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H-King Voltigeur 3D EPO Aerobatic Plane 1220mm (48") (PNF)

H-King Voltigeur 3D EPO Aerobati...

Hobbyking introduces the Voltigeur, which is the French word for aerobatic. Made from lightweight EPO foam and featuring large control surfaces coupled with masses of power, the Voltigeur is a true aerobatic performer and extreme 3D flying machine.

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Hobbyking introduces the Voltigeur, which is French for aerobatic.  

 

The Voltigeur is a true aerobatic performer and extreme 3D flying machine. Construction is from lightweight EPO foam and features large control surfaces coupled with masses of power. Perfectly balanced with a mid-mounted full symmetrical wing, large battery compartment, composite glass fiber wing tube, metal gear high-speed servos all round and all electronics preinstalled. Orientation is not a problem with the highly visible and unique color scheme.


Flying the Voltigeur is a dream, using the recommended 3S Lipo battery for aerobatics and sports flying it handles like a trainer, docile and extremely predictable, But when you plug in a 4S Lipo battery it morphs into a monster eating up the sky and with skill and control performs all your 3D maneuvers like a champion. Everything from rolling circles, waterfalls, inverted harriers and blenders, nothing will stop the Voltigeur.

Features:
• EPO foam lightweight construction
• Large control surfaces for extreme 3D flying
• High-speed metal gear servos
• Ball link control horns
• Large easy to access battery hatch
• Composite glass fiber wing tube
• Aluminum undercarriage with lightweight wheels 
• High strength nylon wing bolts
• Highly visible and unique combination decals
• Scale pilot figure


Specs:
Wingspan: 1220mm (48")
Length: 1280mm (50")
Take off Weight: 1500g (approx)
Motor: 4028 1000kv Brushless outrunner
ESC: 45A w/ 3A BEC
Prop: 13 x 6.5


Requires:
1 x Minimum 4-6 channel transmitter and receiver
1 x 3S or 4S Lipo battery 2200-2600 mAh
1 x Licence to thrill

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  • Width
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  • Height
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Quality is nice, and for 3s you're good right out of the box. I fly it on 4s, and changed the ESC and reduced the prop to a 13x4, pulling 60Amps. I placed a 60A ESC, which is just about enough. Do not use the stock ESC with the stock prop on 4s, that combo will do 70A+

I'm glad I sold my bravado and bought this one. It's a nice little 3D plane, it behaves like it should, even with a lot of wind. Landing gear isn't up to the job, it's not strong enough.

My flight footage from this weekend:

https://youtu.be/30ZU4vfebVU
Just opened mine this evening and not impressed by the control horns which deflect with the lightest of pressure. Now reading about issues with the ESC I'm starting to think this might be short lived.

Will post back when I've flown it.
Nicely shaped and stiff for EPO. Servos have long horns and linkage is top grade. Comes with 3 large sheets of stickers. Gonna pass on installing the stickers, will be easier/faster to paint. Magnetic cowl mounts already set up out of the box. Nice aluminum landing gear and soft wheels with pants already installed. I cant wait to this painted and flying
Bought this plane because of the price, even if a kit setup, the price isnt too bad. The motor and esc are junk. Flew fine with 3s, once 4s was used, motor and esc burned up in the first 2 minutes of flight. Buy this plane if want a nice 3s setup, or are willing to change out the esc and motor.
I bought this on impulse as it looked like a great all-round sport / 3D flyer. I was initially going to replace my destroyed HK 1400mm Sbach 342 but thought I'd try something a little different.

The model arrived very well packaged and the quality of the parts was evident from the start. Nice clean mouldings and securely installed radio gear help to inference confidence in your purchase. The assembly is very straight forward: fit the undercarriage, bolt on the wings, glue on the tail surfaces and connect up the ball links on the elevator and rudder.
Digital metal-geared servos all round are a welcome touch.

The worst part was fitting the stickers. There are no references to where they go so it was down to working from photos off the website and guesswork. Took a while to install them all but it looks great once done. The tailwheel seems a little flimsy but it is functional. I thought that the wheels were a bit tight but this didn't seem to be a problem when the model was taxying.

