RC 4x4 models (EN)
Feiyue Desert Eagle-3
2015-09-14: Feiyue Desert Eagle-3 RC model unboxing
Here is another interresting RC model from GearBest - the Feiyue-03 desert racing buggy . This is a short unboxing video showing what you get and how to get it running. The car came pre-assembled and ready to run instantly again - I only connected car battery plug and put 4 AA cells into the transmitter. More to come, stay tuned.
2015-09-24: Feiyue Desert Eagle-3 unboxing comments
After publishing the unboxing video of the Feiyue Desert Eagle-3 buggy , I received a comment I was expecting: "it would have been better if someone was talking about the car on the video". Yes, I've created an "unusual" unboxing video, but it does show the important things, doesn't it? The video shows all you need to do (except removing the car's battery) to make your first run. For someone, who has never had an RC car this is pretty simple and hassle-free.
The content of the box is not surprising, there are all necessary components - the buggy, transmitter, battery charger, operating manual and a few spare parts. Everything is well packed to withstand transport from e-shop to the end user. Judging from the smashed corners of the box, the transport might have been quite an adventure. But the content was not damaged at all. Even the battery was almost fully charged.
When you pull the car from the box, you might get surprised at the first look - the whole car is made of plastic, there is only an absolute minumum of metal parts. The plastic is the same durable one as by the HG P402 . I've talked to a few people about this and their first reaction always was "this must break on the first rock to touch". I can say now, it doesn't break so easily. In fact, despite some scratches, nothing happened during the whole filming session of rock crawling with the HG P402 . Both cars are somewhat spongy (in a good meaning) - the plastic chassis can absorb considerable amount of impact without noticable damage. The same applies to cardan shafts and axles - they are made of plastic too. The Feiyue-03 is a fast race car built to withstand long jumps, so we'll see. So far the chassis holds well.
The suspension range of both axles is very large. The front axle uses double wishbone suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers are located under the front "hood". The rear axle is rigid, suspended with coil springs and shock absorbers and linked to body by trailing arms. Both axles have open differentials. There is no inter-axle differential. The car has something like a clutch, which is there to absorb shock to gears caused by rough driving.
Under the car, everything is hidden below a flat plastic cover. That's a clever design - it helps the car slip over rough terrain and not get stuck.
It is good to read the operating manual after you unbox the car. The manual is directed to a broad range of customers - from rookies, who just bought their first RC model, to experts seeking for spare and tuning parts. If you cannot find the car's master switch at the first look, it is in the manual too. Still the switch is on and the battery is disconnected when the car is being shipped (of course to prevent end user frustration, that even though the battery is connected, the car still doesn't run).
The battery charger device has a two-colour LED which changes its colour from red (charging) over orange, yellow, greeny yellow to green (charged). That's a cool feature, but I prefer to have just two colors which gives me instant information if the battery is still charging or already charged. The battery shall be connected to the charger via the white (ballancing) connector. The charger is intelligent enough to feed each of the two cells appropriately. The only limitation might be that the charger is slow. The battery is not the same size as by the HG P402 , so I couldn't replace it with a large-capacity battery from my Tatra. Still hard to say how long can it really last.
So much for the introduction of the Feiyue-03 and now let's race!