Durafly Balsa Series - Ryan STA(M) 965mm Plug and Fly
The Ryan STA was one of the prettiest looking trainers to emerge from the 1930's "Golden Age" of aviation, the "A" variant of the Ryan ST was designed for aerobatic's, which Ryan converted to produce the military STM version, this was basically the same aircraft with changes made to comply with military requirements. The Ryan STA is a favourite with scale model fans, not suprising given it's combination of good looks and very solid & predictable flight characteristics. This superb Durafly Ryan STM is a model of a YPT-16 version and certainly does this good looking aeroplane justice!
The Durafly Balsa Series is firstly and foremost about quality, the superbly constructed airframe is both lightweight and robust, the expertly applied covering is top notch and the model is finished off with superbly painted glass fibre wheel pants, cowl, seat hump and air exhaust vent. The quality of the pre-installed power train is also first rate, with the Ryan boasting a powerful NTMbrushlessoutrunner and Turnigy ESC combination in the nose. Likewise, the pre-installed servo's are the widely respected and trusted HXT 900's, which have plenty of torque for operating the Ryan's control surfaces. The pre-installed hardware, like the glass fibre control horns is top quality and the control rods are secured by linkage stoppers meaning non of the usual plastic items are found on this superbly made scale model. Being balsa, you would expect the Ryan to take a little longer to assemble than a foamy but equally, it is so much more rewarding, even taking into account the high level of pre-finishing that is already done for you. This superb model is also very practical and features a large canopy for easy battery access and a removable 1pc wing for easy transportation.
There is no doubting the advantages that balsa models offer over foam, the lightness and precision of wood construction offer a certain crispness to the flight characteristics that foam can rarely match, also balsa models will look good for years if looked after as they don't suffer from hanger rash so easily. Durafly have broken new ground in introducing a new range that combines the ease of use of a Plug and Fly foamy with the quality of a top notch balsa model and there is no doubt that this amazing looking Ryan flies every inch as good as it looks. The combination of a light wing loading and powerful motor make the Ryan a superb flying scale model and even at as little as 1/3 throttle, this fantastic looking YPT-16 cruises round with authority. Once opened up, the STM is just a joy to sport fly, loops, rolls, stall turns, split-s and so on can be executed with precision. The final bonus is that the 2200mAh battery (not included) and efficient motor/prop combination offer excellent flight times making this handsome plane a fantastic all round package. The new Durafly balsa series offers the best of all worlds in the Parkfly catagory......welcome to the new era!
Features: Predictable, stable and locked in flying Characteristics Superbly Crafted & High Quality Airframe and Covering Powerful & Efficient Pre-Installed NTM 35mm Brushless Outrunner Motor Large Diameter 10" Prop for High Efficiency Quality Turnigy ESC Pre-Installed Tried and Trusted HXT900 servo's Pre-Installed Balsa Quality Combined with Foamy Convenience Plug and Fly, simply add Lipoly & RX (Not Included) Simple & Fast Build Top Quality Hardware Included and Pre-Installed Tough Undercarriage and Steerable Tail Wheel for excellent Gound Handling
Received the Ryan on Thursday. Very well packed, so no worries about damage in transport. The build was easy and fast. It took me about 4 hours (and I cut each letter of the decals separately!) The only thing I had to fix was that one of the pre drilled hole for the gear was a bit misaligned, but was an easy fix. My kit arrived without a Y cable for ailerons and without a washer for the prop. So if you don't have this stuff around order it with the kit.
