The F4U Corsair is regarded as one of the most accomplished and innovative military aircraft in aviation history. Different than any other fighter aircraft in WWII, the Corsair was respected by both its friends and enemies thanks to its ferocious firepower and impressive versatility. Today, the HobbyZone® F4U Corsair S honors this fighter’s legacy of innovation with a thrilling design that incorporates Horizon Hobby’s revolutionary SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope™) technology system. When you fly HobbyZone’s F4U Corsair S, you’ll experience the best modern RC flight technology can offer and the distinction of piloting a legend. With the Bind-N-Fly® F4U Corsair S, all you need to do is scharge the flight battery and bind the aircraft with your favorite full-range Spektrum™ 4+channel 2.4GHz DSMX® transmitter and you’re ready to learn with the legend.
I really like this warbird. It flies well. Being a beginner, it can be a little fragile. I've been using a glue that says don't use on foam, but it works the best for me. It's "Duco Plastic Model Cement". To solve the weak landing gear issue, I adapted the use of the "skid" by some drilling, getting it to fit, and gluing it in with the regular mount. It adds a lot of strength and not that much additional weight.
I had this Corsair on pre-order from HobbyZone as soon as it came out. It took a couple of months, but I received it last week and had it together this weekend. Assembly was a snap. Everything went together extremely easily. I bought the BNF version and used my DX9 to program it. The manual clearly shows how to set up this plane with the DX9 and most other Spektrum transmitters. I did have to add .75oz of lead to the nose to achieve the correct balance at 2.5 inches from the leading edge of the wing from the root. This morning at the field, I carefully rechecked all throws, pointed her into the wind and applied the throttle. I couldn't have been more pleased with the way she lifted up on the mains and then took flight after about a 20 foot rollout. Very nice! Just one or two clicks of trim, and she was flying great. Loops, rolls, inverted, dives, low fast passes; I was very quickly comfortable with this plane. I only tried the advanced setting, but even on advanced with high rates on and 30% expp, this plane is really smooth in the air. Landings were a breeze too. She really floats well; just come in with a bit of power on, and ease her down onto the grass. With the nice large foam tires, she even rolled well across the short grass and settled in on the tail wheel. This was one of the best maiden flights I've had. Easy to fly, aerobatic, lands nicely on grass, and looks fantastic in the air. Some people watching were "oohing and ahhing" about it and had lots of questions about it once I landed. I would definitely recommend this plane!
For someone who wants to get into warbird flying without a great deal of experience, this is a great way to start. It is a bit on the pricey side, but the SAFE features should save you some crash repairs.
This plane is awesome and a great step up from a trainer. I have written a review in the past but wanted to add something that is as important, if not more important, than "Overall, Quality Fun", and that is service. I had an issue, and HZ resolved it fairly and quickly. Awesome group, and they have my business.
The only improvement I would make would be a yellow color on the bottom of the wing. Everything else is very nice. Just keep it in where you can keep perspective, and you will love it. It's all blue, so if it gets very far out, you could lose perspective.
This is one of my favorite planes. It is really fun to fly. I have only flown it in beginner mode so far. I did have a problem landing it, as it would stall and fall out of the sky. I was used to lining up to land and then throttling off and gliding in for landing. Well, that does not work so well. I was reading in the manual that for easy landings, you line up for a landing, throttle off, and press the panic button and hold. The plane will glide in perfectly. Since I have been doing that, the plane works perfectly. The plane is very heavy duty. Although it is beaten up, I have never broken the wing, elevator, or rudder.
I had some issues getting the landing gear on, and so far, it is still not on. I have the landing skids on. Overall, the plane is great.
I just got into the hobby. I love the scale aircraft, especially the warbirds. The Corsair is by far my favorite. This is a great plane to fly. I got the BNF and bound it to my DX6. That only gave me SAFE or Expert mode. That's all I really needed. The two weak spots are the cowling and landing gear. They both could be stronger. I have several other planes, most of which are Corsair. But this one is the one I fly the most. I very seldom fly it on SAFE any more. But overall, I love it. I recommend it to anybody that wants to start to learn how to fly warbirds.
This plane should be everyone's second plane. The three levels of flight make it very easy to fly at beginner level, and a little bit more challenging at the intermediate level. At the advanced level the plane makes smooth big loops. If you go into a barrel role make sure you are high and start with the nose up (also make sure you are on high rates or is can roll too slow).
The plane trims out at 50% power and flies straight as an arrow. I love the plane. I do have a question and that is what battery is best for the plane, a 1800 or a 2200?
I purchased this plane over the weekend. This is a great plane, don't get me wrong. However, the main landing gear is very weak! If you touch down with the slightest force, the main landing gear folds towards the back of the plane. I have called the place where this aircraft was purchased, and they said there is no way to reinforce the landing gear. I have re-glued the gear base several times. Each time, the gear lasts for about 6-10 landings, and then the foam gives way and the gear folds back again. If someone has a fix for this, please post!
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