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Focke-Wulf 190 RTF Instruction Manual



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Focke-Wulf 190 RTF Instruction Manual Charge-and-Fly Park Flyer Wingspan: 39.5 in (1000mm) Length: 33.5 in (850mm) Weight with Battery: 26 oz (730 g) Motor: 480 Power with gear box Speed Control: FET proportional
Focke-Wulf 190 RTF Instruction Manual Charge-and-Fly Park Flyer Wingspan: 39.5 in (1000mm) Length: 33.5 in (850mm) Weight with Battery: 26 oz (730 g) Motor: 480 Power with gear box Speed Control: FET proportional ESC/receiver FM Radio: 3 proportional channels Battery: 9-cell 10.8V 1000mAh Ni-MH Charger: Variable rate DC peak detect (1.8A) Focke-Wulf 190 Instruction Manual Congratulations on your purchase of the ParkZone Focke-Wulf 190. The famous Focke-Wulf 190 was generally regarded as Germany s best fighter of World War II. The FW-190 helped the Germans in their intended conquest of Europe, and brought fear and trepidation to many of the Allied fighter pilots. With the beautifully detailed ParkZone FW-190, you can envision yourself fighting in the skies of Western Europe against the Allied forces and their collection of Mustangs and Spitfires. Your ParkZone FW-190 RTF purchase includes everything needed to get you in the air all in one box! You will only need to attach the wing and horizontal tail, and charge the battery pack, prior to taking to the air for your first flight. Everyone at ParkZone is committed to giving you the most enjoyable flight experience you can have. In order to have a safe and successful flight, we ask that you do not fly until you have read these instructions thoroughly. The ParkZone FW-190 comes with a fully proportional 3-channel FM radio system, with full control of throttle, ailerons, and elevator. If you are not experienced at fly- ing one of HobbyZone s 3-channel aircraft, or any other 3-channel radio controlled aircraft, we recommend that you do not fly this aircraft. If you still choose to fly, you will need to seek the help of an experienced radio control pilot during your beginning flights. This is especially important if you have not flown a 3-channel airplane with aileron control as one of the channels. Crash damage is not covered under the warranty! Your ParkZone FW-190 is equipped with the exclusive Mode Change Flight Control system. The computer onboard the airplane is programmed with two flight modes, giving you the opportunity to select the mode that s most comfortable for you. Mode A limits the travel of the ailerons and elevator to allow a less-experienced pilot to have an easier time transitioning to flying with pitch control. It also allows experienced flyers to have a smooth and relaxing flight. Mode B allows for full control at all times. This mode, where the control surfaces move at a more extreme throw than when they are in mode A, is for those who are experienced and looking for maximum performance. Step 1 Setting Up the Transmitter 1. Insert 8 new AA batteries (supplied) into the transmitter, observing proper polarity. 2. Turn the switch on and check to make sure the LED is illuminated, which indicates that the batteries have been installed correctly. Once this is confirmed, turn the radio off. 3. You ll need to replace the transmitter AA batteries whenever you hear the low-battery alarm (beeping sound) being emitted from the transmitter. To elongate the life of your AA batteries, remove them from your transmitter when you are not using it. 2 Step 2 Charging the Aircraft Battery The ParkZone variable rate DC Peak charger uses unique peak detection circuitry that ensures an accurate charge every time and protects your Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries from the dangers of over-charging. This charger continually monitors the battery s charge curve and automatically stops charging when the peak charge is detected. The peak detection charger will help avoid damage to your Ni-Cd and Ni-MH cells. Variable Rate DC Peak Detection Charger Features Variable charge rate from amps Uses automobile 12V power outlet Charges 5- to 10-cell Ni-Cd and Ni-MH battery packs Trickle charge LED charge indicator Important: The battery should be charged shortly before flying. If you charge the battery 12 to 24 hours prior to flying, you will need to re-peak the battery before you fly. WARNING! You cannot charge the optional Li-Po battery packs with the ParkZone variable rate DC Peak charger included with this kit. You must use a Li-Po specific battery charger. Failure to follow this warning could result in a fire. WARNING! Do not leave the charger or battery unattended during the charge process. While charging, place the battery on a heat resistant surface and constantly monitor the temperature of the battery pack. If the battery becomes hot at any time during the charge process, discontinue charging immediately. It should only be warm to the touch, and should not feel warm until it is almost done charging. Do not allow children to charge battery packs without adult supervision. Using Your Variable Rate DC Peak Charger 1. Using the dial on the side of the charger, set the charge rate at 1.4 amps. 2. Connect the battery pack to the charger using the included adapter. 