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Old 02-10-2014, 04:01 PM
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Default Ozone Shuttle Pro

A couple months ago when a photo of the Shuttle Pro was released I knew right away that it was a plane I had to have. Especially because it was a pattern Bi-plane I knew I was hooked.

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to do a review on this
absolutely beautiful airplane.

Ozone Shuttle Pro

Wingspan: 39.7 in
Length: 44.8 in
Wing Area:548.7 sq. in.
Flying Weight: 37oz.
Motor Size: 3536-850kv
Prop: 11x7
Speed Control: 40 Amp Brushless
Recommended Batter: 3s 2200

Upon opening the box everything was extremely well packed and double boxed for extra protection. The wings being in a one box and the fuse, landing gear etc. in another. All the parts were perfectly straight with no signs of warping or damage what so ever. Also I noticed that most of the hardware like control horns, cowl magnets and all attachment points for everything was pre-installed at the factory making for a very quick build. Also the Landing gear comes completely assembled from the factory, axles, wheel collars, wheels and wheel pants come out of the box ready to bolt on the fuse.

It comes with a 900kv 3 cell motor and 40amp speed control with a 3 amp 5v BEC. The prop that you receive in the kit is a Gemfan 11x7E.

It also comes with (4) 9gram servos pre-installed with all servo extensions needed to reach the hatch where you can install your choice of receiver.

Being a pattern pilot I'm especially picky about control linkage slop when setting up my personal pattern airplanes. The Ozone Shuttle Pro hit a homerun in this department by supplying ball-link for all control horns. This provides a very precise and slop free setup to the servo and allows for a very positive in control feeling at all times while flying the Shuttle Pro.

The assembly from opening the box to taxi testing took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and I was taking my time I can assure you. This airplane from start to finish went together extremely well. Usually Bi-planes are a pain and the struts normally don't line up and you have to fight just to get the wings on. But with the Ozone Shuttle Pro everything snaps into place and then attaches with just a few screws. The wings were perfectly aligned so when it came time to put on the cabanes they simply slid and locked into place without any twisting or pulling on the wings. Then they are held into place with 4 simple screws that were aligned perfectly. After I was done I weighed it on my postal scale and with a 3s 2200 45C battery mine came in at 38.5oz. which is only 1.5oz over the spec flying weight. (Not Bad at all)

FLIGHT REPORT

After adjusting the CG to just be a little forward on the Shuttle I took off and only with 2 clicks of up elevator and the rest of the surfaces required zero trim. Right away the Shuttle Pro felt extremely neutral, rolling inverted and back to upright required little to no effort with no altitude loss. Knife edge was virtually hands off only requiring a hint of down elevator. Down lines required 3% down elevator to throttle which is about standard for all pattern planes. But while going through some FAI type maneuvers I immediately recognized the strengths of the Shuttle Pro. All the integrated rolling maneuvers seemed effortless with the Shuttle Pro's rudder authority providing excellent positive feedback. Also the Shuttle Pro's Consistent speed characteristics really gave the flight great presentation and tempo. At the end of the flight the Shuttle pro just glides in without any unwanted feelings of tip stall, just line it up with the runway and it glides in perfectly every time! Literally a point and shoot airplane on landing.

Overall the Ozone Shuttle Pro would be an outstanding addition to any modelers fleet. This Patten Bi-plane really sets itself apart from other small models with its outstanding quality of construction and attention to detail like the ball-link hardware included In the kit. The Ozone Shuttle Pro would be an excellent 2nd or 3rd plane for the beginning modeler or a great practice plane for a seasoned FAI Pilot looking to sharpen his or her skills. This Pattern Bi-Plane does it all!

Flight Videos coming soon stay tuned!
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:06 PM
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Nice. Who sells it and how much?
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:07 AM
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He goes by the handle of flyball on rcgroups. He is the only person that would know dates and or prices of the kits. I simply was given the chance to fly and review it. Still waiting on someone to be able to video me flying or borrow someones gopro so everyone can see the shuttle pro groove through some pattern! This is one foamie every pattern guy must have!


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Back on Jan 9th, I was told production had begun and it would be available soon...
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The plane has been renamed "Arcus" and is available from Hobbyking for about $130 plus shipping.
It is currently in stock at their International Warehouse (shipping to USA is about $60), but is scheduled to arrive at their USA Warehouse in 2 weeks, which should reduce the shipping costs a bit.
I will probably pick one up and fly it on the described 4S 1800 with a 13 x 6.5 as described by Blake.
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I have fine tuned my "Arccus/Ozone" over the past few weeks and can say I'm extremely pleased with my results. It is now as locked in as your going to get an epo pattern plane to get. Any maneuver from any sequence is possible with this setup and I'm getting about 7 minutes with 30% capacity left in my batteries. So the efficiency is pretty good to say the least. All components come down ambient and I have not had a single issue to date

Here is my final setup.

