New UM Planes and Quads for Christmas!

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I got some of what I predicted in last year’s last post for Christmas! Let me tell you about them…

1. Nano QX FPV

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I thought FPV would be fun. But I was wrong. It’s VERY fun! I never even felt like I was sitting on my couch. I was 5 feet in the air chasing family members and zooming through the house.

Expect a review in a month or so. It, ah, had an ‘issue’ with the camera… The lens fell off… So, I’ll have to get that worked out before the review.

2. Hobbyzone Champ

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I know. Again. Actually, I think that this is my fifth Champ, and, it still wears the crown of the best ultra micro plane I have flown so far.

You can visit my review here.

Conclusion

I had a great end of 2014, and I got the top RC planes on my wanted list! Even though I got the top wanted planes, my wanted list has actually gotten longer!

Now I want ANOTHER Nano QX FPV so people can race me, and fancy, expensive video goggles. Not to mention another FPV camera to put on a faithful Champ. Rest assured that I’ll get a review of these extra wanted things out to you if I get them.

As always, there’s a Reader’s Opinion next week. Until then, thanks for reading!

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5 Great First UM Planes

If you are looking for a first RC plane, then I have a list of planes which are best suited to be your first ultra-micro RC plane.
Note that this list ONLY includes good first ULTRA MICRO planes. Planes bigger than ultra micros are not included in this list.

1. Hobbyzone Champ: In the hobby, this great plane is highly regarded as the king of easy to fly ultra micros (my review).

2. Hobbyzone Duet: This is the plane that I started with after switching from helis to planes. A great plane, but with some issues like no real rudder (differential thrust, which means that, to accomplish a turn, the motor on one side speeds up and the other slows down) and being more sensitive to wind that the Champ in my opinion. (I don’t have a review… yet)

3. Hobbyzone Sport Cub S: For newbies who want more of a challenge than the Champ/Duet. It is definitely a great second plane, but a first time flyer could fly it. (my review)

4. UMX Radian BNF: This one is a powered glider that is slightly bigger and faster compared to the others listed. However, it is a fairly forgiving plane, and several people have reported learning to fly with this one. Probably one of the more challenging on this list. You do, however, need to purchase a transmitter separately. The DX6 and DX6i will both serve you well, as will any other transmitter from Spektrum. (my review)

5. Parkzone Night Vapor: this one’s very forgiving. You can learn to fly RC planes in your living room! The one drawback is that it’s more fragile than the other planes on this list. (I don’t have a review… yet)

All of the above planes come in RTF versions (include everything you need to fly in the box). The exception is the UMX Radian, which only comes in a BNF version. If you own a Spektrum transmitter, then t saves you a few bucks. If not, you’ll need to buy one with your Radian.

Don’t worry, Spektrum transmitters are a good investment. Just don’t buy the Spektrum DX4, DX4e, or DX5. They are MUCH more basic than the DX6i and above.

Also, the Hobbyzone Duet is the only plane that doesn’t come in a BNF version.

I have flown (and own or have owned) all of these planes. I’ll have to post a review for the Duet and Night Vapor in the near future. I’ll update this post to include links to the Night Vapor and Duet reviews once they’re up.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Do you have another plane to add to this list? Post its name in a comment and include a brief disruption of it!

Flying in the Wind Can Be Fun!

A few days ago, I was out flying my Champ in somewhat heavy winds (somewhere between 5 and 15 mph) and I, for the first time in my life, thought that flying in these winds was… fun. Yes, fun.

It took a lot of concentration, skill, and a little luck. This was the first time that luck was not a significant factor for me in the wind. My wind flying skills finally just clicked. After two years of flying various RC aircraft (one year of hobby grade flying), I was finally able to fly in more than a very light wind on aircraft not equipped with AS3X.

Before attempting to fly on winds over 5 MPH in an ultra micro, do these steps:

1. Master the plane in calm air before moving on to “windyish” conditions.

2. Practice in light wind, then moderate wind, and then more…

3. Know that you will be spending the time keeping the plane on course. Not doing crazy flying.

4. NEVER maiden a plane in wind. I have heard this repeatedly on forums and common sense would say this, too. Leave each plane’s first flights for calmer days.

Flying in that wind improved my precision in no wind an allowed me to fly more often (the wind is usually about 10 mph around my house).

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment, share this post, and enjoy!

Demise of the Sport Cub S

My new Sport Cub S just bit the dust.

10 minutes ago, I was flying it with floats over the water behind my house. I had just mechanically trimmed in a little down elevator on the SC S, and it was going a little down. So, I landed it on the water.

