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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 21:33


Intro

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think to yourself ‘Self, I have a need. A deep down, burning in my bones need, a need that can only be fulfilled by one thing. Speed. A need for speed.” If you have ever felt that desire or want something that will make your thumbs tremble in fear, I have found the plane for you!

I took a chance one night when I was browsing Motion RC and saw a sweet little Pylon Racer on their website. The Moray was only $99 and came as a Plug-n-Fly. It was just cheap enough for me to take the plunge without knowing anything about it. Fortunately I did some quick research and found that it was highly recommended to also buy an odd shaped 4S 1600mah battery for the plane. In preparation I purchased two.



Kit Contents

This was my first order from Motion RC and from start to finish the process was simple and smooth. The Moray arrived in about 6 days in a much smaller box than I had anticipated. I almost asked the UPS man if there was a second box with the shipment but was happy to find that the entire plane was indeed contained within the small box.

The kit comes with the fuselage, the wings, elevators, accessories and manual. The servos are pre-installed as is the 40 amp ESC and 1400kv motor. The Moray only comes with two servos, one for the elevator and one hidden servo that controls the ailerons.

   

   

Assembly

As one can imagine, given the simple design of the plane, the assembly was extremely easy. The first step is to secure the wing to the fuselage. The wires thread through the bottom of the fuselage and the wing is secured to the body with three metal screws. I made sure to get the screws good and tight because I didn’t want any play on a plane like this. The elevator slides into the vertical stab and is also secured by two metal screws on the underside of the plane. The motor comes with the prop pre-installed but I made sure all the parts pertaining to the nose of the plane were tight.

   

   

After all the pieces were together I hooked the wires up to a receiver and tested all the movable parts. The ailerons barely moved and even though you don’t want an excessive amount of movement on a speed plane, it looked like they wouldn’t be enough to even turn the plane. I figured the servo was dead so I took the wing apart and examined the servo. After I unhooked it from the aileron linkages I found that it moved with full range! I knew then that there was a binding issue in the linkages somewhere. I simply took each aileron and moved it in a full range of motion and as I was doing this I could feel the ailerons loosen up. Sure enough, once they were hooked back up to the servo they moved perfectly with a full range of motion.

   

Once everything was working right she was good to go! To be safe, I did program in low and high rates. On the low rates I reduced the throws to 70% and added in 30% expo. With high rates I just left everything at 100%.

Features

The Freewing Moray is made out of strong EPO foam that feels extremely rigid and tough. The fuselage is 24.5” long and the wingspan reaches 32 1/16”. The weight is about 12 oz depending on the size of battery. The plane is powered by a 1400kv motor that sits behind a 40 amp ESC. With a 7x6 prop and a 4S battery the Moray pulls 481 watts on a 30amp ESC. The little pylon racer has only elevator and ailerons, but no rudder control. The design is smart as all of the linkages are hidden within the wing so belly landings won’t break any mechanical parts. The wing contains not one, but two carbon spars that run the entire length of the wing. Likewise the elevator is pre-installed with a carbon spar to increase rigidity. All of the hinges are embedded and appear to be strong and have held up well in all of the belly landings. The Moray also features a large battery hatch that has strong magnets that give a satisfying ‘clunk’ when closed.

The manual states that the CG should be somewhere between 50 and 60mm. I would highly suggest getting that number as close to 50mm as possible. This is a small plane and there is not a lot of weight in the front. With a normal sized 2200mah 4S it will drastically push the CG back. I bought the special 1600mah (sort, fat lil’ buggers) that are recommended for this plane and it put my CG right at 50mm.

First Flight

After having troubles getting the plane in the air (more in the takeoff and landing section) I was delighted that the first flight was not an utter disaster. I kept the throws at 70% and zoomed around the field. It took several clicks of up trim to keep the nose of the Moray level but after the initial trim job, the plane was ready to rock. My thumbs felt more relaxed after a minute of flying the racer. After a couple of full throttle passes my thumbs were shaky and my heart was thumping! I couldn’t believe how fast the plane could move. Half throttle is honestly faster than many of my other electric birds. It is quite a sight to behold. The timer rang after 4 minutes and I brought the Moray around for a landing. Even without throttle the plane continues to sail through the air effortlessly. The airframe is so clean it takes a while to bleed off the speed.  The battery was warm upon landing, but not too hot and each cell read about 3.82v after 4 minutes of mixed flying.

