;e carbon-fiber spar slides into the wing and locks down with a screw on
Minimal adjustment is required to get the control surfaces level right out of the box.
Origin Hobby did a nice job of putting together the Funter. It is a quick-and-easy
build, but it still looks clean and feels solid. The flight characteristics and EPO
foam construction make this a very forgiving plane. If you are just learning how
to fly and want to hone your skills or you just want something to toss in the air,
not worry about, and have fun with, then the Funter is a great option for you. ;
prop. Its position on the plane makes it almost
impossible to break, and because the plane
lands on its belly, that is a big bonus.
IN THE AIR
;e Funter can be flown just about anywhere
there is some space, and because it is a belly
lander, there is no need to worry about what
type of terrain you are flying over. ;e takeo;s
are e;ortless: Full throttle and a good toss have
this plane climbing to the sky. It is quick to gain
altitude, which is why you don’t need a whole lot
of area in which to take o;. Landings are just as
easy: ;rottle o; and let it glide down to you. It
does glide really well, so you’ll need to base your
flight area on how well you can scrub speed and
how precise you can set the plane down. Since
it is a belly lander and it doesn’t need a whole lot
of speed to stay in the air, the landings aren’t too
critical. Set it down slow or even catch it if you
are comfortable with that.
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: Since this plane is made out of foam
and is fairly light, the wind does push it around a
Tape It Up
With belly landers or pretty much any foam constructed plane,
there comes a time when you need to set it down on the
ground. EPO foam is strong and capable of taking a beating, but
that doesn’t mean you won’t see some damage to the surface.
If you’re like me and don’t have a convenient grass field to land
in or aren’t always spot-on with your catches, then you need to
look for a little protection if you want to keep the underside of
your plane clean. I fly mostly above dirt or asphalt, so if I land
on the ground, it’s going to scratch or even chunk little pieces
of foam. Again, it’s not a big deal unless you want to keep your
plane looking nice.
The simple solution: just put a strip of packing tape on it.
There are plenty of other protective options out there, but
I like to keep it fast, inexpensive, and simple when it comes
to protecting my foamies. For me, tape is fast, protects the
surface well, and can be easily ripped off and replaced when
it comes time. Obviously, this isn’t the best case if the foam
is painted (I still use it), but if it’s plain foam, then there is
nothing to worry about. One strip on the bottom is all it takes,
and you can change it out when it starts to get shredded.
bit, but it experiences nothing more than a little
movement. It can handle some pretty strong
winds, and all you’ll see is a little up and down.
It won’t roll it over or do anything weird, which
makes this plane very stable at low and high
Tracking: With all the control surfaces fairly
straight, all this Funter needed was a little trim
on the elevator to have it tracking straight and
level. Since it does have the pusher motor,
“power on” tends to force the plane down a bit—
nothing crazy, but it is something to note. Your
trim will depend on how you want to fly. Other
than that, this plane holds its line well.
Aerobatics: ;is plane doesn’t need a whole lot
of speed to stay in the air and it has plenty of
power for its size, so it can handle pretty much
all of your sport-flying maneuvers.
Glide and stall performance: ;is plane glides
well, and stalls don’t lead to anything crazy. ;e
nose drops pretty level, and the plane doesn’t
try to roll over. Since it doesn’t need a whole lot
of speed to fly, stalls are easy to recover from.
Overall, the Funter is a lot of fun to fly. From
quick sport flying to cruising around in thermals,
it handles very well. Its flight characteristics are
predictable and very forgiving, so it is a great
plane with which to hone your skills.
ORIGIN HOBBY FUNTER