TechOne FPV Wing Review From Motion RC

TechOne FPV Wing Review From Motion RC

By Matt Maziarz

PHOTOS BY BRITTANY MAZIARZ

 

NEED TO KNOW                                                                                                                                                    

MANUFACTURER: TechOne
DISTRIBUTOR: Motion RC
TYPE: FPV Wing
FOR: Speed freaks and FPV flyers

MINIMUM FLYING AREA: Ball Field
PRICE: $139.00

Ready for the maiden!

NEEDED TO COMPLETE:

The TechOne wing comes from Motion RC full with all of the flight electronics, so to get it air worthy, you simply want so as to add your personal radio system (that’s able to elevon mixing) and a 3-4S LiPo battery for LOS flight. To get the complete FPV expertise, toss your personal digicam and vTX into the nostril of the beast and also you’re prepared to tear from the pilot’s seat.

AUTHOR’S OPINION:

Since FPV wings have come onto the scene, I’ve been a full blown junky. First, I don’t have the dexterity to maintain up with the children when flying drones. Second, I like to go quick and a high-powered wing is all about velocity. Third, the TechOne wing is barely 139 bucks with the entire flight electronics! So, I used to be offered on this mannequin earlier than I even had it in my fingers, however I additionally had my reservations as it isn’t sheeted (duh, it’s solely $139) and the early critiques appeared to have of us bashing it because it tended to “tuck” at excessive speeds and in any other case waiver do to flex. After flying it many occasions, I can actually say that it’s value each penny and it doesn’t stray from the place you level all of it that a lot.

 

The TechOne Wing slows down very nicely for a wing, retaining nice management authority in any respect however a snail’s tempo.

PROS

– Super cheap for an FPV wing

– Incredibly straightforward to launch

– All flight electronics included (minus radio system and battery)

– Magnetic wing retaining system

– Long flight occasions on a 2200mAh 4S

 

CONS

– There is a little bit of torsional flex as it isn’t sheeted

 

SPECS

WINGSPAN: 35.4 in. (900mm)
WEIGHT: 608 – 760g (relying on tools used)
LENGTH: 12.1 in. (308mm)
SERVOS: (2) 11g micro servos

MOTOR: T-motor F80 2500Kv

ESC: 45 amp
PROPELLER: 3-blade 5 x 5

FLIGHT TIME: 5-6 minutes (utilizing the 4S 2200mAh)

 

KEY FEATURES

  • EPP is essential relating to FPV wings as it’s a lot much less prone to break after a crash or exhausting touchdown. The TechOne Wing is not any completely different as it’s constructed virtually solely of EPP, besides it has a brilliant candy carbon middle fuse to offer you a great deal of mounting choices for electronics.
  • Magic Magnets! No, there is no such thing as a adhesive or tape used to safe the wing halves to the carbon fuse. Instead, TechOne buried tremendous robust neodymium magnets within the root of every wing half and the fuse, making for tremendous straightforward transport and area set up.
  • The F80 T-motor and ESC are pre-installed from the manufacturing unit. All that’s left so that you can do to make it flight prepared is set up the elevon servos, your radio system and a battery. It can go from the field to flight prepared inside 10 minutes (if utilizing CA and accelerator).
  • Even with a heavy 4S 2200mAh LiPo strapped to the highest of the carbon fuse, the TechOne wing is tremendous straightforward to launch. There is not any pinch-point on the underside, so the Frisbee toss is the best way to go. Simply throttle as much as 70 % or so and let it rip! No wobbling, wavering or every other pucker-inducing conduct. It flies straight ant true each time.
The F80 T-Motor offers glorious energy when motivated by the Admiral Pro 4S LiPo.

