RCU Review: Multiplex Space Scooter


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    Manufacturer Info



    Multiplex Modelsport USA
    12115 Paine St.
    Poway CA, 92064
    Phone: 858.748.6948
    Fax: 858.748.1767

    www.multiplexusa.com



    Hits
    • Complete RTF package
    • Short and simple assembly
    • Easy repairs with regular CA and kicker


    Misses
    • Short flights with stock battery



    Introduction
    The new Space Scooter park flyer from Multiplex USA is an advanced version of the original Hitec/Funtec Sky Scooter.

    The 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.

    RTF Package Includes Pre-installed:

    • Hitec Focus 3 FM Radio
    • Hitec Mini FM Receiver
    • (2) Tiny-S Servos
    • Pico X-08 Speed Control
    • Permax Speed 400 motor
    • 3:1 gearbox and folding prop
    • 7-cell, 600mAh NiCd battery
    • Peak charger



    Specifications


    Kit Name: Space Scooter
    Manufacturer:
    Multiplex

    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)
    Airfoil:
    Semi-Symmetrical
    Center of Gravity:
    4.3" (110mm) back from the wing's leading edge at the fuselage sides.


    Assembly

    Everything 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.

    There are very few parts to assemble the Space Scooter so it is ready to fly in only minutes!

    The 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.

    The 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.

    Next, 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.

    I 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.

    The final steps are to peak the NiCd battery and apply the decals.
     



    Flight Time

    My 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 quick link.

    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!

    The lighter Space Scooter loops and rolls with greater ease!


    Watch the video of the Space Scooter

    Windows media

     



    Performance Hop-up






    As 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!

    FMA’s 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. FMA’s 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 mAh.

    At 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.

    Compared 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
    • Stock NiCd Pack provided 60w at 8.2amps

    Note that my BalancePro discharge connector needed to be replaced with a Duratrax/Kyosho/Tamiya style connector at Tower Hobbies.

     


    Summary
     

    The 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.

    The 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.

    The 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!

    I 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!




    Manufacturer Information


    Multiplex Modelsport USA
    12115 Paine St.
    Poway CA, 92064
    Phone: 858.748.6948
    Fax: 858.748.1767
    www.multiplexusa.com

    FMA Direct
    5716A Industry Lane
    Frederick, MD 21704
    Ph: (800) 343-2934
    Tech/Service: (301) 668-4280
    www.fmadirect.com

     

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