TechOne Saturn Red 1230mm (48.4") Wingspan - PNP
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TechOne Saturn Red 1230mm (48.4") Wingspan - PNP - TEC08500P-RED
The TechOne Saturn is a high wing trainer that is perfect for learning how to fly. Both wing and gear are easily removable for transport and/or flying preference. Made of light yet durable EPO foam with a high and ample-cambered wing and rugged tri-gear, the Saturn is tailor-made for anyone wanting a capable trainer for flight training.
- Durable EPO and high wing with large camber to increase trainer capabilities
- Rugged and strong tri-gear for added insurance on takeoffs and landings
- Easy to remove wing and horizontal stabilizer makes transport a breeze
- TechOne Saturn Red 1230mm (48.4") Wingspan - PNP
- 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
- 3 Cell 11.1V 1500 - 2200 mAh Li-Po battery with XT60 connector - We recommend EPR18003X6
- 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection
48.42in / 1230mm
38.58in / 980mm
920 - 1000g
|CG (Center of Gravity)||75-80mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root|
|AS2216 Brushless motor (installed)|
Electronic Speed Control
30-amp brushless ESC with XT60 connector (installed)
Propeller / EDF
|Landing Gear||Tri-gear Fixed|
3 Cell 11.1V 1500 - 2200 mAh Li-Po battery with XT60 connector (required)
4+ channel radio system (required)
|Build Time||1 Hour|
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Once assembled, the plane flew perfectly. However, the model we received required a lot of work before it could be used. The fuselage was bent even though there was no damage to the outside of the box. One of the servos had to be replaced immediately as it came already broken.
It is a good trainer for the beginners: High wing, stable, light weight, therefore, it consumes less energy from the battery, giving the student more time in the air each flight. However, the plane constructive is ,from the weak foam. The wing got separated from the fuselage. Luckily it landed on the soft high weeds. The crash caused no damage. There is a plastic plate that holds two nuts embedded below the foam where the wing bolts ******* to. The wind pulled this plate off the fuse. I installed this plate back to the fuse and filled the top with a stronger piece of foam, and then cut out twp pieces of 1/4 in dowel pins. Drill two holes through the fuse directly 2 1/2 inches below the leading edge and the trailing edge. Glue these pins to the fuse. Reinforce the leading edge and the trailing edge with 2 in x 1 in aluminum flash to protect the wing where the rubber bands come in contact. After all repair, on one landing, the student dropped too hard, and cracked the firewall at the end of the plastic cowl. The problem was that the foam wall inside the cowl is too thin. I glued it back and used two pieces of 6 in long x 3/16 DIA fiberglass rod. I removed the prop and drilled two holes behind the cowl through the body of the fuse, applied the glue around the rods and drive them in. We flew more than a dozen flights after all these works, it seems to hold up really well. It is a great plane for the experienced pilot who understand and not to put too much tress on the weak foam. The student needs some modification.
The planes comes together easily. It is very light foam. I had to cut out the existing battery door latch and replaced with the better one., the lock pin got stuck inside, it did not come out with the handle.. The wing separated from the fuselage, luckily they landed on the high weeds, so they did not get much damaged. The saddle that holds two tapped nuts embed ed in the fuse broke off from the fuse with the wing and two screws. I glued the saddle back to the fuse. Do not fly this plane without this modification: - Cut a piece of the aluminum flash, place under the trailing edge where two screws that hold the wing to the fuse. - Use 1/4 dowel pin, cut out two pieces. Drill two holes through the fuse. One hole is directly from the trailing edge, this hole is approximately 2/3 from the top of the fuse. The second hole is directly from the leading edge, and the same dimension. Drive the dowel pins through these two holes. Cut the the dowel pins. Both ends should be long enough to hold the rubber band.. Cut four pieces of aluminum, wrap them around the leading edges and the trailing edge. without these pieces the rubber bands would cut through the foam. Another hope is that if the wing does not separate from the fuse, would it fold even with the fiber glass rod in it. It this rod long and strong enough. Other than these, this plane is a good trainee..
