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HobbyZone Duet RTF HBZ5300 Airplane
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- Duet RTF, Everything you need to teach yourself to fly in one box, even the "AA" batteries for the transmitter
- NOTE: Units are made of high quality styrofoam
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|Item Dimensions||19.25 x 19.75 x 5 in||17.63 x 16.13 x 3.75 in||21.5 x 21.75 x 5.75 in||19.2 x 19.9 x 6.2 in||12 x 15 x 4 in||21.5 x 21.75 x 5.75 in|
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Key Features Everything you need to teach yourself to fly in one box, even the "AA" batteries for the transmitter! Interference-free 2.4GHz transmitter with built-in charger Vibrant trim scheme3-channel control allows you to have complete control over climb, steering, and throttle Virtual Instructor technology helps to remove the complexity of RC flight by providing control assistance and countering the effects of wind and turbulence Durable, lightweight construction helps prevent damage in case of a crash Quiet and efficient power system Rechargeable 150mAh 1S Li-Po battery for generous flight times on a single charge Includes 4 "AA" batteries to power the charger/transmitter Needed To Complete Nothing! Everything you need to teach yourself to fly in one box, even the "AA" batteries for the transmitter! Overview Teach yourself to fly with the Duet RTF trainer! This small RC aircraft turns your dreams of flight into a reality. Even if you've never flown an RC airplane before, you could be flying in no time with Virtual Instructor technology. This HobbyZone-exclusive technology makes minor corrections and adjustments to help you stay confidently in control while you learn the basics. No other RC model can offer this experience at such an incredible price.
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I started on the driveway doing some low speed taxing to get an idea of how fast the plane might go and to get used to the left and right controls. After several minutes of slow speed ground turning, I decided to have at it. Winds were around 8 mph or so but steady. I cranked up full speed, gently launched the plane into the wind and pulled back on the elevator to gain some altitude. Once it got in the air, I went back to about half throttle. The plane definitely moved around a bit in the wind, there was no doubt about that. I did some wide sweeping turns and things were going well. But, after about one minute I got a little cocky and crashed the plane into the swing set nose first. The nose got pushed in ever so slightly. Basically, no damage. Whew! Close one.
I continued to fly right away. This time I got at least 100 ft in the air and continued with the sweeping turns along with going in a straight line into and with the wind. Now I was starting to get confident. I realized the plane is really easy to fly. The single most important thing I learned in the first flight was get altitude. To get it quicker, pull back gently on the elevator controls. That will get you out of any issue you might have. If you turn the plane, it will lose some altitude. If this happens, stop turning and pull back on the elevators. The plane will level out and will get further away from the ground. The next thing I did was start playing around with the throttle. Full throttle gets altitude, no power the plane becomes a glider. Most of my first flight was about 50% power. But I did a lot of gliding high enough off the ground so I could see how the plane was going to react. I could tell landings were going to be a breeze. From about 50+ feet up, I killed all power and came in for my low speed landing into the wind. I just kept leveling the plane out until about 5 ft from the ground. Pull back on the elevator controls all the way... what a baby soft landing in the grass. Did several of these until I got comfortable. Finished out the battery flying normal. Had a great time!
Second flight more of the same. Except this time I was already doing loops!! My second flight, I was doing loops! Even if you screw up the loop, the plane will stall a bit but will gain enough speed almost immediately and regain altitude.
Did four flights in my first day. No issues what so ever. Did some gliding, practiced more soft landings in the grass. I wish it would have stayed daylight longer. It's good to fly an hour or so before sunset as the wind really decreases and makes flying the plane even easier. Third flight I did a ground take off from my back patio that has about 10 feet of concrete as the runway. Plane was in the air before it got to the grass.
Two other things I learned. The plane self-stabilizes itself via the propellers. To understand how that works, make the plane operational and then quickly twist/turn the plane from right side up to up side down (there's a Youtube video out there showing this). The propellers will start to turn and try to stabilize the plane. Awesome! Second, when the battery is getting low on power the motors will pulsate as it flies over head. You will hear this. When that happens, you are almost out of power and you need to land immediately.
Again this was the first time I have ever flown a radio controlled plane. I have lots of R/C car and boat experience so I'm pretty sure that helped me overall. Don't forget to wear a hat and sunglasses if it's sunny out as you will, at some point, fly into or across the sun. You don't want to lose visual with the plane while it's in the air.
I already ordered a E-Flite 1S USB Li-Po Charger and a Tenergy 3.7V 160mAh 25C LIPO Battery. I will update this review and let you know how those two items worked with the Duet.
If you are looking for a first plane, you cannot go wrong with this. It's $30 less than the Hobby Zone Champ.
Well I have had the plane for about two weeks now. I also have 20-25 flights under my belt. Again, I must say I am impressed with the plane. Super easy to fly. Only damage I have sustained was one end of a wing tip cracked and was barely being held on. I put some clear packing tape over it on both sides and now it's fine. I also re-enforced the leading edges of both wings with the same clear packing tape. I did a average job and have wrinkles in the tape. Plane still flies fine. I have flown the plane in 15 mph winds several times. Yes it was risky but I wanted the challenge. I wouldn't say I was flying it at that point. More like managing the plane. But, it still flew. Difficult part is if the plane is several hundred feet away from you, down wind, it can be difficult to get the plane to fly back against the wind. I would just give full throttle, let the plane get altitude then slowly dive towards the ground. It will work it's way on back to you. On calm days I've had the plane so high in the air it was just a speck against the blue sky. Yeah, that was pretty dangerous as there is a much greater chance of losing the plane. Sometimes it's difficult to tell which direction the plane was flying. A couple times I lost visual contact with the plane for a second. I'm not taking the plane up that high anymore.
I've been using the E-Flite 1S USB Li-Po Charger, 350mA: Nano QX EFLC1008 with my USB iPhone wall charger with no issues. Spend the $8-$10 and buy the nano QX charger. Takes about 30 minutes to charge the battery that came with it. Takes about 35 minutes to charge the Tenergy 3.7V 160mAh 25C LIPO Battery for Micro Helicopter: e-Flite MSR X/ Parkzone/ Vapor, Cessna / Micro Citabria. I get about 9 minutes with the 150 mAh E-flite battery and almost 10 minutes with the Tenergy battery. I highly recommend the Tenergy battery. It is slightly less expensive and has a bit more run time. I would have no problem buying more of the Tenergy 160 mAh 25C batteries.
Anyway, the Hobby Zone Duet continues to fly well for my first plane. Plenty of loops, some inverted flying, stall turns. Lots of fun.
Since writing this review I hit a pole hard with one of the motors and broke the motor. Once again I was stupidly flying in too small a space and in too much wind. Horizon offers no motors for this airplane, but Syma S107 motors fit perfectly. Just slip off the plastic gear, cut the wires and solder it back. Test the rotation direction before you solder. If it is backward, reverse the leads. These motors, the few parts Horizon offers, Some foam safe CA glue, and some transparent tape should keep you in the air for a long time!
Also if you don't have a charger for the flight battery I highly recommend that you get one. It is expensive to charge from the transmitter and also can drain your transmitter batteries to a dangerous level, causing you to lose control of the airplane. The USB charger for the Blade Nano QX is about 8 dollars.