be good if both wings were the same length though, don't you think? Who wants to turn left all day? 

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1 hour ago, pete beadle said:

Even today, I stand and watch someone who can fly an Alpina well in preference to flying myself.....and so do many others.....it is the dictionary definition of iconic....and yet I  just don't want to own a fully-moulded one....odd isn't it?!

Robbe seem to have that angle covered - their Calima is pretty much the original Alpina format (4m, glass fuse, foam wing, crosstail) and significantly cheaper, though the scheme is pretty hideous.

It appears some of these models are made by Tomahawk too - their Cyclone certainly is...

 

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Just got off the phone with West London Models who had listed the Alpina for pre-order; apparently they have been told by Perkins (Mpx’s UK distributor) that these models will be direct sales only from Mpx in Germany. They didn’t know anything about the mysterious missing listing on the Mpx site though...

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pete beadle

Hi MattyB and all

So, Alpina Carbotec 4M at E1199 plus current exchange rate to Sterling, plus postage/carrier freight charge(s), without distributor/spares stockist in the UK ...... what a fine time to leave the EU:yes::(

Hey ho!

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Pete

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11 hours ago, pete beadle said:

Hi MattyB and all

So, Alpina Carbotec 4M at E1199 plus current exchange rate to Sterling, plus postage/carrier freight charge(s), without distributor/spares stockist in the UK ...... what a fine time to leave the EU:yes::(

Hey ho!

It’s a 4m span, all moulded, extensively carbon reinforced glider - how much do you expect it to cost? Yes the old one was cheaper (though I don’t believe it was ever £150 as you posted above), but that was a foam core wing - if that is what you want just buy the Robbe which is a chunk cheaper. It’s much fairer to compare the Alpina to an all moulded F3F or J model, and there it looks pretty good value - a UK sourced Pike or similar F3X model is substantially more with no better spares availability...

https://www.flightech.co.uk/f3j-slope-models/

https://www.flightech.co.uk/f5j-electric-models/

You are right about the EU bit though - if I want one of these I will definitely be ordering it this side of Xmas.

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Hi MattyB

2 hours ago, MattyB said:

It’s much fairer to compare the Alpina to an all moulded F3F or J model, and there it looks pretty good value - a UK sourced Pike or similar F3X model is substantially more with no better spares availability...

I'm sorry but I disagree. I would have no problem paying £1500 - £2,000 possibly even more, for a model designed to compete successfully in F3F, F3J  or F5J competitions (If I HAD the money that is) BUT the Alpina Carbotec is NOT capable of placing in these competitions, it's a "high-end sport" model and doesn't claim to be anything else

"How much do I expect it to cost?" I really don't care, as it's so far down my list of "must haves" - (including  a £900.00 Ellipse V in that list)  - that it  wouldn't even appear in my Top 50 so, luckily, it's never going to bother me one IOTA- as in - "It's Only Toy Aeroplanes" of course:)

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Pete

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46 minutes ago, pete beadle said:

Hi MattyB

I'm sorry but I disagree. I would have no problem paying £1500 - £2,000 possibly even more, for a model designed to compete successfully in F3F, F3J  or F5J competitions (If I HAD the money that is) BUT the Alpina Carbotec is NOT capable of placing in these competitions, it's a "high-end sport" model and doesn't claim to be anything else

"How much do I expect it to cost?" I really don't care, as it's so far down my list of "must haves" - (including  a £900.00 Ellipse V in that list)  - that it  wouldn't even appear in my Top 50 so, luckily, it's never going to bother me one IOTA- as in - "It's Only Toy Aeroplanes" of course:)

Regards

Pete

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Then its a good job you are not the only one buying models Pete!

My £900 Ellipse went quite quickly in the end.

At least someone understood the value of a classic.

Steve

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Hi SteveH

You've probably forgotten, or maybe not seen, my previous comment on your ad for the Ellipse, where I said it was "only a tad" too much at £900 pounds:yes:.....I was going to comment there but was stopped, quite correctly, by Austin

The main thing is, you sold it and you got the price you wanted:thumbsup:

1 hour ago, SteveH said:

At least someone understood the value of a classic.

Anyone care to share their view(s) on the price of the classic Cirrus currently being advertised for £350.00 ONO?  No?

Regards

Pete

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