Specter-1800 Composite Performance V-Tail EP Glider 1800mm (ARF) (USA Warehouse)
The Specter 1800 is one of a devilishly good range of exclusive Hobbyking Performance gliders that offer you quality, looks and speed at a saintly good price.
The Specter has a nicely finished composite fuselage and expertly built and covered balsa wings and tailplane. As you would expect, the wing is removable for easy transportation & fast field assembly, also the Specter uses a V-tail configuration for excellent speed and handling. There is a comprehensive hardware kit supplied and for the final touch, the canopy is carbon fiber.
There is no doubt, the Specter 1800 has been designed for performance, with the right set up, this model offers excellent speed and the airframe offers superb handling, this is a nice quality ARF model that any RC Pilot would be proud to own, performance was never so affordable!
Features: V-Tail configuration Removable wing for easy transport CF canopy and wing tube Easy build with instructions included Excellent quality Composite fuselage Excellent flight performance
I have flown my Specter all through the winter so far with batteries from 950mah to 2200mah. Most of my flying has been with a 10X6 HK prop with the KDA 22-20L. It climbs, vertically, as high as I need it in 10-15 seconds. It climbed even better with an 11X6 prop but the cheap plastic ones sold by HK are defective and both of mine failed in flight with the second one breaking on the very first flight. Check the reviews before you buy an HK folding prop. I'm going to try an 11X5 woven CF prop from another vendor this spring.
I started a thread at RC groups. Just tack a **** on the front of rcgroups****/forums/showthread.php?t=1688351. Feel free to ask any questions either there or here. Keep in mind that this is a low priced plane and there are some minor things that people have had to fix but it's a great flier and well worth the effort.
The biggest mods I've made are replacing the pushrods with .047inch music wire, cutting out the front of the servo tray, and hardening up the center section of the wing with thin cloth (Skyloft)and epoxy. Some others have rehinged the control surfaces or even recovered the whole plane but I found that I could stretch out the covering by deflecting the surfaces and heating the hinges with a heat gun. If I ever have to replace a servo in the fuselage I think I'll remove the servo tray entirely and mount the new servos on their sides.
I'm guessing that is wire in the wings for aileron extension wires? It also looks like the aileron servos mount flat (specs say 9g servos), so I assume the hardware pack includes some type of adapter to fit regular 9g servos in flat? Also, if somebody has one, do you think that long 2 piece wing can handle any more than that recommended setup.
I just glued my HXT 900 servos to the plywood cover. I'm using a KDA 22-20L with a 9.5X8 prop on 3 cells and I'm a little nervous about full power loops. It will go fast and make tight maneuvers but I don't think it will handle tight maneuvers at maximum speed.
Sorry I took so long to get back to you, Larry. I'm using a KDA 22-20L with a 9.5X8 prop and I love it. Climb outs are 9-12 seconds at 70-80 degrees and it's still accelerating at the top. It would fly great with less motor but I couldn't really recommend an other.
no offense hk, but a cf canopy is pretty pointless. for one, since when is a canopy a major structural component in need of that much strength? and two, now we cannot mount rx in the nose, because cf will mess up signal =(
It is a bit silly. Probably just to look cool and give them some cf to brag about. I don't know how much it will cut reception if one just keeps the antenna along the bottom of the fuse. I have a Turnigy 9x that has a single antenna and figure I'll just drill a hole in the bottom of the fuse and run the antenna inside a piece of "Ny-rod".
never had a signal problem due to minor cf parts in an aircraft. only when you enclose your rx completely in a carbon fuselage. I use $pektrum radio and always use a "full range" as opposed to a "park flyer" rx. and Yes carbon canopies are mostly for the cool looks factor.
It doesn't have flaps or spoilers but, with the big ailerons, it responds very well to "spoilerons". I haven't found any reaso to try "flaperons" but, since it's very hard to make it tip stall, I would think one could get away with a little camber.
I've found that it's not very critical on CG. I've tried it between 60mm and 70mm back from the leading edge and, aside from a few clicks of elevator trim, it flies about the same. And it flies very well indeed.
Thanks plngh! I was online to see if anyone had a better CG location than the single page mostly for looks sheet that HK sent with my plane. They say 680mm from front of fuse.??!!! that ends up in the canopy area! Anyone who has ever built any plane or read anything about them knows that is wayyyy! off.
Obviously I'll epoxy the two wing halves together but considering there is a very small contact area given that the wings are low profile, is there a need to use fiber glass tape to add some strength? Any has been pulling some G's on this thing to see how the wings hold up?
Also - I am assuming the V-Tail simply epoxies onto the fuselage, is this correct?
just ordered this sharp looking bird. really expected it to sell out before now. i ordered a 30mm spinner and 4 different prop options. i will post review when it arrives of quality and the another when first flight is complete. if it looks half as good as picture i will be pleased
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well built really sharp looking plane . went with 30mm spinner and recommended inrunner. it flys gentle as a large trainer and hauls out like a edf jet. handles well couldnt find any bad tendancies. came very well packed and no and i meen no flaws in the wings or fuselage super quality only took one star off value for price think they could do better there
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3 flights and a bunch of test glides. I love this plane!
I think they made a mistake because mine weighs almost 800 grams but it flies great.
KDA 22-20L motor
HK Blue Series 40A ESC
FlySky 6 channel micro RX
11.1v 1300mah battery
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I really like the covering material and work, looks top rate. Fiberglass fuse is very solid but a little sloppily done although not on the outside. Finish is smooth and looks great. The carbon canopy has ragged edges, actually has cloth showing on 60 percent of edges and retaining piano wire looks like someone used thier feet instead of their hands to mount it. Single sheet "instructions" look crisp and nicely printed but offer no real info and are full of incorrect measurements ,crucialy on the CG measure. would be a fatal flaw for a rookie who didn't know better than to follow directions supplied by HK. I bought this rig because I am not a novice and can figure balance for my self as this is what HK has delivered to me before in the instruction dept. And others have reviewed this bird highly as far as build quality and performance. Overall I believe I got a fair deal for the price. I will update this review after flying this plane .
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As others have mentioned the product is high quality and nicely done, especially the covering work. The fuselage is solid but a close inspection shows sloppy work, you need to be close to see it so not a big deal and functionally it's solid.
My only gripe is that the moving surfaces have covering hinges that move very well in one direction but not well at all in the other. Whomever did the covering work put a lot if emphasis on looks but not functionality. I need to redo all the hinges, as they barely move a few mm in one direction (hence the 4 star rating.) Otherwise this is a great buy.
P.S. the instructions clearly mention an in-runner motor is needed but the one shown in the combo (the motor "button" above) is an out-runner. I ordered it without reading the details so I subsequently had to place another order for the right motor. Entirely my fault for not reading the details, but hope this helps someone else. Don't assume the combo recommendation are always right!