Funtana X 100
I was first approached about flying this airplane for review I
asked, what kind of plane? When I was told a Funtana X I got really
excited but didn?t know much about the plane or how it should
handle. Having flown the Funtana 40 for some time I knew this
plane had to be even better.
Flight: After going over the pre flight we started the Saito
125 up. The Saito 125 ran flawless just like any other Satio I
have ever owned. I taxied the Funtana X to the runway and started
the take off roll. The 125 got the plane airborne in a very short
distance and I started in on the trimming process. The plane is
very true and was assembled very well as it needed only a slight
amount of up trim and a slight amount of right aileron trim. The
manuals suggested low rates seemed very docile that even a beginner
low wing pilot could probably handle this bird. In fact I kind
of thought the low rates seemed a little to low (for me) but that?s
just pilot preference. I flew the plane around a minute making
sure everything was ok then I turned on the high (3D) rates and
started trying a few things. I wanted to see if my rates needed
any adjusting from what they were originally set on. Everything
seemed fine and I could tell the plane was ready to cut loose
and be put through it?s paces. I landed the plane flawlessly while
on low rates. The Funtana X glides pretty well and will float
right down to the runway with ease. I do recommend being on low
rates when landing or be very proficient with the high rates and
have plenty of expo as the manual suggest.
Funtana X was refueled and flown a couple more times before shooting
this video for the review. During this video flight you can see
that the plane excels in 3D flight. Rolling harriers are very
graceful and the plane performs them perfectly. I tried more 3D
with it including torque rolls, upright harriers, high alpha knife
and I tried to put it in a blender.
thing I notice while trying to flat spin the model is that the
cg needed to be a little bit further back than the manual?s recommended
measurement. Ok, now for the big question everyone is asking (What
about the side force generators?)
flew the first few flights on the Funtana X without the side force
generators to see how it would knife edge for later comparison.
The plane would knife edge with little to no pitch and or roll
coupling, in fact so little I opted to just fly through it with
stick corrections. If I were to try and mix this roll/pitch coupling
out it would be very little rudder to aileron and rudder to a
little up elevator. A good bit of rudder input was required to
maintain knife edge flight at the slower speed.
I then proceeded to bolt on the (very easy to install)
side force generators for the video to see how it would perform.
As you can see in the video with the generators on the Funtana
X it will fly knife edge all day long with plenty of lift at slow
speeds and a lot less rudder input than without them. The Funtana
X is the first glow powered plane I have flown with these side
force generators and it won?t be my last. There were certain 3D
maneuvers that I did not perform in the video due to the Funtana
needing a cg adjustment.
Funtana does really excel at high alpha flight just as H9 says.
The upright harrier on this plane is performed with little to
no wing rock. I would assume that the inverted harrier should
be as stable if not more stable. The Funtana X is stable in a
torque roll and looks very pretty might I add. H9 could not have
picked any better colors in my opinion. The Saito 125 has plenty
of power to pull out although in the video this motor is still
very new and rich. The one thing that I didn?t get to test much
of was the precision side of the Funtana X. I did try four point
rolls and some basic axial rolls which all seemed very smooth
and crisp. Based on the little bit of precision I flew I do believe
the Funtana X could be a very precise flyer.
I will tell you that if you want an all out 3D performer or even
a great sport plane the Funtana X is for you. I really enjoyed
getting to do this flight(s) for the video/review. I was very
close to shedding a tear when I had to give the plane back to
its owner knowing that I loved how great it flew!
to my other (Funtana 40) experience this Funtana X is much improved
over the old one.
the E-flite Tribute in action!
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