There is no manual supplied, nor is it available to download. I contacted HK and they informed me that it would be around 4 weeks before it would be available. Ok if you are experienced enough to work out CofG etc by yourself, but not really a great idea to release a new product with no setup notes.

Maiden flight was very straightforward. Running a 3s 2650mah pack, with it pushed all the way forward, the aircraft balanced perfectly. Take-off was straight and true. The controls were very responsive and precise. I initially set the throws to 60% travel and 40% expo and I found that the ailerons were over-sensitive. I have upped the expo to 60% and this makes things more controllable until I get some more time with the plane. Only managed to get one flight with it due to a busy airfield so didn't get the chance to run 4s.

There have been some comments about the ESC not kicking in until 1/2 way on the throttle travel. This is correct if you just connect a battery and go, but if you calibrate the throttle range on startup, the ESC works perfectly.

A possible future upgrade would be a CF undercarriage. The supplied aluminium one won't take too much punishment from long grass of less-than-perfect landings. I might strengthen the wire on the tail wheel as it didn't respond too well when trying to turn left on the ground.

All in all, I'm pleased with the model. It is very well constructed and it looks great in the air. It looks and feels bigger than it actually is whilst in flight. Good value for money and forgiving to fly. Only let down by the lack of supporting information.

The model went together ok but the decals are a real pain in the B#t 2 MIN out in the sun and they start to peel off
first flight I used a 3S pack and found it to fly well I set my timer at 6 min which should have been ok for a NEWISH 2200 pack the model flew well with the throws set for aerobatics not 3D I was happy but at 5 min the model lost power managed to land ok but when I checked the battey it was down to 3% BUGGER also the ESC was quite warm but I had been flying at 3/4 to full power so I thought oh well not too bad

the second flight I fitted a 2600 4S pack and the increase in power was very noticable so to do the sportsman aero schedual I only required 1/2 to 3/4 throttle again at about 5 min it stared to loose powere so I landed and on checking the ESC I could not touch IT WAS HOT AS to the extent that I thought I had buggered it the battery pack was down to 20% which again is not good for only 5 min of 1/2 to 3/4 thro I am using the supplied prop so I think I may have to reprop it to reduce the load on ESC I also had the same issue with the ESC in that it doesnt start till you are about 1/2 thro as per Harlem stated in his review and Phill also had some issues with the 4S setup other wise its a nice aircraft
Okay so first off the whole airframe is very nice and she flys very very well BUT you will need to replace the ESC and possible the motor. With the stock set up you can NOT run this plane on 4S , you will burn out the ESC or the motor. I am a bit disappointed in the motor and ESC they chose for this model. Servos all work good though. Just be prepared to spend more money if you want this plane.
Just maidened my Voltigeur today gang. I was sceptical about buying another Durafly plane as the Bravado was a huge disappointment and imo a waste of money. I had even worse success of another 3D EPO plane the FMS MXS 1100mm which while had decent electrics the super short moment arm meant it really wasn't good at many 3D maneuvers.

Anyway i liked the proportions of the Voltigeur (moment arm mainly) and for the money felt is was worth a punt. Ok, despite a manufacture fault meaning i could not bolt one of the wings on,, i was super impressed with the design, build quality and electrics. The build is super quick and easy and in my video i just go over a few tips rather than a step by step guide. I was very unhappy with the ESC and found it was exactly the same bad workings of some FMS ESC's i have had whereby the throttle doesn't activate until the stick is at mid position! Oh and before any smart People say did you check your throttle trim/travel.... YES. Switching to another quality ESC gave me a normal throttle response!
The c of g worked out perfect and everything fits perfect. The construction is very solid and the dimensional layout is perfect for a true 3D plane (some have short or over long moment arms and low wings etc). Only the weight at 1214g without battery was disappointing.

