Originally Posted by StarHopper44
Maidened my Sbach yesterday. Absolutely beautiful day but ~10-12mph winds had me a bit concerned, and the li'l booger handled 'em beautifully!
! Really gotta go easy on the sticks (more, later) & stay on top of things, paying attention to what you're doing & its relation to wind direction. I was mildly surprised how well it penetrates into the wind; expecting almost standstills but not the case at all. One thing though - when you turn onto a downwind leg, it gets gone
in a hurry!!
Re 'the sticks'. I had 3 rates set up on my X9303; first the 'book' low & high rates on center & forward clicks of a 3-position switch, plus what I termed 'mild-low' rate on the 3rd position. Basically, the latter was just the standard low rates with a bit more expo. In the flights - got in 4 for the day - it responded so quickly to inputs it was initially a matter of turn & correct, turn & correct....with a 'save' or four thrown in here & there.
I actually crashed twice, but getting off the throttle & pulling up almost in time resulted in no bad damage; worst being a bent wheel pant & the spinner popped off in the other.
After the experience - before next session I'm gonna add about half-again more expo to all 3 settings; oughta reduce some of the 'quick' & smooth things out nicely. There's one other downside note I'll make; relating to its size. In the darkening stages after sunset, it quickly got easy to lose orientation. Trying to get in one more (fourth) flight I had to back off any aerobatics & finally decided to bring 'er on in early. I'll note my ol' eyes ain't their sharpest any more, & YMMV but something to keep in mind.
One further comment about motor power & the 180 Nano-Techs. One li'l surprise when I broke 'er out of the box was, our club's Jet Jockey let out an expression of delight - turns out he'd recently bought & has been flying a UMX Beast. I let him take the 342 up for a spin, & not a minute in, he commented it was much
faster than his Beast. He asked what LiPo I's flying & I told him; & he responded that he'd read they seemed 'hotter'. Later he came over & asked to borrow one of mine to try in his Beast for comparison, & afterwards said it definitely was - & a very noticeable difference. Also noted he'd been flying a 'different brand' 300mAh but the tiny bit of additional weight really dogged it down.
Anyway, hopefully all that's not too
much report 'jabber'....about all that's left to say is, definitely looking forward to the next round!
Flew mine all weekend at a big RC field with some bigger 3D planes there everyone commented on how stable it was for being so little. She's very very quick!!! On one flight I was doing some hovering few feet off the runway, lost it she hammered in straight on the nose , not much damage except crinkled nose cone,, but the plastic prop adapter bent just tiny bit.,, caused a tinsy bit of motor vibration that caused the ASX in pitch plane to go nuts and wiggle in fast level flight. So Sat. Night went and Got Another Sbach ( I really like this plane) got another prop adapter. Next day flew new one and towards end of day sorta botched a landing approach came in nosed over real hard,, the. Started getting that same high speed tail wiggle Again. :-(,, not as bad this time,, I'm pretty sure it's cause is a bent prop adapter,,, at least that's my working Theroy for now