PRO TIPS:

  • If you’re okay with slicing a servo out of a foam wing (if it wants changing), skip the wood servo mounts and simply toss em’ within the trash. Mounting the servos with out the ply cutout offers for a pleasant stage pushrod that’s parallel to the wing floor.
  • Thread lock is a should! None of the manufacturing unit fixed {hardware} has any thread lock on it. I just like the Mercury Adhesives blue stuff as a result of every bottle high has its personal brush making it a lot simpler to use, particularly on the adjustable pushrod connections on the management surfaces.
  • Speaking of the adjustable pushrod connections, they may use a little bit of finessing as nicely. They come from the manufacturing unit with a washer on all sides of the horn and have an excellent little bit of slop. That doesn’t make for nice management authority. I took the washers off, moved them each to the bottom of every fast hyperlink and thread locked every lock nut. Yes, I do know it sounds redundant, however the threads on every locknut doesn’t chunk too far into the nylon within the nut, so it’s a should!
  • Use warning whenever you select your mounting location for the vTX. I mounted mine proper in entrance of the battery, however in a tough crash (introduced on by a free management rod retainer … see above tip), I went nostril first into the bottom and inertia slid the battery ahead … tearing the wire harness receptacle proper off the vTX. If you’re not going to make use of an HD cam, the dampened mount up high is the proper spot for it.
The CA20 600TVL cam from AKK provides crisp, clear imagery on the goggles or monitor, plus it’s filth low cost!

ASSEMBLY

TechOne doesn’t provide a printed handbook with every mannequin as they’ve gone “inexperienced” and they are often downloaded and printed or saved straight from Motion RC’s web site. Said directions are transient, to say the least, however this can be a flying wing so there isn’t a lot to it.

The first step of the meeting course of is to attach the wood ply servo mounts in place, which I ignored (see Pro Tip #1). Gluing the manufacturing unit equipped servos instantly into the froth created a a lot better pushrod angle for every elevon, in order that’s why I did it. To end off the servo set up, merely middle every servo along with your radio system of selection and lock down the rod retainers (see Pro Tip #2). I needed to lower about ½ inch off the tip of every rod to maintain them from stabbing into the elevons at full up elevator … after they have been put in and locked down.

The 600mW vTX from AKK offers nice lengthy vary reception, options 40-channels and has a LCD show for band and channel.

From there, it’s on to putting in your receiver and taping down the ESC, which is manufacturing unit put in and plugged in. There is a carbon tube that the motor is mounted too, so that you solely have one choice to hold the motor wires from chafing on the tube, which is face down. I positioned my Graupner GL-12 recevier as far ahead as doable, however nicely away from the neo-mags within the fuse and routed the antenna again down in direction of the aft of the fuse for the most effective reception, after putting in the servo extensions.

After your servos are put in, it’s as straightforward as putting in the wing spars and sliding the wings into place. At first (when following the handbook, I used to be a bit confused as to why there was no point out of glue or tape to maintain the wing halves secured to the carbon middle fuse. Much to my shock (and … DUH!), the wings are held in place utilizing neo-mags and they’re greater than robust sufficient to maintain them the place they should be at excessive velocity. Once that’s finished (which ought to take nicely lower than half-hour utilizing CA and accelerator), you’re prepared for LOS flight.

To high of my TechOne wing, I used a combo from AKK. I used their CA20 cam and 600mW vTX combo because it’s a mighty high quality discount and produces glorious pictures on the display screen. The CA20 cam comes with a swivel mount and there are two completely different mounting places to lock it down. I opted for the ahead place to maintain the entrance/middle cross member out of view and positioned the vTX simply ahead of the battery. In hindsight and from my first crash ahead, the vTX has been mounted on the best wing half, simply exterior of the fuse.

IN THE AIR

Maiden flights with flying wings have all the time given me mud ache (as in, my abdomen is so balled up I wish to blow mud in my pants), however the TechOne wing is about as straightforward as they get relating to launches. As a matter of truth, it’s even simpler to launch than my Theory Type W with the SAFE system. Crank the throttle as much as anyplace from 50-75% and provides it a mild toss outward with a slight up-line and also you’ll be golden.

