We have been waiting for a classic red Beechcraft Staggerwing for a long time. Finally we have one as part of the new Motion RC exclusive RocHobby line of planes which are manufactured by FMS. We have to admit, we absolutely love the looks of the RocHobby Beechcraft Staggerwing. Scale flight is very easy and there is plenty of power for those who want to go beyond scale flight. Looks and power are reasons to like this plane but there are many more. The RocHobby Staggerwing is made of durable EPO foam and includes premium features such as flaps, LED navigation lights, and servoless electric retracts.
1030mm / 40.6in
870mm / 34.3in
40A ESC with EC3 Connector
Propeller / EDF
11 x 7 2 blade
Servoless electric retracts
11.1V 1800mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo with EC3 Connector
Just recieved my Rochobby Staggerwing. Shipping was quick, it was well packaged. Model went together quickly, quality was top notch. 1st flight went off great without incident. Flew with Admiral 2200mah, its a rocket ship. Only needed slight trim adjustment and it was off to the races. Very stable and easy to fly. The only drawback ive found is the small E clips that hold on the wheels. Both popped off in taxiing and landing. Replaced with stronger clips.
I got Emmylou (my wife named her after the Mark Knophler and Emmylou Harris song "Red Staggerwing") down from the rack this morning and put five 2200 batteries through her. The rest of my hangar consists of WWII warbirds, and one new EDF, so Emmylou gets ignored frequently. I need to stop doing that, and fly this plane more often. Such a gentle and graceful flier, and much less demanding than a fast low wing fighter. I had a wonderful morning, and with the rare overcast skies in Las Vegas, she was perfect. The bright red always stands out, something I can't say for the camouflaged fighters. The lines are beautiful, and how can you not admire a biplane with retracts, flaps and lights? This plane is very well detailed, the paint and finish are beautiful, and it is surprisingly tough. I've nosed over, bounced landings, drug wingtips and otherwise done things to it that would end the flying day for any other plane. This one is like a Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking! I probably have 100 or more flights, and she still looks great! The only weak spot is the firewall. I have had to epoxy and reinforce it several times. The last time, I used some metal straps ******* to the firewall, and throughly epoxied to the sides of the fuse inside the cowl. It's not breaking again! The other minor issue is the prop. They are strong as anything else, but when you do eventually break one, they are twice the price as any other prop. Not big enough issues to take away a star, just something to be aware of. Love this plane, and may but a second one to squirrel away in case it's ever discontinued...
DOESNT NEED FLAPS, NEEDS BIGGER AND MORE SECURE BATTERY COMPARTMENT--NO WAY TO SECURE--PRESS FIT---CAME LOOSE AND MADE TAIL HEAVY AND CRASHED NOT IMPRESSES---ALL FIXED AND CORRECTED---WOULD NOT BUY AGAIN
This is my second Staggerwing. I also have the FMS version which is blue and yellow gold. I have not as yet, received my Roc Hobby model. It is due to arrive tomorrow morning. By all appearances they look to be the same, with the only difference being color. I love this model. The reason I bought the Roc Hobby one is that I am afraid that they may discontinue it. I have no reason to believe that they will.... but just in case they do, I will have another. I may not even assemble it but instead, leave it boxed. I store all of my airplanes with the wings off, and the fuselages hung horizontally. With my biplanes, I keep them fully assembled. It is just too dang much hassle to take them down and rebuild them each time you want to fly. That having been said, they take up a lot of room that I don't have. I have recently decided to switch to the 800 MM size. They are inexpensive, as are the parts and batteries. I am thinking this will be my last larger airplane and it is only fitting that it be a Beech Staggerwing.
Received in good condition and fast delivery. Flew great on first flight with no adjustments, very pleased with airplane
A nice flying plane overall, but mine did require over 4.5 ounces of lead in the nose to get it to balance correctly. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners looking to step upâ€”the RocHobby Strega and Super Corsair are quicker to put together and easier to flyâ€”but it's a nice choice for those who want a classic '30s biplane, and one with retracts no less!
Took the book to the club flying field On Sat, and asked if anyone spoke Chinese English? I read the weight and balance page over and over and could not make any sense of it or its poor pictures and neither could anyone there! So reading father down that people have added weight to front I did the same, Balanced at front of top wings and sent the plane off an madden flight. It fly's perfect, had 2 battery's with me but on last landing (Grass) the whole landing gear fell out, I think not enough glue was used to secure in foam. Re glued and flew 2 battery's today Fly's fast,,, slow. rolls loops. all up to expectations. I think I will protect lower servos and do wheel up landings in grass as it seems to grab and flip over.
This RC went together very smoothly and all parts fit well. Gear worked well and I have not had any issues in 15 something flights so far. Took her on her maiden flight with 3 gusting to 6 Knot winds and she performed like a champ. I found that I did not need to adjust any trims whatsoever. The detail is very close to the scale aircraft. Tail wheel does not retract like the scale and "grass-cutter" doors are not included on the main gear (main doors are). I was able to add working grass-cutters in a couple hours using basic modeling supplies and tools. I found that putting hook-loop fastener in the battery space made it very hard to get the battery back out so I added a strip across the aft opening of the battery space and have not had any CG problems at all with the recommended battery. She is a beautiful lady that never fails to turn heads when I bring her out to the field.
Small things keep it from being 5 stars. I replaced all control rods and clevis' with metal ones. The stock ones pull out easily. The instructions are very hard to use and the close up pictures are nearly black. Also, the place were the receiver and speed control goes according to the instructions is too close to the rudder and elevator servos and with all those wire there I moved them up to under the cabin. Seems like the natural place for them. Everything else went together very nicely. It is a dream to fly. I use a 3 Cell 2200 LiPo battery and it takes off in about 20 feet. It's no speed demon but it sure looks great flying. It will do loops and rolls but make sure to have enough entry speed. Landings are a joy is you make sure to land in the mains. I tried to do a 3 point and busted the right gear out. Simply reglued it back in and I was flying in no time. Overall a fun plane. Best thing, it fits in my commuter car and I can fly during lunch in the parking lot.
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