More than 1 out of 2 models in our club is made by Align. Impressive, but also a bit boring.
Fortunately I have had 2 experiences lately, which I am certain will allow room for some other manufactures. So there is still hope for a bit of variation.
First experience was at 3D Masters this year. I was fortunate enough to see Bobby Watts and Timothy from MA take off the canopy of the new MA prototype machine. It has no name yet, but that was not required to catch some attention in the air, and concenring its internal design, it certainly also caught some attention. High quality as usual, but also very innovative design. New ways to use carbon fiber and extremely compact. It will undoubtably be very exiting to check it out.
Second experience was at the club where a friend showed up with a Vibe 50. Incredible quality and looks. In the air incredible sound of the mechanics, but most importantly its flight characteristics gave me the same feelings I get when flying my Dyna X after my Trex 600. Superb tracking, which really give you extra confidence. Its YS50 on 30% made it impossible to see that the model is heavier than the Trex. Awesome power.
Still, Align has done a great job for this hobby. Not only fun models, but also pushing prices down everywhere. Just saw you can now get a Millinium 90SE for 590euro and a Dyna for 899euro. That is amazing.
So Align for the ‘Smack’, and the others for those extra great inflight experiences.