So, you want a fast parkflyer!? Forget boring scale details and shelf queen good looks this F4U Corsair is built for speed and all out fun! Dog fight with friends on 3S or use a 4S pack for heart pounding high speed passes, either way the Fun fighters have you covered. The combination of the light weight EPO airframe, a high power brushless motor and a simple aileron and elevator setup place these models amongst the most exhilarating park flyers to hit the market this year. Dont be left out of the fun!
This model comes plug and fly and only requires a few minutes of assembly time and flies like its on rails thanks to the one piece molding technique used in the construction. All you will require to have the F4U Corsair in the air is a 3~4S 850mAh 20C Lipoly battery and your own transmitter and receiver (Tx/Rx)
Does anyone else have an issue that causes the plane to spaz out at around the 9 minute mark? Its happend to me twice now, it just cuts out and crashes. Is there a setting on the esc i have to change? If so how do i do it, many thanks in advance.
hi sircv3,if your worried about abusing the throttle then do as effina says and put a 3cell in her and just dial down the end point on your throttle to say 50%,
you can then use full throttle for hand launching and then back off while cruising,
then if you havent written her off after a few flights you can raise the end point on the throttle a little,
ours is ballistic on a 4cell and after about 20 flights she is still going strong,
as effina says she gets small real quick so keep an eye on her ,
I was reading some of the previous discussions and it sounds like this thing can fly with a 2S battery. Do I need a different ESC if only using a 2S battery? Or will the ESC that came with it work fine? I would love to start it off real slow if that is possible. If I can't use the 2S, I guess I could just hold off on the throttle. But I don't trust myself to do that.
My ESC never worked in mine, so I don't know, but likely so. If I were you, I would change it anyway, I looked in my Funfighter, and the Blueseries 30A ESC does 2 to 4 cells. I have never went that low in mine (never used a 3s in mine either), But You do have a throttle control, meaning you can take it easy on the throttle until you are used to it. This plane runs fast at 1/4 throttle, and is by no means a beginner plane, just in case you haven't flown much.
I actually bought this plane a few months ago. I thought my trainer plane would have lasted longer and I could have built up to this plane. I think this plane is going to sit on the shelf for a while. I'd rather look at it than destroy it instantly trying to fly it. I was just curious about the 2S. I'll probably use the 3S I bought for it and just keep the throttle low. Once I can fly and land a bank n yank without a problem that is.
Hey! That sounds wise for the time being. If there are any RC clubs in your area, contact them, and ask them for help. Get a simulator, if you do not have one (Phoenix is the best to me), and fly it until your thumbs are sore. With the Funfighter, it is no so much crashing it that is the problem, it is losing it! It can go out of sight in seconds, so you have to be ready to get it coming back as fast as you get it in the air. Even with a 3s, she will fly a good 75MPH. but if you keep the throttle down, it will cruise more like 50. Your local RC club may be able to fix your trainer (you would be surprised what is "fixable").
hi randy i agree with effina the batt will squease into the foam nicely,
the 4 cell i use on my corsair is the same size as the 3 cell except slightly higher which doesent matter,
the foam grips the batt nicely ,
we havent used any velcro but is a good idea non the less !
Remember to put some foam between the battery and the front, sharp parts of the motor can damage your lipo easily (this can even end in fire). By the way, original ESC may survive, if you take a straw and make it blow air from the prop directly into the ESC. You'll have to make a hole into the fuselage for this. I did this with AT6 and the original ESC still lives today.
Thinking of using the 800 mAh 3S battery with the following dimensional specs:
Length-A(mm) =57 (2.24")
Height-B(mm) =29 (1.142")
Width-C(mm) =23 (.906)
Seems like it's going to be a real close fit. Should I do some carving to get this in? Or if it's just a real tight fit, is it better to relieve the space just a bit to relieve slight pressure between the foam and the battery, or is it better to push it in place so the foam holds it more firmly?