Motor: Cobra C-2820/14 Brushless
Prop: Carbon Falcon 13x6.5
ESC: Castle Talon 35
Batteries: Glacier 4s 1800 30C
Servos: MKS DS6100's All around
All carbon fiber reinforced control rods
Used actual clevises VS the z-bend method on the one side of the control linkage for best linkage setup possible.
Stock ball-link clevises
Stock Landing Gear


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Old 03-27-2014, 03:47 PM
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Any issues swapping out the stock (no name) servos with the MKS?
Out of curiosity, why the motor swap? MIT looks as though the stock motor and Cobra are the same kV
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No issues what so ever and the mks servo swap was a must for me because of the resolution and centering capabilities. The motor swap was for better efficiency and overall quality like bearings etc.

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Thanks. I didn't know if the servos were the same size and if any mods/rework was necessary
So we end up with (MKS) servos costing more than the airframe !
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Precision comes at a price.
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Agreed, but spending $200 per servo on a large built up airframe seems to make a bit more sense than spending a lot of money on servos for a foam airframe.
In any event, the plane just showed up at the HK Australian warehouse, so perhaps the HK USA warehouse will be next.
I'll probably endup buying one and going with the MKS servos that you used and see how it flies. Might be a nice lunchtime practice plane.
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Just arrived at US warehouse...will order one this weekend
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...arehouse_.html
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I replaced the stock servos with Solar D220 digitals from Nitroplanes. These are far better in resolution, faster, and smoother than the stock servos. Plus, they are only $7.70 each. They drop right in. Some of the stock servos had output shafts that were very sloppy, and rocked back and forth under load.

I've also used larger Solar digitals in my 2 meter pattern planes, and have been very impressed with their quality, power, and resolution. Better than a lot of name brands.

I agree with Blake that the stock linkages need to be reinforced with CF rods. They are very flexible, especially the long rudder and elevator pushrods.

I just got some of the 4s batteries Blake is using, and will see how they work with the stock motor and esc before I plunge into a power upgrade. It performs pretty well with some 4s 2200 batteries I have, but I like the lighter weight of the Glacier batteries. 3s batteries just don't have enough power. I've also ordered a Falcon CF prop that I will try.

The airplane was very straight out of the box. Only a few clicks of up elevator, and that could have been just CG. The day I flew it on was very gusty, so I couldn't do much trimming other than rates and expo. I hope to fly it again tomorrow.
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Sweet Jon! You will definitely like the plane on the 4s 1800 Glacier packs much better! But I think you might want to upgrade that power system to get maximum flight times and efficiency. It's a phenomenal little flyer once you get it all dialed in and the CG adjusted correctly. As a matter of fact after flying it at the field your Dad had to come down and look at it as it had caught his eye from the pits.

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I also will be shooting some new video compliments of a new Canon HD camera so please stay tuned for some more user friendly viewable video to see mine in action. I'm going to try to fly in a smaller confined space (one of our smaller local parks) to show you don't need a field to fly it. Should be interesting at the very least. Lol

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one thing I noticed on the motor is the HEX base on the prop adapter.
Does the actual supplied prop OR the supplied Spinner utilize that?

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Yes. The spinner is a unique three piece design. The back has a hex that matches the motor drive.
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This should make it a little easier to see...hit it with some Faskolor acrylic Fasblack and Fasceant Blue
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Thanks Jay! That will definitely help a lot! Looks great!
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Thanks for all this great info!

What size of wire for the clevises? .032 - .047, ??? Thanks!

Originally Posted by hilson87 View Post
I have fine tuned my "Arccus/Ozone" over the past few weeks and can say I'm extremely pleased with my results. It is now as locked in as your going to get an epo pattern plane to get. Any maneuver from any sequence is possible with this setup and I'm getting about 7 minutes with 30% capacity left in my batteries. So the efficiency is pretty good to say the least. All components come down ambient and I have not had a single issue to date

Here is my final setup.

Motor: Cobra C-2820/14 Brushless
Prop: Carbon Falcon 13x6.5
ESC: Castle Talon 35
Batteries: Glacier 4s 1800 30C
Servos: MKS DS6100's All around
All carbon fiber reinforced control rods
Used actual clevises VS the z-bend method on the one side of the control linkage for best linkage setup possible.
Stock ball-link clevises
Stock Landing Gear


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