Once within the air, the wing is docile, but agile in any respect however the slowest speeds. I took it up excessive to get a really feel for it LOS and was pleasantly stunned. I had learn early critiques claiming that the mannequin would “tuck” or dive throughout excessive velocity passes, however discovered this to not be the case. The wing does flutter a bit when maxxing out the throttle, but it surely’s not abrupt or absurd, merely carry on the sticks and you may hold it in examine. I believe the 4 diploma down thrust on the motor performs an enormous half within the “issues” of us have been having with it early on, however for those who steadiness the mannequin correctly (for which there are places proper on the underside of every wing half), you’ll be proper as rain … as they are saying.

The wing itself is totally symmetrical, so it’s going to fly inverted with no points in any way. Additionally, the massive elevon surfaces present for glorious authority, giving the wing superior roll fee and tremendous tight inside and out of doors loops. Vertical efficiency is astounding and you may speck the mannequin out in a heartbeat. The F80 motor mixed with the 3-blade 5×5 prop not solely generates an unimaginable sound, but it surely pushes the wing towards the century mark with a quickness. Even for those who’re not into FPV, the TechOne wing is a superb machine for flying LOS.

Slowing the mannequin down for a stall, the controls will get mushy actually fast and it’ll drop to at least one tip or the opposite, however a fast burst of throttle will straighten it up and get it motivated within the blink of an eye fixed. Landing is about as straightforward as launching the wing, however simply be cautious that it carries velocity very nicely and can float for days off energy, so simply you’ll want to make a number of approaches earlier than lastly letting it settle in. I selected a pleasant large patch of lengthy grass for my first touchdown, however after that, I used to be spot touchdown proper in entrance of my ft.

The mannequin is simply as at house on its again as it’s proper aspect up, due to the symmetrical wing design.

When it involves sturdiness, EPP is the best way to go and the TechOne wing is not any completely different. On one event, I used to be truly trying to fly beneath my GMC Sierra 4×4, however chickened out on the final minute … which noticed the wing smack backside aspect first onto the rear quarter panel and plant itself sq. within the mattress of the truck. Much to my amazement, the mannequin suffered zero harm and I used to be capable of toss it again into the air. After a dozen flights or so, one of many management rods got here free from the retainer on the elevon horn, which had me crash nostril first at a reasonably excessive fee of velocity into the grass (like I mentioned, thread lock is necessary). The battery did slide ahead and ripped the wire harness clear off the vTX, however the mannequin itself was unscathed. The carbon middle fuse and alloy cross member absorbed the brunt of the blow, so until you plant it nostril first right into a brick wall, try to be high quality even for those who plant it garden jart model.

The middle fuse is a carbon field that has loads of area for putting your receiver, vTX and battery. Plus, it makes use of neo-mags to safe every wing half to the fuse, making for good fast area set up.

THE LAST WORD

I have to say that I’m greater than just a bit impressed with the TechOne wing. It’s powerful as nails, straightforward to construct and fly, it’s silly quick proper out of the field and it checks out at a fraction of the price of most different FPV particular flying wings. Could or not it’s higher with a totally sheeted wing? Of course, however that may additionally drive the fee up significantly. As it’s proper out of the field, the mannequin is a wonderful selection for a primary FPV wing or simply as an LOS mannequin for velocity junkies. If you wanna go quick for not numerous money, test it out over at Motion RC … you’ll be glad you probably did and your pockets gained’t be hurting in any respect.

WE USED:

RADIO: Graupner MZ-24 Pro

RECEIVER: Graupner GL-12

BATTERY: Admiral Pro 4S 2200mAh

VTX: AKK 600mW

CAMERA: AKK CA20

ANTENNA: Tactic Omni

GOOGLES: Spektrum Focal V2

 

LINKS

MOTION RC

GRAUPNER USA

AKK FPV

SPEKTRUM RC

TACTIC RC