The model looks really, really good and the construction quality is also really good, just very few and very small wrinkles here or there, really no biggie. (I definitely couldn't do better). The wings were straight and the cuts for the tail surfaces were also pretty good. My rudder was binding because of the angle of the push rod, but changing the side of the linkage stopper in the horn worked perfectly, making a much better angle.This beautiful plane is, and looks decidedly smaller than the durafly foamies. It fits easily in the car but there are some small drawbacks I'll discuss later.Just came back from the field where I maidened the Ryan. It was a bit windy (10-15km/h with some gusts). Did some taxi trials and had to adjust the tail wheel a bit.Take off roll was fine, but definitely put power slowly and be ready to correct with rudder quite a bit. But that was expected. The climb was beautiful and not even at full power. Needed no trims at all, although after the first landing I moved the CG forward a tiny bit. It flies quite well, with the throws adjusted as per the manual, didn't have to use dual rates. Maybe I'll increase some throws a bit.She cruises nicely at half throttle and as you add power no tendencies to climb abruptly at all. Rolls are nice, nedding just a touch of elevator when inverted. Inverted flight also nice, better than I expected.Landing is a breeze, you can approach quite slowly, but you have to put her down with some throttle. (The flare is nice, but please control descent with throttle). Beware it has a lot of elevator authority, but not touchy, even with 15% expo.Up to now I find her very well behaved in general. Rudder input in turns make them quite beautiful and the she looks so nice in the air with the US ARMY under the wing.But the model is small and you see the effects of wind quite a bit. Gusts tend to make the Ryan climb a bit more than I expected. I took my durafly Trojan foamie along too, and it is much less susceptible to being buffeted by wind than this smaller and lighter Ryan. In fact the Trojan is a great plane! But the Ryan feels much more precise. I think I'll need some time to get used to it.The Ryan feels fragile and specially the tips of the wing seem very susceptible to damage even in transport. I only grab it by the nose, hehhe. But the gear looks pretty solid to me!Although for the size it seems a bit expensive compared to other balsa models here, The Ryan is gorgeous, good quality and has flown nice, specially for a maiden. Found no vices so far, although I wish it was a bit bigger and heavier. If you're into smaller planes I'd suggest the Ryan, as it is, above all, a gorgeous plane. Don't be fooled by the 4 stars, this is a nice buy! It's just that I don't like giving 5 stars to just anything.Hope this helps you make your mind.
Why do you need a 'Y' lead for the ailerons ?? Plug one aileron to the aileron port in the receiver and the other into the AUX port and that will work fine. You could also put some 'MIX' in by doing this and when on the approach to land use the ailerons as 'flaperons' to create lift and reduce landing speed.
If you have a programmable 5 channel radio of course you can do that.
It's just that the Y lead will work with every radio setup and needs no programming. I think it should be supplied, as in any other 4 channel PNP plane, specially because of this:
Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX
2200mAh 3s Lipoly Battery"
Without the Y lead that's not true.
I don't think there is any need for flaperons in this model, approach speed is already very low.
Washington, Mine came with a Y lead. When I take off I give it a lot of up elevator and full throttle. My field is a bit rough in spots and the grass is not always short. I found that I require up just to taxi.
The response of aircraft to takeoffs and landings is an important part of customer's decision whether to purchase or not. I STRONGLY suggest that Hobby King start including landings and takeoffs in their video so we can get at least SOME feel for the craft's capibilities. Sans that info, we should all assume there are handling problems with the aircrafts that are not shown landing or taking off. BEWARE!
Why do you want all this information?? A video can't take into account wind and air temperature. All things that affect the performance of a flying model. This particular model, the Ryan STA(M) takes off and lands very well, even if you are inexperienced and a bit heavy on the controls. Where's the problem ??
Budgie: Reread what I wrote. Where's the problem you say? It's where the FIRST info we get of a model's flying doesn't show take-offs and landings. Until someone, like you, does a review and let's us know how it handles close to the ground, we are ignorant of those facts. I'll ask you a question. Why would anyone be against the customer getting all the significant info he can before buying? Last I heard, take-off and landing characteristics can be a "minor" factor in model survival - if you get my drift. Peace.
I have the Ryan for 2 weeks now. Last week was the maiden and I flew her some more today.
Ground handling is a bit tricky, since with the big prop you'll have to compensate a lot for torque. If you add throttle at once, you will be taking sideways! But it's perfectly doable! I got her several times in the air today in a very scale fashion, and she really flies great, really great, provided the winds are not too strong (had about 15 km/h on the maiden and I felt it). The more I fly it the more I like it.
Back to topic.... what good would it be to show some very skilled pilot taking of in a video.... want more info, look on youtube (durafly ryan STA) and you'll see how she takes of if you pump her up all at once, hehe. Hope this helps.
IMHO Frenchstan is right.These vidoes are often misleading and deceptive
He's not just talking about this Ryan video. If planes are fitted with undercarts (particularly retracts) lets see if they are servicable. They appear to have these things working satisfactoraly "out of the box" then you read the reviews and people are not getting this. Why is it we see loops rolls and the odd dodgy take off but never a landing. Not a bargain if it don't work.
