This is the best flying glider we have flown to date and that says a lot because we have flown nearly all of the popular gliders. This glider will soar without throttle better than most but it is also extremely quick, agile, and aerobatic for a 2200mm glider. The wings will absolutely stay put while performing aerobatic maneuvers that would rip the wings off most gliders. Unlike some of the popular gliders out there, there are two easily removable pins holding the wings to the fuselage so they will not dislodge during flight yet they can be easily removed for transport. Many people think the RocHobby V-Tail glider is by far the best looking glider on the market. We have never received more complements from fellow RC enthusiasts and bystanders as we do with this RC plane. Not only is this powered glider great looking but it is super easy to keep it in the air with the included flaps and ailerons. Long flight times are easily achievable. Grab a lawn chair and relax because this glider will be in the air a long time. The RocHobby V-tail glider is built with EPO foam construction and includes carbon rods molded in for maximum strength and durability. The glider is very simple to assemble so you can be in the air in about 60 minutes. We know you will love this glider as much as we do. Out of all the popular gliders on the market we can honestly tell you that this one is our absolute favorite. Like all RocHobby planes, The RocHobby V-tail glider is manufactured by FMS
NOTE:This is the new and improved version of the V-tail glider. Small issues like the canopy lip and wing joiner tube have been corrected and the motor has been upgraded to the new "gold" motors. Stronger materials are used to mount the motor and blue thread locker has been used where appropriate.
Skill Level: Intermediate Build Time : 1 Hour
FEATURE VIDEO: Flight Demonstration of the 2200mm V-Tail Glider from RocHobby by FMS
|Wing Area||35.9 dm2 / 556.5 sq in.|
|Wing Loading||30.1g/dm2 -or- 9.86 oz/sq.ft|
35A, Integrated 4A SBEC, T Connector
Propeller / EDF
12x6 2 blade folding prop
front wheel, belly lander
11.1V 1300mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo
5 Channel computer radio with V-tail mix
VIDEO REVIEW: Review and Build Guide for the RocHobby 2200mm V-Tail Glider
FEATURE VIDEO: Flight Demonstration of the 2200mm V-Tail Glider from RocHobby by FMS
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Posted by Chuck Mager on 4th Nov 2013
This is my first "real" glider so I'm no expert and have nothing to compare it to, but from the moment I first threw this thing into the sky I was hooked. I don't know if a conventional tail is better than a V-tail and could care less. This thing looks bad ass, flew great, and I had all the control I needed. Like many, I'm using a larger than recommended battery (1800) and put 1/2 ounce of lead on the tail. No big deal. Assembly takes a little wrangling of the wires, but I've got it down to less than a few minutes and the pin retention system is slick. If I had to gripe about anything, it might be the servos. A couple of my servo arms did not fit very snug and I hope they don't strip. There were also no extra arms included. I may upgrade them in the future. Over all, I'm loving my V-Roc!!
Posted by Pretext on 1st Nov 2013
I own a Radian Pro PNP as well this Roc V-Tail. The Radian Pro was more expensive, but switching between the Radian and the Roc is like jumping from a Honda to a Lexus. The build quality, beauty, and construction of the Roc is just in another class altogether. Roll response is excellent, power is reasonably good. Makes a haunting whistle even when you're coasting gently.
There are a few reasons I can't quite give it 5 stars:
- Very nose heavy, even with a 1300ma battery. I have to put 14g of dead weight next to the tail servos to balance. The cockpit has enough room, but the anchor for the battery velcro strap won't allow sliding the battery back far enough to allow taking the tail weights off. Unfortunate.
- Joining the wings is a huge pain in the butt. The halves of the plastic interface didn't sit flush with the wing roots, so they interfered with each other. After fighting for half an hour, I finally had to bevel the edges with a knife.
- Two of the wing servos didn't have the control arms set right from the factory. I had to pull them from the wing, straighten them out, and glue them back in
- The rear magnet for the canopy came off the first time I opened the canopy. I had to gorilla glue it back on. Thankfully that didn't happen in flight.
- The flaps don't offer enough deflection. I'll need to cut them and install proper hinges.
- Bottom of the wings and V-tail is just plain white - it's important to add some kind of dark decals or trim on the bottom to help you stay oriented.
- I'm not so sure the wheel can withstand too many exuberant landings without breaking. Structurally, it doesn't seem particularly well supported.
None of these issues are so serious that anybody should feel put off. The point is, it's not an iPad - you'll need to mess with it a bit before it's ready to rock, but once you've dealt with the issues, you have a fantastic bird that looks and flies magnificently.
Posted by Martyn on 31st Oct 2013
Well the reason I have two is because I destroyed the first one I ever had in less than 2 seconds, I (like and idiot) had the elevator reversed, up bas very soon down, the fuselage didn't stand a chance but everything else was fine, I ordered another kit and an additional fuselage and so now I have two.
I now have over 20 flights on this glider, I have thoroughly enjoyed every one, the longest was thermalling for over an hour, I would recommend this kit to any sailplane enthusiast.
I am about to mix the flaps to aileron's and some other stuff for fun to see if it can perform like my glass models.
I would not hesitate in buying one of these and can highly recommend Motion RC, their service is awesome.
