I recently graduated to this plane from my Firebird Stratos Trainer. I am still getting used to four channels and proper flap use, but I have about 10 flights in this one. So far it seems to be very easy to handle and have lots of power to spare which is great for getting out of trouble. Lights and other scale details exceeded my expectations and have practical value on dusk/dawn flights. The plane seems generally well engineered. I wish there were an easier way to swap floats for wheels in the field; maybe using cotter pins or wing nuts would work, but I understand the need for secure connections. Maybe an amphibious wheeled float option could come in the future? This plane is a great value and will not disappoint!
One suggestion for Flyzone...The float mounting plate seems like it would be a great base for mounting cameras etc... please consider adding these your planes near the CG for FPV base.
I received the DHC-2 Beaver. The package was delivered in a short time. I haven't flown it yet, but I am looking forward to doing so. The service seems to be outstanding. Dan took my order and seems to be an upright guy. He seems to be knowledgeable when it comes to flying. I will do business here in the future.
I've been flying rc since 1957 (planes) and RC helis since 1957.
Some of the negative response I have read in these reviews; sound like perhaps if the instruction manuals had been read; perhaps a different outcome would have prevailed!!!
I've flown this palne for about 4oo flights and other than "HANGER RASH" and wearing the batteries out...you can nkt go wrong...As for using this as your first plane...do not recommend it unless a qualified instructer at your field can hook you up to a buddy box. If you can take off and land on your own and do simple loops and rolls and know how to basically recover when you may get into slight situation; this plane is for you.
A lot of time what we say is the plane or radio's fault....is just out dumb thumbs.
If you are anything but a beginner that is just learning (without any help); I highly recommend reading the radio's and plane's manuals and get used to the planes' quirks and handlingg.
Just my humble opinion
Justifications: sponsored factory pilot in FAI-F3C helis and planes.
This is my first RC plane. Like a first love, I will never forget it and always compare it to everything else I fly.
I really like the looks of this plane, but, being a rookie flyer, I have beaten it up on land and water. I am trying to fix a bent motor shaft right now. If it has a weakness, it is the wing mounting. I have totally rebuilt the top of the fuselage and made the wing one piece with a bolt mount. I have had four water crashes, a tree, several other land crashes, and two landings. I will buy another one after I learn more. A great plane.
The plane looks great and flew well and gracefully for two months. Water steering never worked very well though; the rubber bands holding the water pads are obsolete. The plane ended up crashing in mid-air over the lake. The right wing is supported by one tube, not two as is the left wing. The connection to the fuselage via small plastic hooks is unreliable. Apparently, it went loose and broke the tube during a sharp turn and the wing dislocated. This pulled the flap wire, and the plane was out of control. It was a dangerous situation, and I am blessed that the area was deserted. Obviously, it is a defect in engineering that these two-pieces of wing are connected by flap wires. I suggest to secure those flaps by glue or tape; they do not add much to landing. The other thing to mention is that the access to the electronics is very limited, and the battery tends to fall out from its slot. In summary, the plane is a beautiful but dangerous toy, not a professional RC plane.
The assembly is not very good. I have many RC air crafts, and none of them are as flawed as this one. The plane may go out of control just sitting on the ground. Many pilots have trashed this DHC-2 Beaver because it may run full throttle when you are not expecting it to.
With all that said, this is how to fix it. When you are ready to fly, turn on the TTX600 transmitter that comes with the model, then install the battery in the plane. Now be careful: if you turn off the TTX600 transmitter, the plane will go full throttle. That's really bad and could cause an accident. But they don't mention that, so buyers beware. Happy flying.
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