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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: December 2006 | Views: 42429 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Fliton Inspire Mini

    Review by: Greg Covey

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    Manufacturer
    Fliton
    Distributed exclusively by:

    Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    CHAMPAIGN, IL 61822
    Support Phone:
    (877)504-0233
    Sales: (800) 338-4639
    Web: www.horizonhobby.com



    Ratings
    Quality
    Performance
    Ease of Assembly
    Looks
    Price
    Manual


    Hits

    Sturdy lasercut wood design
    Excellent quality & looks
    Superb 3D Flying Performance

    Built-in air cooling



    Misses
    Clear covering shows CA fume residue on inside

    Inspire Mini INtroduction
    Like it's big brother, the new Inspire Mini from Fliton is lightweight while offering a very robust and solid construction. A two-piece removable main wing, joined with a carbon wing tube conveniently aids in transportation and durability.

    The Inspire Mini offers high aerobatic and unlimited 3D performance with excellent slow speed stability. Takeoffs are also smooth and the plane floats in for landings. The build itself is very fastand straightforward, as a true 95% pre-built ARF should be.

    The Inspire Mini is equipped with many additional great features such as a large removable top hatch, pre-cut & painted fiberglass cowl, carbon wing tube, carbon elevator & rudder pushrods, pre-slotted servo mounts, a 3" velcro strip, an easyUP motor mount assembly, and, upgraded wheels. A new instruction manual format provides easy assembly and suggestions for support products.

    Loaded with Features:

    • Carbon Wing Tube, CA Hinges
    • Improved Step-by-Step Manual
    • Large Removable Top Hatch
    • Fliton Durahorns, Custom Decal Sheet
    • Upgraded Wheels, FRP Wheel Pants
    • Pre-cut & Painted FRP Cowl
    • Lasercut Motor Mount
    • Carbon Pushrods (Elevator & Rudder)
    • FRP Landing Gears, 3" Velcro Strip
    • Servo Slots, Sealed Covering

    Specifications:

    • Wingspan: 1,000 mm (39.37 inches)
    • Length: 1,047 mm (41.22 inches)
    • Flying Weight: 652 ~ 680g (23 ~ 24 oz)
    • Empty Weight: 278g (9.84 oz)
    • Wing Loading: 10.75 oz/ft


    IInspire Mini Components

    The packaging for the Inspire Mini was top-notch. All the parts were properly protected in the box and covered with plastic. The smaller parts were grouped together in bags.
    My draft copy of the 18 page manual was well written and organized. It included suggestions for several power system setups.
    A closer look at the fuselage reveals superior construction techniques to keep the plane light and still strong. The large removable top hatch fits perfectly on the fuselage.
    The advanced wing construction is designed as a two-piece removable main wing which is joined with a carbon wing tube shown in the parts photo above wrapped in foam. This is unusually high-quality for a 40" 3D plane.
    For a size comparison, I put the Inspire Mini fuselage next to my 37.6" (955mm) span Fliton ICON 312.
    Both the ICON 312 and the newer Inspire Mini require 200w-300w power systems for 3D capability.

    I'll be using the PM280824C Combo from Hobby Lobby that includes an AXI 2808/24 and Jeti JESAP30 30-amp controller. I'll also use the PM280802 Radial Mount Set for mounting the motor to the easyUP motor mount assembly.

    The 39.37 inch (1,000 mm) span Inspire Mini is noticeably larger in all dimensions.

    Assembly

    The assembly begins by cutting away some covering on several areas of the fuselage.

    The ailerons are attached to the wing with 4 hinges and thin CA.

