The Hercules is stable with a heavy payload.
The stock 66" plane without the extension, flown in video with a payload of 5+ pounds!!!
It can balance and fly with 10,000-20,000 mA of batteries for super long flights.
It can be hand launched at a higher weight because it has a lower stall speed.
It also flies well as a relaxed gentle lightweight floater with lighter batteries.
Our testing was done at 4500-7000+ foot elevation.
Your performance will be better at lower elevations.
Electric motors are much more predictable and dependable than gas engines.
When you hit the throttle this plane wants to take off.
Front motors create a ground effect and shorten take off distance.
It has plenty of power for a steep climb without making much noise.
Twin forward facing electric motors stay out of camera view.
We include strong stainless steel motor mounts that are easy to install.
It is quieter than a pusher prop design because the props are cutting clean air.
It adapts well to folding propellers which work better on forward facing motors.
When cruising at low throttle neighborhood noise is much louder than the plane.
It will fly with payload at 1/3 throttle with the recommended 3530-1700 motors.
The prop speed is around 80 mph and plane has been clocked at 65-75 mph.
Flies well with 3S batteries and ESCs to keep the cost and sound levels lower.
The motors are rated to fly with 4S lipos for an easy upgrade in power and speed.
The plane design can easily handle larger motors/batteries if more speed is desired.
Twin BECs in the two ESCs give back up servo power and redundancy.
I have not used a separate UBEC yet. The combined ESC/BECs have done the job.
It is less likely to stall or snap roll on because of forward facing motor design.
The props are in front of the hand making hand launching safer.
Forward facing motors create lift and stability at slower speeds than a pusher prop.
The motors are behind the nose of the plane protecting them in a nose in crash.
The front mounted propellers don't hit the ground when the plane rotates for take off.
The Hercules Gentle Giant is built like a combat plane.
Watch our combat videos. This plane is designed to take abuse like all of our planes.
It comes with 8 fiberglass spars that won't interfere with radio reception.
It is made out of 100% EPP foam and uses the Extreme Tape and laminate.
Out kit includes enough UV shielded laminate to cover entire plane and skid.
Our "wing extension upgrade kits" come with additional spars and laminate.
Fiberglass spars are stronger than similar sized carbon fiber rods and tubes.
It uses our tried and true shock cord to keep accidents from tearing the foam.
Design is easy to repair with near invisible glue joints and clear laminate.
It uses EPP tough combat tested elevons that don't break.
The hinge design is so durable we use it in combat planes.
EPP elevons have a closed hinge line that protects laminar flow across the wing.
The foam tears starting at the rear motor cut outs are eliminated with this design.
Protecting camera and radio gear
The Hercules is made from EPP foam to protect your electronics.
The foam absorbs and spreads the forces of an impact.
The wing is thick enough to bury cameras. batteries and radio in the foam.
The wing is big with plenty of room for batteries and radio
Fiberglass spars do not cause the radio interference of carbon fiber spars.
The design of the plane reduces accidents because of easier launching and landing.
The forward motor delta design resists stalls and snap rolls.
The pictures below show the HGG with an extension can fit in a compact car!!!!