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Finwing Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:41 pm

This FPV aircraft is causing a bit of a stir in the FPV community, with lots of guys sitting on the edge of their seats ready to order.
I might be one of them. I need to decide between a Grim Reaper and a Penguin. It looks like a decent FPV plane, with very good flight characteristics, tons of space, huge canopy for flight cam and HD cam, and even a bottom window for another cam pointing down. Hmm, the possibilities... :hmmm:

http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index. ... ts_id=1068

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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:55 pm

Here's some more videos. The more I watch, the more I like it!


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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby DanZ » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:03 pm

Haha, I just saw this plane on my FB news feed and I also thought it looked really cool! This is the pic I saw.

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Looks very cool, will look into it too. Do you think with a GoPro mounted you would see he nose in the video? Like in the Bixler?
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:45 pm

I think you might see the nose in the GoPro footage.
What I like about this plane is this:
• Camera is protected underneath the dome (no rain, dust, sand etc.)
• More streamlined than most other FPV planes because there's less FPV bits sticking out
• Handlaunch or take-off, and landing on smooth or rough surface
• Option for belly cam (handy for HD cam doing recording for land surveys, or search and rescue)
• Tons of space
• No need for modifications, it was made with FPV in mind
• Fairly cheap
• RMRC sells spare airplane parts
• Can carry up to 5000mAh easily
• Good glide capabilities
• Very stable, difficult to stall
• Can fly very slow if you want
• EPO foam is easy to fix

I just have two concerns. How does it handle wind, and will the video Tx and ESC stay cool enough closed up like that?

I think I've already made up my mind on this one. :yes:
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby DanZ » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:58 pm

I've been watching those vids you posted, it looks very cool and fun to fly! You are also right, there is bucket loads of space for equipment underneath that canopy, really nice. Regarding the hand launching, you should be pro at that! You managed to hand launch your reaper! :D This thing will be a piece of cake.
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:59 pm

Daniel, maybe you can work out if the GoPro view will be unrestricted or not from this drawing:

finwing Universeye_Penuins Airplane canopy schematic.jpg
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:05 pm

More pics!

finwing universye_Penuins fuselage.jpg


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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby DanZ » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:54 pm

From a few youtube vids I've seen the nose does show up in GoPro footage, its hard hide anything away from that wide lens!
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby PaulB » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:11 am

I hope to be one of the lucky
ones to own one ,as I really don't want a Skywalker.
Well not for R2150-00 ;)
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Re: FinwingHobby Universeye Penguin

Postby JohanMoelich » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:35 am

The Skywalker needs lots of modifications to make it good for FPV. Especially reinforcements for the wing. I've heard of a couple of SW where the wing folded in flight.

The Penguin apparently is good for FPV out of the box, no mods necessary. One of the testpilots (CaliDave) said it can handle 20mph wind fairly easy. That's good enough for me, I'm sold on it. I've flown FPV wings before, now it's time for something different. :D

Here's the thread for the Penguin on FPVLab:
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php ... MadeRC.com
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