    The aileron servos mounted very easy as the bays are designed for Hitec HS-55 or HS-56 servos. The control horns are nicely secured with an extra plywood piece that comes with pilot holes for the screws to sink into. The pre-bent control rods just needed to be trimmed at the servo arm.
    My receiver is the glitch-free, dual conversion M5 v2 from FMA Direct.
    I centered the servo electrically using a receiver and Rx. pack. When using the outer servo arm hole and center control horn hole, I obtained a 45 degree aileron swing in either direction from center which will be perfect for 3D flying.
    Tail:
    The rudder and elevator hinges were secured with thin CA after positioning them in place and testing for a 45 degree swing in either direction. The left elevator half is glued in place first and then the right half. I used medium CA and kicker to connect the joiner to the right wing half. Remember to check the alignment of both wing halves before applying the kicker.
    Power System:
    My power system for the Inspire Mini is the PM280824C AXI 2808/24 and Jeti JESAP30 30-amp ESC combo. The PM280802 Radial Mount Set for AXI 2808 Series is also needed.

    My battery is the CP0012150-3S Cellpro 3-cell (20C) 2150mAh LiPo pack. This pack is equivalent to the PQ21503 "Twenty" 3-Cell, 11.1v, 2150mAh LiPo Pack at Hobby Lobby.

    Note that the mating motor connectors come with the Jeti ESC and my battery connector is a Dean's Ultra.

    This setup is for extreme power that will accelerate going vertical as well as obtaining hundreds of cycles from the battery. It will provide a burst power level of 3 * 3.6v * 30 amps = 324 watts. Note that the 20C LiPo pack can provide burst current up to 43 amps and the Jeti 30-amp ESC can handle 30amps continuous.

    Motor Mount Assembly:

    The laser cut motor mount assembles like a puzzle and locks together even before it is glued. The top piece is left off until after it is mounted onto the firewall. I first used some medium CA and kicker to hold the mount together and then reinforced it with some 5-minute ZAP Z-poxy in the corner joints.

    The AXI motor was mounted before attaching the mount to the firewall. This assembly sequence made it a bit easier to drill the holes and cut away small tabs for the radial mount (or x-mount) to fit properly. The AXI motor was attached using #6 hardware with 4 screws, washers, lock washers, and nuts that I supplied. The screws were also dabbed with Pacer Z-42 thread locker to keep things from coming apart in flight.

    The last step is to attach the top piece of the mount and glue it in place.

    Linkages:

    The elevator and rudder control horns are pre-made so it was a simple task to install the servos and hook up the linkages. Instead of using the supplied quick links, I decided to use Dubro #849 Micro E-Z Links for added security from slipping and less play in the linkage. The metal control horns use a plywood piece for the opposite side of the control surface for a solid mount.

    My rudder servo is a Futaba S3110 Micro High Torque servo. These little gems have 22oz/in torque with a blazing speed of 0.1 sec. Great for 3D flying!

    Wheels and Pants:

    The Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) landing gear design is quite elite with pre-drilled holes in the wheel pants and fuselage. You need only drill the holes in the gear mains. All hardware is included. I use small amounts of Pacer Z-42 thread locker to keep the nuts from moving. The manual recommends adding some epoxy inside the wheel pant to keep the nuts secure.

    Detachable Wings:

    The detachable wings are a very elite design for this smaller size model. The carbon tube and keyed slots provide great strength and perfect alignment. For extreme high-G maneuvers, the manual recommends gluing the wing to the fuselage but we will test it out in stock removable form.

    Canopy:

    The clear plastic canopy needs to be cut to size and then screwed onto the removable hatch. Note how the front prongs and side tabs keep the hatch in place and perfectly aligned.

    Although the stock method of holding the hatch down is to use the supplied screws, it would be an easy task to mount tiny rare Earth magnets underneath to make a convenient latch.

    Cowl:

    The last step of assembly is to mount the cowl and prop. The cowl mounts with two screws on each side and I added a GWS rubber spinner onto the AXI prop shaft for a more finished look.

    Note the excellent air cooling design in the cowl.


