Today I bring you something very different from what we are used too. I’m talking about the brand new MiniRaceWing. This wing was developed by Flybot and they start to show the product on kickstarter website with 80 000€ as the goal to reach. This wing was also tested, during developing time by Flitetest and by Bruce from RC Model Reviews. Just with the prototype version they felt right away that this wing introduced a game change on the wings market. I decided to divide this reviews in two parts, this first one will be focused on the unbox and build, the second one will show you how the wing perform during flight and every steps I had to do to be able to fly it. So let’s start.
Inside of a big box I found all the parts very well protected with wrapping plastic bubbles. Underneath of all this protections, flybot present us with a really nice foam wings, two pieces of balso cutted for elevons, two big carbon rods to introduce more stiffness on the wings, and two more plastic bags, one with the main carbon fiber frame and the other with all the accessories like screws battery straps, servo extensions and plastic injected motor mount.
I was very impressed with the quality of the foam it’s very compact and very rigid even without the carbon rods. They also included a really nice MINIRACEWING sheet decals, but if you don’t wont to use it you can paint or use some your own decals and personalize it to your taste.
This wing doesn’t come with any kind of electronic, you have to buy separatly the ESC, Motor, Servo and the FPV equipment if you want to fly FPV. They didn’t included on the box the wing manual but they give us a QR code to download 28 pages very well ilustrated manual and very explicit. The final touch from Flybot is the little Haribo bag of candies to make your build more sweet.
Flybot had a revolutionary idea for the wings world, they thought why we use full foam wings and why not introduce a main carbon fiber frame with foam wings, this lead them to a really nice feature that no one thought, on a crash situation the wings are pulled off from the frame dividing the potencial energy through more parts and not only one part, like the old full foam wings that break almost on each crash. With just the servo on each wing it’s easy to eject the wing using a servo extension on the main frame connected to the receiver. Using a carbon fiber frame introduce much more protection to the eletronic components.
This was one of the best features, but let me show the full wing in detail. Let’s start for the wings. On each wing we have the elevon, a winglet, the servo and some carbon rods that introduce some stiffness. First of all the foam used for the wings is very compact, giving the feeling that this wing will tolerate some crashs. The cuts for the servo and for the carbon rods is very very precise and very well made. Although the foam is very rigid, flybot send some carbon rods to introduce even more stiffness, so they provide a big carbon rod (40cm) to glue on the bottom front of the wing, and two more to connect to the main frame, one with 21cm length and the other with 9cm, also for help to hardness the wing. To move the wing in the air they send a balsa elevons that need to be cutted to fit the rudder horns, to do this cut on the right place you need to go to the last page of the instrutions manual and print at full scale, then use that to mark the place you need to cut. Because de the elevons are made of balsa you can cut with a thin (around 1mm) tool. After that you just need to glue on both sides the horn. To fix the elevon onto the wing make sure you don’t misses any step otherwise the elevon could not work properly. The servo wasn’t provided on the kit, so you need to buy a 9gr servo, the cut is already made on the wing and after the servo is installed you just need to mount the servo linkage like you can see on the manual. You will have some work to build this wing but let’s be honest allmost all of us enjoy the build process.
For this wing I choosed the following eletronic equipment:
- Servo: Tower Pro SG92R (2.5kg/cm at 4.8V);
- Motor: Armattan OOMPH 2206 2300kv; Review
- ESC: ZTW Flash 30A Blheli_S; Review
- PDB: Matek HUB 5 in 1 V3 with lipo and lost model alarm;
- Camera: Foxeer XAT600M HS1177;
- VTX: Foxeer TM25 Switcher;
- Antenna: Aomway 5.8GHz Omnidirectional;
- Radio Receiver: FS-iA6B;
- Battery: Acehe 4S 1800mAh HV;
This was the first part of this review, latter I will release the second part with some flight footage, some configurations I had to do on my transmitter and will talk about my thoughts about this wing. For the first impressions this wing has very nice quality products, the motor mount is a nice piece of plastic injection, not 3D printed, so very curious to see how it will perform during the flight.
For now I want to thank to Flybot by turn this review possible.
Link for the product: Mini Race Wing
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