Has the size of the motor shaft changed on the most recently shipped models, because the hole in the stock props no longer fits over the shaft which is now 5 or 6mm in diameter? What props are people using as an alternative?
ok, apparently the NTM 35-30 motor that comes mounted on the Ryan has the accessory pack already assembled on it and the pack IS the prop adaptor with the threaded 6mm shaft which the stock props that came with the plane do NOT fit on - the hole in the prop is WAY too small - still need help to select a proper propeller for my Ryan. This is the Product ID 9171000206 for the NTM Motor w/Accessory Pack and looking at the pics of the accessory pack that is what is mounted to the front of the motor. I am wondering if this TRSP-10x6 Turnigy Ultra-light wood propeller 10x6 be a good alternative at 20g weight or will it pull too many amps on the Ryan with stock Motor/ESC?
I am interested in the model: Raft Durafly Series - Ryan STA(M) 965mm Plug and Fly that requires the following hardware: Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX & 3s 2200mAh Lipoly Battery and i want to ask you now, if the following equipment is compatible: Hobby King 2.4Ghz 4Ch Tx & Rx V2 (Mode 2) & Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 20C Lipo
All that kit is just fine. You don't need a 'Y' lead for the ailerons, just plug one aileron into the Aileron Port on the receiver and the other into the AUX Port on the receiver and that will work just fine.
Just got my model and noticed the propeller adapter sticks out past the end of the cowl 1/4 of an inch. With the spinner mounted there is a 1/4 inch gap between the cowl and the back of the spinner which looks awful. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the reply. The prop goes in front of the spinner backplate so there is still a large gap between the backplate and the cowl. On my plane I can't move the cowl forward at all without exposing a gap where it meets the fuselage. I think I am going to take this prop adapter off, turn the motor around and put a set screw type prop adapter on the motor shaft which will be easy to adjust.
Don't know what to say to that . I actually ended up cutting th firewall off and moving it back 1/4 inch. Now there is only 1/16 inch gap between spinner backplate and cowl . It looks and flies great. I studied the setup for some time and have no idea how it was off that much out of the box.
The C of G is real close to the high point in the wing (main spar) 5mm forward of the spar.
D/R high 90pcnt, expo 20pcnt Chanel 1 & 2, Chanel 4 100pcnt no expo.
D/R low 60pcnt, expo 50pcnt Chanel 1 & 2, Chanel 4 100pcnt no expo
This is what I fly my Ryan STA on.
I use a 2200 3S nano tech, but I moved the speed controller to the left front (looking from the front) under the couling to provide better airflow/cooling after the original one fried on me and the larger replacement also got quite hot.
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From Jerry 83.
Have flown my Ryan STA with 10x6 prop (the one which was missing in the kit).Very nice flights except at third flight airplane went down abruptly when landing.
Found later it was due to failure of one of the ailerons servo.
Nose cowl had to be repaired and had a hole in wing due to part of prop going through.
So far Hk and Durafly unable to provide ref of wing covering !!
Hi, You can put a 9" x 6" prop on but you'll lose the vertical performance in big way. I use an APC 10" x 6" and I've never had a problem with ground clearance and the APC gives much better performance than the stock prop too. Regards
So, I just received my Ryan STA today, and there is no Y wire adaptor for the aileron servos. I'm wondering why one is not included? Did everyone else have one laying around, or did you arrange your controls in a different manner? I am planning a basic 4 channel setup, but I see the instructions say use a 5 channel computer radio, and use mixing. I don't have that. Being a relative noob, will I struggle with my planned setup?
yes, but the cable are too shorts to reach the RX. It was missing from my package also bent1. The 10*6 props don*t fit the motor. Anoyne else had this problem? There is now way it can pass from the motor. Am i missing something? Or the motor came wrong installed? Any advise?
