AXN Floater-Jet EPO with Motor (ARF) This model is one every pilot should own, performance is excellent and the quick, simple build will have you in the air in no time, when it comes to smiles for Dollars, the Floater-Jet can't be beaten, happy to be flown at speed or float around on minimal power, it's the perfect choice for beginners and experienced flyers.
Equiped with a high-kv motor, small propeller and a very smooth finish EPO foam surface (almost glossy) this plane can reach high speeds in a short amount of time, yet glide in gently to land thanks to it's forgiving stall and low wing loading.
An extremely easy plane to fly, ideal for beginners at half throttle and for experienced fliers, a noisy, fast eye opener at WOT!
both the AXN and Bixler are good for beginners, really comes down to a personal choice, there are lots of AXNs being used for FPV but the Bixler has some FPV mounting kits available which would make it easy to convert
When I got mine it came with a XT60 plug if you want to change this plug you can cut it of and solder a new one on or HK have some adapters but there in the International warehouse but what are you wanting to connect to?
Batteries I have ordered have XT60 connectors and some of these have come with them on the ESC, whilst some have a T connector apparently. Sawdust has been tutoring me in the forum. Ordered some XT60's anyway and I forgot that I have a spare ESC with the XT60 anyway if it came to it.
Hi all, have just bought and assembled the AXN motor only and have flown for the first time (no crashes :) using the Hobby King 2.4Ghz 4Ch Tx & Rx V2. I have had a problem with the plane going out of range at maybe 100mtr out and 60 mtr up. I moved the aerial to outside of the canopy on one side and it seemed to help. Is this rx tx ok for this plane or am I missing something. Was contemplating pushing the aerial through the bottom and recessing it in.
This may sound stupid but also check that you have fresh new batteries in your transmitter, dont mix batteries, and dont be tempted to fly once the batteries get low, change them. The transmitter is good for this plane, it should be really out of sight before you were to even lose siganl.
Ha there Jimmy thanks for the feedback sounds like you know this plane quite well. HHmmmm I'm sure ill be crashing also. a friend of my she has twisted my arm into buying this plane also, So looks like its the choice of many, ill keep you posted with the out come of my first live flight, or maiden I've just been informed, so much aircraft jargon aaaahhhhrrr
Hi there I'm a new Hobbyist first plane purchase ,would you recommend this plane to me to start with or something similar , have be using a Phoenix4 simulator for about 3months now ill jump in a give the real thing a go.Please advise
Brilliant first plane. Very easy to fly and very cheap! Highly recommend it! You can get away with flying at any speed without the worry of stalling, but on landing don't pull throttle right off until you are very near the ground. Trust me from personal experience. Pull it off gradually! My first plane with no previous experience even with a flight sim so Pam you should have no worries! Easy to assemble also but if you have troubles there are some very helpful youtube videos out there aswell. Very forgiving with crashes aswell, I have crashed many a time and quite badly aswell but has held up very well. Crashed it very badly once and the nose was just hanging on in about 4 or 5 different places but was very forgiving and easy to put back together with a bit of 5 minute araldite! Would highly recommend to any level flyer especially beginner!
I agree with Rexy03, is a good plane, if intermediate pilot can fly at wot power and buzz along at quite a nice speed, and is good for general stunts, but i definitely agree to get the kit form and kit it out yourself, i bought this version and had to replace the aileron esc's as one stopped working mid flight, after only one flight,lucky it seized in neutral position and was able to use rudder to steer it back down to earth in one piece. also ive heard at wot flying the supplied speed controler will burn out in a very short time. Hk keep the price down buy supplying inferior quality electronics, best to buy your own hxt900 servos, these cheap as chips but a reliable servo and a decent esc. I wish sometime HK would put in decent electronics and i wouldnt mind paying a little for ARF versions,
this is a good plane but you might find it a bit boring after the f4u, it is great for a leisurely fly and will buzz along quickly but not like the f4u,
i recommend getting the version with motor only and buy better quality esc and servos
have a look for rc model reviews build videos on utube and the bill of materials page on there web site. plus theres heaps of videos of this plane in action by Xjet
if you can fly the corsair good this will probly bore you unless you are planning on doing some fpv with it. if u liked the corsair and want something a bit more challinging in your price range go for an funfighter warbird or and edf jet like the t-45 goshawk. i really like the p-51 mustang 900mm ish and the red arrow is a very good first edf jet and is also in your price range. also there a loads of profile 3d planes that would fit or be less than your bugdet if you want aerobatics. also there are a few f3a patternships that would fit your budget if you do choose to take the aerobatic path.
Hi i run 1800 in my axn and go for about 12 mins, but all depends on wether you are running flat out or just cruising, im usually for that 12 mins on half to 3/4 throttle for the whole 12 mins and their is plenty to spare .
yep that will look a lot better, I have also seen a receiver pushed down the fuselage behind the servos but that makes it difficult to get it out again, you must be almost ready to fly , Good luck and enjoy
if you buy this setup pnf with the servos already installed i could not fit a turnigy 9x receiver, once you put a 2200 battery in, their is no room, would be interested to see a photo of how people have fitted it in.
I cant fid the pic that I wanted but i uploaded two, one with the rec flat and one with the rec on the side, note you can also put the rec upwards on the firewall with the plugs at top or bottom as you have plenty of room inside the canopy I have seen one that had a small amount of foam trimmed out on the sides to fit the cables in if mounted sideways, you can also just sit it on top of the battery.