Posted by Joe P on 27th Oct 2013
Easy, fast assembly & great design. This is my second one (friend wrecked my first). Have over 100 flights on the two ships so far...today was in winds gusting 20+ and the VRoc handled it very well. Calm days are definitely better and more relaxing. Thermals very well with a wee bit of camber after climbout...have attained 1500' in thermals before diving down.
My setup...DX7, AR6210, Alt telemetry, & 1300Mah battery.
May cut and rehinge my flaps as another reviewer has suggested. The bottom is white and I strongly suggest a high visibility paint scheme before you lose it.
Great value and top service from the folks at Motion RC.
Posted by Jack Wright on 15th Oct 2013
Great airplane, well designed and flys very fast. However, every thing was well thought out and designed except for the flaps being hinged on the top as it comes. This prevents the flaps from moving down more than 15 degress and i had to cut them out and install nyvon hinges and hinge tape. This was the only major problem but in found the motor mount to be unaccessable.
Posted by Eddy on 14th Oct 2013
Its a good looking, sweet flying glider that needs no upgrades to perform very well. I just had my first flight in calm winds and I really am impressed. Climb is good, glide is very good and so long as the flaps are also used as ailerons she rolls good too. Programming the DX7 for the full house setup was fun, but worth it. IMO, this glider is better suited for someone with plenty of both building and flying experience to get the most out of it. The motor design appears proprietary, making a swap to another brand difficult, although the stock motor is just fine. An aftermarket aluminum spinner is in the mail to replace the one that flew off mine on the first flight. I also reprogrammed the esc for high timing and a medium start to keep from losing sync. You can read more of my comments on RCGroups under my name Eddge.
Posted by Fred Sheplavy on 12th Oct 2013
The packaging is outstanding. UPS will have to work very hard to damage this one. The assembly went more easily than expected. Everything fit well. I did make two changes to the control system in order to accept the capabilities of my xmitter. The aileron and flap were leads were replaced with separate leads for each servo so that each servo is on it's own channel. This allows camber and reflex of the trailing edge as well as using the entire trailing edge as an aileron. I have had an opportunity to make only one flight to check everything out. The results were as good as can be expected without trimming each flight configuration. With a 3 cell 950 MAH battery the climb out approached vertical. I expect a great many satisfying flights from the V-Tail. BUT
something must be done about that name.
Posted by Chris Kieffaber on 12th Oct 2013
This is a great plane, easy to assemble and fly. Perfect amount of power to climb quickly and great gliding characteristics. The flaps really add excellent lift and can slow you down well for landings. I use a 3S 2200mah battery and can fly at least 20 min with climb and gliding. I do no regret this purchase at all.
Posted by richard mccollum on 1st Oct 2013
Just a Short review on the fms 2200 glider
I love to glide and this is one sweet bird it will fly for 20 + mins with 8 mins of power and that is awesome .
I put go pro on it and fpv here we go . adding eagle tree osd with stabilizer and all the cool stuff alt speed distance till and pan camera and there is still room for 2650 3s 35c ,
If you want a glider that is large and easy to fly buy this one you will get hours of relaxing flying and with all FMS products Quality is job one and it shows in every detail i have 4 FMS planes and everyone is a joy to fly .
Also MOTION RC is great they stand behind every sale so you can buy with confidence . well keep the Faith this is Capt. Smoke flying high in colorado . over and out
Posted by Al on 23rd Sep 2013
The build time was great, together in less than an hour. The only mod I made was to the servo leads to the flaps, I separated them so I could do like a flapperon/spoilron setup, which turned out great. It flies like a dream. I love it.
Posted by kenny on 21st Sep 2013
Can't beat it for the price and it flies like a sport plane and glides when you want it to, I fly jets and never thought I would like a glider but this thing is awesome.get one before there gone.
Posted by Mike on 29th Aug 2013
I was looking forward to a nice evening of building this a/c and a hour job turned into two days of misery. First, servos were not acting right however fixed that issue. What I am really torqued about on this model is being brand new, EVERY clevis on the a/c was oversized. On the right wing I was able to pull off the flap and aileron clevis's with little effort. Left wing were so loose, had to replace them also. Rudder and elevator were snug but replaced them also. After that mess, installing the v tail was quick however wondering about the length of the two screws holding it on. After screwing them down flush with little pressure, only about one complete turn and they were tight. Engine seemed secure like they fixed the previous issue with loose screws. CG'ed easily with 2200 battery in it with just a little weight on the tail.
Posted by bill... on 27th Aug 2013
handles just great! smooth i going to get another one...
Posted by Richie1957 on 26th Aug 2013
This glider is nothing short of the best in foam before going to the MUCH MORE expensive built up and fiber glass gliders. The wings just pop on and off for easy transport with two simple lock pins, strong and effective. If you want to expierence true soaring the way it is meant to be GET THIS RocHobby V-Tail Glider.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2013
I received this plane less than a week ago, and it flies predictably and with more than enough power for me. The parts quality and fit all around is excellent, and the only issue I had was grinding down the square inner wing tubes a little on each side, as noted by many others. For visibility I sprayed parts of each wing panel on their undersides with cheap, quick drying glossy black paint. These seem to stick well, and will not damage the foam. I agree that this is a great plane, and it is a bargain.
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