Horizon Hobby pulls me back in:
I mean, come on, how am I supposed to not buy a mini V-22 that I can fly in my back yard and can be transported in the box it came in?https://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/horizonhobby/EFL9650_a16
Yes, there is a bit of a ‘cheat’ with the third fan on the back, but the only other alternative would be to have a full blown cyclic rotor system in the pods, and that would be way too expensive and impractical.
In fact, there has been an Osprey on the market (or at least was) that’s built that way, has about a 30” IIRC, and cost ~$2k, as it’s basically two 500 scale RC heli kits bolted together with a trick flight controller to keep it all in sync. To get a scale body for it, it’s about another $500.
Edit: found link: http://www.rotormast.com/en/
This one costs 10% of that, so I’d say it’s compromises are justified.https://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/horizonhobby/EFL9650_PP_Header?$Default$
I mean, they aren’t wrong…