HI thanks for photos, i noticed that the one you have on its side is a bit messy and on its end is ok but i noticed you dont have the control arms connected on the servos, that was the problem i found the servos would hit the rec when they were moving, also the pic was taken in 2009 the new receivers that come with the turnigy 9x vers 2 is larger than the old 2009
Paul, i turned my servos around so that the servo arm is closer to the tail giving a bit more room in the cabin, I also connected the z bend at the servo, this gives a bit more room as well and the push rod ends dont spear anything in a crash
Hi Rexy excellent idea i didnt even think of that, ive had a axn for awhile and is flying good using a orange rec, but im building my second one and want to use the Turnigy 9X rec, thanks for all the help and hints.
That would look a bit strange ?
but seriously you dont need wheels on the floater jet, just put a few strips of glass fibre tape on the bottom and she will take off easily without any damage to the foam
last time i flew a rc plane was approx 9 years ago i was 8 and had a cheap 2 channel rc plane that went on a rc tank and lanched it. but boy did i do my landings perfect full throttle and tail first itd just slide with out skipping every single time.
Hi this is perfect beginners plane flys straight out the box not much trimming, very stable and versatile, might want to maybe get used to flying a 3 ch first thou, rudder, elevator and throttle then moved on to ailerons.
This was my first plane and after working out my new transmitter I have got some brilliant flights out of it. If it's the first time ever flying a rc plane you may find it helpful to mix rudder & ailerons. I did that and found it a lot easier to start off with. It gives you a chance to get used to flying before worrying about all the different joysticks. Perfect begginer plane and perfect price!!!
Hi guys grabbed one of these just a few days before xmas and only just had the chance to maiden flight, wow, i cant believe it just flew out my hands and flew straight and level with no trim adjustment, excellent plane to fly and believe me i'm no expert, only just been learning to fly and this is the best one so far. Only thing i found and not a real biggy, but very little space up front, was flat out installing my receiver, very squashy, compared to the bixler and similar planes. And don t be afraid to trim the front to fit the 2200 batteries, i wasn't to keen but thought i would give it a go, the foam cuts really easy with a good hobby knife, and also trim away the small blocks at the bottom and the battery fits no problem, no bull guys this is one sweet plane to fly and own. Sorry i should of put this in the reviews section.
First of all thank you very much Hobbyking. Very fast postage(au warehouse),she arrived yesterday(sunday)this was not my first plane however it was the very first one that i flew.Very easy to fly recommend to beginners,thanks again.
Yep. Don't forget a battery charger and suitable plug ** many chargers seem to be missing the XT60 plug that this plane and most of the batteries in this size use.
Also it sounds like a large battery like 2200 will need a bit of foam trimmed off to fit (easy to do with a stanley knife).
This is a great little plan. Got mine today, put it togeather and went flying 15-20not wind flew fantastic. I would recamend this Floater Jet to anyone who wants to lean to fly or if you are an experinced flyer nice little plane for some back yard /park fun.
i use to have a Esky phenix until it ceashed for the last time. The Floater Jet is as good.
Got this plane after crashed my Bixler and couldn't get it in Australia.
Came in excellent packaging. Everything required, even glue was included. Took only 30 minutes to make it flight ready. Taped aileron and elevator hinges.
- CoG was nowhere documented. Had to guess around the thickest part of the wing.
- Very sensitive to wind. Not able to overcome a slight wind.
- Only 30pcnt throttel was required to nicely cruise
- Very easy to hand launch
- Excellent finish
Overall, if you pick a calm day, this is an excellent plane.
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Awsome plane for the money. 2 days delivery from NSW warehouse. Well made, stable flier. Have flown in 15kmh winds no problem. Remains to be seen how long the motor will last but would be cheap to replace anyway.
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G'day bought 6 of these gliders for club night flying. A nice quick build and all was supplied for construction. I optioned to use the turnigy 3S 2200mh batterys in them and in this configuration found the c/g to be perfect at 1/3rd of the wing root .Out of the six planes test flown none of them needed any trimming, perfect out of the box.(it was very gusty between 20-25km's) Ok now for the not so good points, 1. the motors where wired up incorrectly running the wrong way for pusher , 2. the rudder & elevator servos not glued in very well (we epxoyed them in place) 3.aileron and rudder mix is a good idea for more responsive and flatter turning. (aileron alone was not real good) OK as far as ratings go i'd give it the thumbs up, for quick and ease of build and quality of the foams smooth finninsh to be one of the best ive seen in a foamy. For the money it's a well worth investment.
Awesome plane, top quality finish and the stickers are great quality Easy to assemble, make sure you get your CG right, makes it so much easier to fly, also glides forever Great for beginners and best to use some Zippy 2200 mah packs, CG is perfect. Make sure you tighten your motor mount (2 grub screws) common issue with them coming lose. My motor popped out on maiden flight but was an easy fix. Use a little loctite to make sure they don't come lose with the vibrations Motor is very powerful, worth upgrading to a 6x4e propeller as on a fully charged 3s pack the motor will make over 200 watt with easy. Makes this plane a whole lot more fun to fly! Great value for the price
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The cons - one servo started smoking on first power up. The wings don't hold in well so need to either glue them or make some catch. Gets a little unstable when flying rather slow while turning due to the big wings.
The pros - My 7 year old did the maiden flight and flew it like a pro. Previously he only flown small 3ch planes. That's how easy it is to fly.
Bring it up and than glide nicely down or just cruise around. So easy I was getting bit bored being used to planes that need constant attention. Can't do any rolls with it but can do fairly tight loops on 3S. Looping at full speed bends the wings like crazy but they don't break. I hit a lamp post at 1/2 speed and only got a dent in the wing. Pretty tough plane I'd say. it flies well on 2S as well, even had in small 2S 1000mah and it was fine tho little tail heavy for gliding.
When Lipo goes low the ESC will alternate to motor speed up/down to let you know wchich is pretty need tho the forst time I thought it was about to die not knowing what it was :-) Good plane, get one.