Maiden - my c of g was 92mm (easier measured as 55mm back from the carbon landing block!). I will report back any better findings as i experiment with different c of g's soon. Note in my video i had no LG which is worth noting as planes fly much better rollers and do much better tumbles with the LG. This is due to the pendulum/momentum given by a mass away from the central body. Basically if you can do OK rollers without the LG,,,, they will be freaking super when the LG is installed. The plane felt good right away which is a good indicator as all good planes give this initial nice feel. Very axial, very purposeful and easy to fly, apologies for the flying not being super cool, but when you have no time on a model and severely frozen thumbs also, it does not make for impressive test flights as i am know for doing:). I was expecting it to feel heavy as dry it weighs 1214g which is considerably heavy for a 1220mm model. However it doesn't feel heavy at all, in fact very floaty. I am confident with a few flights and without frozen thumbs i will be able to throw this thing around in an extraordinary crazy fashion, and can't wait to do so.

Any Mods required? So far only a very small one, the SFG's are very bendy (5mm plastic foam) and were seen bending in flight! Also imo they are undersize,,,, by undersize i don't mean the height, just general area. Probably made undersize deliberately due to the material constraints (bendy). Luckily and maybe clever designing here? The ailerons have been made 3mm shorter than the wing so you can make bigger SFG's without having to cut the ailerons down. I.E. currently the SFG's don't overlap the ailerons, but you can make bigger SFG's that do. I have made some bigger SFG's from Foamboard and because of it's stiffness makes a super rigid job. Watch this space for improvement report.

I think also the rudder is over tall, perfect for being a 3D Trainer plane, but as i proved with the QQ Extra 300, by reducing the height (when rudders are over tall) gives a much livelier plane for advanced Pilots. Of course this is not a design error, simply the best way to build, allowing advanced Pilots to cut away 30mm to allow a more agile feel.

How does it compare with 'Full Fuse' EPP/Ply Hybrids? I had the Skywing Edge and the Future models MX2, the latter regarded by many as one of the best 1220mm EPP planes (before the new PP construction planes). In short, MUCH better, maybe the drag of EPP, maybe the slight bending? I am not sure but the Voltigeur feels and flies much better, not just a little better, much better.

Conclusion,,, not only is this good value, even having to buy a quality ESC it is still not a bad price, but this plane rocks. The motor is very powerful, the servos so far seem to be very good. Kinda been a long wait for some manufacturer to come up with a true great 3D performer, but it certainly is now here. I believe it partly due to the design brief aiming to achieve the BEST performance and NOT simply making yet another scale plane. It is almost an Extra 300/Edge 540 hybrid imo and for sure has the best characteristics of both. In the right hands it will perform amazingly well, due to it's thick wing it will never be as good at XA aggressive maneuvers as a balsa or even a EPP/Ply Full Fuse, but then it does allow extra low old school 3D exceptionally well. I think it's slow and safe nature will allow it to be the perfect 3D plane for someone also.

Would i pay more money than $145 ( £115 135 Euros)? Put it like this,,, Multiplex have a bird similar to this (Extra 330SC) and it costs $414 bucks ( £330 / 387 Euros!). Wow, $145 X 3 = £435,,, that's just a few bucks off being exactly 3 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE! Does the Multiplex fly 3 times better? OK, yes you would need to buy 3 decent ESC's also, so maybe not such a dramatic difference as it seems?

Yes truthfully i would, but i think i will grab another one now at 145 bucks:)
Mark my words, this will become HK's best ever selling plane, we will see them everywhere, they will be dominate the Foamie 3D market for a very long time. Remember who told you this before it happened:)
Just maidened my Voltigeur today gang. I was sceptical about buying another Durafly plane as the Bravado was a huge disappointment and imo a waste of money. I had even worse success of another 3D EPO plane the FMS MXS 1100mm which while had decent electrics the super short moment arm meant it really wasn't good at many 3D maneuvers.

Anyway i liked the proportions of the Voltigeur (moment arm mainly) and for the money felt is was worth a punt. Ok, despite a manufacture fault meaning i could not bolt one of the wings on,, i was super impressed with the design, build quality and electrics. The build is super quick and easy and in my video i just go over a few tips rather than a step by step guide. I was very unhappy with the ESC and found it was exactly the same bad workings of some FMS ESC's i have had whereby the throttle doesn't activate until the stick is at mid position! Oh and before any smart People say did you check your throttle trim/travel.... YES. Switching to another quality ESC gave me a normal throttle response!
The c of g worked out perfect and everything fits perfect. The construction is very solid and the dimensional layout is perfect for a true 3D plane (some have short or over long moment arms and low wings etc). Only the weight at 1214g without battery was disappointing.

