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Aug 08, 2019, 08:04 AM
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The NEW E-flite EC-1500...The Uniquely Capable and Versatile Twin!


Introduction
A TOTALLY NEW TWIN EXPERIENCE!

The E-flite® EC-1500 Twin is a groundbreaking design that offers a unique flight experience for a wide range of pilots. This twin/multi-motor model carries echoes of full-scale civil and military cargo transport aircraft, but it has an incredible range of capabilities and options that no other RC airplane can match. Featuring 3S and 4S compatible power systems with custom 5-blade counter-rotating props, the EC-1500's flight envelope encompasses everything from slow and scale-like, to sport flying and even aggressive 3D aerobatic capabilities! You can fly from paved, grass and dirt surfaces; from snow with the included optional-use skis; or from water using the optional float set (sold separately). It also includes factory-installed LED lights, a functional cargo door, plus decals to customize the finish with Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and other markings. See more details/info below and on the product pages here:

https://www.horizonhobby.com/SearchD...ain=&pageView=

Pre-orders are being accepted now, and EC-1500s will begin shipping in the US in ~1-2 weeks (middle of August) and in EU/UK in ~4 weeks (middle of September).

Also, this product/model is part of our Early Access program. With this program we ship the product to participating Horizon Hobby retailers in the US/Canada so it ARRIVES in their store THE DAY WE ANNOUNCE IT (Thursday, August 8th for this one!) so people in the area can stop by to see it in person BEFORE it's available for purchase/in stock (though you can still pre-order it once it's announced!)! Not everyone will have a participating retailer in their area, but for those that do, it's a rare opportunity to see it before everyone else can/will.

To see if you have a participating Early Access Air retailer in your area (which you can do right now!), follow these steps:

1) Visit the "Find a Retailer" link/page on HorizonHobby.com: https://www.horizonhobby.com/HHStore...atalogId=10051

2) VERY IMPORTANT: Click on the "Advanced Search" link/drop down, and under the "Services" drop down menu select "Early Access Air"

3) Enter your address or zip code, then select the radius (the default is "within 35 mi")

4) Click the "Submit" button (or hit Enter)

Participating Early Access Air retailers will be identified on the result list/map with orange colored 'tags', and all/most of those retailers should have this new product in their stores starting Thursday, August 8th!

Overview
THE MOST CAPABLE AND VERSATILE TWIN EVER!

The E-flite® EC-1500 Twin features an all-new, ground-up design optimized for capability, versatility and FUN to deliver a flying experience you simply can't get with any other airplane! It's effectively many airplanes in one, with a wide flight envelope that includes slow and scale-like, to sport flying and even aggressive 3D aerobatic capability.

The twin power systems feature brushless outrunner motors, robust ESCs, and custom five-blade counter-rotating propellers. This setup delivers excellent performance with a 3S 3200–6400mAh LiPo battery, or you can install a 4S battery for the power to hover and unlimited vertical capability — without modifications or upgrades! There are eight factory-installed servos, including one to operate the functional cargo door so you can carry and drop creative payloads from the large cargo bay. Realistic looking LED landing, navigation and simulated strobe lights are powered from the flight battery so you can fly from dawn until dusk — from paved, grass, or dirt surfaces; off snow using the included skis; or from large ponds or lakes using optional floats (sold separately).

Remove the magnetically secured nose cone to install a GoPro® or similar camera for recording aerial HD footage, or mount a separate FPV camera on the large top hatch (cameras and camera gear sold separately). Plus you can use the included decals to customize the scale-inspired trim scheme with Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and other markings to personalize your model.

Uniquely Capable and Versatile
The EC-1500's unique, ground-breaking design makes it capable of slow and scale-like flying, sport flying, and even aggressive 3D aerobatics — all in the same flight! And with numerous landing gear, cargo carrying, camera mounting and other options to choose from, it's incredibly versatile, too.

Wing Configuration Options
The functional flaps can travel both ways, and you can choose how large the flaps and ailerons are by installing the included joiners in one of two different ways. Because each surface is controlled by a separate servo, multiple wing configuration and mixing options are available (depending on the number of channels of the receiver and transmitter you use) including full-span ailerons that can deliver substantially increased roll authority and rates.

3S and 4S Compatible
The factory-installed power systems feature high-power brushless outrunner motors, robust ESCs and custom five-blade counter-rotating propellers that combine with a 3S 3200–6400mAh LiPo battery to deliver excellent power and performance. Or you can install a 4S battery for plenty of power to hover and for unlimited vertical capability without the need for any modifications or upgrades.

Functional Cargo Door
The operational, servo-controlled cargo door has a 2.5 x 4.2 inch (65 x 107 mm) opening and almost 140 cubic inches of cargo bay volume (cargo bay is 2.5 x 4.2 x 12.7 inches / 65 x 107 x 323 mm). It can be used to carry and airdrop everything from parachute men to candy and other creative payloads.

