||3 x HS81 MG
||BEC 40 amp
||8 cells 1250-1700 (scr, cp)
||3 + motor (no rudder)
||5-15 minutes (depends on throttle management)
||Aeronot 12x9 folder
||Ripmax inline 4:1 gearbox
from wing edge
||The bandit is a very high quality model (like all other FVK
models). tricky part is inserting the aileron's servos cable into the
slots, so have patient with this part, don't rush it. if using a geared
car motor (like I do) than take into consideration that an 8 cell pack of
sub-c cells would be quite difficult to insert as there in not much room
behind the motor for easy battery changes. I have the older version of the
Bandit in which the elevator servo is above the battery pack (under the
wing), in the new version the servo is placed in the tail of the plane.
the instructions are ok with some photos in them. all in all, building is
quite easy with all hardware supplied.
||Read this part carefully !! I hand launched the plane myself
on its maiden flight (my girlfriend didn't want the responsibility...). I
used full power which turned out to be a mistake as the bandit rolled to
the left immediately, just 20 cm above the ground I regained control and
managed to recover. this power set-up produces over 40 oz. of static
thrust (that's a lot for a 43 oz. plane), so the torque of the prop is
high. conclusion : always launch with half throttle and after 2-3 seconds
give it full power and climb away.
||Climbs are very steep and fast. I use the motor for climbs
only, most of the flight is done with the motor off (this is a glider
after all). without the motor, the bandit glides very well and FAST. point
the nose down and it comes screaming down the field with enough inertia to
regain much altitude without turning on the motor. rolls are very fast and
straight. this is the only plane in which I have no concerns for wing
strength - wings are very strong.
||This is the hardest part (at least for the first few
flights). the bandit can pass the field at about 1 meter high without
showing any intention to loose altitude. spoilerons (ailerons both raised
up) are a must, in my opinion, unless you have a very large field and
don't mind long walks... do not slow the bandit too much on landing
approaches as it may drop a wing (bad habit of many hotliners).
||Fuselage is quite delicate but can be fixed with some fiber
cloth. wings are very strong.
||The bandit is not a beginner's plane. it is very fast. if
looking for relaxing flights than this is not the plane for you. if
looking for a hot model in regard to speed and aerobatics than I highly
recommend it. I'm just starting to enjoy its full potential. a computer
radio is very important for two reasons : exponential ailerons (more up
than down) and for the spoilerons (air brake) option. my only problem with
the bandit is that I get severe radio interference when the motor is on,
hope to solve it soon...
Monday, 20 June 2005