FMS F3A Olympus 1400mm (55") Wingspan - PNP
FMS 1400mm F3A Olympus pattern plane - Receiver Ready - FMS067
FMS F3A Build Review and First Impressions
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.
FMS F3A Flight Review
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.
- Fully hinged rudder using Dubro style hinges (superior to foam hinges)
- 17g digital metal gear servos
- High performance 550kV PAEP motor
- 70 Amp ESC
- 2 blade 15 x 8 prop for enhanced performance
- Carbon spars and EPO foam construction provide the perfect balance between strength and flexibility
- Outrunner motor, servos, and ESC come pre-installed for your convenience
- 4 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 4 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 4 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 4 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 6 Cell 22.2V 4000 mAh LiPo Battery with EC5 Connector - EPR40006E or 5S 18.5V 4000mAh Pro LiPo battery with EC5 Connector - EPR40005PRO
- 6 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 6 cell (6S) charger from our Charger Collection
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, EC5 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 EC5 Connector
4 Channel, 6 channel recommended
|Skill Level||Advanced Intermediate|
|Build Time||2 Hours|
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FMS F3A Olympus
Great plane for the cost.
A great airplane. 5 Star in every aspect!! It flies like what it is. . . a Pattern airplane.
I have two
This is my second one, only because I never want to be without one. I fly one or the other and enjoy it
FMS Olympus "Mini-F3A"
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.
My IMAC friends tell me this plane can do just about anything they demand of it. It flies like it is on rails. Steady. More than adequate power and vertical climbing. About as good as you can get for a foamie. One small criticism is that the mounting of the upper wing is difficult as it takes work to get the screws to line up with the holes. Other than that, I love it.
I love it !!!
I love it !!!
Great Flyer, but servos let it down.
The air-frame is stable and true, but all the servos on my plane had issues. Rudder behaved like it came with a stripped tooth, Aileron servos do not center, elevator had a "jitter" upon returning to center from full deflection. Rudder Servo was replaced with no problems, just requested replacements for the other 3 today. I'll add information upon receipt. Flow the plane six (6) times last weekend (6/10/17), used Admiral 5000 50c packs. CG was a tad forward of 185 mm point for maiden, but was moved back on subsequent flights. Slight right aileron and nose down trim correction needed. Rolls are axial and rudder has incredible authority! KE loops are possible for sure. Motor swings a 15 X 8 prop and has unlimited vertical with the 6s 5000 packs I am using. Down line needs some down elevator mixing. All in all as stated in title, the air-frame is spot on for a trainer F3A plane, but consider getting better servos.