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May 18, 2010, 11:22 PM
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New icon a5 by nfd hobby

Hey guys, In China, RC hobby is starting to get popular, a factory called NFD hobby is now one of the best in EPO foam planes, they came out with a 50size Pattern plane last year which sold very well in China, This could be one of the most popular Sea planes from now!

It is in two sizes, one is equivalent to a 50 size, the other one is more a park flier, both of them are able to takeoff and land in water and land.

The small version's spec:

Wingspan: 47.2in
take off Weight: 580g
Motor: 2208 KV1000
Prop: 7X4E
Radio Required: 6ch and 4 servos
Battery: 11.1V 1000-1300mah

The Large version:

Wingspan: 80in
Takeoff weight: 2500g
Motor: 3740 KV 800
Prop: 12X6E
Radio Required: 6ch and 8 servos
Battery: 22.2V 2800-3200mah

Here's the link of the video:

All came from 5irc and NFD hobbies, Thanks!
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May 19, 2010, 09:00 AM
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I need one of these!!!
May 19, 2010, 11:25 AM
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May 19, 2010, 11:32 AM
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SOOO... will there be a USA distributor?
Jun 10, 2010, 03:29 PM
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Anything new on this one?
Jun 12, 2010, 07:07 AM
Sky good, Earth bad!
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Looks kind of promising but no details, in video I liked the retracts
Sep 29, 2010, 09:50 PM
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I'm interested in getting one of these (the smaller version) has anyone got one yet? If so please provide a review.
Oct 12, 2010, 11:22 AM
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I got the small one and had some flights on water.......

flyes great with flaps set half down.
You have to put some plasticstrips to the lower front of the fus, to prevent the "sidestabs" (sorry, don`t know the right word) from overflowing with water, before the plane goes on the step.
AUW is around 500g, with a 50g motor ( 2000rpm/V) and a 2 cell 1350mah. Prop is a 3-blade 6x4 Masterairsrew.
The linkage for the elevator was not verry good at mine. Changed the 0,8mm pianowire to a 0,6mm, then I was satisfied.
I post some photos too.
Oct 12, 2010, 11:29 AM
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and some more from adding the plasticstrips and flap/ail position/mix
Oct 12, 2010, 11:33 AM
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last photos on Water

Oct 14, 2010, 01:34 AM
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Nice! That looks like a much better kit than the AceModel one also posted here. Thanks for the photos and video!

How did you make the payment for the model? I was confused and a little suspicious of the checkout process on NFD's website.
Oct 14, 2010, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Jürgen Be
You have to put some plasticstrips to the lower front of the fus, to prevent the "sidestabs" (sorry, don`t know the right word)
Oct 14, 2010, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bjaffee
thats it

I did the payment via banktransfer, the called it payment by T/T. First I was`nt shure, if I will do this to a forein country, but everything went fine. No problems with order, payment and shipping. But the shipping was nearly the same price, as the model
Also nice contact via email with the support. I checked everything by email, also ordered the model by email, not on the website.

Last edited by Jürgen Be; Oct 14, 2010 at 10:02 AM. Reason: additional text
Oct 14, 2010, 01:53 PM
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Hi all - Like Jurgen, I purchased the Icon A5 from via bank transfer. I did purchase the 70" (1800mm) model though which comes with mechanical retracts. As stated above, the shipping was expensive at about $70 to NY state. I am running a Turnigy 400KV outrunner in it with a 60A ESC. I am turning an 11" prop on it. It does use 7 servos. (2) for flaps. (2) for ailerons. (1) ELevator. (1) landing gear and (1) for rudder/nose gear steering. I have (2) 1500MAh Lipo batteries hooked up in series for 6S operation. (22V). (which is required)

The finish on the plane was quite nice and everything was sturdy and strong. The main problems I had were:

1 - The manual was not sent with it. They informed me they would send it when it is complete. Not a biggie, BUT, I am unsure of where the COG should be. Does anyone have an idea?

2 - They forgot to send a motor mount. (I assume?) But it was no big deal and I made one up using 1/8" ply.

The A5 flew fairly well even though I was guessing at the COG point. The ROW was fairly quick and I was only at about 3/4 stick. I only had her up in the air a few minutes and noticed it was doing a little tail wag at times. What would cause that? COG not right?

All in all its a nice plane with nice workmanship. It comes with all the pushrods, wheels and other associated hardware. I will have some more test flights and report back what else I have found. I posted a brief video of take-off and a 360 degree view of the plane. See my blog for some more unassembled pics.

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