Did maiden flight with the Ryan STA(M) this evening in light wind conditions on short grass. The only way to describe the first flight was "Perfect"!!! With the C of G set as per the instructions with the throws and D/R set to the recommended too, take-off was straight forward and the aircraft rose into the air in scale like fashion on only a 2/3rds power setting. At half throttle the model was very stable and flew 'scale', just one click of down elevator trim and the model flew straight and level at 1/2 and 2/3rd throttle. No wing drop on the stall and very little down elevator required for inverted flight. The model will do a nice roll at just over 1/2 throttle. The only 'vice' I could find was when turning at low throttle settings the model rolled slightly into the turn but after getting used to this, correction became automatic. Up the throttle and this model will climb like a demented angel and do three vertical rolls before it stops going up. Half Cubans and Cuban Eights are no problem. Using a lot of throttle and you'll get ten minutes of flying out of it, ease back a bit and 15 minutes is not a problem. If you fly it completely scale then you might be able to stretch it to 20 minutes at a push. On the approach it 'runs on rails' and did not nose over on grass on landing. Flew completely 'stock' except for a 10" x 6" 'Master Air-screw Electric Prop'. The battery used was a Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 2200mah 35 - 70C Li-Po. Receiver was an Orange 6 channel DSM2 with a satellite RX. Set this model up as per the supplied instructions with special attention to the throws and C of G and this model is worth every penny. Excellent build quality and flying qualities. If all Durafly Balsa models are going to be this good, all bodes well for the future. In the near future I'll try a 10" x 6" APC Electric prop and see how that performs.
Have now flown the Durafly Ryan STA(M) with a 10" x 6" APC Propeller and it's just a little better in the vertical than the Master Airscrew 10" x 6" prop. It's marginal though. I think that for speed in level flight the Master Airscrew is slightly 'quicker'. However, the APC seems to produce better 'traction' in the vertical. If you're a throttle jockey then this model will really 'go' and will fly 'sport' but I like to fly it scale in level flight and then open the throttle and do huge loops and cubans which look scale but are far bigger in scale terms than the real aircraft would be able to perform. Great little model and lots of fun.
If you use a lot of throttle your flight time will be around 10 minutes. If you fly it 'scale' then you can get up to 20 minutes. I'm only quoting these figures based on very light winds. In windy and blustery conditions you may find the times reduce by about a minute. You might also better these times if you use the Nano-Tech 3S 2200mah 35 - 70 Lipo packs as opposed to standard Turnigy Lipo packs.
Hi, Received my Durafly Balsa Ryan STA(M) today. It was really well packed but the UK Border Agency had done their best to undo the good work that Hobby-King had done to protect it. However, my question is, has anyone else who has received this model not had a 10" x 6" come with it ??? There was no prop with my model (I have reported this to Hobby-King Customer Services in case this is a general problem with this model). Other than that, I have to say this is a great model which seems well built and finished and looks GREAT !!! Good clear instructions too !!
Glad you got it ok Budgie and HK normally do a good job on packing there models IMO,do you have a Youtube account? because i was wondering if we might be seeing some flight footage of this one. Budgie i've got a few 10x6 props in my hanger and as you live local i'll send you one if you like. You will have to look me up on the Hobbyking forums though and send me a private message with your address and then i'll pop one in the post for you. If not i'm sure you will soon have it in the air mate.
I've got a couple of Master Airscrew 10 x 6 props so I'm OK, but thanks very much for your kind offer.
Yes, I do have a You-Tube account and I'll try and do a video of the Ryan flying. I'll try and track you down via the Forum.
No worries Budie and hope all goes well for you mate,just go to the top right on the forums and look for members list and you should find me under S lol,my Youtube name is the same as here = startazz,Thanks for the credit as it's always appreciated.
had exactly the same problem when received my kit in France.And you know what HK asked me to do when I complained ?
Take picture and wheigh every component in the box.
Impossible to do when you have dismantled the pack to make precise inventory !!!
I did not know they were selling their products by weight !!!
Is it , for them, a way to make savings ?
Hi, I have ordered this model and am looking forward to receiving it soon. A friend of mine has a 'Great Planes' Ryan STA(M)balsa model. It has a brushed motor and has NiMh batteries etc. However, the dimensions and the markings are identical to the Hobby-King (HK) Ryan, so I rather suspect that this offering from HK is the same model but with HK parts i.e. NTM brushless motor and HXT servo's etc. If this is the case then it's great news because my friend's Great Planes Ryan STA(M) is a great little flyer. Slow and stable when you want it to be and very lively at higher throttle settings where a good range of aerobatics can be flown with ease. We fly from a fairly rough grass field and the GP Ryan STA(M)'s landing gear seems to handle that OK When practised, landing speeds are very slow.