Hey, no need to cut, this will go in fine. Use velcro to hold the battery in place, and you will be up and running! If anything, it will be a little loose. Make sure you balance the plane, it tends to come out tail heavy.
The other two touch up colors I found that were not a perfect match, but relatively close, was at Michael's, and they do have a really wide ranging selection of small .99 cent bottles of acrylic craft paints. If you choose to use those colors, you may have to paint the entire area of the rudder, under the cowling, and the bottom of the fuselage, because they aren't perfect matches, but close...the trade off is the cost is more reasonable than going to Lowes and having the other two colors matched.
I haven't flown mine yet. But, I am concerned that it's so fast, and your video shows it landing really fast. Are you able to slow it down for landing, or does it always come in pretty fast, or it stalls? It looks like my post did post separately from your video post after all, thankfully.
hi from the uk randy, no probs hijacking - lol
we are flying her on a 4cell 850 lipo so we only have small elevator movement because she is sensitive when flat out, consequently when we land her we run out of elevator control as she slows down and flairs for the landing so we come in a little quicker to keep control of her,
i dont use rates because she becomes uncontrollable,
fly her on a 3 cell lipo and see how you get on with her then upgrade later when your used to her,
we havent had any stalling issues with her at all,
remember randy she gets small real quick so plan ahead when flying her,
she is a real buzz to fly and she goes vertical from the hand launch on a 4 cell !
hope all goes well with yours and let me know how you get on - regards pete,
Hello Peter, thank you so much for the advice! Actually, I have the 3S 800 mAh battery for her, so I hope that will slow her down a bit, long enough for me to get a handle on flying her without losing control, lol! Good to know about her being able to so quickly go out of view. I'll be sure to keep her relatively close at first. Maybe when I get a little more experience with her I can slap the 4S battery in there, and experience her full potential...I'll be in Dublin in May, first time in your part of the world. Couldn't make it over to the UK this time. But, it's on the agenda. Thanks again!
Well, there apparently isn't anything available over the counter for touch-up. I went to Lowes, and had them match the color using their optical comparator. They had a quart of Acrylic Latex. They matched the dark blue color perfectly. I touched up the areas where the glue dried white between the wing and the fuselage. Perfect match! Problem is, the cost of a quart of Acrylic Latex is around $12.00!!! And, there are three colors on the Fun Flyer Corsair. So, it could be kind of expensive. But, once you have the touch-up in your hobby room, it'll last FOREVER!!! Since this model is so fast, the likelihood of rebuilding them, and wanting to use touch-up, is pretty high. But, I haven't taken the plunge to spend that much on having all the colors. But, I did find some relatively close colors in .99 cent bottles for the gray underbelly color, and the color of the rudder and under the cowling. So, I'm making due on those colors.
Am a little intimidated by this model as well. I just got mine, and I'm in the assembly stages right now. I have a 3S 800mAh battery for it. What battery size were you using on yours? I've read where the 4S battery makes it an absolute screamer. I'm hoping the battery I have will slow her down a bit. Love the size of the model for a small pasture flying field area, but would prefer something slower moving, if that be an issue.
Hey guys! The throttle control is on the left (just kidding). I have had the boys at Firetower bring mine up, and it really is scary fast on 4s. I am going to bring her up myself in a week or two(gotta work), but I am a pretty decent pilot nowadays, and I will report back.
CG is about 60-65mm from the leading edge of the wing. If you do not have a balancer try and get it to balance on the edge of a ruler. Balance it with the edge of the ruler at 62mm from the leading edge to begin with.
thanks for that ya it was windy out i should not have tried it but thought it would do ok a gust hit same time i threw it went straight up straight down tuff motor tho just broke spinner and busted the glue loose holding motor in place.
For some reason I can't reply to you on this stupid website, no idea why. 50A ESC flies just fine, zero problems with weight or CG. I did trim away excessive plastic at the cable entrances to make it fit. I also have battery voltage alarm board inside :) Its a very fast and robust plane now.
