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Tommy D's build/review of the Hobby Lobby HE-162 EDF Jet. This review shows the assembly and upgrade of the power system provided by The Don.

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Introduction


Wingspan:30.5"
Wing Area:198 sq. in.
Weight:22 oz.
Length:38.1"
Servos:4 9 Gram Servos
Transmitter:DX7
Receiver:Spektrum AR 6000
Battery:Starmax 1300 3S
Motor:Stock Inrunner
ESC:Stock ESC
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The Heinkel HE-162 was a desperate act by a desperate German nation during the closing of the Second World War. The aircraft was to built from “non-critical” materials and was to be put into production Jan 1 1945.

Some have speculated that the HE-162 was a pet project of Goring himself. It was a world of pure fantasy in which Goring was living if he truly believed the HE-162 could defend Germany flown by little more then Hitler Youth. Can you imagine a youth coming straight from glider training attempting to fly this aircraft? Then try to imagine these youths attempting to attack massive allied bomber formations while fending off escorting P-51 Mustangs.

Still, the model was produced. Built mostly in mines and caves, it was assembled by semi-skilled laborers. It did enter service, however, sources contradict one another as to what became of the planes and “men” who flew these aircraft.

Post-war evaluation of these fighters revealed a cockpit that approximated the size of a coffin. That said, it did have the feel and layout of typical German fighters. It also had an ejector seat fired by a 30mm shell! How comforting!

Before one post-war flight a pilot and crew chief were overheard having this conversation:

Chief: “If you’re barmy enough to want to fly this carpenter’s nightmare, Sir, I feel I should point out that this ‘er glorified bloody blow torch you’re ‘anging under is only ‘anging on by two **^@#^* Bolts!”

Pilot: “Well if the bloody blow torch comes off I’ll just have to glide the jolly thing back won’t I?”

So, are you still up for the challenge of building and flying the Starmax Volksjager?

Kit Contents

Kit Contains:

  • Landing Gear set
  • Main wing set <2> with pre installed servos
  • Horizontal & Vertical stabilizers <2>
  • Cockpit and dash pad
  • Fan housing with pre installed EDF unit
  • Fuselage with installed ESC and elevator servo
  • 1300MA 20c 3S Lipo and 12V Lipo Charger
  • Assorted hardware and glue

Kit Requires:

  • If you purchased this model from the good people at Hobby Lobby here in the USA the model may need nothing at all to fly. Or it could require as little as installation of your receiver and use of your transmitter to get airborne.

I am one never able to leave anything alone, and if you decide to update your plug and play model this review may offer you some suggestions on how to do it easily.

Assembly

Before starting the assembly, I connected the Starmax Battery charger to a 12V power source and then the LiPo battery to make sure the battery was fully charged by the time I was finished. Built stock, it can go together that fast!

Wing

Before assembling the wings I fitted the control horns to each wing. The instructions outline butt gluing the wings to the fuse. A trial fit showed this to be a solid fit. You should make every effort to make sure any over spray of paint is removed from the joining surfaces. We don't want this model coming apart in the air like it's full scale counterpart! In my case some "Goo Gone" applied with a Q-Tip got the paint off. Also I would suggest using a small T-Pin or the like to pepper the area with some tiny holes to help keep those wings on. Others may choose to add a spar route. I used 30 minute epoxy.

Fuselage

The Fuselage comes completely assembled less canopy and nose wheel servo cover.

If you are flying with landing gear this is a good time to inspect the factory installed NWS servo, checking the linkage and hardware to make sure it's tight. Once I completed the inspection, I installed the black plastic cover over the area and then the canopy and secured the canopy and servo cover with an adhesive that will allow access later, the factory provided glue which resembles contact cement.

Tail

The Tail assembly is as straightforward as the rest of the model. I test fit all pieces to check for alignment issues. There were no issues so I made sure all over spray was removed from the foam. Using a builders square, I made sure both of the vertical tails were aligned before joining them with epoxy. Once dry, I then assembled the tail to the fuse in 1 piece. Just like on the wing I made sure I had the control horns installed first.

Removing the elevator foam access cover, I installed the custom bent elevator control rod. In my case the rod would bottom out if installed in any hole other then the furthest one out on the servo horn.

