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Old Dec 24, 2014, 08:03 AM
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Fei Lun FT012, the FT009 brushless




BEFORE FIRST USAGE, PERFOM SHAFT/BALL BEARINGS INSPECTION TO BE SURE IT'S CORRECTLY LUBRIFIED!!! YOU CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGED YOUR FT012 IF NOT. DO NOT USE THE FT012 IN SALT WATER !!!!



INTRODUCTION

From the FT006 their first fun out of the box mini-size RC boat, Fei Lun announced an extended and improved version, i.e. the FT009. This model equiped with a 390 brushed motor have been popular very fast becaus for less than 60 USD, the FT009 is offering a full RTF package including water-cooling, great performances and excellent maneouvrability. Here, with the FT012, Fei Lun strikes again by offering a brushless version of their top-seller FT009.

BOX CONTENT







+ 1 x Fei Lun FT012 (with a 3S 1800mAh LiPo with Tdeans connector )
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 6xAA batteries not included)
+ 2 x Plastic shock absorber
+ 1 x Power adadpter and lipo charger
+ 2 x Spare props
+ 1 x Boat holder
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)


OVERVIEW








Rear view



Notice than water system entry is now decentralized to right part.

Large spoiler/ailerons to guaranty stability at full speed



The shaft have been extented probably to reduce cavitation's phenomenas








Residue of the security system from the FT009 model





The total weight of the FT012 including the battery is 627g



and 562.5g without




LiPo

A 3S 1800mAh lipo rated 25C. Quality seems here











Props and shock guard

The props for the FT012 seems to have a higher pitch value but is also shorter than the F0009 model






Same shock guard than the FT009





Disassembling

The top canopy desk scales





Here is the main conpounds of the FT012 : the outrunner motor announced to be a 2815-3500KV model (no special inscription), a 3-in-1 board including a 35A bidirectional ESC as well as a radio module part



The radiator of the watercooling system is connected to the main motor's chassis.





Motors

A 2815-3500 KV model




The collet coupler



Rigid shaft is prefered (compared to the semi-flexible as for the super mono-X for ex). Torque is strong enough to offer self-flipping feature. It should be adviced to regulaty use some marine grease in this part.





Transmitter

The transmitter is using exactly the same chassis than for the FT006/FT009. They just changed stickers.



Notice, they changed also the radio protocol. It's no more using the FlySky (1-way) protocol. I will add some extra photos about the transmitter's interior.


FIRST USAGE

I think video is self-explaning everthing ...... After usage, the LiPo was just a little bit warm... the motor too so the watersystem is working well. With the provided battery, you can expect at least 8min of fun. The self-return capacitiy is also working. I can't find some defaults except maybe this piece of plastic which prevent to lock perfectly the boat. So some water have been introduced by this way. Maybe it will be solved in the final release whatever it takes 10s to fix it by cutting this band of plastic.


FT012 first run in le revest les eaux (Courtesy Banggood) (10 min 16 sec)


CONCLUSIONS

One of the most easiest conclusion to write for me from all the review I wrote the last past year... The boat is just GREAT !!!!!
Fast, stable, well designed, good qualitty of conpounds.... and cheap RTF package... Ok I can only complain, they changed the radio protocol from the FT006/FT009 models and some micro water entries.


UNBOXING


Fei Lun FT012 Unboxing (Courtesy Banggood) (14 min 47 sec)


PROS


+ Amazing boat !!!! Super fast and stable at full speed
+ Nice/clean assembling
+ Cheap RTF model
+ Self-flip capacity
+ 8-10 min of fun
+ Efficient watercooling system


CONS

- New radio protocol
- A piece of plastic of the inner desk prevents to lock perfectly the boat



This boat have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thanks them for this attitude.

You can find the FT012 actually for 115 USD at
http://www.banggood.com/FT012-Upgraded-FT009-2_4G-4CH-Brushless-RC-Racing-Boat-p-953069.html
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Old Dec 24, 2014, 08:05 AM
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-Leaks hunting

The FT012 unfortunatly can offer some water leaks. Here is proposed by a FT012 owner:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...38&postcount=4
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good work, lots of detail.. thank you...
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Old Dec 24, 2014, 02:00 PM
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Hi,
You wrote "A 2815-35000 KV model"

You mean 3500 kv, not 35000kv, isn't it?
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Old Dec 24, 2014, 06:06 PM
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Hi,
You wrote "A 2815-35000 KV model"

You mean 3500 kv, not 35000kv, isn't it?
Yes should be .... 35000Kv would be a rocket boat with
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Old Dec 24, 2014, 09:35 PM
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Yes should be .... 35000Kv would be a rocket boat with
Can you check drive shaft diameter ?
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Old Dec 24, 2014, 11:23 PM
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thanks for the sparkling review -
now i cant wait to get mine --all to be done is just wait ....maybe a few weeks -
or even several months
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Old Dec 25, 2014, 12:22 AM
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Can you check drive shaft diameter ?
Ok I will try to measure such kind of détails ... Now it's time to disassemble more the FT012....
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Old Dec 28, 2014, 03:20 PM
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Does anyone knows this shop?
http://www.goodrctoy.com/catalogsear...x/?p=1&q=ft012
http://www.goodrctoy.com/rc-boat/fei...ain-motor.html
http://www.goodrctoy.com/ft012-rc-bo...parts-esc.html
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Old Dec 29, 2014, 03:57 PM
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It's a lot cheaper at banggood ......although when is it going to be available ? It says start of December and you can get a 5% coupon but December is nearly over ! I want this boat ! !
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Old Dec 29, 2014, 09:29 PM
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sebydocky --how did you get yours so soon -
did you order it several months ago ?
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It's a lot cheaper at banggood ......although when is it going to be available ? It says start of December and you can get a 5% coupon but December is nearly over ! I want this boat ! !
yes, it is cheaper, but this shop is the only one where you can buy FT012 spare parts like the brushless motor, ESC ... for upgrade our ft009 for example
But I don't know how this shop is serious or not
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Old Dec 30, 2014, 02:21 AM
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Does seem a bit odd that this site already has the spares . I know with banggood you don't normally get the spares availiable until several weeks after they make the item availiable . But who knows !
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On banggood :
The FT012 is expected to be avaliable in the beginning of December. To get a 5% off coupon and arriving notification, please click here. 

I did that a few days ago but didn't get any coupon code yet . Anyone else done it ?
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tmart now has the ft012 with a presale shipping date 1/31/2015 for $115.04..
http://www.tmart.com/FT012-Upgraded-...k_p303148.html
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