Well, after weeks of extra snow in April, and a month of rain in May, June finally gave way to a few days of decent flying weather! As promised, I got to the field ASAP and got some review planes flown… If you missed Part one of this two-part review, or you need a recap, you can find it here: Multiplex FunRacer Assembly Review
Equipment Recap and Update
Hitec is the obvious choice for guidance in the Multiplex FunRacer – From the ground, we’ll be using my trusty (although discontinued) Hitec Aurora 9X. In the plane, we’ll be using the Hitec Minima 6E 6 Channel 2.4 gHz receiver. The Minima 6E is easy to link, and is a great little receiver!
In the assembly review, I balanced the FunRacer with a FlightPower 3S 2100 mAh 25C LiPo weighing 183.6 grams. For the flight review, we stepped up the capacity a bit, using a MaxAmps 3S 2800 mAh True 100C LiPo. The Max Amps battery tipped the scale at 200.0 grams – that’s a pretty good gain in capacity and C-rating for a mere 16.4 grams! You can find this battery here: https://www.maxamps.com/lipo-2800-3s-11-1v-battery-pack.
As I said earlier, April brought WAY more snow than I care to think about, and May was just plain wet. So when we finally got a few nice days in early June, my buddy Jim Buzzeo and I met at the field to get caught up on reviews! The breeze was varying from 5-10 MPH, with a sunny, but hazy sky. At this point, I was so ready to get into some good summer flying!
Due to its looks and the lack of landing gear, I was a little worried about getting the FunRacer airborne. As it turned out, my worries were completely unfounded! With my buddy Jim at the sticks, he advanced the throttle to a little above half and I gave the plane a gentle underhand toss (See the review for a nice easy launch). The FunRacer veered off to the left a bit, but a gentle right aileron correction got the plane flying straight out and gaining altitude.
With the Expo rates set to 50% on all surfaces, and a two-thirds or less throttle setting, the FunRacer flew like a mild mannered sport plane. Pushing the plane to full throttle, the MaxAmps 3S 2800 mAh True 100C LiPo battery made the plane move extremely FAST!!! Even at full throttle, the FunRacer remained stable and easy to fly – the bright orange, black, and white color scheme made it easy keep orientation while in flight. This is one fun little airplane!
We then tried to slow down the airplane – as I mentioned earlier, it flies much like a sport plane at lower throttle settings, and I truly meant it. I have never seen an airplane go from ‘wild to mild’ like the FunRacer! The plane slows down nicely, and is very manageable – It flies slowly enough that the FunRacer would make a great third plane, after mastering a basic low wing airplane! Now, don’t get me wrong, you can stall this plane, and it will usually drop a wingtip first. If you’re ready for it, or have plenty of altitude, you’ll have no trouble regaining control of the FunRacer.
One of the most fun things to do with the FunRacer is some hard ‘Bank N Yanks’ as if pylon racing – this plane definitely delivers some excitement here! on the first hard pull, we apparently didn’t have quite enough speed, as the FunRacer had a slight high speed stall. it only took a half a second and 10-15 feet of altitude to recover and the plane was flying straight and level again. On the second and remaining pulls, we kept the speed up, and the FunRacer delivered some very tight, hard turns!
The FunRacer has plenty of control throw and power to deliver some exciting aerobatics as well! Loops can be nearly as large as you want, and rolls are extremely axial and require very little elevator input.
We kept the FunRacer in the air for approximately 10 minutes on the MaxAmps LiPo battery before bringing the FunRacer in for a landing. Thankfully, the lower section of the cowl is plastic, so it absorbs a lot of the landing without damage. We stuck to the grass runway for landing to take it easy on the plane. The key to landing is to simply fly the plane to the ground – keep the throttle at approximately 1/4 setting until you complete your final turn to the runway, and then glide the Funracer the rest of the way. Its aerodynamic airframe penetrates well, and the plane has a great glide slope. If you have to go around, you’ll want to ease back into the throttle to avoid too much torque from the motor, but there’s plenty of power on tap for a go-around.
Check out my video to see the FunRacer in action!
I know I say this in a lot of my reviews, but I really like this plane – the FunRacer delivered well beyond what I though it was going to be. I expected an airplane that was going to be difficult to launch and land. It completely surprised me on bot aspects, and was a total blast to fly as well! The Plug N Play version comes with the servos, motor, and ESC pre-installed, and the airframe is painted as well. You can also get the FunRacer unpainted as well, to give it your own personal touch. Get yourself a FunRacer either way, and you’ll have a BLAST!
That’s all for now. From my shop to yours – Happy Landings! -GB