Blade Chromo

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Aug 262015
 

Horizon Hobby UK kindly sent me their latest Blade Mutlirotor to test, namely the Blade Chromo.
  

It comes in 4 versions,

1. Bind & Fly to any Spektrum DSMx Transmitter, go pro ready mount

2. Bind & Fly to any Spektrum DSMx Transmitter, with Cgo2 1080p Camera/gimbal installed

3. Ready to Fly with Yuneec ST10 colour display/touch screen Tx, with Cgo2 1080p Camera/gimbal installed

4. Ready to Fly with Yuneec ST10 colour display/touch screen Tx, with Cgo3 4K Camera/gimbal installed (soon to be released)

I have the RtF Cgo2 version to test. 

Eflite Pulse 15e

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Jul 232015
 

Eflite have come out with a Z foam version of their iconic Pulse design. Taking the superb sports model platform adding AS3X in the form of the AR636 and combining it in a lightweight yet rigid z foam airframe can only lead to success!

The build was as per normal straight forward to say the least, a low component count, quick build techniques and a level of pre-assembly that is staggering at this price point, have this airframe together in a matter of minutes.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
The Test Flight.

With the build complete the test flight was next on the agenda. Using the recommended 3s3200 the airframe balancing perfectly. With a quick range check completed it was ready for the air. A short takeoff run had the pulse airborne with no trimming requirement. I was quickly encouraged to push the pulse through some aerobatics and you instantly flew confident with such a gentle flying aeroplane! 

With no vices basic acrobatics are very straight forward. The pulse would make a perfect 2 or 3 model! On the next flight I mechanically adjusted for more throw and that’s adds that bit more response without compromise for the more experienced pilot!

   
    
    
   
Thanks to Horizon again for another great product go test!

Matthew

Eflite Rarebear

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Jul 172015
 

Eflite have introduced to the market the Rare Bear scale racer. Based on the popular full scale pylon racer the Eflite version comes officially licensed in the 2014 WC scheme, it incorporates Carbon Z & AS3x technology to make a very light and strong air frame, with the stability that only a gyro Can give.

The need for the gyro isn’t vital but at speeds in excess of 100mph it just adds that peace of mind that your equipment is working for you not against!

The build was very straight forward, 30mins and I was ready for a test flight! One thing I noticed was the quality of the finish, the paint applied to these foam aircraft has improved so much in the last few years, almost perfect!

   
    
    
    

I elected to use Eflite 4s 3200 30c packs I had in my battery collection, they have seen a lot of usage in habu’s etc but will do until I get some newer fresher ones! The recommended pack is a 4s 3300mah 50c

Ready to fly!   

   
The little whipit was used to Warm my arm up for the launch! Lol!

Test Flight

The test flight took place at a field near our house just before dark, with a good strong launch the RareBear raced away and felt instantly locked in. Speed soon built up even on my old pack, the turn felt really nice and the plane looked really scale like in the air! On a low fast past the top speed felt and looked fast, slowly things down and the rear bear feels equally as smooth and responsive, you do need to keep the speed up a little on the final turn on approach,  but it’s not too bad and you have to remember it’s a racer!

All in all I’m very impressed and have flown several packs through it now, each time I enjoy it more and more!

Please excuse the phone quality pics, thanks to my wife Lisa for taking them, it’s next to impossible to snap a 100mph racer on an iPhone but she managed it!!

   
    
   

   
   

Quick clip from test flight!


Thanks to Horzion for the review, I will get some new Optipower Lipos and it should really sing!

Matthew

Eflite Slick 3D

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May 132015
 

Ive had this project for a while and just never got a chance to start it. I took an evening and set to work on it, 4hours later I was ready for the air!

Below are some pics of the build. My overall impression of the kit is as usual Eflite quality improves kit by kit, so many simple touches that make a build so straight forward.

   Typically colourful box!

  Well packaged & protected whilst shipping.

  All new equipment for this one, stuck with recommended power plant, the Park 480 (1020kv) & 40amp Pro Lite ESC. Also the new spectrum A3030 servos.

 The box Emptied, as you’ll see each part is bagged.