3. Connect the charger to the 12V power outlet in your automobile. The LED will continually blink while the battery charges. 4. Charging is finished when the LED indicator glows steadily. (40 minutes or less) Note: The charge time is only an estimate of a fully discharged battery pack. Actual charge times may vary. Damage to the charger and battery will occur if you exceed the maximum charge rate recommended. 3 Step 3 Attaching the Wing In order to attach the wing of your Focke-Wulf 190, please follow these simple instructions: 1. Locate the included wing screws (in clear plastic bag). 2. Plug in the aileron servo lead from the wing into the aileron extension. This is very important, as the ailerons will be reversed if this is not done. 3. Carefully attach the wing to the fuselage. Use 3 screws to secure the wing as shown. Step 4 Attaching the Horizontal Stabilizer 1. Locate the horizontal stab of the tail. 2. Slide the horizontal tail stab through the allotted space in the fuselage, making sure the control horn attached to the horizontal tail stab will properly align with pushrod and clevis exiting the back of the fuselage. 3. When you are certain the tail is centered correctly, use the provided clear tape to properly secure the tail to the fuselage, as shown. Use the tape on the top and bottom of each side of the tail (total of 4 applications). 4. Make sure that the throttle slider is all the way down, in the off position. Turn on the transmitter and plug in the flight battery. Make sure the trim levers and control stick are centered. 5. Locate where the clevis and rod exit the fuselage, and attach the clevis to control surface as shown. 6. Make necessary trim adjustments prior to flight. See step 5 for instructions on how to do this. tape Center of Gravity Information The center of gravity (CG) of the ParkZone FW 190 is approximately 5 3 /4 forward from the trailing edge of the wing. You will notice two panel lines at this location and the CG is between those lines. This is for both the stock 9 cell Ni-MH and also a 3S LiPO pack. You can confirm this by placing your fingers between these panel lines and balancing the plane while it is inverted. 4 Step 5 Making Trim Adjustments to the Horizontal Stabilizer 1. Turn on transmitter. 2. Install a fully charged battery into the battery compartment and secure it with the included Velcro. 3. Set the elevator trim lever to center. 4. Make certain the elevator is set to neutral with the horizontal stabilizer. Do this by removing the clevis from the control horn and turning it on the pushrod as needed. Once the adjustment is made, reattach the clevis. 5. If you feel more adjustments are necessary while in flight, move the trim lever on the transmitter a Step 6 few clicks up or down as needed. Motor Test Warning: Keep everything clear of the propeller before starting the motor test so you do not damage any property or harm anyone. 1. Make sure the throttle slider is in the off position. 2. Turn on the transmitter. 3. Plug the flight battery into the white lead inside the fuselage. 5 Step 7 Control Test Warning: Keep everything clear of the propeller before starting the control test in the event that you accidentally turn on the motor. 1. Be certain that the throttle slider is in the off position and that both trim levers are centered. 2. Switch on the transmitter and check to make sure the LED is lit, indicating the transmitter has power. 3. Install the flight battery into the fuselage and plug it into the battery connector. 4. Move the stick from side to side. The ailerons on the trailing edge of the wings should move per your transmitter input. When the stick is pushed to the right, the right aileron should deflect upward and the left aileron downward, and vice versa. 5. Pull the stick back and the elevator control surface should move upward (as shown). 6. Move the stick full forward. When this is done, the elevator control surface should move down (as shown). 7. When the test is complete, be sure to disconnect the flight battery first, and then turn off the transmitter. This should be done each time you turn off the airplane. Note: It is very important to make sure that the control surfaces are at 0 degrees when the transmitter control stick and trim levers are centered. (See Steps 5 and 8 for making needed adjustments to control surfaces.) If your airplane is not responding correctly to the transmitter input, do not fly! Some correction is needed. Call the Horizon Product Support line at Step 8 Making Adjustments to the Ailerons Warning: Keep everything clear of the propeller before adjusting the ailerons in the event that you accidentally turn on the motor. You may find some adjustment is needed to properly trim the ailerons. The ailerons are properly trimmed when each aileron is level with the stationary wing surface. To do this, follow these simple instructions: 1. Make sure the throttle slider is in the off position and then turn on the transmitter. 