UPDATE: This ID "Sally" Also posting under the ID of "Bacter" are both fake accounts used by Kellyann in a recent scam. HobbyKing's Administration have advised people not to communicate with her or credit her accounts.
Hi All. What is the wheel diameter and clearence between the pants and the bottom of the wheel? We have a lumpy grass strip, and I wanna confirm that I can get it on and the runway without too much hassle.
I doubt anyone knows yet MikeHeliMad as it's not be on the website that long,unless someone from HK can answer it as i wouldn't want to make a stab in the dark guess for you,someone will soon be able to answer your question in a few days to a week i'm guessing.
A little more info might be handy young sir like KV and so on,unless the 28 is KV and not the with of the motor,i'm not trying to being funny but the scorpion motors are normally out of my price range thats why the numbers don't mean to much to me sorry.someone else might help you out in the mean time,if so good luck as she is a sweet looking model isn't she.
According to the manufacturer’*s data, the dimensions and weight of the two motors are similar and probably could be made to work. The Kv are also similar (NTM=1100Kv and S-3008-28=1253Kv). The big difference is in performance, of course. The Scorpion motor will give you about a 25% increase in power (Watts) compared to the NTM, with the same prop and battery. The downside is that the Scorpion motor will also require about 25% more current (Amps). This should get you thinking of upgrading to a 30-40 Amp ESC. Will this plane benefit from a 25% power boost? Don’*t know the answer to that one. Good flying, spanner.
My plane was also missing the prop and had some damage but was otherwise well packed.
Please fire the guy who checks off on the packaging.
It actually looks like the damage occurred during assembly but I was able to fix it with some www.link hobbyking get it together, this is why I almost never buy a plane from HK its like playing roulette. Its always a hassle getting a missing part or a credit from these guys.
have 2 settings high and low rates on your radio, Always fly 2 or 3 mistakes high at first. Practice your landings buy setting them up till you are a few feet above the ground then go around. Leave a little power on when landing as you don't know how this plane lands. For your first flight be the only person in the air with no distractions like talking to someone or some gasser flying around. I always do my first flights alone at the field.
EP,that isn't what i mean mate as i've been flying for well over 5 years now mate and know all what you have just told me,i just wanted to know if someone had any tips for a Balsa build thats all mate,but you getting the credit as thats the least i can do for the credit you have awarded me in the past.Thanks for tips though as it might help some one else out brother.
the plane doesn't know what it is made from so flights be it balsa or foam are about the same. Fixing balsa is easy but more work as you may have to replace the covering. I have the peal and stick cover for such a problem. Then replace the fix at a later date with Mono coat etc. 5 min epoxy works best as it dries quick and holds as well. The only tip with HK planes is before your first flight is go with CA or instant glue over every joint you can reach. I have seen to many HK planes break because of a weak glue joint Motor mounts are #1 spot. For hard to reach use the 5 minute epoxy and a Q Tip attached to a BBQ skewar ( buck store) so you have the time before it dries. Thanks for the credit
I've got to agree 100% with EP on the extra glueing. That's one thing they can be a bit slack with, and I don't mean just Hobbyking I never trust the glueing no matter where they come from. I use thin CA mostly and even down inside the parts of the fuse I can't reach I'll dribble some in then let it run down the joins and rotate things to get it to run where I want. I do pretty much the same thing with the wings, especialy around the centre section. Be prepared to have your nose running and your eyes burning from all the fumes, even if you do it outside it'll still start to get you if you throw the stuff around like I do lol.
I apreciate the thought startazz but I would actualy prefer people not to credit me anyway. In the forum I speak out against the credit system whenever the topic comes up due to the scammers that clutter up the discussion sections.
I think there is a difference between the way 'foamies' and balsa models fly. Balsa models are stiffer than 'foamies' and in my opinion fly more precisely. 'Foamies' tend to flex or twist when performing aerobatic manoeuvers which adversly affects the symetry of the manoeuvers. In general I find that balsa models simply fly slightly better than 'foamies'. This is even more pronounced when 'foamies' age and become even less firm.
