The Pioneer is the first in the line of superb new Retro Series models, this new range pays homage to the Vintage RC and Freeflight era when models were practical, rugged, simple, good looking and always flew well, the Retro series offers you the chance to experience this golden age of modelling, but with all the benefits of thoroughly modern manufacturing and design!
The Pioneer is made from tough EPO and has been nicely painted in an authentic "dope & tissue" color, it is also Plug & Fly, so the pre-fitted Brushless Outrunner & ESC substitute the old oil burner and the pre-installed servo's offer you full four channel control. There are so many nice touches, including the alloy/plastic rear fuselage frame, the dummy rotary engine, machine gun and proper alloy rigging wires. The metal/CF under carriage is substantial and the large, thin wheels are able to tackle the roughest of strips without drama. Reciever access is via a neat hatch on the side of the fuselage and the quick battery access via the attractive alloy look cowl. Build time is very short, even the rigging system is simple and fast, not like the old days of building from plans, this one won't take 6 months to get in the air!
The Pioneer not only looks the part, it flies the part, the slow flight capability of this model is quite amazing and because it is so "locked in", the Pioneer manages to capture the essence of a much larger Vintage model in flight. At it's heart, the Pioneer is a Sport model, the power train has been well thought out making it quite capable of basic aerobatics like loops, stall turns, rolls, etc, without the need for excessive air speed. The Pioneer is a high quality, fun, robust and attractive "vintage" model with a truly authentic look and feel, take a trip down memory lane with The Retro Series!
Plug and Fly Format, simply add your own reciever and Battery!
Tough EPO Foam
High Quality Construction and Painted Finish
Robust and Practical Design
Authentic Vintage Look
Easy and Fast Assembly
Superb Power Train/Airframe Balance
Inexpensive to Get In the Air
Perfect Parkflyer size, Vintage flying without the need for lugging round a Flightbox!
Perfect Post Trainer Model
Flying Weight: 650g
Motor: 1200kv Brushless Outrunner
ESC: 20A w/BEC
Servo: 9g x 4
Your own 4 Channel TX/RX
1300mAh 3s Lipoly Battery
What a great plane, after a bit of tweaking, ie, 27grms of weight in the front using stick on wheel weights recessed into the foam, 45pcnt throws on the elevator and 55pcnt throws on ailerons with 10pcnt rudder mixed, this thing is primo. It flies at scale speed and looks fantastic in the air, got a lot of comments from people, they thought it was balsa not foam. Well done Hobbyking, as in one of my previous comments, forget the wing wires and use black elastic cotton, looks great and less fiddly, holds tension all the time, enjoy you will not be dissapointed.It was my maiden flight today with this beautiful beast! First two flights were amazing, didn't have to trim or change COG. Everything flew perfect straight from the box. On the 3rd flight though, My mind blanked and i hit a the top of a tree. The tree was about 200m high and it just fell through the tree and eventually hit the ground. Guess what? was hardly any damage at all. Had to glue an aileron back on and the wing and that was it. The wing didn't even break, just the part you screw in. the fuselage wasn't even slightly damaged. Either this plane is extremely tough or i got extremely lucky. How many planes can fall 200m from hitting a tree and have hardly any damage to it? Definitely would recommend this plane to anyone!!!!!!!!Here is a video of the pioneer fighting it out with a SE5A.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3D1jzKl0-4Great little' plane, that looks awesome both in the air and on the ground. It flies very well if and only if there is little to no wind. If there is wind, it becomes very unstable around its pitch axis. I wouldnt recommend this as a real beginners plane, while its forgiving, it has to be flown relatively fast (and in windless conditions).
Overall build quality is excellent and honestly stunning for the price. Mine did come with a rudder that was warped, but thats not a big deal. Apparently you can fix that by soaking it in hot water, but it didnt really impact the flying best I could tell. Assembly is almost no work at all, apart from the rigging wires. Pro tip: you can solder them instead of using those crimps.
THis pane is not overpowered, but motor and prop give it enough power to fly this "scale" with some reserve to get you out of trouble. Just right IMO. Pitch authority is a bit too good, dial it down on your radio or use a lot of expo. You probably also want to mix throttle with elevator to avoid the infamous nose drop if you cut the throttle, although I found that problem not as big as most people claim. You will want to put some weight in the nose to get the cg right.
User manual is a joke. But who needs one with this?
All in all, Im quite pleased with this plane. Its not quite as easy to fly as I imagined, doesnt fly as slow as I hoped (even with flaperons),My Pioneer parcel arrived the other day and with excitement I couldn't wait to get inside. Everything was great all parts there and no damage from shipping from Hong Kong. The build was easy as really, the wiring was the time consuming bit, but is easily done with patience. Looks very nice when built. The CG is 46 mm from front (leading edge of wing) now I put a texture mark to balance point and it was still way too tail heavy even with the 1300 lipo in! I ended up needing about 45 grams of extra weight I put some lead inside the slot on underneath (behind the motor cowl) mount. Then she was balanced good. I maidened her on one of my Towns smooth open dry slat lake beds and she was a charm to fly! I did need a bit of up trim but it fixed fine once trimmed! I Get about 8 minutes on the fully charged lipo. Just remember the extra weight and this plane is a beauty!Nice build, wires are hard to keep tight but not bad. Hard to fly though. Agree with other posts not a slow flyer at all. Not a plane for beginner. Keep to j3 cub if u want a trainerVery happy with product and delivery time. Well made great looking no issues with lining up or placement of parts, can't wait to get her up.Received my Pioneer this morning, fast delivery from NSW warehouse. Downside was no screws for attching the tail and not enough tubes for crimping the wires on. Battery placement will be tight, theres a lot going on in there. I am expecting flight to be as good as the write ups, will post more after I have acheived that.It's not a beginners airplane, flies well, but a little "nervous", have to "play" with c.g. Position, dual rates and expos, to make it less "unstable". After that,I managed to fit a 3s, 2200 mAh battery for longer flight times and better stability,due to more weight in the front. Loops and inverted flight, ok.
The landing gear is a little weak, but the price, for an airplane with servos, esc, motor, etc. is very good!!!I too ordered Sunday and it arrived today, tuesday. It was extremely well packed with a nicely retail printed artworked box, inside another bigger plain box. Perfect if you want to buy it for a present. The contents are well spaced, secure and all arrived completely free of marks or damage. It has a beautiful finish completely in keeping with the models 'Retro' look. All the installation is done bar the receiver just as listed. The EPO foam is dense and thick in the places it should be. The fuselage is stronger than it looks and I imagine will take many knocks. Tools you need are inside so assembly on a desert island is assured. One bad bit, the dummy rotary engine is made of ordinary foam and I will glue a piece of card inside it to secure it before the lower cylinders break off. Assembly is easy and I have it hanging up in our back room already. This is the 3rd aeroplane I have had from Hobbyking and as time has gone on they have got better and better this being the best so far. I will fly it but I think letting potential buyers know just how good this is now before they go out of stock. For 68 quid delivered its brilliant. Thank you again Hobbyking.