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 david Standridge on 14th Feb 2014
I have two of these birds and am absolutely happy with the product. Additionally, my second glider came in with no hardware (clevis', push arms etc) and Motion RC was quick with customer support. I chalk that up to the assembly line QA not ensuring that those items were in the box.
Oh, you want to know how it flies? Easy to fly and I use 2250s and 1350s in the birds and get at least 15 minutes flight time out of it (haven't pushed the flight times past that for fear of no power to control surfaces).
Posted by William Ladewig on 30th Jan 2014
Of all the vendors I purchase rc hobby stuff from, Motionrc has been the best - 5 star excellent. For a foamie, the v-tail's pretty strong and durable with a nice smooth finish. To reduce some of the tolerance in the v-tail assembly, I cut two 1/4" by 2" long velcro (just the fuzzy pieces) strips, and attached underneath the tails, and along the sides before screwing down the two attachment screws. For my build, I've configured v-tail mixing with an orangerx v3 receiver - which means the transmitter doesn't require v-tail setup. That resolves my dx6i transmitter bug with loss of full v-tail throw authority, and freed up transmitter mixing for two position flaps and down elevator w full flaps. I recommend about 3/4 throttle and a gentle toss w a slight maybe 30 degree angle up - the v-tail is very responsive to pitch and yaw. So, don't over do up elevator with hand launching as it is easy to stall. I recommend applying color to the bottom of the wings and v-tail (something bright, or black). I just applied color tape. One last tip - I wrapped the spar with a thin adhesive metal tap to take up some of the loose tolerance, and to further stiffen the spar a little but not too much..
Posted by Wil on 25th Jan 2014
I found a tip that I'd like to pass on regarding v-tail pitch and yaw determination. The elevators both move up and down in the same manner as a conventional elevator. The rudders move inverse to one another - one tail moves up, and the other tail moves down,. The trick is to roll the fuselage until one of the tails is vertical to determine if left stick is left yaw and vice versa. To double check, roll the fuselage until the other tail is vertical to confirm the same. One other tip: I recommending setting up dual rates to about 50% to familiarize with stick sensitivity. Especially when launching as too much elevator will easily pitch up and stall quickly.
Posted by Roger on 20th Jan 2014
I have had my V-tail for several months and enjoy its ease of flight and ability to catch thermals. 'A little squirrely in a breeze especially on landing but manageable. The only fault I've found so far is that the plastic wheel supports are extremely thin and I broke mine on just one moderately firm landing. 'Managed to install a plastic skid plate from a Radian Pro (in place of the wheel) and I'm off to fly again. I've seen other sailplanes with wheel mounts about 3-4 times the thickness so hopefully this improvement can be made in future versions.
Posted by Steve Price on 19th Jan 2014
The big V-ROC glider delivers everything you want and more. The price point for this much plane is unbeatable. No wind? Throttle up and cruise around sniffing out thermals. Just for grins see how long that battery can last. At the slopes? Soar all afternoon. Easy build, easy set up, easy to fly. Transports in the box or just the box top. Bigger flies better and the Mighty Vee is a home run!
Posted by James Malone on 19th Jan 2014
This is one of the best flying planes out of the box I have ever purchased. I did the maiden flight today and was quite pleased with the way it flew. Went straight out at 3/4 throttle right out of my hand. It climbed out with plenty of power to get it up high in seconds. I hardly had to trim it. Just a click or two of elevator and aileron. Shut the motor off and she just floated along at slow speed and did not seem to loose much altitude. I was flying in very calm conditions with very little if any lift. This plane will stay up for a loooong time before you have to use the motor to take it back up. I am using a 1300 mah 3cell which is plenty of battery for this plane. I have had other gliders that cost more and had to have a lot of modifications to get them to fly well. I did not have to do any thing except put it together and program my radio, and fly. This plane is excellent just the way it comes. IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT.
Motion RC shipped this plane out to me fast. I ordered it on Monday evening 1-13-13 and it was delivered 1-17-13 to my house in AZ. I am so glad there is a vender that knows what customer service is supposed to be. Thank you Motion RC.
Posted by Roger on 7th Jan 2014
I've been flying sail planes now for about 6 months- getting in about 6 to 8 - 20 min plus flights in a week and I have to say, V-Roc is my favorite and has been a pleasure to fly each time it leaves my hand. I've flown thermals with buzzards in very tight turns and it just sticks where you put it. getting the wires through the bottom hole when putting the wings on is a little frustrating but worth the effort. Always getting complements when people see it in the air. Decal finish is great. - recommend it highly
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.
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