I'd agree with you on how Balsa and foam models fly from each other but i'm not sure it's true about when foamies age,i've got loads of foamie models that are well past the 5 year mark,i can't say as i've noticed they fly any less better than they did from day one,still i suppose it might be what foam the model is made of,most of mine are EPO and a couple of EPS ones but i do tend to use Poly-C on mine and if need be some really fine glass cloth and Poly-C.
I've now just about finished putting my Ryan STA(M) together and although I took the opportunity to put some CA and Epoxy in places where it would be 'embarrassing' if they came apart I found little real need to do so. This model is finely constructed and they seem to have done a very good job of putting the thing together. It would seem that they'd put glue where it was needed in the kind of quantities that was needed. The more I work on this model the more pleased I am with it. I certainly think this is the best model I have bought from Hobby-King. Hopefully be in the air by early next week - weather permitting. I'll certainly be writing that up on both the discussion and review section for the Ryan STA(M).
Thanks for that Budgie. The quality of some of these balsa and ply kits they are carrying now is very impressive. I haven't got this particular model but other ones I've bought recently have been as good (if not better) than balsa and ply kits I've bought from elsewhere, it's nice to know this one doesn't disapoint either.
When will people learn that the US painted seven (7), no more, no less, red stripes on the rudder, beginning at the top with red and ending at the bottom with red. Unfortunately, this rudder is really sad.
When will other people learn no one said this was going to be 100% scale,if thats all that is worry you,you might want to go lay down as i bet this has really messed your day up. Unfortunately you could well be the sad one my friend.
Startazz: I agree if some people want scale then be ready to put out lots more money. The only way to get true real scale is from a kit you build yourself several pictures of the real plane as a guide then you will have scale. Trouble is most scale planes if a war bird fly like **** since they were designed to be unstable
Seven (7) red stripes and six (6) white stripes was chosen for the USAAF aircraft rudders because that is the same stripe pattern of the US flag. When using national insignia, there is an obligation to get it right.
dukeofdata: You are correct in the 7 red 6 white on the tail. Guess if you don't like it and decide to buy it then change it. In the world of RC planes there are mistakes from several companies not just HK.
Yeah, and the real one doesn't have servo heads sticking out the bottom of the wing either. But seriously, I'm guessing this is made overseas where they don't give a **** about the stripes matching our flag, and have pre-striped covering that they use that just happens to come with that particular spacing. At least they didn't shrink the rudder to get the proper amount of stripes.(that way you can at least recover it yourself if you want)
At Another RC pilot this just might be made in China/Asia one would of thought as HK is based in Hong Kong. All this because the tail covering has ONE red strip missing,come on dukeofdata this is an RC planes we are talking about here not a real 100% scale version!just in case you didn't know mate and i doubt the real one had servos,plastic prop,ESC and so on,you would be real lucky to buy any RC plane 100% scale weather it's looks or flight because it just don't work like that,if we have to tell you these things then you haven't been in the hobby long enough to know better,if so then i'm sorry but you will soon learn to live with the little things in this hobby that might not match your high standards.
another RC pilot I ordered my first plane from Tower Hobby based in the US of A and guess what not one part was made in the USA. The list showed every part but the ESC was made in China, Vietnam , and Japan.
I just got back from China and guess what factories I saw with my own eyes, FORD, GM, Chysler, Honda, Audi,Toyota, John Deer tractors. So don't jump on China when the placed is filled with US companies
i am no scale snob so i dont care if proportions r wrong, color not perfect and if pin striping was wrong. that being said, the red stripes on the tail r a national symbol. startazz, would u be upset if they made a plane with a 5 armed cross in the union jack instead of a 4 armed st george's cross?
Good point SF but to be honest if it did bother me that much i wouldn't buy it simple,i wouldn't buy it and then come here moaning about it as DoD has,whats the point in that,thats all i'm trying to get across SF.
i completely agree with u if they messed up anything else besides a NATIONAL FLAG! some ppl take that stuff very seriously. oh well, it is only a toy plane anyways and i dont think there were any ill intentions
I was meaning that there are far worse things done to the US Flag than missing a stripe or two on the rudder of a model. I flew yesterday at Dip Farm Playing Fields, Corton, near Lowestoft, ideal conditions, only light winds and some sunshine. Only flew my T-28D Trojan as I hadn't flown for a while. Good stuff. Having a Hobby-King wharehouse in the UK now has got to be a good thing. I'm told the UK wharehouse is in Suffolk, so I hope that at some point in the future they'll allow customers to go to the wharehouse and pick-up items so they don't have to go through the postal system. Regards.