I did not get instruction manual and the nose come for the prop was missing
The control surfaces are very long. The ailerons are almost full length and very stiff. I disconnected all linkages and worked the hinges but thst didnt help. With only one control horn on the ailerons and elevator they distort rather than move so you wont get much authority. I solved this by problem by slicing through the foam hinges. I made a 1" slice, every other inch. This weakened the hinges and allows the surfaces to move rather than distort. Its still far from twitchy so youll need plenty of space. This plane likes to fly fast and on high rate. Its not a floater. If you go into a dive you'll need plenty of room to pull up. Altitude is your friend!
Stalled and laied it over the first few times on take off but thats me learning to fly. Had a guy at the field fly it and trim it. He said it flies nice and dicile. I took it up a few more times and beat it up so bad because of rough landings I just bought a whole new plane so i have lots of spare parts. Also bought an ARF on ebay for $50.00. The one i best up sat for about a year and everything is stiff. So im not sure maybe the lube in the servos is dried out and stiff. They hum pretty loud after i did a rebind. Not sure why i have a connection with this cheapo but i like it and want to keep it flying. Anyway Motion is great to deal with.
My Set Up: FRSkyVoltage Telemetry Reader, GPS Dome, Flight Stabilizer, Venom 3s Lipo, X8R FRSky Receiver Good: - Delivered On Time - Very Sturdy For EPO - Nice Design - Wings Split For Storage And Transport - Motor Has More Than Enough Power To Fight The Winds - Fly's Super Nice (Forgives Pilot Errors) - Spare Part Prices Are Good _________ Bad: - 2 Bad Servos (MotionRC Replaced It Right Away) - ESC Heats Up (MotionRC Replaced It Right Away) - Not Too Much Space For Electronics (But I Made It All Fit Without Cutting Any Foam) - Tail Rudder Section Came In Bent Out Of Shape (Had To Experiment With Warm Towels, and Heat Blower To Reshape Foam As Best I Could. It Is Still Slightly Bent And Can See The Plane Move To The Side During Flight). - Battery Compartment Locking Mechanism Is Not That Good (But You Can Make It Work) _________ I enjoy flying this plane a lot, even with the rudder problem. The servos seem to be weak, but i replaced those with some spare ones i had from a previous plane. I got new ones sent by MotionRC. They might be good servos and it could be that the original ones on the plane were defective for all i know. I recommend this plan for a person who is learning how to fly since it will forgive pilot errors during flight. There is not much room for electronics so keep that in mind. I rate this plane "Very Good" , i spent the money and feel good about it. Plus for the price i don't think it could get any better. Recommendation: - Buy Nylon Screws For The Wings And Landing Gear (If You Crash The Nylon Screws Will Snap Off And Not Break Your Plane)
This is a really fun plane to fly and is very stable and smooth. I am a beginner and am learning to fly with this plane. My landings are fair and improving but I did make one slightly hard landing, and I mean slightly hard where the plane bounced about 10" and the front wheel crushed the foam and bent backwards, breaking off from the engine mount as well. I liked the plane so much I bought a new fuselage and reassembled it. Afraid I would collapse the front wheel again, I glued a block of wood to the foam behind the metal strut to give the strut more support. That solved the landing problem as I have had several really bad landings and the wood block works perfectly. It kept the wheel from collapsing and there is absolutely no damage to the plane. But then this happened - I had reached the point where I was ready to do more than just slalom around the field and decided to try a slow vertical loop. The plane looped beautifully until it reached the top and was turning down. I cut the throttle and as it began to descend and the wing just snapped right off. The only thing holding the wing on are plastic tabs on the front that slip into the fuselage and two screws in the back. The tabs broke off or through the fuselage and the wing ripped off. The fuselage came down like a dart and was totally destroyed. I am actually considering buying another one, put the wood block on it for the front wheel and then epoxy the wing firmly in place. That should do it but I'm not sure its worth it to buy yet another one. If you buy this plane, fix these two issues before flying and you will a really enjoy flying this plane.
No room for a receiver/gyro installation that has to be installed horizontally. Had to cutout foam and install mounting platform..