Soar through the skies with the H-King Raven. This stylish plug-and-fly model has a 1500mm wingspan and flight weight of 290g. Fitted with pre-installed servos, you can easily control the elevator and aileron with the help of your favourite computer radio.
The Raven 1500 is a high performance discus launcher that's perfect for flying at the beach or park. Fitted with lightweight wings that are reinforced with carbon rods. The sturdy PNF plane is made with lightweight composite fuselage and balsa wood wings and tail. The aileron is fitted with lighting holes to lessen vibrations during hand launch.
Easy to assemble within 30 minutes, the Raven is a great glider that can be hand launched straight into the air. Strong adhesive and hinge tape has been used on all control surfaces for durability and stability.
• Plug-and-fly glider
• High performance discus launcher
• Excellent build quality
• Lightweight composite fuselage
• Pre-installed servos to control the elevator and aileron
• Pre-built balsawood wing and tail
• Easy assembly within 30 minutes
Wing Area: 23.2 DM2
Wing Loading: 12.5g/DM2
Flight Weight: 290g
Servos: 4x 9g
Radio: 5CH and up with computer mixing
Battery: 500mAh 1S or 4.8V battery
Frame/ PNF/ RTF(mm)
No servos at all, neither preinstalled nor (at least) shipped with the plane :(A great, inexpensive DLG, but not perfect.
First of all, it's definitely not a PNP. It took me about 3 evenings to put everything together. 30mins as stated in the description is just wrong. Yet alone the epoxy to join the wings takes 24h to cure.
I was not 100% satisfied with the quality of the components. 3 of the 4 servos had cracks in the case mounting points that had to be fixed. Also, the hinge for the aileron is very stiff. I removed it and used clear tape as hinge. The strings for elevator and rudder are also just regular fabric thread. I replaced it with 0.3mm steel wire.
But besides that, it is a good, solid built plane. Fuselage and boom fit together nicely. The wing seems to be a very solid design. I crashed mine into a tree and it did not suffer any major damage. Long term quality will show after the first season.
The Raven 1500 flies really nice and gently. Nothing wild or dangerous. With a good throw you can get it up to 20-30 m. It picks up ridge lift or thermals well. Of course you can not compare it to some 600+ $ full composite DLG, but it will give a good start to the DLG scene. I had some 30+ min flights in ridge lift and thermals and I really like the calm behaviour. You can centre thermals with ease and gain altitude fast. Landing is also no problem, once you get used to it you can also catch it by hand.
The Raven 1500 is a great plane to get started with DLG. It has some minor downsides but they are either easy to fix or acceptable for that price. Overall value is also good. I don't think you can get a much cheaper, full grown 1.5 m DLG. Although I've flown it only a couple of hours, I already really like the Raven.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1-iInsAv4&t= ( Review, first flight, unboxing ) Great, plane using control rods instead of the supplied strings, makes it much easier to assemble. If you use strings you may want to get strong strings. The manual seemed a little incomplete and the pictures did not have enough detail so I took away one star. For some one that has never really assembled pull strings. I couldn't really tell how to do it from the manual. I just had an idea of what would probably work. lolNot having much time to build anything I got this because it said it was PnP.
It is no such thing!!!
I had to build it at work on my breaks. It took three days... The servos are installed but that's it, it needs sanding, gluing and all the pull stings and springs setting up. Way above my skill level.
Once built though it is a very nice fling glider. There is no mention anywhere of a CG position so I went for ~30% chord to start with. It launches nicely, I'm no expert at DLG launching yet managed some to get some respectable heights. It glides well too. You can tell it won't take much lift to keep this airborne!
I'm going to swap my receiver for a lighter version and may also go for a smaller Rx battery to see if the CG can come further back.
I guess after all the stress and frustration of having to build it I've finally got to like it :)Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get a full 1.5m dlg for a low price. Flys and floats very well.I would recommend to remove all the decals before flying if you want to keep it light. You might also want to cut a little from the back of the pod so the boom can fit better.I have nothing but good things to say about this plane :). The quality was great everything came as it looked from the pictures and the build was pretty easy too but you have to do some sanding on the pod so the boom fits into place. I removed all the decals including the white covering that was on the wing and elevator to keep it light.Took her on a flight this morning with winds around 10-15 mph and she seemed very floaty and stable. I would say on a good Calm warm day she would have no problems riding thermals. My Launches where mild since the wing is made from balsa. I wouldn't recommenced doing hard launches as you would see from a carbon DLG. Anyway Just my 2 cents. Would definitely recommend this plane to any body who wants an affordable 1.5 DLG. For this price and performance its a steal!I have nothing but good things to say about this plane :). The quality was great everything came as it looked from the pictures and the build was pretty easy too but you have to do some sanding on the pod so the boom fits into place. I removed all the decals including the white covering that was on the wing and elevator to keep it light.Took her on a flight this morning with winds around 10-15 mph and she seemed very floaty and stable. I would say on a good Calm warm day she would have no problems riding thermals. My Launches where mild since the wing is made from balsa. I wouldn't recommenced doing hard launches as you would see from a carbon DLG. Anyway Just my 2 cents. Would definitely recommend this plane to any body who wants an affordable 1.5 DLG. For this price and performance its a steal!The quality is good, fly was very beautuful ,but the wing has a fatal flaw, throwing about 40-50 times wing breaks in the air at the last throw.