Hi Budgie,i see what you mean now about the flag and too true,i know what you mean about not flying for a while as it's the same for me too,i'm either busy or the weather lets me down,still things are starting to look up now,if you check out the HK forums for the UK warehouse you will see they say we should be able to pick up are parcels soon and they are trying to sort out a flying field too,so we can all meet up and have a flying session after picking up a few orders.
That Hobby-King goods pick-up idea sounds great and the flying field too. I have heard rumours that the UK Wharehouse could be at the former RAF Bentwaters site, which would be great for a flying field.
How do you access the Hobby-King UK Forum, please??
Yeah it was going to be near bentwaters but it got changed right at the last moment,still at least HK are trying to find another flying field,weather they do or not who knows,right for the Forum it's at the top of the page and says Forum you have to be logged into HK first,once you do that click on the forum tab and then look for News and Alerts,then you should be able to see a thread saying UK warehouse-now open,good luck and see you over there sometime.
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It's nicely build, have no vices during flight, wich it does just great. It can fly smooth as a low wing trainer or more agressive if you have power and command throw for it.
I found mine with no issues or needing for structural reinforcements. You really just need to plug n' fly to have some fun.
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Only took a week to deliver. No dammage. Only took a couple of hours to assemble, only got the strings to go. There was no prop though, but not a problem. I will buy a carbon prop locally. Looking forward to finishing it off tomorrow and hopefully a test flight, weather permitting. I will post after test flight. Looks realy good.
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My Hobby-King Durafly Series Ryan STA(M) arrived today. REALLY well packed, so even the Customs here in the UK couldn't destroy the contents! The surface finish is excellent and the visible interior looks well constructed and glued. Appears and feels robust. There is a very clear instruction booklet which should suffice to help any modeller other than perhaps a complete novice. There is good advice on both the set-up i.e. throws, D/R etc. and most importantly, the correct measurements for getting the Centre of Gravity (CG) correct. There's also a photograph showing the best arrangement for the Receiver (RX) and the Turnigy 3S 2200mah Lipo (I'll use Nano-Tech 3S 2200mah 35-70). It will take me a few days to get it ready for the field but I am looking forward to getting it in the air and will post a 'Flight Report' here as soon as I have done so. The only 'fly in the ointment' was the fact that it came without the 10" x 6" propeller, an issue I am taking up with Hobby-King Customer Services, as I've heard other buyers of this model have not received props either. But that does not take away the overall satisfaction I feel about this model. If this is going to be the standard of the Durafly Balsa Series then the future looks bright for this series.
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Arrived undamaged to Denmark. Package was superb made. Allthough there was no 10X6 prop supplied. Well small issue but, has to be there. Just my 50 cent. Quality is just great and HobbyKing and DuraFly can be proud selling such a nice piece of plane. Going to the field tonite. Happy landing. Regards tmn2401, Denmark
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Did maiden flight with the Ryan STA(M) this evening in light wind conditions on short grass. The only way to describe the first flight was "Perfect"!!! With the C of G set as per the instructions with the throws and D/R set to the recommended too, take-off was straight forward and the aircraft rose into the air in scale like fashion on only a 2/3rds power setting. At half throttle the model was very stable and flew 'scale', just one click of down elevator trim and the model flew straight and level at 1/2 and 2/3rd throttle. No wing drop on the stall and very little down elevator required for inverted flight. The model will do a nice roll at just over 1/2 throttle. The only 'vice' I could find was when turning at low throttle settings the model rolled slightly into the turn but after getting used to this, correction became automatic. Up the throttle and this model will climb like a demented angel and do three vertical rolls before it stops going up. Half Cubans and Cuban Eights are no problem. Using a lot of throttle and you'll get ten minutes of flying out of it, ease back a bit and 15 minutes is not a problem. If you fly it completely scale then you might be able to stretch it to 20 minutes at a push. On the approach it 'runs on rails' and did not nose over on grass on landing. Flew completely 'stock' except for a 10" x 6" 'Master Air-screw Electric Prop'. The battery used was