  First job is to fit SFG. The holes pre-drilled, they just needed the self tapping screw to thread the insert in wing tip, some cyano to harden the thread up and fit the SFG’s.

  Control horn is a phenolic material, 15min epoxy was using to attached them to the pre-slotted ailerons. I missed a picture out on the next stage, hinging the aileron is in the using way using “hairy” type hinges with some cyano!

  Aileron servo and control rod fitted. A nice touch with ball links all round. Makes for a very precise and slop free linkage! Plenty of throw with the servo arm and control horn position.

  Wings are complete, top view here.

Bottom view. You can see the lightweight methods of construction here.

    Fuselage is unwrapped next.

  A few steps in one here, the elev & horz stab are fitted, the stab is measured & positioned then glued in place with cyano. The elevator is then hinged and horn fitted as per aileron. The fin is now glued in place, ensuring it square. The tailwheel assembly is fitted to rudder in pre-formed slot and hinged with “hairy” hinges also.

  Top view, servos have been connected as per the aileron. A good positive linkage.

  Undercarriage & spats fitted, a simple job. The UC is a lightweight aluminium.

  Motor fitted on supplied standoff’s. ESC is also fitted at this point and motor test run for direction.

  Latest spektrum AR636, fitted. Will program with iPhone app at a later date.

  New Optipower 50c 3cell 2150mah will give this model plenty of punch.

Cowl, spinner and prop fitted. Ready to test fly.

Ill apply the decals before the test flight. Fingers crossed for some calmer wind to try it out!

Thnaks as always to Horizon for the opportunity to test their great products. Also Thnaks to Andy at Optipower for the best cells on the market!!

Flying review to come. 

Matthew 

NightVisionAire Review

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Apr 292015
 

The new eflite visionaire is a new twist on the hugely popular and successful Parkzone VisionAire. 

The concept behind the original VisionAire was to combine the most advanced design methods & electronics to provide a training platform for budding 3D pilots. This was meet and more with the finished product, the AS3X technology made the aircraft hugely forgiving for novice pilots and for more advanced pilots it added a level of stability that allowed the boundaries to be pushed, particularly around the weather conditions you could enjoy flying a lightweight Z foam model.
The new Night VisionAire improves on the design with the addition of the latest be most refined AS3X gyro the AR636. Years of development has also added SAFE technology, the save your model mode, when you get into trouble or out of your comfort zone, press the ‘panic’ button and the VisionAire returns to level upright flight.

Another first for Eflite is to include a fully integrated LED light set installed inside the Z foam, with the high intensity lights, the effect on the Night VisionAire is to illuminate the entire airframe. This provides excellent results in the dark.

The build of the VisionAire is very straight forward and as usual all the hard is done! 10-15mins has it complete. Here are some pics.

   
                 

   
       

As the VisionAire is designed for night flying, I thought it best to test flight it at night! On a calm dark night, the 3cell 2200mah was fitted the DX6 programmed and the lights switched on. A fairly uneventful test flight and as with the previous VisionAire this one was rock steady. I think the improvements between the AR635 and the new AR636 have only enhanced this already brilliant aircraft. The stock setup seemed more positive and it’s impossible to detect the AS3X system working in the background. 

Overall I’m really impressed with the VisionAire, I forgot just how good and rewarding this plane is and adding the night flying element only enhances that further! Thanks to Horizon for the opportunity to review!

Here are some pics. Video to follow.

   
                 

Blade Nano 3D QX 

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Apr 102015
 

Horizon Hobby very kindly sent me a new exciting product to test. The new Nano 3D QX is an enhanced version of the highly popular nano QX. With advances in AS3X stablisation the Blade team have been able to develop a fully 3D quad in a palm sized product. Reverse motor technology makes this possible also.

As with all Blade products quads, the package comes in two format, BNF and RTF with its own TX. The version I reviewed was a BNF. I programmed my trusty DX6 and bound the quad to the TX. The supplied 1s 200mah Lipo was charged via the USB charger and is really straight forward.

