VMAR Dornier DO335 Pfeil EP ARF Kit - Updated Wings (48" Wingspan)

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K.H.
Do-335 is one unique plane

The ARF version came well appointed and nicely finished. The kit quality was good. I think they have ironed out the model over the years. I did have to re-glue in a couple hinges and I chose to reinforce the firewall with some epoxy just to improve longevity and in case I did a hard landing. If I had a complaint, it would be the cheap plastic of the front cowling. It is really thin and I knew any mistakes on landing and it would be shot. ( Note to others - I knew I should reinforce it, but I really wanted to see how it flew.) This is my first balsa in a long time and I must say I forgot how delicate these were compared to foamies. The model is, IMHO, heavy weighing in at 3.2 lb ready for flight. Seems like a high wing loading. Hitting the balance point was a challenge that required 4 oz of lead in the nose and battery full forward (to the firewall). The strap they provided was of no use.

I did the maiden and it took off smartly at about 3/4 throttle. Liftoff was smooth and as i climbed out I noticed that it wanted to roll to the right and go down. I put in a few degrees of down thrust bust no angle to counter torque. It took a pass or two to get the model in trim. Once trimmed it flew pretty well. The sound was really unique. It was similar to a drone, but not exactly. We thought it sounded really cool and different. There was even a slight EDF like wine to it. All eyes were on this plane zipping around the sky. Definitely will get the attention of all at the field.. The rudder is tiny and it was surprisingly effective in turns. I checked the glide and as expected, due to the wing loading, without power it has a 2 to 1 glide ratio. Perhaps slightly better than a brick. The roll rate with max throw on the ailerons was a respectable 1 sec per revolution. I checked flight with full flaps and it slowed pretty well dropping steadily but at a lower forward speed. I set my flight time for 5 minutes on a 3000 mAH pack and it worked out well with the motors and ESC I chose.

Overall this is not a plane for a beginner. It has a heavy wing loading so their is no such thing as too much power for this beast. It handles well once trimmed and as long as you fly it within its envelope if should be a good plane. For the price, I think it is a good value. Definitely needs a better cowling, but hey, if that is the biggest complaint, VMAR is doing something right.

M
M.C.

The kit pieces seem to be well constructed but the fuselage is almost 12 inches too short of being close to scale. I am building my own fuselage to remedy this and adding retracts. A fun kit bashing project so far!

M
M.C.

The kit pieces seem to be well constructed but the fuselage is almost 12 inches too short of being close to scale. I am building my own fuselage to remedy this and adding retracts. A fun kit bashing project so far!

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r.j.

Excellent plane most all push rods are pre installed easy to build as a arf great plane flys well it is fast so the flaps come in handy buy one you won't regret it I promise

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