Capable Control
There are eight factory-installed servos total, including metal-geared servos on all of the control surfaces and the functional cargo door. There are also ball-link equipped linkages plus pocket or CA hinges on the control surfaces for precise control and long-lasting durability. The steerable nose wheel has its own servo, and a separate switching BEC provides consistent and reliable control system performance.

LED Lights
Realistic-looking LED landing, navigation and simulated strobe lights are factory-installed and powered from the flight battery.

Versatile Gear Options
The EC-1500 can be flown from paved, grass and dirt surfaces, or from snow with the included optional-use skis. You can also install the optional float set (EFLA550; sold separately) using the included mounting hardware to fly from large ponds and lakes.

Easy Assembly
No glue is required for final assembly, and you can have the EC-1500 ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery! The two-piece wing with an innovative hands-free connection system can easily be removed for convenient storage and transport using the thumbscrews, so no tools are required for field assembly/disassembly.

Large, Lightweight and Durable
Don’t be deceived by the 60” (1.5m) wingspan — because of its wing chord and area, plus the large diameter fuselage and tail surfaces, the EC-1500 is bigger than it may seem. However, it’s still lightweight and extremely durable, thanks to the composite-reinforced EPO airframe.

Customizable Trim Scheme
The included decal sheet allows you to customize the finish with Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and other markings to personalize your model.

HD and FPV Camera Options
The magnetically secured nose cone can be removed for easy installation of GoPro® and similar action cameras to record High Definition footage while you fly (cameras sold separately). You can also install a separate First-Person View (FPV) camera in the mounting position on top of the extremely large, magnetically secured top hatch (FPV camera/gear sold separately).

Key Features
• Unique and ground-breaking design capable of slow and scale-like flying, sport flying AND aggressive 3D aerobatics
• Can be flown from paved, grass and dirt surfaces, or from snow with the included optional-use skis
• Fly from water using the optional float set (sold separately) and included mounting hardware
• High-power 3S and 4S compatible power systems with custom 5-blade counter-rotating props
• Easily fits 3S or 4S 3200–6400mAh batteries in the extremely large battery compartment
• Plenty of power to hover and for unlimited vertical performance when using 4S batteries
• Selectable-size flaps can travel both ways for multiple wing configuration and mixing options
• Operational, servo-controlled cargo door with 2.5 x 4.2 inch (65 x 107 mm) opening and almost 140 cubic inches of cargo bay volume (cargo bay is 2.5 x 4.2 x 12.7 inches / 65 x 107 x 323 mm).
• Eight factory-installed servos, including metal-geared servos on all surfaces and the functional cargo door
• Steerable nose wheel and a separate switching BEC for reliable control system performance
• Precise ball-link equipped linkages plus pocket or CA hinges on all control surfaces
• Factory-installed Spektrum™ 6-channel 2.4GHz receiver with industry-leading DSMX® technology (BNF® Basic version only)
• Unmatched stability and precision of AS3X® technology for smoother flight performance (BNF Basic version only)
• Easy to fly with optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection (BNF Basic version only)
• Functional and factory-installed LED landing, navigation and simulated strobe lights
• Magnetically secured nose cone can be removed for easy installation of GoPro® and similar HD action cameras (cameras sold separately)
• Separate FPV camera mounting position on top of the extremely large, magnetically secured top hatch (FPV camera/gear sold separately)
• Surface details including panel lines, hatches and more, plus a factory-applied scale-inspired trim scheme
• Included decal sheet with Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and other markings
• No tools required for field assembly – hands-free connections and thumbscrews to secure the wings
• Almost fully factory-assembled for extremely fast and easy final assembly without glue
• Very large, yet lightweight and extremely durable, composite-reinforced EPO airframe

Specifications
Wingspan: 60.1 in (1527mm)
Length: 46.9 in (1190mm)
Flying Weight: 89.8–98.7 oz (2545–2800 g)
Motor: (2) 650Kv Brushless Outrunner (installed)
Recommended Battery: 3200–6400mAh 3S or 4S 11.1–14.8V LiPo with EC5™ or IC5™ Connector (sold separately)
Radio (BNF® Basic): Full-Range 6–7+ Channel DSMX®/DSM2® (sold separately)
Receiver (BNF Basic): Spektrum™ AR636 with AS3X® and SAFE® Select Technologies (installed; 6+ channel required for PNP version)
Flaps: Yes
Experience Level: BNF Basic - Skill Level 2 (Some Experience Required); PNP - Skill Level 3 (Experience Required)
Assembly Required: Yes (installed)
Approx Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour

What’s in the Box:
• (1) E-flite® EC-1500 Twin with:

(2) 650Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (installed)
(2) 40A Brushless ESC (installed)
(7) 9-gram Metal-Geared Servos (installed)
(1) 9-gram Servo (installed)
(1) Spektrum™ AR636 6-channel Receiver (installed, BNF Basic version only)