2. Install the flight battery and plug it into the lead from the fuselage. 3. Most trim adjustments to the ailerons can be made with the aileron trim levers on the transmitter. Make sure the gimbal (stick) is at neutral prior to making any trim changes. 6 Step 8 4. If trimming the ailerons with the trim levers is not sufficient, and the ailerons need to be trimmed mechanically, you ll need to do the following: a. With the radio system on, return the trim levers and gimbal to their neutral positions. b. Locate the small thumbscrew on each aileron (bottom of the control surface). c. Loosen the thumbscrew until the pushrod is free from the control horn and move the aileron control surface to the neutral position. d. Hold the aileron at neutral with one hand while retightening the thumbscrew on the control horn so that the control surface will then be held at neutral when the trim levers and gimbal are in the neutral position. If you have any questions about making these adjustments, please contact Horizon Product Support at Step 9 Choosing a Flying Field A large, open grassy field is required to fly your ParkZone Focke-Wulf 190. Your FW-190 can achieve speeds greater than 40 mph, so it covers ground fast. The larger the field you choose, the better off you will be! It is essential to have a minimum of 300 feet of clear space in all directions from the pilot. If you ignore this direction, you will regret it. Make certain that you do not fly near trees, buildings, or other areas that can restrict your view or interfere with your flying. NEVER fly near streets, parking lots, or people. Step 10 Optimal Flying Conditions You want to fly! However, you need to make sure that you fly in the conditions that will allow you to have the best success. This is when there is little to no wind (less than 8 mph or nearly 13 km/h). To check wind conditions: 1. Tie the included red ribbon to the transmitter antenna. 2. Hold the transmitter antenna so it is parallel to the ground and note how much the ribbon moves in the wind. If the ribbon hangs down, conditions are perfect to fly. There is some variance in the amount of wind that you can fly in, but if the angle between the antenna and the ribbon, when the antenna is parallel to the ground, is less than 20 degrees, it is too windy to fly. 7 Step 11 Range Test You will need two people to perform the range test one to hold the plane and the other to give the transmitter input. Warning: The person holding the plane should hold it in such a way that the propeller does not come into contact with any part of their clothing or body. 1. One person should hold the transmitter, while the other person walks 100 paces away from the transmitter, with the airplane in hand. 2. Be sure the throttle slider is in the off position. 3. Extend the transmitter antenna completely and turn the transmitter on. 4. Slide the battery into the fuselage, attach it to the lead from the fuselage and close the canopy. 5. Advance the throttle. When the throttle slider is advanced, the propeller should spin quickly. 6. As the first person moves the transmitter controls, the other person watches to be sure the airplane s motor and tail controls operate smoothly. Make sure you check all parts of the controls throttle, as well as moving the gimbal up and down, and side to side. Step 12 First Flights The ParkZone 3-channel control system is designed for the experienced radio control pilot and is not intended for the first-time flyer. If you have successfully flown 3-channel HobbyZone airplanes, then you should be ready for the ParkZone FW-190. However, first-time pilots of the ParkZone FW-190 should seek the assistance of an experienced RC flyer until the additional third channel, pitch control, has been competently mastered. If you do not have experience with controlling the ailerons, it will be very helpful to have an experienced pilot with you when you first start to fly. Crash damage is not covered under the warranty. Important: Initial flights should always be done with the airplane in Low Rate (Mode A). In this mode, there is some limitation to the travel of the control surfaces, helping to prevent you from overcontrol. After you have had several safe flights in Mode A, you can move on to Mode B, which will no longer limit the travel of the control surfaces. Note: It is possible to change flight modes while the plane is in flight. However, it is important that you have enough altitude while in flight prior to attempting to change the flight mode. Step 13 8 Mode Change Flight Control System Your FW-190 comes with the ability to change flight modes as you gain more experience and become more familiar with it. There are two modes, selectable from the transmitter, from which you can choose: Mode A (Low Rate) - Mode A is recommended for all first flights. The travel of both ailerons, as well as the elevator, will be limited in this mode, allowing you to become more familiar with your plane. The switch on top of the transmitter will be back when you are in this mode. Mode B (High Rate) - Mode