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Tower Hobbies Hellcat, Micro Test Report

Old 04-02-2013, 02:46 PM
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Default Tower Hobbies Hellcat, Micro Test Report

Product specs: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXBBSV&P=ML

Ups: Great flyer, excellent electronic components (servos, ESC, motor), smoothest widest ranged ESC in my admittedly limited electric experience, mostly excellent hardware, nicely decorated.

Downs: POS tailwheel assembly, paint comes off easily.

The airplane was very well packed and it arrived in perfect condition except for the tailwheel assembly, which was broken despite the pristine condition of the shipping carton. This part was so cheesy that I replaced it with a Du-Bro 40 size bracket, keeping only the tailwheel itself.

Installation of the receiver and the 2200mah LiPo couldn't have been quicker or easier. I spent some time setting up the control surface throws, taking care to match the specifications put forth in the instructions. As it turned out this was time well spent, because the test flights were completely without stress. Unfortunately I did lose a little paint in the course of normal handling in my plane stand.

When I got to the aerodrome, a small parking lot adjacent to a soccer field, the recommended low rate rudder throw seemed kind of puny so I set the rudder to high rate, throttled up and enjoyed a hassle free takeoff run requiring but a smidge of right rudder. Despite the forward balance point the climbout was steep, so I throttled back and added a click or three of down trim for hands off level flight.

After making a few circuits I tried some loops, rolls, split-esses and immelmans, which the Hellcat performed admirably, although the rolls weren't exactly axial.

Soon it would be time to land, so I cut the power to check the stall characteristics, which were astounding - no tendency to drop a wing, didn't even drop the nose like most airplanes do, it just kind of porpoised gently. The landing was so user-friendly I shot a touch and go just to do it again. I was prepared to try some propellors other than the supplied 10x6 three-blade, but the performance was so good I didn't bother.

Despite having gone through several dozen RC planes the Tower Hobbies Hellcat is my first warbird, and I don't see how I could have made a better choice.

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:31 PM
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It is an awesome plane enjoying mine...
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:24 AM
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how durable is the foam? I have a PZ P-47 and the foam is really soft. So soft that picking it up by the fuse will leave indentations.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:52 PM
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The foam on all the Tower Hobbies warbirds is pretty solid and durable. I have all three and it takes a pretty good knock to dent the foam.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:18 AM
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Thanks Chuck! I'll get one on order.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:37 PM
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BTW TP, pretty nice mini review on this excellent plane. Photos are great too.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:54 AM
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Thanks, Chuck. Appreciate it. I like it even more now I've got many flights on it. Hard to believe a plane this good can be so inexpensive. Rock on.

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