This superb looking T-28 from our top quality Durafly range and has enough scale detail and features to keep any warbird enthusiast happy. The 1100mm range offers the RC pilot a practical size model that can be easily transported and uses the ever popular 2200mAh 3s Lipoly pack, yet at the same time, the model is large enough to have presence and is able to tackle most airfields, not to mention a little wind, making it very practical.
As well as looking fantastic, this Trojan is plug and fly, meaning very little assembly work is needed. The powerful outrunner motor, ESC, navigation lights, servoless electric retracts, gear doors & servos are all pre-installed leaving you to glue on the tailfeathers and some scale detailing, bolt on the plug in wings and go flying!
We have flown this superb T-28 Trojan extensively during testing and it will not disappoint, there is plenty of power for those really scale warbird aerobatics and the airframe is viceless with no hint of a tip stall. The pre-installed flap servos have a nice, slow operation to help prevent ballooning and the flaps themselves allow the approach speed to get down to a crawl without a hint of wingrock. There is no doubt, this is one fantastic looking warbird and it flies as easily as a low wing trainer!
You should be right if the grass is no higher than 50mm or 2"inchs in the old measurement
I fly my Durafly T-28 Trojan off the local footy field with no probs, just beaware that the front wheel trunion is very weak an will break as its made from plastic, the wing trunions are alloy, work that out,enjoy
I love my T-28 but I broke the nose gear on some rough ground and I can't get a replacement. It's the trunnion in the servo-less retract itself that has broken. I see that HK now carry a good range of spares but not the actual retract itself. It looks like the standard servo-less units that HK sell but is not the same, the hole through the trunnion is further outboard to allow for the collett on the nose gear leg. I tried plugging and drilling a new hole in one but it wasn't strong enough. It's a real ***mer because my plane is totally out of action until I can find a fix. Help.
Thanks for the reply Scott but unfortunatly the hole through the trunion puts the gear leg almost hard up against the motor housing on the retract unit which dosen't alow enough room for the collet on the stearable nose leg. I know because I bought a few diferent types off you in the hope of finding one that would do. And it's not posable to drill out the metal one because it's not solid but webbed in the area that would need to be drilled.
You can file a flat on the collett on nose gear leg and use the metal trunnion version of the retract. I have done this myself after someone else with this place advised the this to me. it works fine.
the retract to get is. HK-15094M.
works very well. and makes the front retract much stronger. Be nice if the legs were made of stonger steel , they tent to bend very easily.
I got the metal trunion version and filed the collet flat. The moto was overheating as the wheel wouldn't close fully. Then the retract decided it wouldn't open after I took off. It finally opened and by then the aluminium piece on the worm drive stripped it's thread and now one of the retracts on wings doesn't work. Very disappointed with this plane so far as the retracts just let down an awesome flying plane! Now i've got these "Turnigy MCR-A Retract System" as I read they fit... but they don't quite fit without lots of mods! Not happy! This plane has now cost me over $250!!!
I fitted the MCR-A RC Lander Retracts from HK to mine on the weekend. I bit of work to fit them but they work very well. I've posted some pics and a video of the fitted and working. The only thing is the front nose wheel is small for grass take offs unless you're on a well manicured field. All up this plane has cost me more than expected but at least now I should have trouble free retracts that look incredible durable and very scale.
Yes the metal piece on the wormdrive is a soft alloy. A harder metal would be better. Also the 3mm dia metal legs used are also a softish metal and I find its relatively easy to have them bend (with grass strips) Easy to staighten but a pain to have to do this every few flights). I'm thinking of replacing them with E F l i t e legs and axels as these are a better quality metal.
On plus side they are not expensive retacts. However I would rather pay more and have better ones than have to messs with them as much as I do.
If on tarmac not an issue, but many people use grass strips. HK, can I suggest to look at making/sourcing a stonger plug in retract we can use. As these are unsprung legs the retract has more stres on it. (you have enough ppl annoyed at this issue and most of the durafly warbirds use same retracts)
Well said NightCrawler! Lets hope Durafly & HK sort these out ASAP. I want to get the P51 but it uses the same retracts that bend easily and the worm drive fails. The E-Flite ones are 3 times the price of the ones I bought or the same price as the P51. I went for value for money and they are rock solid *)
I have the Durafly P-51 and it has been great with no retract problems at all. It flys very similar to the T-28 but the bicycle undercariage seems to be much less problematic. Mines been crashed quite badly too and went back together quite well and still flys great.
Ya its mainly grass strips that are the problem. The undercarriage works its just needs a bit more quality metal components to go from adequate to good. (they are a very cheap retracts and the quality shows it. Not complaining , some want that and it suits them) We are talking about and upgrade option here, many would be happy to pay more for bit more quality, Is my point, give us the option to upgrade to something a bit more robust of those not so ideal landing spots, (and not so good pilots :-)
*Chedobean thanks for the review of the P51. It's my next warbird for sure. In fact these retracts I bought will take the DuraFly wheels on them so worst case I fit them that way.
