Unusual looking, yet nicely scaled. The Icon-A5 is made from crash resiliant EPO foam. This 1.38m model RC seaplane is different from the real ICON A5 in flight, its very easy to fly and comes with a rudder for better control in water.
I bought this from the AU warehouse, and flew it stock initially, but found it unstable at low speeds, and over responsive to elevator. Cut down the elevator to 22mm as suggested earlier in this thread, and added ailerons to the wings outside the existing ones. Converted the old ailerons to flaps, and put in a 40A esc with D2826-6 2200kv motor and 7x4 APC prop. It now draws 35A at WOT, and will take off vertically. Still not super-fast due to prop pitch, but much better flight characteristics. Also the flaps make landing a breeze.
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elevator, and the servo. The vertical stabilizer, and the position is to change it to. However, motor mounting can be seen. It is naked!
The best cheap price. I am happy with the victory.
dust and dirt, if you don't have a plastic bag.
It was very old packing materials. Part of the motor, the design is different. Motor is completely visible.
tail control rod is not through. Instructions and different. piano wire is missing the
Through Until the rear section（*eｌ*v）*. Body to explode!. *rader only?
I have had this plane now for 2 years, the horizontal stabilizer is way too agressive and makes the plane very pitchy, cut it down to one inch 22mm. I have also cut my ailerons to the wing tips and taped the originals to eliminate tip stalls. If you're going to take off from water, there's a hole at the water rudder that scoops water diectly into the fuselage, this needs to be sealed. This is a nice looking plane in the air but is sensitive to wind, $17 buys a orange rx stabilizer which I recommend for this, othewise make sure you bring a boat if you fly off a lake...
thanks for the info. I have flown mine twice (without mods) and hand launched both flights. My set up was AXN motor (2200kv) with 6x4 prop and 30A esc, drawing 20A on WOT. This was enough power to fly mostly at 1/2 throttle, but needed full power to climb moderately. I've just ordered a more powerful 2200kv motor, and 40A esc to put on a 7x4 prop, and cut ailerons outboard on the wings. I've converted the existing cutouts to be used as flaps. I'll update after flights with the new setup.
what do you mean back and forth? not sure try to center the weight front to back cg and left to right so its truly balanced i found the battery more forward gives better stability. your battery might be too far back.
I bought this plane:
HobbyKing Seaplane RC Model Kit
With a TURNIGY Plush 40amp Speed Controller,
APC style propeller 7x6-E.
Need to be delivered yet.
And would like to know, which brushless outrunner I need to use. For best performance.
And wich lippo pack.
I want to do water take offs also.
Thanks in advance,
The Turnigy L2210-1400 with a 7 x 6 prop would be a good choice,lightweight and plenty of power.The Zippy 2200 3S 25c pack at 215g would also be a good choice or choose a 1500 or 1800mah pack if you want to keep the weight down a bit more.
three blades provide more torque and power to get up out of the water. two blades are more effitient less power longer time in the air. you really want three for this one because theres not room for the size of two bladed required to make up the third blade not being there.you would need 9x5or 9x6 to use two blade
this is a fairly large plane and if you intend to do water take offs with it you will need some "ummph". I cant think of any bell style outrunners that would fit the bill. I just ordered this kit and intend to use a 2825-6 2200kv with 6x4 apc prop. 35a esc will work fine but may need to go 2200mah 3s to get enough weight in nose.
Hey I*m still awaiting mine...Has anyone modified their's by making outboard alerons? I wonder how well the ones on there now will work as they are mounted inboard..Anybody with experiance with this? Also I'm thinking of using the existing ones for flaps if I do a mod...
put this motor www.link and 7x6 or 8x6 prop. And 30 A ESC. tilt the motor up a bit, 5-7 degrees. CT should be the standard for it, 30% of the width of the wing. or put this motor www.link , 50A ESC and 8-10 degrees motor up, if you like that he flew like a real monster))))
This plane has 4 stars, yet most of the online forums...and many of the posts/comments/reviews here indicate that something is seriously wrong with this plane. Some indicate that the power system is greatly underpowered...others point to the placement and depth of the step on the bottom of the plane. In many instances, people indicate that the plane cannot take off from water without heavy modification.
Has anyone had success without any modifications?
It the plane underpowered or if the step the main issue?
Seaplanes don't come with landing gear, because they're made to land on water. If you would take off from the ground using landing gear and then land on the water, the plane would crash and you can try to retrieve your sinking plane parts. Lol!
Hello. I have another issue to fit before buy. What's the maximum diameter of the propeller?
I would like to install this engine: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem .asp?idProduct=12921
Is it a good choice?
I have one, bought from somewhere else, paid alot for it ARF. It was under powered and pretty darn hard to fly, think it needs more airleron or lots of speed. Put it down for a while. Better they sell just the airframe, it's very nice construction, 36bucks screaming good deal. Not sure what they mean by "fly's better than the real ICON".. Who's flown the real ICON? Cool vids out there of the full scale tho. RCgroups might have setup tips
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Ecconomico, per si deve fare un sacco della modifica sullo scafo sotto e mi sembra che gli allettoni sono molti piccoli rispetto l'apertura alare.
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I did the fuselage mod and had no problems getting it off the water with a 2410, 9X4.7 and 3s 1300mah li-po. Once off it flies poorly, underpowered with this setup. it likes to fly fast or not at all. the stall is terrible resulting in a violent wing drop. i made use of some flaperons to try to slow it for landing. Bad idea!! It immediately enters a un-recoverable spin. It is quite durable though. It is i nice looking plane, Just tough to fly!!
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Hi tryed my plane and it looks good out of the box i put a rc smart 2810 brushless 30A esc 9x7 3 bladed prop 1850mah 20c lipo and it fly's perfectly.
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i have maidened her today from the water. she actually can do it without mods to the hull! forget about slowflyer props and low kv motors. i have used 1600kv bell outrunner with towpro stick mount, tgy ae-30 esc, 1800mah 3s zippy battery (have to sand battery tray to fit) and 7x6e apc style prop. main hurdles awaits you at the pushrod system for ele and rud. i had to build a guide to remove pushrod flex. look for videos of my maiden at video tab.