Three modes are available;

Stability Mode 
Pitch and roll limits are locked to offer a limited flight envelope while electronic self-leveling offers positive stability the instant you release the sticks. You can also flip 360° in any direction at the press of a button. 

EVO Mode 
Evolve your flight routine at the press of a button with the ability to flip 180-degrees from upright to inverted and back again with ease. The flight controls stay the same, regardless of orientation. Self-leveling and flight envelope limits are maintained. 

3D Agility Mode 

A true 3D flying experience that offers full-range maneuverability with no self-leveling assistance. When flying upright in this mode, 0–50% throttle is negative thrust and 51–100% is positive thrust.

I only had a chance to hover indoors as it was very blustry outside, but very quickly I was flying round the living room, under the coffee table and Landing on the fireplace! No inverted flight yet, I’ll leave that for a bigger space!!

Here are some pics.   

                 


I’m looking forward to trying this more, I hope to get a video up soon!

Matthew

Airtowing the KA8

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Feb 162015
 

The Carbon Cub from Eflite has been fitted with the tow release mechanism and we can now tow up some pretty serious sailplanes. Horizon in the states have towed the eflite Blanik a 4.3m 10kg model.

I’ll start smaller, the Parkzone KA8 sailplane. A entry level model, that is a light thermal simple to fly scale model. When fitted with Eflite’s servoless realise it can be used in any flat field application.

The build of the KA8 was very straight forward and was completed in about 15mins.

The test flight of the glider took place on Saturday afternoon, it was really straight forward and uneventful. We took some video footage with the go pro and it turned out really well. I’ll fit a camera to the glider next time!

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Matthew

Eflite Carbon Z Cub SS

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Jan 062015
 

Eflite’s Carbon Cub SS is a replica of the modern full scale Carbon Cub. The Carbon Cub updates the original Piper Cub, using some modern construction methods and material to enhance this popular and timeless design.

Eflite took this template, incorporated some of their own design techniques and coupled this with Spektrum’s AS3X system to great a truly unique cub.

It’s powered by a BL50 eflite motor on 6s Lipo, with a wide range of capacity from 2900 -5000mah. This power means towing is ideal and 4.2m sailplanes have been towed successfully.

Well proven by horizon flight team throughout 2014, I had a need for a tow plane and was interested in the versatility the Cub offers.

The build was really straight forward, my dad took this on board and with a few hours he had it ready for the air. Here are some pics;

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Flying

The test flight took place on a dull Saturday with a moderate breeze. The preflights checks completed and a freshly charged 6s 2900 Lipo fitted the cub was positioned on the somewhat muddy strip. Within a few feet of a run it leapt into the air and was quickly on its way. As with most Eflite aircraft the test flight was a none event, a few circuits not a great deal of trim was required.

Quickly I was comfortable so began exploring was this big foam model could do.

I’ll let the pictures so the talking. I had 4 flights and loved everyone! I just need to complete a sailplane now so I can tow it up!

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Eflite Viking Biplane

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Oct 162014
 

A cool new biplane from Eflite adding to the popular “280” series! Having put a lot of flights on the Edge 540 (280 size) it’s a really handy & convenient size. Running on 3s 450mah packs, performance is unlimited. The new Model 12 benefits from the latest AS3X technology in the nano AR6335 RX. Fully adjustable setup from your iPhone or android device. Not only is the AS3X adjustable, you can adjust expo’s, rates etc, a real plus if your using a non computer radio.

Viking Model 12 280 BNF Basic

Key Features

Spektrum™ AR6335 DSMX® 6-channel nanolite receiver (installed)
AS3X® technology delivers rock-solid handling
Licensed replica of the Scandinavian Airshow Model 12®
Easy to complete final assembly
Powerful 280-size brushless motor (installed)
10-amp, 11.1V brushless ESC (installed)
(4) 3.5-gram digital super sub-micro servos (installed)
3D-size, double-beveled control surfaces (installed)
Robust wire landing gear and steerable tail wheel

Overview

The E-flite® Viking Model 12® 280 model is an aggressive 3D recreation of the sensational full-scale aerobatic biplane. Up front is a brushless 280-size outrunner motor that’s incredibly powerful on a 3S Li-Po battery. Lightweight molded foam construction helps deliver the best power-to-weight ratio and stunning finish of the Viking trim scheme. But it’s the specially tuned Spektrum™ AR6335 6-channel receiver with AS3X® technology that delivers a 3D park flyer without equal. That’s because the AS3X system has been specially tuned for this biplane to fight the effects of wind and turbulence so all you experience is a locked-in control feel comparable to flying an expertly tuned aerobat that’s much larger.