Here are some pics of the 'damage' after hitting a wooden post on the first flight:
   

Flight Characteristics

In a word. Fast. Fast and fun! This plane blazes through the sky and it is so super stable while doing it. It is the perfect type of plane to pierce the wind on a gusty day. The Moray is solid and rigid in the air. At full throttle and full throws the little pylon racer will snap to your every command, but it’s imperative to be 3 or 4 moves ahead of the plane or you’ll quickly find yourself plowed into the ground like a potato. The plane is built for speed and so there are not many tricks to be done with it. Inverted flight is nice and takes a small amount of down elevator to remain level. Turns are tight and I haven’t felt any tip stall or rolling out of loops when using the entire elevator.  The Moray has darn near endless vertical and can go from ground level to a speck in the sky in about 1.5 seconds. I hope to soon strap a mini-cam on the racer and watch the world disappear as the Moray pierces into the Stratosphere.

Is ‘Fun’ a flight characteristic? If it is not, I’m making it one. I’ve had other fast planes and some very fast EDFs but no previous models can bring a smile to my face like the Freewing Moray. Maybe it is because it is more agile or perhaps it’s the relatively inexpensive price tag that allows me to fly without fear. I’ve actually crashed the model a few times and it just bounces back and keeps flying.

   

Takeoffs and Landings

I generally go over takeoffs in this section prior to talking about landings but I’m going to swap those subjects in regards to the Moray. Here goes:

Landings are easy. Cut the throttle well before the final approach and glide the plane in. It is a belly lander (made out of foam) so landing on saw blades or a jagged rock is not recommended.  With very little practice the plane should slide quietly on the grass, coming to a rest at your feet.

Taking off is a whole other barrel of monkeys.  The Moray is a powerful beast that must be hand launched or bungee launched if you have the setup. The problem is during takeoff the Moray can show some nasty torque roll that will plow the plane into the ground if you’re not careful. This is common but there are a few things you can do to combat this.

The first is to get someone that can launch the plane properly (or do it yourself). Launch the plane mostly flat with maybe a slight angle pointing the nose up. Second is to not give the plane too much throttle. This is probably the number one problem I see in most of the videos online and most of my own launches! I’m the first to admit I fall into this trap too. Remember, at half throttle this plane is faster than many other electric airplanes, you don’t need to launch with full or even ¾ power. The third and final step is to feed in some up elevator and right aileron on the launch. This combats any torque roll that might happen. That last step has really saved me on several occasions when I was faced with a bad hand launch or I was too aggressive on the throttle.

Even with all these steps don’t be surprised if the Moray does a wiggle or seems out of control for split second as it gathers speed. Keep the thumbs nimble and stay on top of it!

   

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

Ha! No, I do not recommend this plane for any beginner. An intermediate pilot could handle this but they need to always be a few steps ahead of the plane.

Conclusion

I’ve owned the Freewing Moray for nearly 3 months now and I have definitely put it through the paces. With all the other planes I fly I keep coming back to this little wonder. Nothing gets my heart pumping faster than a full speed pass with the Moray. The pylon racer from Freewing, slices the air with ease and I can’t stop smiling as it goes past. The plane is extremely durable. In three months I have bonked and crashed the plane several times, I even ran the wing into a wooden post and the only thing that broke was the prop. The foam is tough and able to withstand abuse and all of the stock electronics have withstood me pushing the plane to the limit. I am well pleased. Speed may not be everyone’s thing but if you want to go fast this is probably the easiest and cheapest way you can do it. I’m not sure how fast it goes but easily faster than a Stryker and definitely pushing triple digits. When you have the need for speed reach for a Moray.

GRADE: A+!!

Pros

  • FAST
  • 100% Fun
  • Great design, clean airframe
  • Simple assembly
  • Fairly Inexpensive

Neutrals

  • After too many belly landings might need to protect bottom of wings with tape
  • Plane is so fast the decals have started peeing off

Cons

  • May cause heavy breathing, increased heart rate and sweaty palms, consult doctor before use

 

Media and FLIGHT Time!

     

   

     

   


Maiden Flight Video


Unboxing Video


 
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