Maiden - my c of g was 92mm (easier measured as 55mm back from the carbon landing block!). I will report back any better findings as i experiment with different c of g's soon. Note in my video i had no LG which is worth noting as planes fly much better rollers and do much better tumbles with the LG. This is due to the pendulum/momentum given by a mass away from the central body. Basically if you can do OK rollers without the LG,,,, they will be freaking super when the LG is installed. The plane felt good right away which is a good indicator as all good planes give this initial nice feel. Very axial, very purposeful and easy to fly, apologies for the flying not being super cool, but when you have no time on a model and severely frozen thumbs also, it does not make for impressive test flights as i am know for doing:). I was expecting it to feel heavy as dry it weighs 1214g which is considerably heavy for a 1220mm model. However it doesn't feel heavy at all, in fact very floaty. I am confident with a few flights and without frozen thumbs i will be able to throw this thing around in an extraordinary crazy fashion, and can't wait to do so.

Any Mods required? So far only a very small one, the SFG's are very bendy (5mm plastic foam) and were seen bending in flight! Also imo they are undersize,,,, by undersize i don't mean the height, just general area. Probably made undersize deliberately due to the material constraints (bendy). Luckily and maybe clever designing here? The ailerons have been made 3mm shorter than the wing so you can make bigger SFG's without having to cut the ailerons down. I.E. currently the SFG's don't overlap the ailerons, but you can make bigger SFG's that do. I have made some bigger SFG's from Foamboard and because of it's stiffness makes a super rigid job. Watch this space for improvement report.

I think also the rudder is over tall, perfect for being a 3D Trainer plane, but as i proved with the QQ Extra 300, by reducing the height (when rudders are over tall) gives a much livelier plane for advanced Pilots. Of course this is not a design error, simply the best way to build, allowing advanced Pilots to cut away 30mm to allow a more agile feel.

How does it compare with 'Full Fuse' EPP/Ply Hybrids? I had the Skywing Edge and the Future models MX2, the latter regarded by many as one of the best 1220mm EPP planes (before the new PP construction planes). In short, MUCH better, maybe the drag of EPP, maybe the slight bending? I am not sure but the Voltigeur feels and flies much better, not just a little better, much better.

Conclusion,,, not only is this good value, even having to buy a quality ESC it is still not a bad price, but this plane rocks. The motor is very powerful, the servos so far seem to be very good. Kinda been a long wait for some manufacturer to come up with a true great 3D performer, but it certainly is now here. I believe it partly due to the design brief aiming to achieve the BEST performance and NOT simply making yet another scale plane. It is almost an Extra 300/Edge 540 hybrid imo and for sure has the best characteristics of both. In the right hands it will perform amazingly well, due to it's thick wing it will never be as good at XA aggressive maneuvers as a balsa or even a EPP/Ply Full Fuse, but then it does allow extra low old school 3D exceptionally well. I think it's slow and safe nature will allow it to be the perfect 3D plane for someone also.

Would i pay more money than $145 ( £115 135 Euros)? Put it like this,,, Multiplex have a bird similar to this (Extra 330SC) and it costs $414 bucks ( £330 / 387 Euros!). Wow, $145 X 3 = £435,,, that's just a few bucks off being exactly 3 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE! Does the Multiplex fly 3 times better? OK, yes you would need to buy 3 decent ESC's also, so maybe not such a dramatic difference as it seems?

Yes truthfully i would, but i think i will grab another one now at 145 bucks:)
Mark my words, this will become HK's best ever selling plane, we will see them everywhere, they will be dominate the Foamie 3D market for a very long time. Remember who told you this before it happened:)
Just maidened my Voltigeur today gang. I was sceptical about buying another Durafly plane as the Bravado was a huge disappointment and imo a waste of money. I had even worse success of another 3D EPO plane the FMS MXS 1100mm which while had decent electrics the super short moment arm meant it really wasn't good at many 3D maneuvers.