Whether you’re an experienced park pilot looking for a great 3D biplane or a 3D expert who wants a super-convenient aerobatic thrill machine, the E-flite Viking Model 12 280 is ideal. All you need to start flying today is your favorite full range 4+ channel programmable aircraft transmitter with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2®/DSMX® technology and a charged 450mAh 3S 30C 11.1V Li-Po battery.

Control the Air
The advanced AS3X® (Artificial Stabilization – 3-axis) system built into the Spektrum™ 6-channel AR6335 nanolite receiver is what helps give the E-flite® Viking Model 12® 280 an incredibly solid look and feel in the air. It’s technology that works behind the scenes to help counter the effects of wind and turbulence by combining 3-axis sensing with exclusively tuned flight control software. As a result, your workload to fly smoothly is significantly reduced so that your air show passes can be laser-straight and 3D maneuvers can be performed with greater accuracy. It’s an aerobatic flight experience you get in the convenience of park spaces, but will have you feeling like you’re at the controls of an expertly tuned biplane that’s much larger.

Brushless Power
A brushless 280-size, 1800Kv outrunner motor is matched to a 10-amp ESC and your 3S Li-Po battery to deliver exceptional 3D power.

Digital Servos and 3D-Size Surfaces
E-flite® 3.5-gram super sub-micro digital servos deliver a high-rate of travel and great holding power to the 3D-sized control surfaces.

Lightweight and Strong
The highly tuned airframe features rigid foam construction which makes it possible to replicate complex detail and keep weight remarkably low.

Vibrant Design
The stunning Viking Model 12® design and trim scheme is officially licensed by Jim Kimball Enterprises, Scandinavian Airshow and Aircraft Studio Design.
Product Specifications

Wingspan: 22.2 in (565mm)
Overall Length: 24.4 in (620mm)
Wing Area: 197.0 sq. in. (12.7 sq. dm.)
Flying Weight: 8.80 oz (250 g)
Motor Size: 280-Size Brushless Outrunner (installed)
Radio: 4+ channel DSM2/DSMX transmitter
Servos: (4) 3.5 g digital servos (installed)
Prop Size: 6.8 x 3.5
Spinner Size: 1.37 in (35mm)
Speed Control : 10-Amp Brushless (installed)
Recommended Battery: 11.1V 3S 450mAh LiPo
Experience Level: Intermediate
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour
Is Assembly Required: Yes
Detailed Information

The Scandinavian Sensation
Scandinavian Airshow is a professional team with over 30 years of air show experience. In 2013, they presented one of the most powerful aerobatic biplanes ever conceived-the Viking Model 12®. It’s a flawless creation designed by Kevin Kimball and built by Jim Kimball Enterprises, Inc. with a vibrant trim scheme by stylist Mirco Pecorari of Aircraft Studio Design. With Jacob Holländer at the controls, the Viking Model 12 aircraft has impressed crowds all over the world. Find out more about the Viking at www.airshow.se.

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Jul 272014
 

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IMAC Clitheroe is held each year during the last weekend in July. This year it was our first trip over to the Mainland for a comp and is our last chance to compete before the World Champs in early September.

We set sail on the Belfast to Cairnryan ferry on Friday evening and travelled south for 200 or so miles to the flying site just outside the town of Clitheroe. When we arrived at 11pm, everyone had retreated to their Caravans or tents so we for bedded down for the night ourselves.

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Saturday morning dawned with clear blue skies and a very light breeze. Perfect conditions for a days competition. With a few competitors having last minute technical problems with their aircraft we had 10 pilots in total, a little down on normal but last minute problems can’t be avoided. 2 basic class pilots, 1 sportsman, 1 intermediate, 2 advanced & 4 unlimited.

