Parkzone 'Visionaire'

I recently enjoyed watching Matthew P wring out his 'VisionAire' and being mightly impressed, decided a 'VisionAire' should have a place in my hangar.  This model comes fitted with the now well established Spektrum AS3X 3-axis receiver-gyro, and when demonstrated by Matthew on the blustry day that it was, it was impressive indeed.  Albeit in the hands of a 'Pro'.  The 'VisionAire' can be flown 'normally' or at the flick of a switch it can be transformed into 3-D mode.

It's easily hand launched, half to three quarter throttle setting would do, and being gyro-stabilised it is a doddle to fly when not in 3-D mode.

The motor is powered by a 3-cell 2200 mAh LiPo battery and one of these is supplied in the box together with a compact 12-volt charger fitted with a plug for your car's cigarette lighter socket.  So the only thing you need to supply is a 2.4 GHz DSM2 DSMX transmitter.  The motor, speed controller and all servos come with the kit.

Wasting no time, an order was placed with Inwood Models and 48-hours later the parcel duly arrived courtesy of DPD couriers.

This aeroplane is an EPO 'foamie'.  A tough and durable material which can be quickly repaired using standard CA should you happen to break it.  (Ask me how I know!)  Incidentally, spare parts are readily available through your model shop from stock at Horizon UK.

Opening the box revealed a very well packaged plane and everything therein was 'tickety boo'.

Before starting assembly I removed the prop for safety reasons and checked it for balance.  It did indeed require balancing.  Next a fully charged battery was connected and the receiver was bound to my transmitter.  (JR DSX9)  No problems with this.

Next the undercarriage was attached.  Make sure you put it on facing forward.  Although the wheels come attached to the wire undercarriage do check that the collet screws are treated with some Locktite.  The tail wheel assembly comes already fitted so nothing to do here other than to check its security.

 

The stabiliser comes in two parts, L & R and the elevators are already hinged.   A carbon fibre tube is inserted through the fuselage and the two sections then pushed along the tube and set tightly against the fuselage.  Everything was a nice neat fit.  Some clear pre-cut adhesive tape is supplied and should be stuck along the inboard ends of the stabs and onto the fuselage, top and bottom.  I found that it was best to use tweezers to do this accurately.

That done all that remains is to connect the pre-installed carbon fibre push rod/clevis to the pre-installed elevator horn.  The rudder comes already connected in all respects.

That completes the tail feathers.

 

The wings can be fitted with optional side force generators.  These are attached by way of double sided adhesive tape.  Take care to identify the correct pieces.  Top and bottom, left and right.

 

All that remains is to push the two wings onto the tube and connect the servo leads to the supplied 'Y' lead and connect to the receiver.  The wings are secured to the fuselage with a screw on each side.  Easy!

Observe the set-up explanation in the instruction manual.  It's slightly different to what you may expect.  Gyro gains can also be adjusted, but as the model comes, it's ready to fly with the receiver's default factory settings.

At around £190 delivered it may appear to be a tad expensive for a 'foamie'  But consider this.  This is a 45" wing span model.  The kit includes Prop, Spinner, Motor, Speed controller, LiPo battery and Charger, Receiver-gyro and all the Servos.  If you have a transmitter  (2.4 GHz) you don't require anything else.

Can't wait to get flying it and practice some 3-D.  So watch out Matthew P.  !!!!

 See a Parkzone 'VisionAire' flying here:

http://www.horizonhobby.co.uk/aeroonline/e3parkzone/e3-pkz6580/e3-visionaire-video.html

 

'Happy Landings'

 

Taildragger43

 

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