    IReady-to-Fly
    My Inspire Mini was nose heavy with the power system I used and I needed to add two 1/4oz sticky-back lead weights to the tail near the dragger wire. When balanced, it was ready to fly at 25.5oz using the 6.5oz 3-cell Cellpro 2150mAh (20C) pack. Note that this Cellpro pack is no longer sold but is equivalent to the PQ21503 "Twenty" 3-cell, 11.1v, 2150mAh LiPo pack at Hobby Lobby. When using an APC 10x4.7 SF prop, the power system provided 320 watts at 31amps. That's 200w/lb!
    While I waited for the good weather to arrive before shooting a video, I installed a ParkBEC 6v from Dimension Engineering. This device installs between the ESC and receiver and also connects to your battery pack. The 6v supply provides the servos with more torque and speed which is a great thing for 3D flying!


    ITest Flying

    We tested the Inspire Mini in some cold and windy conditions today. Team JR/Team Fliton's Devin McGrath stopped over and gave the new plane a good workout. The winds ranged from 7-14mph and it was cold so we decided to leave the video for another day. Due to his previous experience, Devin requested that I change the APC 10x4.7 SF prop to an 11x5.5 e-prop. The current draw was about the same but the thrust had noticeably increased.

    The Inspire Mini performed flawlessly and could accelerate going vertical. I asked Devin after the flight what he thought about it.

    Devin McGrath says, "The Inspire Mini was awesome! I am defiantly going to have to get one of my own. Greg's power system choice was perfect for those windier days. It flew great and the knife edge was clean and crisp. The harriers (upright, inverted, rolling) were all great! Even in the wind, the Inspire flys like it is on rails. I can't wait to get it out on a calm day!"


    Team JR and Team Fliton's 2006 E-X Games Champion, Devin McGrath, gave the Inspire Mini a full workout for the camera on a calmer day in November. The entire flight used only half of the pack charge.


    CLICK HERE (14meg)

    Summary

    There are many different ways to power the Inspire Mini. Some are lighter, some are less costly, and others can strain some of the components if not given proper consideration. Depending upon how you fly, a lighter power system using a smaller capacity pack will work just fine for a limited number of flights. By using a bigger (and heavier) 2AH (20C) pack, you will still get several hundred flights from it.

    The AXI/Jeti power system with the 3-cell Cellpro/PolyQuest 2150mAh pack is for extreme power levels. The heavier weight does change how the plane flies, which can be an advantage in windy conditions.

    The visibility of the plane does not seem to be an issue. In some of the pictures, you can see the bottom is mostly clear with a few stripes on the wing and horizontal stab which makes it look different from the top of the plane. Further, the green bottom of the fuse compared to the red top adds to the great contrast between top and bottom. Overall, I consider the Inspire Mini another excellent design from Fliton.

    Fliton Inspire Mini













    IManufacturer Info


    Distributed exclusively by:

    Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    CHAMPAIGN, IL 61822
    Support Phone:
    (877)504-0233
    Sales: (800) 338-4639
    Web: www.horizonhobby.com


    Hobby Lobby
    5614 Franklin Pike Cr.
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615.373.1444
    www.hobby-lobby.com


    FMA Direct
    5716A Industry Lane
    Frederick, MD 21704
    Website: www.fmadirect.com
    Sales: 800-343-2934 or 301-668-7614


    ZAP Glues On-line at Frank Tiano Enterprises
    Pacer Z-42 Thread Locker
    5-minute Z-poxy
    Pacer POLY ZAP(tm)


    Dubro E-Z links at Tower Hobbies


    Dimension Engineering
    Website: www.dimensionengineering.com
    330) 634-1430

    Comments on RCU Review: Fliton Inspire Mini

    Posted by: cobrajocky on 09/15/2010
    I have two and planning to buy another (just in case, someday) and this is an incredible 3D ultralight plane! I also have a PA Katana MD and Extra 260, and the Fliton Inspire Mini is a far better flying and behaving plane. Both PA's are Tip Stall prone, while the Inspire Mini has no such bad habits. It's also a dream to land, while the PA's are a nightmare, they drop like a rock. The Inspire is a steal for the price, which is half any of the over-priced Precision Aerobatics planes.
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