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Hobby People Waco Biplane EP Rx-R BL (No Tx/Rx/Bat/Chgr)

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Regular Price: $159.99

Special Price: $99.99

No. 117239

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HP-MDL Waco Biplane EP Rx-R BL (No Tx/Rx/Bat/Chgr)

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User's Guide (1.3 MB)This is the User's Guide for the Hobby People WACO Biplane EP.
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Looks beautiful in the Air Review by Jesse Jackson
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My wife bought or I should say was sold this as a present. I would never have picked it but as much as I wanted to hate it ,it is so scale looking and pretty in the air that I a glad I have one. As for flying it is way tail heavy if you use recommended cg and you can't move battery forward so weight in the nose is a must. It is a lot of fun to bring for slow scale like landings rolls and lopes are very scale looking and easy if you are into scale planes and re glue all joints you will enjoy. If you want a sport or trainer not for you. (Posted on 9/20/14)
great bipe, flies great and great value Review by Jim Shea
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I have owned 2, pilot error destroyed 1st. The waco is as good quality as the horizon and for 1/2 the price. Thanks for the quality product and superb value. (Posted on 9/18/14)
Problems from the start! Review by mikimra
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I bought one of these Waco's with the expectation that I would have a nice little bipe to fly real quick. Well, I guess my expectations were too high! There were some cosmetic problems with the teardrops on the cowl, and some flaky paint, but these were tolerable. A broken rudder clevis also set me back a bit, but the big kicker was the severe wobble in the prop! There was no way I would or could attempt to fly this bird with that amount of vibration! I called customer service and they were kind enough to send me a couple replacement teardrops and clevises, and a new prop adapter. I installed the new prop adapter and it was a little better, but still way out of balance! I called customer service to advise them of the problem, and I was told they had no more prop adapters and the one they sent me " seemed to run tru". I wonder if they ever heard of a dial indicator?
Nice little plane but don't buy it because if you get a bad prop adapter, you are on your own! It may fly for a short period of time, but disaster is inevitable. Believe me! I've been flying these since 1974. (Posted on 9/4/14)
Motor Mount breaks easy Review by Mr Bill
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The motor mount breaks easy and costs to much to much. I haven't flown my since it broke. I can't think of an incident where My flying would have caused it. It is just sitting there not flying. Hobby People should address this problem. For the money I thought I was getting a good deal. It is just sitting there not flying. (Posted on 8/15/14)
Mine flies just fine Review by BigOleJim
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Use recomended throws, balance properly and have a good time. I would recommend longer screws for the wing mounts as big fingers and short screwdrivers make assembly at the field tough. We are thinking about drilling out those holes and using small paper clips for an easier assembly. Other'n that, she flies just fine. **** (Posted on 6/28/14)
Mine flies just fine Review by BigOleJim
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Use recomended throws, balance properly and have a good time. I would recommend longer screws for the wing mounts as big fingers and short screwdrivers make assembly at the field tough. We are thinking about drilling out those holes and using small paper clips for an easier assembly. Other'n that, she flies just fine. **** (Posted on 6/28/14)
Great flyin Waco. Review by Flyboy
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After making all linkages low rate and adding 1.5oz to the nose I have a pretty flying Waco. Even with wheel pants it will take off from grass field in about 20 feet. Nice value for the money.
(Posted on 6/23/14)
Poor Quality Components & Workmanship Review by L
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1. BUILD AND QUALITY: DEFINITELY not worth the msrp of $150.00 OR THE $129 SALE PRICE b/c the quality of workmanship and components is poor. The fuselage and plastic top wing mounts are glued with some type of rubbery/elastic glue but it didn't hold either of them together. I went into a store to examine another kit and it was the same story so this wasn't just a one-off situation. I had to re-glue everything with epoxy. The motor was not mounted in the centerline of the fuselage because the motor mount was ¼ inch to the right. The motor shaft has a large flat spot on it for prop adapter set screws. The problem is that it makes it impossible to center the prop adapter. I tried 10 different adapters, collet and 2 and 3 set screw types; nothing works. The motor shaft is very weak and soft so it bends easily. Toss the prop. Its a 10/5 but not very stiff so you lose a lot of power. The motor mount is cheap plastic and is EXTREMELY brittle. When I landed the plane and it was rolling, a landing gear wheel hit a small rock and tipped the plane over on its nose. The motor mount cracked and the motor shaft was bent. My mini-mag has done the same thing several times w/o any consequence. The plastic top wing mounts that are glued on the fuselage (w/ that rubbery glue stuff) broke loose after the maiden flight and I had to re-glue them with epoxy. The aileron rods connecting the top wing and bottom wing ailerons were the wrong length. Trying to adjust the length with the screw-on adjustable rod connectors was not possible b/c the rods were way too long. I had to cut them and make new z-bends to make the adjustable rod connectors work. The plane had 2 bad servos straight out of the box. Luckily the HP store mgr replaced them w/o any hassle. IF the quality of components and workmanship were up to par the build would be quite easy. All you would essentially do is mount the wings, mount the elevator, and mount the rudder....20-30 mins max. But with all the junk components and poor workmanship you'll spend all day replacing, fixing, and basically rebuilding the plane before it's worthy to maiden it. I use a 3s 2200 mah HP lipo and it just manages to fit into the stock battery compartment.

2. FLYING: As mentioned by the other reviewer, it's a sensitive plane. I don't use any expo on any of my planes except this one. My Tiger Moth bi-plane is a great to fly b/c it’s a forgiving yet very maneuverable plane. This Waco bi-plane is 10 times more sensitive than the TM. For that matter it’s even more sensitive than many of my flying wings. This plane is NOT a beginner plane. I'd say high-novice to an advanced pilot only. It rolls easily, flies upside-down, and loops easily. The stock motor has only adequate power. Considering the weak motor shaft and that the prop adapter cannot be centered, replace the motor immediately. I've replaced it with a Turnigy 1100 kv with a 10/5 apc prop and it has made the plane fly 100% better.

3. VALUE: The msrp is stated as $150 and HP sells it on sale now (5/30/2014) for $129. One would think that b/c 4 servos, a speed control, and a motor are included in the price it's a good deal. From my experience I completely disagree and recommend that you not buy this plane. When I compare the plane to my T28 from Hobbyzone which sells for only $15 more and also has all top quality components included (motor, servos, prop), the Waco flunks miserably. The corporate buyers at Hobby People are to blame. They're foolish and dumb and it's evident they're using cheap suppliers in order to maximize profit. I've watched HP products go down in quality over the last few years. The Hobbyzone T28 kit has high quality components, high quality workmanship, is super easy build, and a great flyer out of the box. DISREGARD HOBBY PEOPLE’S HYPED MARKETING DESCRIPTION FOR THIS PLANE! THERE ARE BETTER PLANES AROUND THIS PRICE FOR YOUR MONEY!
(Posted on 6/12/14)
Looks good, balance is wrong. Review by Gene
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Correct balance appears to be 1" forward of that which is recommended. 2 1/4 oz nose weight plus a little down thrust made the plane fly well and handle perfectly. Does loops, rolls, and good glide. (Posted on 3/7/14)
great plane Review by oscar
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the plane is easy to finish , everything fit right, it fly great, very sensitive to control , with 40% expos, is ok ,,, is not for beginners,
it's a great plane (Posted on 2/25/14)

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