Once I had the elevators centered and adjusted, I assembled the cover with the screw provided.

EDF Fan Pod Installation.

Much like the real HE-162, the "Jet" pod is held on by 2 through bolts. I started out by connecting the color coded wires from the motor to the ESC, then simply pressed the EDF unit down into the fuse and installed the 2 screws that hold it to the fuse. Running up the model static on the provided battery produced 290 watts of power... None too shabby for a 22 ounce model! While some might choose to permanently affix the pod to the fuse, I have found no need to; it's plenty snug as it is.

Radio Installation

The radio installation on my model was as easy as just adding the RX. Starmax labels each plug as follows:

  • 3 ESC
  • 4 NWS
  • 2 Elevator servo

Starmax provides a "Y" cable for aileron control if you choose to use it. While an end pin style RX would have been easier to use, I found ample depth to use my old reliable Spektrum AR 6000.

Flying

On the day of the maiden I was lucky enough to have Tom “Mr. Electric” Hunt fly the model for me. It was a breezy day, and we had scattered clouds for visibility. My club field is rough grass so I removed the fixed gear in preparation for a hand launch. After checking the control surfaces and CG I handed the model off to Tom. With a hard and upward toss, the HE-162 was away.

For a bone stock EDF the rate of climb was very good. While it did sink some I had plenty of time to get my hands back on the transmitter after a hand launch. The decision to hand launch was a good one.

I was all smiles as Tom put the model through its paces. It’s a very unique profile for sure and takes some time getting used to visually, but you need all the help you can get if the model gets out too far from you. This model epitomizes the word "unique."

I was snapping still photos as the model entered a down wind leg when the unthinkable happened: The nose of the HE-162 pitched up suddenly, and the model entered a deep stall. I watched in horror as the model descended to the earth much like a spinning maple leaf! Our club flies off of a sod farm but this early in the season it’s unplowed earth. While the HE-162 did come down flat it sustained damage. The wing was broken in multiple places. The unique looking forked tail also was broken. So I packed up the model and took it home to investigate. The video that follows is a series of still photos from that maiden.

Flight Video/Photo Gallery

Downloads

HE-162a  6.85 MB

Aside from a stripped pair of aileron servos I could not find anything to explain the cause of the crash. I slowly pieced the HE-162 back together. Some epoxy here, toothpicks there, replaced aileron servos and the airframe, while no longer pristine, was flyable once again. After the repairs, it was apparent I had another problem.

Adding weight to repair the tail now hindered my balance point. Even with the supplied 1300 3S pack all the way forward the model still balanced aft of the recommended C of G. So to get the C of G where I wanted it I substituted the 1300 3S with a 2100 3S pack.

Flying the 162 with the New 2100 pack I’m sure we increased the flight time quite a bit. However, the added weight took some of the fun out of the jet. Enter The Don!

Repowering the HE-162 with The Don's Wicked Outrunner!

As the title of this review stated I sought out the help of Don’s RC to repower the HE-162. The Don has been supplying replacement motors, ESCs, and the like for some time now.

Replacing the motor and ESC is a snap on the 162. Remove the nacelle via the 2 screws, and carefully pry the nacelle apart and remove the fan unit. Don’s Wicked 4800 EDF outrunner and Pentium 40 amp speed controller were a drop in replacement fit for the model. I was able to reuse my motor housing and fan blade!

Don also provided a template for the exhaust duct! Don had calculated the factory exhaust much too large, and adding a new duct was in order. Making the duct was super simple, and I highly suggest anyone going this route do it.

When the moment of truth came I connected my Hyperion E-Meter and spun up the fan. After the battery settled in I was all smiles. We had now jumped to 420W for a cost of only 38 amps! We were now making some serious power here! With all that power I decided to dress up the 162 a little and repainted the model.

Remaiden

With Tom Hunt once again at the sticks we flew the remaiden at the SEFLI home field in Calverton, NY. A very stiff and variable breeze was the order of business. This time I shot video FIRST and still photos last!

The model has a greatly increased performance range now! Take note of the ½ throttle launches; don’t try that on your average EDF jet! With a top speed in the 80 MPH range this is a hot little jet now!