B no longer limits your control surface travel, allowing more aggressive flying and aerobatics. However, your FW-190 will also be more prone to crashes due to over-control if you are not careful. The switch on the transmitter will be toward the pilot when in this mode. Step 14 Receiver/ESC Your ParkZone FW-190 comes with a specially designed receiver/esc unit that allows you great flexibility for its use. There are three jumpers that are located in the receiver that can be changed (added/ removed) that allow you to make changes, if you choose, from the stock configuration that comes in your aircraft. You can also reuse the included radio system in another ParkZone or other similar electric aircraft due to the adaptability of the receiver/esc included. Jumper 1 (Mix of Elevator and Aileron) You can add the jumper to utilize the software that will allow a slight mix of elevator and ailerons. In this mode, when aileron input is given, a slight amount of up elevator is added. By doing this, the nose of the airplane will be more likely to stay up when aileron input is given. This setup is not recommended for the FW-190. Jumper 2 (V-Tail/Standard Tail) Your FW-190 comes with the plane set for conventional aileron control. If you remove the included jumper, you can change the radio system to function for V tail (elevon) control in the event you want to transfer the equipment to other planes, such as the ParkZone F-27B Stryker or Slo-V. Jumper 3 (Auto Cutoff) Your FW-190 comes with the ability to change the cutoff voltage of the radio system. When the jumper is present the auto-cut is set at about 5.7 volts, which works with 6- to 9-cell Ni-MH battery packs. When the jumper is absent, the auto cut is set at about 8.8 volts, which will function correctly with a 3S Li-Po Battery. Note: Your ParkZone FW-190 is designed to support a 3S Li-Po battery. We recommend the Thunder Power 2100mAh pack (THP21003SPL). You will need to supply your own connectors. The battery should be able to safely deliver 13 amps of current. The default positions of the jumpers on your Focke-Wulf 190 receiver are shown below in bold italics. JUMPER PRESENT JUMPER ABSENT Jumper 1 Flight-Trak On* Flight-Trak Off Jumper 2 Conventional Control V tail/elevon control Jumper cell Ni-MH 3S Li-Po *Flight-Trak gives some up elevator when directional input is given. 9 Step 15 Hand Launching the FW-190 Your ParkZone FW-190 will need to be hand launched. To do this, follow these instructions: 1. Make certain that the aircraft battery is fully charged. If it has been longer than 12 hours since you fully charged your Ni-MH battery, you ll want to peak it again with your variable rate DC peak charger. See Step 2 for battery charging. If you re using a Li-Po battery, please follow the charging directions for your Li-Po compatible charger. 2. Turn on the transmitter, making certain you are in Mode A (Low Rate). 3. Insert the battery into the fuselage and plug the battery lead into the lead coming from the fuselage. Secure the battery with the Velcro straps 4. While holding the transmitter in one hand, push throttle slider to full on (up) with thumb. 5. Take a couple of steps and FIRMLY launch directly into the wind while keeping the wings level. Do not throw it up or down. Point it level (parallel) with the ground when releasing. 6. Keep steering into the wind and hold at full throttle in a slight climb until you have reached an altitude of at least 50 to 70 feet (15 to 21 meters). 7. When you have reached this altitude, it is safe to steer in the desired direction, as well as adjust the throttle input, to help control altitude and speed. Step 16 Helpful Hints for Flight: 1. After launching, your FW-190 will climb at full throttle. Keep the throttle full on until you have reached an altitude of at least 50 feet (15 meters). At the same time, make sure that you continue to keep the airplane flying directly into the wind. 2. Make right and left adjustments, as necessary, to keep the plane headed directly into the wind. After you have reached approximately 100 feet (30 meters) of altitude, you can begin to make directional changes that you desire. 3. Remember control range is 2,500 feet (762 meters). Do not allow the plane to get too far away from you. When the plane is farther away it is harder to see, and the higher you fly, the more the airplane will be affected by wind. 4. Always keep the plane upwind from you. This way, it will not be carried away from you by the wind. 5. Flying in winds that are too strong is by far the number one reason for those who are less experienced to crash or have fly-aways. 6. Avoid holding the stick full right or left for more than two seconds, as this will cause the plane to enter a spiral dive that could cause you to crash your plane. 7. Do not try to climb too fast by pulling all the way back on the stick (up elevator), or your plane may stall. Instead, climb by giving small amounts of elevator. 8. Damage/bends to the wings or tail can greatly affect flight control. Replace damaged
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