I clicked in a little up trim on my DX6i, and I tried to takeoff again. The left wing tipped a little into the water. The left aileron servo might have gotten wet. Because it was on the other end of the water, I had no choice but to attempt another takeoff.

It started to accelerate, but, no matter what I did, it would not leave the water’s surface. It then started to go around in circles. I slowed it down, stopped, and tried again.

Same result.

The SC S eventually got turned upside down. As I write this, it is still in the water, face down. I just looked out of the window, and I can’t see it.

BUT… All hope is NOT lost! I just ordered another one with Amazon Prime shipping! It is RTF, but the BNF didn’t have Prime shipping. And I needed a replacement NOW.

I don’t think that this one will make it (the water is brackish). But, it just might make it back. I will then have to call it the Phantom Cub.

Please note that this will NOT affect the review for the SC S that is scheduled to be posted this Sunday.

Stay tuned to umFlight. I’m planning some exciting things, and I just have to wait until their are a few more visitors and comments to reveal the exciting things. Thank you to all current visitors for being here.

Comment and share, please!

New Product: Horizon Hobby/E-Flite UMX B-17G Flying Fortress BNF with AS3X Technology

I was just checking my email and I saw this beauty in my inbox. I’m temped to buy it… Just another thing to add to the want list. And, I have a perfect excuse to get it: for a review here, on umFlight!

Here’s the link: LINK

Enjoy. I am off to go watch the video again!

 

umFlight First Look: Hobbyzone Sport Cub S BNF

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I just received a Hobbyzone Sport Cub S BNF on Monday! The plane was neatly packaged. The battery and USB charger were in foam slots, and the SC S was packaged in foam. The new plane felt heavy and solid compared to the Champ. It was easy to setup on the DX6i, and then I was flying!

SAFE worked like a dream. But, it seems that there is no self leveling in intermediate mode like there is on quads equipped with SAFE. The Panic button… Well, it was just plane (pardon the pun) AMAZING! It self leveled the plane no matter what and I could even activate the Panic button and land. This could be good for teaching newbies (and me) all about how, on landing, they should use up/down throttle to change altitude, NOT up/down elevator.

Stay tuned for a full review very soon. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you on Sunday! Comment, share, and enjoy!

UMX Radian Review

I am now going to review the UMX Radian! I have heard that it is a GREAT ultra micro glider, but does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!

Back Story:

In January of this year, I saw that a new product, the UMX Radian, was coming out. It even had AS3X! So, I decided that I would buy the UMX Radian at some point this year.

Well, I decided to get it in early August and I ordered it from Amazon.com..

First Impressions:

Upon opening the box, I saw that it was as nicely packaged as the Champ was (see my review on the Champ here). The only flaw in my opinion was the way that you have to assemble it.

Assembly/ First Flight Preparation:

Assembly had a lot to be desired. The wing did not come attached to the body. So, I proceeded to try to screw the screws that attach the body to the wing into the holes in the airframe. I promptly lost one in the carpet. Then I lost another one. I ended up just taping the wing to the body.

Tip: do NOT attempt to put the screws into the plane over carpet. Also, cover the hole were the battery wire comes out while installing screws.

Other than that just plug the included USB charger into a USB port (I used my iPad/iPhone USB wall adapter), slide the included E-flite 150 mAH battery into he charger, and wait about 15 minutes for the first charge. 30 minutes for additional charges.

Takeoff:

Hand launching was very easy. Just set the motor power to 25%-50% and give it a gentle toss. It will eagerly fly up to about 200 feet.

Flying:

It turned tight, crisp turns and flew very nicely at an altitude of 10 feet and at 25%-50% throttle.

The gliding performance was superb (full disclosure: I have NEVER flown a glider other than his plane). I took it over my house, cut the throttle, and I was able to slope soar on the lift generated by the edge of the house!

The AS3X really helps in wind! I was easily and comfortably flying in 10+ MPH winds! 15 MPH was my limit. It felt like the wind was about to snap off at 15 MPH!

Landing:

Belly landings on the grass were uneventful.

Recommended timer settings if using a Spektrum computerized transmitter:

Dx6i transmitter:
Timer: 10 minutes

Any Other Spektrum Computerized Transmitter:
Timer: 10 minutes; start/stop at 10% throttle (one time)

The Specs:

Skill Level: Intermediate

Wingspan: 28.7 inches

Length: 16.5 inches

Flying Weight: 1.5 oz

Full Specs Here

Equipment I Used:

1. Thunder Power TP103CQ-ACDC Charger (link)

2. Spektrum DX6 DSMX Transmitter Only (link)

Verdict:

This is a great all around plane and glider, while with some assembly issues in the opinion of some flyers (including me), for a great price.

Total Rating:

8/10

Thanks for reading! Check back next Sunday for a new post!