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This is the VolantexRC 1.6m Cessna 747-3 RTF (Ready-To-Fly) Brushless Electric Airplane, with an included 2.4GHz Radio System, 3S 11.1V Battery and Charger. The 747-3 Skylane is one of the best RC airplanes ever offered by VolantexRC. Thanks to the special airfoil design of the Skylane, RC flight incredibly easy, even for inexperienced users. Experienced pilots will marvel over the smooth and responsive flight characteristics, even in windy conditions. Simply finish off installation, charge your battery and take to the sky!
The ideal beginnerís choice when learning to fly with an instructor
Quick, easy assembly
Lightweight and durable EPO construction
Powerful brushless outrunner motor
Easy-Plug advanced 20A ESC installed
2.4GHz 6-Channel Radio System
Wingspan: 1560mm (61.4 in)
Overall Length: 1130mm (44.5 in)
Flying Weight: 1400g
Prop Size: 1260
Motor Size: 4023 brushless outrunner (850kV)
Speed Control: Easy-Plug 30A Brushless motor
Servo: 9-gram Servo (6pcs)
Recommended Battery: 11.1V 1800mAh ~ 2200mAh 20C Li-Po
Radio: 2.4Ghz 6-Channels
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Experience Level: Beginner
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Is Assembly Required: Yes Assembly Time: Around 1 Hour
This product was added to our catalog on February 23, 2015.
Saturday, Oct 24 2015 (11 months ago)
Volantex R/C Skylane Cessna RTF Electric Airplane
Interesting instruction manual included with the plane. No real instructions as to assembly, photos don't really show what needs to be done and (having never assembled an RTF plane before) really no way of knowing what needed to be done and in what order to do it correctly.
As for the plane, very interesting to fly as a first timer. All controls were trimmed as best as I could before first flight but still NO WHERE NEAR ready to fly for a final trimming of controls. My first flight lasted just under 4 seconds... partially operator error and partially because the trim was such that I could not turn out of the hard left bank I got into.
The front landing gear was junk out of the box. It was bent AND twisted and couldn't be made straight. HOWEVER, it did steer the plane but needed a hard right correction on the ground.
As for "assembly in about 1 hour" - I forget the exact time I started assembling this RTF plane but it was at LEAST 6 1/2 hours until I finished it and that's NOT applying the stickers. I'm sure someone with a lot of experience assembling these "kits" could have done it faster than me.
Now I will say that once I started crashing it it just kept on going and going and going. My first sub-4-second flight shattered the propeller but a trip to the hobby store got me a quick replacement.
Me being stubborn got me into trouble - trying to fly in WAY too small a field had be crashing over and over but the plane held up well. I was finally able to rip the wings right off the plane on about my 9th crash. My only option was to hand launch the plane as the front gear was junk (and I eventually just ripped it off). I'm fairly certain I can rebuild it, maybe improve on it a little bit (like the landing gear).
I'm rating this RTF plane pretty poorly because it was anything BUT ready to fly and the poor quality of the landing gear. From the little flying I actually was able to do it seems like a pretty good plane. With any luck it's salvageable and I'll be able to fly it for real next time. If not... then it was a $180 mistake. Unfortunately I'm hooked now.