Hey, which one? It is always good to know if I need a backup. I am using a Blueseries 30A, works well, is much smaller than the original, and barely gets warm flying at 90MPH. Check my video, it's down a couple of posts! Great!!! Please put some pics in the files! A couple of my buddies at the club want the F4U, from seeing what mine can do, it is really a screamer!
I am not a beginner, but I am rusty from not flying for 35 years. I am improving a lot, but I am not fully up to speed yet. Fortunately, there are 2 flying clubs in my area, that are willing to help me a lot. I will solo pretty soon with the FF. Man! That is a plane that can get away from you!
How's it going, any better by now? Get the PC simulator. I think AT6 is even more fun, just as fast, slightly easier to handle and easier to repair and keep well balanced for clean loops. I've switched to AT6 for those fun flights. F4U does look cooler, though.
Some feedback after using this for over 1 month.
- After some getting used to 3S becomes unbearably slow, get a couple of 4S 850mAh for these. Use 1300 3S to learn although its almost easier with 4S 850. CG is perfect with battery pushed all the way back to the magnetic latch in the middle.
- Tape wings for protection, use carbon tubes to reinforce fuselage and especially the motor.
- Replace hinges, they will break soon, possibly in the air
- Glue motor holder well with flexible glue, hard glue will crack. Motor holder is the weak spot of this plane, every hard landing could crack it. I modded mine and reinforced with balsa and carbon tubes lots of glue (used UHU styro).
- Wings may warp over time, place plane on the table, put weights or supports so that you level them perfectly, than use hot hair dryer to "soften" them a bit. They will be perfectly leveled after cooling down. You need this for nice loops.
- ESC sucks, I have two of these and they both died within a month. Upgrade to something stronger.
Other than that, great little birds.
Very nice feedback! It took me 3 ESC's to get it flyable. For me, the Blueseries ESC 30A appears to be the best choice. I fly pretty conservative, so I may not run into too many problems, but I see the fuselage issue, it is way too flexible. I guess I will be buying a lot of carbon rods (for this, and my A5). Thanks!
Over time I am noticing another problem, crashes eventually distort the wing geometry so I find myself fixing wings (making them symetrical) more and more often. Part of the problem is I fly (land) in snow so crashes may be more brutal than nice grass. Its probably easier to keep wings symetrical with classical design.
This is a belly lander, and tall grass is your friend. You have to hand launch it too, but it will fly fairly slow if you don't bring it in too hot. Tall grass is your friend. Definitely not a first plane, or a second plane, it's too fast and easy to lose. Not classified a park flyer either (by the AMA)
Hey, thanks Harry. I can tell you also mine came out nose heavy, I believe because I put the 4s battery in it (Turnigy Nanotech 850MA 4s). I would think the 3s would be better to balance it, but I wanted it to have it's full potenial.
My wife ordered one of these for me for Christmas. When the box was opened, I was surprised to see that it had been crushed even though it was carefully packed. The box showed no signs of damage, but the wing was cracked, the fuselage bent severely, and the battery hatch scrunched! :mad:
Anyway, I've been trying since then to get replacement parts but so far nothing. Anyone know where to get replacement parts for one of these? (besides buying a new kit)
Hey, sorry to hear that! You need to contact HK for a replacement. Right now, there are no spare parts for this plane. If the damage is not too bad (twisting, scrunches etc.) you can fix them with tea kettle hot water. There are many videos on this on YouTube, well worth watching, as it is inevitable that you will crash. Remember this plane will go 85-100MPH. Great luck to you!
Hey Harry, the plug is this a small male and female pin on the power end of the ESC. You will have to solder something else on it to connect the battery, like an XT60, or on my case, a Dean's connector. Here is a link, just substitute the $ for dots.
By the way, if you don't know how to solder, my next video will teach you! I have 2 videos to put up, and one shows how to solder on new connectors on the Funfighter. My name is James Morse, my handle is dragon64leo. I have a lot of videos.
No, just a little male and female thing. I assume it was made for some different battery originally. I just finished my soldering video, it will be up by tomorrow. It is very long, so it will take most of the night to upload.