After a short pilots brief we got underway about 10am with the plan to fly 2 double knowns, a unknown, a single known and then freestyle for those that wanted to compete in that class.

Basic was first up, unfortunately one of the new comers had some bad luck on takeoff and clipped the fence at the end or the runway, it’s caught many pilots out over the years, hopefully it won’t dent his enthusiasm for IMAC. With the prefect conditions everyone flew well and our biggest problem was keeping the suncream from running into our eyes and finding a suitable place to get some shade! Not that we are complaining, I’d happily take 28-deg each time I go to fly! Pete Mumford had an exciting first flight, his Edge 540 developed some elevator flutter, he throttled back right away but it took a few seconds for him to regain control, fortunately with the speed bleed off the elevator started to have some control, he smoothly brought the plane round and landed. The problem had been caused by the control horn departing from the elevator. Pete’s edge is a IMAC veteran, it must be 10years old, so it had just worked loose over many 1000’s of flights. It couldn’t be fixed at the field, is Dan kindly lent him his Carden PRO.

We completed two rounds before lunch break, after a short pause we went straight into the unknown and final known. The wind picked up a little for the unknown and everyone managed ok with it. On the unlimited unknown we had the tailslide to trip us up and it did, no one scored for it, I did slide for about a fuselage length but it fell to the left. It looks like IMAC’s sequence committee is pushing the Tailslide this season, so the worlds is bound to have at least 1! Practise required!

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With the sequences over it was time for freestyle, Chris was first up and put it a nice flight, Dave was up second about 3/4’s of the way through his flight, his rudder closed loop gave way, he waggled his way around and needing to keep the speed up he came In fast, model dug in and tip over, minimal damage, a broken prop. I was third up, about a minute into my flight it was my turn for a mechanical problem, the aileron started to flutter, luckily i was able to throttle back, stop the flutter and land without any problem. On investigation it was the inboard starboard aileron servo that had stripped. I wasn’t too annoyed, the servos on the H9 Extra 300 had probably done a good 1200 hard flights and it’s not a bad wear rate for the servos. That was the competition flying over for the day, I got a chance to fly my fellow IMAC UK World Champs team mate Brian Horn’s H9 Extra 300, he wanted a second opinion on his setup, I can report it’s spot on, I really enjoyed my flight and Brian has done a great job getting it just right, he will do well with this at the World’s next month!

The club had kindly laid on a BBQ for us and we all enjoyed the Craic, food and flew some smaller electric models. I had the new Parkzone Super Cub and Sukhoi with me, flown on the new DX6, everyone was impressed with how they flew and for an IMAC crowd the Cub was the most popular model, we may see someone at future IMAC comps! It’s a cracking little aircraft it has to be said and the more I flew the Suk I’m enjoying it more and more! The rain came in about 10am so everyone called it a night and headed to bed after a long day in the sun!

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After a night of heavy rain, Sunday was a little more grey and there was noticeably more wind. It was more IMAC UK competition like! The club spoiled us again with breakfast and we got flying with full stomachs at 10am. The forecast was for showers up to and rain after lunchtime so Phil the CD had planned on getting 2 double knowns in before that. With a few flash showers we did manage it and by 1.45pm we had 4 flights in the bag. Phil suggested we call it a day as the rain was coming and a lot of people had a long journey. By 2pm Win had the results ready and the prize giving took place.
You can see the results below;

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I was very happy to take first place in unlimited and the overall “Woodvale” Trophy. For me it was a warm up comp for the Worlds and I’ve seen a few things and chatting to Chief Judge Phil have a few things to work on for the big comp. So a very worthwhile weekend!

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Thanks to all who organised the comp, Phil & Mike our judges, Win for score keeping and to Andrew & his wife for looking after us all throughout the weekend, food, tea you name it we had it!

Clitheroe is one of my favourite comps, it always has been and still is a worthy successor to the Woodvale Comp, relaxed, a great site and always good to meet up with friends. Looking forward to next year already!

Thanks also to all my sponsors for their continued support! Some pics below.

Matthew

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