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.
Equipped 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 open the throttle to full for a noisy, fast eye opener flight.
I just bought one of these a few weeks ago. The fuselage has a twist of about 5°* in the tail, which I didn't notice until I'd glued the stabilisers on. It's not a seating problem, because you can see the angle in the seam running down the back of the tail. Not really sure what to do about it, but I haven't tried flying it yet, so I'm not sure how much it will affect flight.
Hi Ken, I'm using turning 2200 30c discharge and it works perfectly with axn, anything smaller will actually makes the plane feel really tail heavy.
For a beginner to intermediate i felt that this plane is enough speed for the thrill and if u hold the throttle back is actually glides pretty well. Definitely not under power. Does well on loop, roll is doable but is slow, like real slow.
Some peeps on youtube is cloaking around 100mph on AXN.
Queston 1) : Does the [Turnigy 2200mAh 30-40C discharge] battery work well with the setup that comes with this AXN? I'm concerned about the different "C"s of similar "mAh" batteries that may affect this AXN's electronic stock setup.
Question 2) : Is the stock setup sufficient for general aerobatics (e.g. rolls, loops, inverted). I'm a beginner to intermediate flyer, so I'm not looking for things like jets that go Mach 3. Has anyone experienced this AXN to be underpowered with the stock electronics that came with it?
the axn in stock with a 2200mah 30-40c will do inverted and loops easily as the motor that comes with it is a 2150kv which does quite a good job , but if you want a little bit more thrust on stock , throw a 6x4E prop on it and it will be great , the 25AE AOXAN speed control that came with mine handles things nicely for what it is , but place it somewhere with airflow and cut the heat-shrink a little on the heat-sink so it can breathe a bit.
if you think in stock its underpowered , look at changing the motor out for something in the 250w 1650kv bell type motor and at least a 30-35amp esc , and watch her go.
also another cheap mod is carbon strips in the tail boom and tail before gluing on things, also a spare set of servos does come in handy with the pnp version as its likely a few crashes will take its toll after a while.
Ok im sure theres an AXN clouds conspiracy going on here ive asked 20 times where the COG is and not one person gives me a straight answer. Its simple you use a ruler measure your COG that you are using then type it on here as a reply. Sorry im being angry but jeeze it aint hard.
From the Leading edge of the wing my COG measures at 5cm, exactly were the wing SPAR is
all birds need more or less weight depending on the battery weight and on board electronics.
the COG will never change but the way you balance it can.
I will also balance the bird on the top wing"upside down" as well as right side up.
the COG must be found to correctly give the bird the proper flight charachteristics
Yes your right about the balance has to spot on she flew real nice and in heavy winds. One thing I need to ask is I usually fly smaller planes and they are very agile what I noticed with the AXN is its not very responsive so ive had to increase the throws not sure if its cus im used to flying smaller craft? Cheers
my COG taken at the wing spar"carbon Rod" measure with 2 pens directly under center of the spars where the greatest wing load will be. attached to a steel bar with 2 holes to support the pens as vertical sticks. slightly nose heavy is easiest for fist flights
nose heavy flights will dive a little to pick up speed then the plane levels out for a nice glide,
if the plane is tail heavy you will find iot climbing to easy and have sloppy controls as it tries to climb and you fight it to level out.
in my experience NON powered gliders do great with COG in centre works great
Powered planes do great with COG slightly nose heavy
you never want a tail heavy plane .
Ive had experience with tail heavy planes lol Totally messed up cog with a new glider the spirit lol killed it first flight haha never again :D
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.