No, the battery is too heavy, and you would need to remove a lot of foam to do it. I see what you are getting at, the fly time is short, but this is a VERY FAST plane, and 5 minutes is an eternity with this one.
I fly with a 3S 1.3Ah Nanotech no problem - both in the 25C and 45C flavours. I had to cut some of the foam out to fit and put the pack up the front. However it flies perfectly fine. The Flitetest boys used a 1.3Ah pack in theirs when they reviewed it. Take a look at this video below.
I haven't flown this one yet, due to the fact I have a *** ESC (ordered another one). Anyway, my old F4U had flaps, and on that plane, believe me you needed them. My old F4U was a 6ft wingspan, balsa and silkspan, and I clocked it arond 100MPH. That plane was AWESOME! I took me 4 months to build it in 1979. I had a 7 channel Futaba, 72MHz. I just thought it might help, so I would guess I am just used to being very careful on landings, for obvious reasons. Thanks for the answer.
This little planes have a fairly light wing loading and they will just float in for a gentle landing! I find that I have to cut the throttle a couple of hundred meters out on final approach, to let the motor wind down so the prop has stopped by the time the plane lands!
That's a good idea! Just set it up and flew it. The cheap speedies supplied ended up dying on 4 cells anyway and I have now fitted turnigy 30amp programable unit. I have set it up on soft stop and no waiting now!
Plus a prop that has stopped causes much less drag than a spinning prop. It helps planes glide with the esc I have seen this benefit in my e starter and other planes I own. I was given this advice from a very helpful Member of my club. If you whant to see some flights of my models my You Tube channel is Metalfox1911a1. Take care and safe flying.
Make sure the throttle trim is all the way to the bottom,also if your transmitter has travel adjust try increasing the throttle channel to 120%,if none of this works try reversing the throttle channel.
Mine actually turned out nose heavy after assembly. I am thinking that you probably have a 3s pack, which is lighter than the 4s. Get your ESC and RX as far forward as possible, and see how that works, then, if you need it, put some weight just behind the motor. If you change to a 4s, you will have to re balance the plane.
Pretty good description of the product but you didn't get the speed right. On 3 cels it is VERY VERY VERY FAST. Faster than most ducted fans and extremely tough, too bad the prop isn't as strong as the plane. Assembly was easy and my CG was right on the money and it does slow down nicely to land. I'm going to buy a couple more, the Harvard caught my eye.
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This plane rocks..very fast,run in 4s,replaced ESC to Turnigy 25A,stock ESC no throttle response at all,elevator,aileron are ok, glued a strip of carbon fiber 2x10 mm of carbon strip as the wings flex when hammered :-)
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Mine just arrived today and it's still not assembled. I chose to use comp epoxy glue for this since it's stronger and stands a harder punch than the regular superglue.
I immidiately removed the canopy to put a minicam in there but I think I'm gonna try to fly it without the canopy and only the camera onboard. The engine looks huge and it has to be coz this plane is one compact, heavy mf ;) Can't wait to fly her! One thing that concerns me is that the servos for the ailerons is molded just where the wing kinks - the spot that touch down first at landing and probably takes the hardest strain too. So what I'm gonna do is to use some duckt tape to attach a piece of thin bubbleplastic before flight to protect the servos. I also reinforced the seam on the bottom inside that little room between the tail and attachment for the top front piece, since the tail felt kinda pesky compared with the rest of the fuselage. I also gonna reinforce the wings with a thin layer of transparent duckt tape, that have saved many of my previous planes:) So when this is done I'm ready to go. I'll post the video(s) when its done.
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Small and very fast But do not fit the canopy. See videos and photos uploaded. Will be a good choice.
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This is a Flying Misile .Absolutt fast enough ,but the servoes and the electronic throttle module is just crap .The canope fits badly ,but even with all this bad findings ,the machine fly like an rocketed angel ... Bjørn ( Norwegian )