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E-flite DH Beaver

Manufacturer: E-flite

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews5
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Tony Richardson wrote on 01/05/2011:
GREAT MODEL
Strengths: Good looks, it is the exact colour scheme of Atlin Air (based north of here)
Weaknesses: Battery bay could be bigger,some sanding was required to get the 4s to fit but nothing major, also the rudder/steering elevator hookup fittings clashed a little so had to improvise with different ones from the LHS, for these reasons only a good and not excellent for assembly.
Overall: Great value $199, great looks and a very stable flyer. I powered mine with a Turnigy SK42-40 motor 60amp esc and a 4s 4400 15c battery driving 13x6.5 prop flight times are in the 12-14 min range, it is overpowered but with the wind we have at our field it needs it sometimes, the supplied stand offs were too short for this motor so I made my own. Use of flaps requires a little elevator mixed in to prevent the nose pitching up when they are dropped but in a no wind condition they do slow this model nicely making landings easy. Would I buy another you bet I would, this is the only E-flite I have but it certainly won't be the last.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Andy Butler wrote on 04/08/2010:
A LOT OF MODEL FOR THE MONEY.
Strengths: Great quality, well thought out design, great manual.
Weaknesses: Battery bay could be bigger
Overall: An excellent quality kit that ticks all the boxes. Good looks, easy to build and all the parts fit well.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

Maurice Harvey wrote on 26/12/2009:
OVER-RATED QUALITY
Strengths: Good looks
Weaknesses: Lets start with the glue, too much and too little. The control surfaces have received dollops of the stuff! So much was applied to fit the hinges that I had to cut through the hinge lines in order to get free movement. The laser-cut "cats cradle" fuselage is assembled dry then a sniff of glue applied to the joints,easy peasy for the girls in China as it is self jigging this way.
Overall: Why has Horizon Hobby got this "prestige" label'. They are over-priced and in my opinion no better, and some cases worse that other brands.I am of the belief it is something to do with the magazine reviewers.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
40%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
40%
Overall
40%

Fred Keegan wrote on 15/07/2008:
GREAT MODEL
Strengths: Well produced Kit
Weaknesses: Too Nice TO Fly!!!!
Overall: Just a lovely model to put together and Fly
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
80%

Frank Skilbeck wrote on 06/07/2008:
LOVELY
Strengths: Great quality and goes together well. Looks great.
Weaknesses: All fittings are Imperial sizes as opposed to metric more commonly used over here. Motor mounts provided are designed for E-Flite's own motors.
Overall: Finished building this 3 weeks ago but have had to wait for a break in the weather to test fly, I got that this morning so here goes. I've powered mine with a Turnigy 42-50A 700KV motor, 60 amp ESC and 3200 mah 4s lipo, this turns a 13 x 6 prop at 8900 rpm. I got the motor to fit but the supplied standoffs and supplied bolts (imperial size) were too short to fit this motor. I ended up using the longer of the standoffs to the motor mount and then made a further standoff from the mount to the motor as the threads in the motor are metric and I had spare bolts for this. The kit is very well prefabricated and well thought out. The controls for the elevator, rudder and tail wheel are all hidden and easy to set up and tubes are in place to run the control wires, every thing fit easily. The wing uses 4 servos, two for ailerons and two fro flaps, the flaps have hidden linkages and are bottom hinged. Also the flap linkages are designed so that you can use two servos on a Y lead without the need for a servo reverser, very handy. The windows all fit very easily, and the cowl is secured by internal bolts but you will need a ball driver to fit and tighten them, imperial size again. Note I got a set of metric and imperial ball drivers from Machine Mart and these are very useful. My kit also came with the optional cockpit set (normally an extra) but with just one pilot, but this finishes it off nicely. I had to cut out part of the battery box where it protrudes into the engine bay other wise the battery I was using couldn't be fitted, but once done the battery fits quite easy, the battery hatch is secured by some strong magnets. Note the assembly manual is really very good and an example to others. Now to the flying, we got a break in the weather this morning and so I managed to get a test flight in. The motor combination I've selected is at the top end of what's recommended (in case I want to fit floats in future) and lifted it off, without flaps in a few feet and it's quite overpowered. I'd dialed in a bit of coupled aileron/rudder and in the windy weather we had today it was needed, if anything I hadn't got quite enough in and on the downwind turns it would drop the tail. I tried the flaps at height and they seem quite effective and it just hovered in the wind and came down in almost a harrier, very stable with full control. There was a bit of nose up on deploying the flaps so I'll have to mix a bit of down elevator in on future flights. I then set up an approach to check the landing without flaps and it was so good I went ahead and landed. No problems, it alighted very easily and the wind was picking up so I taxied back and called it a day. First flight was about 8 mins and I'd only used 1700 mah out of the battery with most of the flying being at half throttle. It does need co-ordinated rudder and aileron and I don't think it will roll very well, but then again I don't think the real one did either! I need a bit better weather to check out the flight performance more fully but the signs are promising. Overall a really nice well thought out model with few niggles that would go together even easier if you used the recommended E-flight motor set, but the Turnigy motor at 15 is a very smooth and powerful alternative. Just looking forward to those lazy summer days now and low passes and touch and go's, ah well I can dream can't I.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

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