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Bird of Time

Manufacturer: Dynaflight

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No. of Reviews1
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Frank Skilbeck wrote on 30/08/2017:
OLD SCHOOL AND NONE THE WORSE FOR THAT
Strengths: Relaxing to fly, great plane to learn thermal sniffing on. Good quality kit.
Weaknesses: Parts numbering could have been better.
Overall: In todays age of high performance foamies, ARTFs and laser cut interlocking ply kits itís refreshing to see that there is still space for a traditional kit that only needs a simple radio to fly, no need for multiple flight modes here. The quality of the wood and die cutting in the supplied kit was very good, and identifying the parts was often the hardest part of the build. The accompanying instructions do need re-reading a couple of times at some points but having a detailed full sized plan is a big help here. The finished model flies really well and is easy to bungee launch and responds well to thermals making the Bird of Time a good introduction to the art of thermal sniffing, and only having two controls you canít compensate for flying skills with radio programming. There are more modern high performance moulded models with carbon fuselages, ailerons and flaps which can be programmed to adjust the airfoil section for different conditions which will easily outperform the Bird of Time, but these are much more expensive and donít enhance your enjoyment of catching a thermal and soaring away any more than that achieved with the Bird of Time. So while the Bird of Time is also available as an ARTF with a fibreglass fuselage the kit version builds up into a lovely model and makes a good introduction into building for somebody who has aspirations to build from plans, with flying characteristics that make thermal hunting very enjoyable and relaxing.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

Multiplex Heron

Manufacturer: Multiplex

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No. of Reviews1
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Frank Skilbeck wrote on 27/07/2017:
CRACKING
Strengths: Well designed, great performance
Weaknesses: Expensive as a RTF
Overall: I bought the kit version and fitted it out with my own motor and servos saving quite a few pennies. The kit goes together really well and the instructions set the standard for others. Set up as per the instructions it flies brilliantly. Whether you are thermal hunting or climbing and diving with aerobatics along the way. Benefits from a radio that allows camber flap and crow/butterfly braking. Quick to put together at the field and very easy to hand launch.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

XR61

Manufacturer: Precision Aerobatics

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No. of Reviews1
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John Roberts 9 wrote on 26/07/2017:
A CURATE'S EGG - GOOD IN PARTS!
Strengths: The design is a minor work of art and the finished model looks beautiful and flies nicely too. The German distributor, Braeckman.de, are worthy of much praise too. Using them should hold no fears for UK purchasers.
Weaknesses: The list of weaknesses is depressingly long. Don't get me wrong, the XR61 is a beautiful design and the blend of balsa & carbon fibre is both inspired and highly aesthetically pleasing but the whole thing is badly let down by poor manufacturing quality control. Every aspect of the build required me to modify or fettle to get things to fit properly. I won't list all the issues but two of the most annoying concerned the cowl and the horizontal stabilizer. The (beautifully made & finished) cowl was a nightmare. Fitted in the correct position vis-ŗ-vis the prop adapter & spinner meant that the canopy wouldn't fit. Moving the cowl forward enough to enable the canopy to fit meant that an insufficient length of motor shaft was exposed to safely attach the prop assembly. As for the horizontal stabilizer this was more that 15 degrees out of whack relative to the wings. The list goes on but I am sure you get the picture.
Overall: It took me 35+ hours to assemble this 'ARTF'. The end result is a very satisfying aircraft but I suspect that for those without building skills the XR61 would have been a considerable challenge. It now flies very well and looks great in the air. Its light weight (around 4 pounds compared to 6+ pounds for most other '50 size' models) remarkably allows flights of 6 - 7 minutes on 2200mAh batteries. I am a fan of PA products (this is the third PA in my hangar) but I would need to think carefully about buying another. Any prospective purchasers need to go into this one with their eyes wide open. To PA I would say, get your QC act together guys. I have rated the VFM as 'Good'. Poor would be too harsh but in the absence of an 'OK' or 'Moderate' button I felt I had no other option.
Ease of assembly
40%
Build quality
40%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
40%

Edge 540S

Manufacturer: SebArt

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews1
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John Roberts 9 wrote on 26/07/2017:
EXCELLENT. RECOMMENDED.
Strengths: This is an exceptionally pretty and easily assembled aircraft that flies brilliantly. The covering material was notably wrinkle free and the overlaid patterns/designs align beautifully suggesting that much care & attention has been devoted to it.
Weaknesses: In terms of construction it was exceptionally straightforward with only one minor ambiguity regarding control horns (2 types supplied but contradictory instructions as to which control surface they should be fitted to) putting a very minor blot on the SebArt copy book. I still have some reservations about the strength of the carbon fibre undercarriage. Mine snapped completely on the fourth landing (only *very* slightly less than a perfect greaser) which makes me think the u/c perhaps had a manufacturing fault. The expensive replacement (40 quid, ughhh!) has been fine so far.
Overall: A fine aircraft that has far greater capabilities than my own modest club flyer abilities are ever likely to exploit. In a nutshell, it just feels 'right' in the air. Don't be tempted to use a battery much smaller than 5000 mAh because you will inevitably end up adding lead to the nose to get the correct CoG.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
100%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

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