*NightCrawler yes the grass strips are the problem. Not many good places or even clubs with asphalt or concrete runways in BrisVegas. You're right they should have an upgrade option of a better retract that fits as DuraFly/FMS use the same retract in all their 1100mm series. I'm sure lots of people would buy the upgrade. They do for rc cars and trucks *)
Do you guys have any videos of yours flying?
I'll post one of mine :P
I have 3 of the durafly range. T-28, SE5A and the Corsair. I've currently only got some pictures of the SE5A. Waiting on spitfire to come out, will be #4 (will be (I hope) soon based on talk on rcgroups)
I'd love to have spitfire, I hope that they give it the right amount of dihedarelif they do. They seem to put a lot less than scale on a lot of the war birds and it looks all wrong especialy on a Spit.
hi TriggerHappy i put the gopro on the plane and i did not check the cg and was extremely tail heavy. so it went up stalled and crashed epically. the gorpro survived and the plane was not the same going to try again after i get the parts in.
I wonder why they mounted the steering servo further back in the foam rather than the purpose made section that's in the plastic carriage / door cage? Maybe for CoG? Surely the battery only has to be put back a few mm?
I used a HK #017000035 Model JET Pilot L77xW35xH76 1/6 (Green). Fits great and the files tab has a picture of it installed.
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Received this model from the Australian warehouse about 7 days after ordering it, arrived safe and sound with no damage. Always have good service from the Australian warehouse. The model assembled very quickly with no problems – everything fitted very well. Once completed the model looks just fantastic with its Lights, Flaps and Retracts. Test flew the model with a 2200 3S battery, no weight added to balance on CoG. Take off was within approx 6 meters, select up undercarriage and then a few circuits for trimming. Very little trimming was required, just a few clicks of Aileron to fly hands off. Gained a bit of height to test the Flaps and no trim change to talk about – easy to hold. This model excels at typical Warbird aerobatics and fly buy’s. Most of the flight did not exceed 60pcnt power including going vertical for LARGE loops. This model does not lack power on the stock setup. Flaps down for landing and the model locks into the circuit and touches down just beautifully. I would highly recommend this model for your Hanger if you like Warbirds. It’s a manageable size to transport and most importantly – looks the part and does what it does best – Fly’s very well. 5 Crowns for Value, Quality and Overall Rating. Can not fault this model.
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I ordered this from the AU warehouse and got it in the following week. All arrived in very good order. Great quality and finish, just put it together standard, straight out of the box. Used an orange receiver with a satellite and Turnigy 2200 3 cell. Bit of a birds nest in the wiring department but it does have heaps of things to plug in. Not super easy but certainly not hard to work out. Now the fun bit it just flies great. Took off on longish grass strip and landed with wheels retracted, just to play it safe. Will be glad to land it wheels down when they mow the strip. Great manners in the air, flew it at 1/2 throttle with plenty of control.
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Just to finish up this is a great first bigger style plane as the way it flies lets you have either heaps of time or just cane the hell out of it, I guess that's why it was used as a trainer in the real world. I think I may have to get a huge T28 next, I can now see why this particular type of plane has such a cult following in both the model and real world. I'm hooked.
From Order to delivery 7 Days from Aus warehouse. Well, boxed and safely packed no problems there. I was really impressed from the get go. Finish beautiful for foam thanks HK. the lights are a nice touch. Construction :- No brainer really, assemble the horizontal stab and glue in place ( i didn't use the provided glue but for the only reason it wasn't labelled and it wasn't two part. Once you assemble the wing and work through the birds nest of wiring, your good to go. As I'm sure most of you have seen a 3S 2200 Turnigy 30-40C is perfect for fit (with a little trimming in the battery bay aft). Flite test follows.
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Flight Test: Maidened on a smooth gravel road ( to give the retracts justice ). Used Half FLAP for takeoff, with the smooth application of power after 8-10 metres the aircraft levitated of the ground beautifully. You quickly have to back off the gas after clean up. She is quite happy @ 50pcnt all day long. 2 clicks of trim with the 3S 2200 and she was straight. I had 25-30pcnt expo dialled in everywhere. This is a real pleasure to fly. Approach with FLAPS is a great idea you will need power to bring it in, plenty of control in the sink flys very scale.
Popped in a 4S 2200 Zippy. No trim change. but gets around on 40pcnt and unlimited vertical performance and is startlingly fast, oh BTW I am using a HK 50A ESC to cope pulls 45-48 Amps full noise (4S)