Jan 4, 2010

What is with Horizon Hobby and Release Dates?

First it was the Micro Sukhoi, now its the Micro Piper Cub and 4-Site. Horizon has been struggling to post a plausible release date for these little micro airplanes. Initially, I was quite optimistic that things would get better, but that does not appear to be the case. It appears that because these little planes are made in China, shipping is the biggest holdup in getting them to the west. Our current global market is not favoring large shipping vessels, and they won’t sail till they have them packed full of goods. Americans aren’t buying said goods, so boats aren’t setting sail at a pace that would keep us in airplanes.

While Horizon may not be able to solve the wider issues related to shipping, or errors in product… It would be good if they learned to just level with the customers, and tell us it will be six months before we get their latest greatest product. Instead they dangle a carrot in front of our nose, and as each month passes, the carrot gets no closer. It might work with donkeys, hmmmm…. Maybe that is why they think it’ll work with American consumers... If they had true brilliance, they wouldn’t even tell us when a new plane was developed, they’d just wait for it to be shipped, distributed and ready for sale, then send out the advertisements. One thing is for sure, they’d have fewer customers mocking them in internet forums for not being able to pin down a release date.

Jan 2, 2010

Sukhoi 26m Video

Here is a short blurry video of the 26m getting put through its paces out in the yard.

Follow-up on the Sukhoi 26m

Many months have passed since my last post due to having a life. I enjoy model airplanes as a hobby, and I blog for my enjoyment as well. If I was more of a loyal blogger, I'm sure I'd already have a million people following my blog:) haha!!!

The Parkzone Sukhoi has not been that pleasing of an airplane. It's a sad little bugger on the top shelf in the garage at the moment. Here is the rest of the story...

Late September I finally get the replacement Sukhoi from Parkzone, and I'm determined to keep it in as good of shape as possible. This time around, I figure that I'd better be pretty careful as the little servos must not be able to handle much stress. Five careful flights after receiving my new plane and I'm feeling pretty good. Sixth flight, second day of flying and I have a mishap, a slight crash and the left wing bends a little and I can see I've cracked the foam wing. A little CA and accelerator and its good as new. Continued flying my plane, with nothing overly exciting happening and put it up for another day. The very next day, I'm carefully taking off from the road next to the house and trying to land back on the pavement. I'm finding that even though I trimmed the prop down, even the most careful landings resulted in a prop strike. Wanting to avoid a broken prop, I thought I'd just shoot for the grass instead of the pavement.

I gently flared my plane into the grass for a picture perfect landing. Of course I'd taken my front wheels off but the back tail wheel is affixed and catches the grass like the tail hook of a jet hitting the arresting cable on an aircraft carrier. Apparently that gentle landing contained enough force to damage the rudder servo. Upon close inspection back in garage, I noticed a slight smoky brown color on the white plastic retainer that holds the servo motor. Appears to have smoked itself. So, needless to say, I'm disgusted with the stupid little plane:) I've been contemplating selling it and getting a Piper Cub. If not, I'll have to spend $10 for a new servo, and take the time to fix it...

My recommendation on Sukhoi is to skip it. If you really want a miniture pattern type aircraft and your willing to put up with all the issues (cg, prop size, seemingly wimpy servo motors, etc.) then go for it. Hopefully there will be a second generation Sukhoi someday with some of the issues addressed.