|Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: July 2005 | Views: 50070 | Email this Article
Multiplex Modelsport USA
12115 Paine St.
Poway CA, 92064
and simple assembly
repairs with regular CA and kicker
new Space Scooter park flyer from Multiplex
USA is an advanced version of the original Hitec/Funtec
Space Scooter features a thin semi-symmetrical airfoil and
improved streamlined fuselage, The Space Scooter also takes
the latest in aerodynamic technology and blends it with Multiplex's
unique ELAPOR foam to bring you a fantastic park flyer that
is very durable and can be easily repaired with regular CA
and kicker! The new RTF package comes with EVERYTHING you
need included except for eight AA-size transmitter batteries
and is available at Tower
Hobbies. Space Scooter parts are interchangeable with
the original Sky Scooter.
Package Includes Pre-installed:
Focus 3 FM Radio
Mini FM Receiver
X-08 Speed Control
Speed 400 motor
gearbox and folding prop
600mAh NiCd battery
Wingspan: 32.5 in (862mm)
Wing Area: 356 sq in (23 sq dm)
Length: 31.2 in (792mm)
Weight: 19.3 oz (550g)
Wing Loading: 7.86oz sq ft (24g/sq dm)
Center of Gravity: 4.3" (110mm) back from the wing's
leading edge at the fuselage sides.
comes safely packaged in the box with custom cardboard compartments.
The Space Scooter is designed to easily disassemble so it
can be stored back in the box along with the transmitter,
battery pack, and charger.
are very few parts to assemble the Space Scooter so it is
ready to fly in only minutes!
multi-lingual manual is really meant for the kit version
and is not really needed unless you are a beginner. The
transmitter needs 8 AA-size batteries installed in the slide
out compartment. The 7-cell, 600mAh NiCd flight pack is
ready to plug into the peak charger which connects to a
car battery or 12v DC supply.
assembly is very minimal. First, you plug in the tail piece
and secure the control linkage with the supplied hex wrench.
The tail piece is simply secured by a single rubber band.
you plug the aileron servo lead into channel 1 of the receiver
and then plug the wing into the fuselage. Again, everything
is held by a single rubber band, but. this time, you attach
it to the longer white post that is pushed through the fuselage
hole just aft of the middle.
routed the antenna wire through both rubber bands
and also tied a knot around the white plastic post
as a stress relief. I sometimes have a habit of stepping
on my antenna wires if they are long like this one.
final steps are to peak the NiCd battery and apply the
Space Scooter was ready to fly at 20.5oz with the stock
7-cell battery that weighed 5.5oz. I checked the control
surfaces for proper direction and alignment when the transmitter
tabs and stick were centered. I needed to adjust one of
my ailerons using the supplied hex wrench to loosen the
Space Scooter performed flawlessly in 10-15mph winds. The
ailerons were a bit tame for my liking but set well for
beginners. I will increase the throw one hole at the control
horn before taking the video. Flight times were about 5
to 7 minutes with the stock NiCd pack depending upon how
hard it was flown.
When I exhausted the stock 7-cell pack, I tested the 2-cell
BalancePro Lithium pack and the flight time jumped from
5 to 15 minutes with plenty of aerobatics!
lighter Space Scooter loops and rolls with greater ease!
the video of the Space Scooter
a performance hop-up, the new BalancePro technology
from FMA will super charge the Multiplex Space Scooter
by providing more power, less flying weight, and tripling
the flight time!
Balance Pro 2s Charger is part of a revolutionary new
LiPo battery and charge system for R/C aircraft. With
a variable charge rate of 0.5amps to 10amps, the charger
brings Balance Pro 2s packs to 90% of capacity in as
little as 20 minutes. FMAs Safe Charge Connector
is a key part of the system. It enables the charger
to monitor individual cells and independently charge
each cell to its optimum level. Charge protection dramatically
improves pack performance, pack life and charging safety.
All Balance Pro packs from FMA come standard with the
Safe Charge Connector. The Balance Pro charger may be
used to charge only FMA's new Balance Pro 2S (7.4V)
LiPo packs in capacities ranging from 1250 mAh to 6400
7.4 volts, a single FMA BalancePro pack may be used
in any application that requires a 2s Lithium pack for
R/C aircraft. Since the BalancePro charger can safely
recharge a BalancePro pack at 3C (or 20 minutes), you
can still charge three packs in the normal 60 minutes
time of most other Lithium packs.
to the stock 5.5oz 7-cell, 600mAh NiCd pack, the 2-cell
BalancePro 2000mAh Lithium pack weighs 1.2oz less and
has 3.3 times the capacity! Since the BalancePro voltage-under-load
is higher than the stock NiCd pack you get an additional
power boost on top of the lighter flying weight.
BalancePro Pack provided 65w at 8.5amps
NiCd Pack provided 60w at 8.2amps
that my BalancePro discharge connector needed to be
replaced with a Duratrax/Kyosho/Tamiya style connector
Space Scooter RTF package comes with everything you need
except for 8 AA-sized transmitter batteries. The assembly
time is very short and simple. It took me longer to apply
the decals than to ready the plane for flight.
control surfaces are set mild for beginners and I ended
up increasing the aileron throw just to perform some rolls
on the video. It still took a small dive to gain some speed
before it would roll but the Space Scooter loops and flies
very well. I flew several flights in some 10-15mph wind
and it handled those conditions fine.
Space Scooter comes with a proven Hitec 3-channel FM dual
conversion radio system so I flew glitch-free on every flight.
In the event of damage to the plane, you can quickly repair
it with regular medium CA and regular kicker. This is a
great way to repair foam planes in the field!
would recommend the Space Scooter for a supervised beginner
or any pilot with intermediate flying skills. The stock
battery worked well providing 5 to 7 minute flights depending
upon conditions and flying maneuvers. The power level, although
mild, was adequate to fly in moderate wind. This is a well
designed RTF package from Multiplex!
Multiplex Modelsport USA
12115 Paine St.
Poway CA, 92064
5716A Industry Lane
Frederick, MD 21704
Ph: (800) 343-2934
Tech/Service: (301) 668-4280
The comments, observations and conclusions made in this review are solely with respect to the particular item the editor reviewed and may not apply generally to similar products by the manufacturer. We cannot be responsible for any manufacturer defects in workmanship or other deficiencies in products like the one featured in the review.
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