Anyway i liked the proportions of the Voltigeur (moment arm mainly) and for the money felt is was worth a punt. Ok, despite a manufacture fault meaning i could not bolt one of the wings on,, i was super impressed with the design, build quality and electrics. The build is super quick and easy and in my video i just go over a few tips rather than a step by step guide. I was very unhappy with the ESC and found it was exactly the same bad workings of some FMS ESC's i have had whereby the throttle doesn't activate until the stick is at mid position! Oh and before any smart People say did you check your throttle trim/travel.... YES. Switching to another quality ESC gave me a normal throttle response!
The c of g worked out perfect and everything fits perfect. The construction is very solid and the dimensional layout is perfect for a true 3D plane (some have short or over long moment arms and low wings etc). Only the weight at 1214g without battery was disappointing.

Maiden - my c of g was 92mm (easier measured as 55mm back from the carbon landing block!). I will report back any better findings as i experiment with different c of g's soon. Note in my video i had no LG which is worth noting as planes fly much better rollers and do much better tumbles with the LG. This is due to the pendulum/momentum given by a mass away from the central body. Basically if you can do OK rollers without the LG,,,, they will be freaking super when the LG is installed. The plane felt good right away which is a good indicator as all good planes give this initial nice feel. Very axial, very purposeful and easy to fly, apologies for the flying not being super cool, but when you have no time on a model and severely frozen thumbs also, it does not make for impressive test flights as i am know for doing:). I was expecting it to feel heavy as dry it weighs 1214g which is considerably heavy for a 1220mm model. However it doesn't feel heavy at all, in fact very floaty. I am confident with a few flights and without frozen thumbs i will be able to throw this thing around in an extraordinary crazy fashion, and can't wait to do so.

Any Mods required? So far only a very small one, the SFG's are very bendy (5mm plastic foam) and were seen bending in flight! Also imo they are undersize,,,, by undersize i don't mean the height, just general area. Probably made undersize deliberately due to the material constraints (bendy). Luckily and maybe clever designing here? The ailerons have been made 3mm shorter than the wing so you can make bigger SFG's without having to cut the ailerons down. I.E. currently the SFG's don't overlap the ailerons, but you can make bigger SFG's that do. I have made some bigger SFG's from Foamboard and because of it's stiffness makes a super rigid job. Watch this space for improvement report.

I think also the rudder is over tall, perfect for being a 3D Trainer plane, but as i proved with the QQ Extra 300, by reducing the height (when rudders are over tall) gives a much livelier plane for advanced Pilots. Of course this is not a design error, simply the best way to build, allowing advanced Pilots to cut away 30mm to allow a more agile feel.

How does it compare with 'Full Fuse' EPP/Ply Hybrids? I had the Skywing Edge and the Future models MX2, the latter regarded by many as one of the best 1220mm EPP planes (before the new PP construction planes). In short, MUCH better, maybe the drag of EPP, maybe the slight bending? I am not sure but the Voltigeur feels and flies much better, not just a little better, much better.

Conclusion,,, not only is this good value, even having to buy a quality ESC it is still not a bad price, but this plane rocks. The motor is very powerful, the servos so far seem to be very good. Kinda been a long wait for some manufacturer to come up with a true great 3D performer, but it certainly is now here. I believe it partly due to the design brief aiming to achieve the BEST performance and NOT simply making yet another scale plane. It is almost an Extra 300/Edge 540 hybrid imo and for sure has the best characteristics of both. In the right hands it will perform amazingly well, due to it's thick wing it will never be as good at XA aggressive maneuvers as a balsa or even a EPP/Ply Full Fuse, but then it does allow extra low old school 3D exceptionally well. I think it's slow and safe nature will allow it to be the perfect 3D plane for someone also.

Would i pay more money than $145 ( £115 135 Euros)? Put it like this,,, Multiplex have a bird similar to this (Extra 330SC) and it costs $414 bucks ( £330 / 387 Euros!). Wow, $145 X 3 = £435,,, that's just a few bucks off being exactly 3 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE! Does the Multiplex fly 3 times better? OK, yes you would need to buy 3 decent ESC's also, so maybe not such a dramatic difference as it seems?

Yes truthfully i would, but i think i will grab another one now at 145 bucks:)
Mark my words, this will become HK's best ever selling plane, we will see them everywhere, they will be dominate the Foamie 3D market for a very long time. Remember who told you this before it happened:)
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