The build quality is outstanding. Minimal glue was required to build this plane and everything screwed together with ease. The servos are all 17g digital metal gear for precision and durability. The ducting is sufficient for maximum airflow to cool the electronics. Building was pretty much a non-event. The wing and elevator are two pieces and go together quickly without hassle. The main wing uses two tubular carbon fiber spars, and their plastic mounting shrouds are well aligned. The main wing needed zero adjustment, while the elevator's port spar mounting shroud was 2 degrees off 180. Compressing the foam at the junction point was enough to seat the elevator back to flush. We completed the task in a little over an hour.
We flew the F3A using a 6S 4000mAh LiPo pack and we also flew it using a 5S 4000mAh LiPo pack. We felt the 5S was a little better for 3D while the 6S was good for sport flying. We found knife edges were very stable and the control surfaces are large enough to hold F3A patterns. We were able to do snap rolls and everything you would expect from an F3A pattern plane using either battery. Flight duration was between 6 and 8 min depending on how much throttle we were using. Power from the 2 blade prop was adequate. We recommend removing the Y cables for ailerons which will allow you to subtrim the individual aileron servos to perfection.
1400mm / 55.1in
1548mm / 61in
2400g / 5.3lb
|CG (Center of Gravity)||150mm to 160mm from leading edge|
4258-550kV Brushless Outrunner Motor
Electronic Speed Control
70A ESC, 5A SBEC, XT60 Connector
Propeller / EDF
15x8 2 Blade
17g digital metal gear for, rudder
|Landing Gear||fixed landing gear - 4mm wire|
6S 22.2V 3300-4000mAh 35C LiPo with EC5 Connector or 5S 18.5V 3300-4000mAh 35C LiPo with XT60 Connector
4 Channel, 6 channel recommended
|Skill Level||Advanced Intermediate|
|Build Time||2 Hours|
The quality was not very good. the fuselage was not glued together properly and the hardware package was incomplete. I have found that with 2 fms products lately the quality of the screw were not good
Big airplane. Excellent and stable flyer. Plenty of power, more than you need on a 6S. Right out of the box, I barely trimmed it. Turns are sharp and precise. You don't need much D/R or expo. The only thing that prevented me from giving it a 5 star are the wing bolts. Minor issue. Wing bolts are a little difficult to line up. But once you get them in, they are solid. Overall, the plane is easy to assemble. I enjoy pattern flying and this is a great entry level ship.
Very nice Pattern plain, fly's like the real thing for a fraction of the price.
Great plane for the cost.
A great airplane. 5 Star in every aspect!! It flies like what it is. . . a Pattern airplane.
This is my second one, only because I never want to be without one. I fly one or the other and enjoy it
ItÂ´s a low cost entry level to the world of serious pattern. Capable of completing any FAI F3A manouvers.
Great packaging, easy assembly, and awesome flyer.
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