• (1) Product Manual

Needed to complete the BNF Basic version:
• Full-range 6-7+ Channel Spektrum™ DSMX®/DSM2® compatible transmitter
• 3200–6400mAh 3S or 4S 11.1–14.8V LiPo with EC5™ or IC5™ Connector
• Compatible LiPo charger

Needed to complete the PNP version:
• Full-range 6+ channel transmitter and receiver
• 3200–6400mAh 3S or 4S 11.1–14.8V LiPo with EC5™ or IC5™ Connector
• Compatible LiPo charger

E-flite® EC-1500 Twin 1.5m PNP & BNF® Basic (4 min 0 sec)


Live Discussion: E-flite® EC-1500 Twin 1.5m (48 min 10 sec)


Unboxing and Assembly: E-flite® EC-1500 Twin 1.5m (31 min 19 sec)


Flight Talk: E-flite® EC-1500 Twin 1.5m (8 min 52 sec)


E-flite EC-1500 Twin (Almost!) Night Flight: Hovering, aerobatics and more! (6 min 21 sec)


E-flite EC-1500 Twin Sunset Flight: Low and slow, aerobatics, hovering and more! (6 min 19 sec)
Last edited by Jason M; Oct 18, 2019 at 05:31 PM.
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Aug 08, 2019, 08:16 AM
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YIPPY-YIPPY-KI-AAAA A cargo twin plane that can 3D just for ME. Thanks Jason, LOL
Aug 08, 2019, 09:48 AM
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Hi guys,

Kudos to Horizon for doing unique and interesting subjects! First impressions?

1. Looks great.
2. Good performance potential for different flying styles on both 3S and 4S power.
3. Lots of cool features and options to play with.
4. Pricey at $400, but very possibly worth it.
5. Not going to be an early adopter on this one, but looking forward to pilot reports when they reach the public.

Thanks Horizon!
Aug 08, 2019, 10:17 AM
No Guts, No Glory!
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niiiiice
Aug 08, 2019, 10:49 AM
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I saw Matt Andren wringing one of these out the last time I was at the field. Looks like a really fun flyer, especially if you’re a 3D guy. I think once you see it go in person and see how versatile it is, more people will be interested.
Aug 08, 2019, 11:23 AM
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looks like it should have had retracts....
Aug 08, 2019, 11:24 AM
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Looks really cool. I’d get one but the lack of retracts is a killer for me. I just can’t stand seeing the gear hanging out.

Glad to see them coming out with some cool stuff!
Aug 08, 2019, 11:24 AM
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We originally thought about it, but decided to go without retracts to keep the cost, complexity and weight down for added performance and capability. Also, even when the full-scale C-27 has the gear retracted part of the main gear/wheels are exposed:
Aug 08, 2019, 11:33 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
We originally thought about it, but decided to go without retracts to keep the cost, complexity and weight down for added performance and capability. Also, even when the full-scale C-27 has the gear retracted part of the main gear/wheels are exposed:
HA No freaking re track gear needed .. So
stupid not to get this AWESOME do everything plane just cause U R offended because U can barley see tiny landing gear....HA....
Last edited by dalecheek1; Aug 08, 2019 at 12:15 PM.
Aug 08, 2019, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Bizjets
Looks really cool. I’d get one but the lack of retracts is a killer for me. I just can’t stand seeing the gear hanging out.

Glad to see them coming out with some cool stuff!
Agree. I didn't buy the furry jet or the airliner because they didn't have retracts. Just my person preference but if it had retracts I would have it pre order right now.
Aug 08, 2019, 12:01 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
We originally thought about it, but decided to go without retracts to keep the cost, complexity and weight down for added performance and capability. Also, even when the full-scale C-27 has the gear retracted part of the main gear/wheels are exposed:
Totally understand. Thanks for keeping the hobby going!

Have you guys tried removing the gear and hand launching?
Aug 08, 2019, 12:55 PM
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I love the USCG-like paint scheme! Living in Coast Guard City USA, I am always partial to the scheme on aircraft. The water spray when using floats is awesome, even if the floats aren't scale. There is a lot of versatility with this aircraft. I could see this getting a lot of use in the summer, on grass, in the winter on skis, or off the water.
Aug 08, 2019, 01:01 PM
I'd rather be flying!
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Great choice, guys! Love it! I'm definitely in!

Joel
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Aug 08, 2019, 01:06 PM
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Would have made more sense to have retracts then it being 3D capable. It's a cargo transport plane after all.
Aug 08, 2019, 01:11 PM
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Is it? Or is it an airplane that looks like a cargo transport but is also capable of sport and 3D aerobatics that "real" cargo transport aircraft aren't capable of? And we think of it more along the lines of the (very popular) Timber X...which looks like a full-scale STOL airplane, and is STOL capable, but is also 3D capable too (because it's a model and not a scale airplane...just like this one).


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