Even if your not a fan of the HE-162 you have to be a fan of Don’s RC setup. I can honestly say I will never fly another one of these little EDF jets stock again. Thank you Don!

Powered by The Don Flight Video/Photo Gallery

Downloads

HE-162DonsPowerd  18.68 MB

Is This For a Beginner?

No. While the model is easy to get airborne it's no trainer and not suitable for a Beginner.

Conclusion

You're not going to find a more unique looking and flying EDF powered model, and you don't to have to look any further then The Don to come up with a outstanding power upgrade for your model It’s definitely not a trainer but it sure catches people eye on the flight line!

Pluses:

  • An unusual EDF model. F-16 this is not!
  • Very complete kit with good parts alignment
  • While sports scale, it does offer the builder a platform to easily scale it up

Minuses:

  • Some low quality hardware
Last edited by Angela H; May 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM..

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Old May 29, 2009, 01:11 PM
The sky is my playground.
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Excellent! I have been waiting a while to hear/read about this plane! Thanks!!
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:24 PM
slow but inefficient
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Hi Tommy -

Nice job!
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:25 PM
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What caused the initial crash?
Was the spar your idea? Would the plane be strong enough without it?
Is the hop up absolutely necessary? What advice do you have for those who want to keep it stock?
How about a picture of the replacement duct used with the hop up?
Did you try take off and landing with the landing gear? With what result?
Why is the second half of the second video blank except for the sound track?

I was very tempted by this model, but I do expect kits I buy to have at least adequate performance when built stock, so some clarification would be appreciated.


Sorry about all the questions. Thanks for an interesting review.
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:34 PM
Tally Ho!
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Still, the model was produced. Built mostly in mines and caves, it was assembled by semi-skilled laborers.

Slave labourers, prisoners of war, jewish prisoners, and other prisoners, all pressed into service by the SS of which many, many, died gruesome deaths...

Just to be historically accurate...

Kit looks great.

KM
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:59 PM
JOHN 3:16
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Does the video work fine for everyone else? My Windows Media Player opens it right up, but instead of normal "color" in the video it's a bunch of red/blue/yellow tones Is it something amiss with my MediaPlayer settings?
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:22 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kusunokimasahige
Still, the model was produced. Built mostly in mines and caves, it was assembled by semi-skilled laborers.
KM

And b-17s were used to kill thousands of civilians, and b-29s were used to drop atomic bombs yadda yadda.

It's an RC airplane, not a political statement. Relax....
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:59 PM
Checking CG is for NERDS!
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Nice review, TommyD!!

Leave it to The Don to come through with the upgrade that works great for another foamy EDF. I agree-- don't bother with stock!
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Old May 29, 2009, 03:04 PM
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Cool Tommy!

Looks like it flew pretty darn well.
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Old May 29, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Nice review!

Note that both your links in the info box at the top are broken: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/%3Ca

Both links are exactly the same, and both come back with a 404 Error page.
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Old May 29, 2009, 04:23 PM
I think I forgot how to fly RC
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Interesting looking plane to be sure. Some of the profile shots make it look like a frog jumping in the air with its arms and legs all splayed out.


By the way, your flight video needs a little work.

The title just after the RCGROUPS/EZONE introduction has a spelling error in it. (powerd versus powered)

You also need to cut out the last couple minutes of the video since it only plays music. Just at the 2:27 mark, the video goes away and the music plays on. You should cut the video at or just after the 2:26 or so mark to save on file space and downloading times.

Just an FYI.
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Old May 29, 2009, 05:15 PM
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On my maiden I experienced a power shutdown while in the landing pattern.
I immediately had the same pitch up that stalled the jet and it crashed.

Tim

HE 162 (1 min 25 sec)
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Old May 29, 2009, 06:03 PM
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I could of stood to see a landing, so we can see how hot the landing has to be with out a stall.

Fox7

Edit:
It is kind of an interesting aircraft.
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Old May 29, 2009, 06:05 PM
Lipo abuser ... smoke on!
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Nice review Tommy!! I might have to get one of these things after all .... such a unique looking plane.

Don
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Old May 29, 2009, 06:40 PM
Hooper, full throttle!
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Thank you guys for the kind words.

Ill see about fixing dead links and correcting the video.

Weekend's coming hope all you guys get out and fly!

Tommy D
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