Durafly P-40N from Hobbyking – 1st Impressions & Assembly

Presenting Hobbyking’s newest model airplane from the Durafly line, the Curtiss P-40N Warhawk. I ordered it the day it came out from the US West Warehouse (click here to get yours) and received it 4 working days later, via FedEx ground. Here is my first impressions and assembly video.

I am really impressed with the details, the paint job and the ease of assembly. Not one drop of glue is needed (except for the small plastic details). It comes together really quickly thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions, the labeling of all the servo leads and the plastic bags that have the different types of screws. Assembly took about an hour and installing the decals with probably take another 30 minutes.

Overall, I am really please with the airplane. Stay tuned for the maiden flight video!

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Durafly Das Ugly Stik Maiden Flight – Review Part 2

Here’s the second part of the review of the Durafly Das Ugly Stik, maiden flight.

Overall, I think Hobbyking hit it out of the park with this one: it came very well packaged, putting it together was a breeze and the maiden flight was uneventful. The plane flew like it was on rails with the recommended battery, the “standard” 2,200 3S lipo. I installed a DR4-II receiver and paired it up with my FrSky Taranis. I decided to run full rates, but I added 50% expo to the ailerons and elevator, which is my personal preference.

The main feature or gimmick of this model is the mockup engine up front. Yes, it seems like this foamy has a glow engine, but upon further inspection you realize that the engine is just a dummy and that there is a brushless motor behind the firewall. I really didn’t pay attention to anouncement videos and I thought that the engine was made out of foam, but it is pretty hefty. Not sure if its the wisest to carry all that dead weight upfront, but it sure looks cool!

Get yours here: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=54646&aff=177452

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Durafly Das Ugly Stik Unboxing & Assembly – Review Part 1

Here’s the first part of my video review of the Durafly Das Ugly Stik, unboxing and assembly.

Overall, I think Hobbyking hit it out of the park with this one: it came very well packaged, putting it together was a breeze and the maiden flight was uneventful. The plane flew like it was on rails with the recommended battery, the “standard” 2,200 3S lipo. I installed a DR4-II receiver and paired it up with my FrSky Taranis. I decided to run full rates, but I added 50% expo to the ailerons and elevator, which is my personal preference.

The main feature or gimmick of this model is the mockup engine up front. Yes, it seems like this foamy has a glow engine, but upon further inspection you realize that the engine is just a dummy and that there is a brushless motor behind the firewall. I really didn’t pay attention to anouncement videos and I thought that the engine was made out of foam, but it is pretty hefty. Not sure if its the wisest to carry all that dead weight upfront, but it sure looks cool!

Get yours here: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=54646&aff=177452

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