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Sneak Peek: Diamond Hobby Corsair

Sneak Peek: Diamond Hobby Corsair

We were lucky enough to get this great-looking scale warbird for review from Diamond Hobby. Here is a little sneak peek of the review by Jason Benson that will appear in Model Airplane News.

Diamond Hobby is the North American importer and distributor of FMS Model RC Aircraft. They import a very wide range of ready-to-fly, EPO foam models. Their models range from scale to sport, and from EDF jets to gliders. They seem to have something for everyone. In this review, we will be taking a look at their new warbird offering, the 1700-millimeter (66.9-inch) F4U-Blue Corsair. This very detailed, scale model is constructed entirely of EPO foam. It comes pre-painted with molded panel lines and scale details. From air inlets to cooling louvers, it’s all there, molded into the foam.

Diamond Hobby Corsair Diamond Hobby Corsair

The first thing I noticed when unboxing this model was its completeness. The part that stuck out the most was the hinging. All surfaces have molded hinge lines. This seems to be very strong and keeps all control surfaces aligned with their stationary counterpart.

Diamond Hobby Corsair Diamond Hobby Corsair

This plane performs exceptionally well for any class of warbird. I was very relaxed and comfortable flying this model. If you are looking for a first warbird, I would highly recommend contacting Diamond Hobby.

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Specifications

Model: F4U-Blue PNP Corsair

Manufacturer: FMS Model

Distributor: Diamond Hobby (diamondhobby.com)

Type: WW II

Length: 52.2 in.

Wingspan: 66.9 in.

Wing area: 836.25 sq. in.

Weight: 12 lb.

Wing loading: 33.1 oz. /sq. ft.

Motor req’d: Included brushless outrunner

Radio req’d: 6-channel minimum

Price: $459.99

 

 

Updated: July 27, 2015 — 11:29 AM

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  1. Nice looking plane. Any updates on how the retracts and gear door sequencers are holding up? Nice video.

    1. So far so good Day,
      They still work perfect.

    2. I HAVE THIS CASAER F 4 U . HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE WIYH IT. I HAD ALL THE NUMBERS HOOK UP. PLUG THE BATTERY IN TURNED ON THE TRANSM. TURNED ON THE WHEELS MOTOR CAME ON FULL BLAST TOOK OFF MY BENCH. DID A LOT OF DAMAGE. FOUND OUT THE NUMBERS WERE WRONG. ORDER THE PARTS THAT I NEEDED .NEW MOTOR , SEQUENCER, PROPELLER, AND NEW MUITIPORT CONNECTOR, TOTAL $ 91.25 DOLLARS. STILL THE BAY DOORS DONT WORK. NEVER WORKED ONA PLANE THIS BAD EVER. I BUILD PLANES FOR COMPANY FOR DISPLAY. THE OUT HOUSE IS TOO GOOD FOR THIS ONE. GENE T. PATRICK SR 40 YEARS IN THE RC FIELD. TRYED TO GET IN TUCH DIAMOND HOBBY THEY SAID THERE WERE OUT OF BUSINESS.

  2. Nicely done and seems to have everything you need in a scale aircraft. One thing that I can’t wrap my head around is the price for a foam aircraft.

  3. I will stay with the balsa models for that price I can get a larger model with the same functions.

  4. Very nice, I wonder how difficult it will be to replace the 4 blade prop and other parts that can be damaged. Looks really scale! If yu want tosee the real-deal for scale comarison, download some old Ba-Ba Black Sheep videos that were mostly filmed at Indian dunes, near ventura, CA. Nothing lik an F4U and nothing like Pappy Boington. wallace.tharp

  5. This plane has been out in the market a while and has been extensively reviewed. Just search FMS 1700mm Corsair. A friend has one, 50+ flights, retracts (with oleo struts) and 3 section flaps (with slow servos) work flawlessly and make landings easy. Very stable even with strong cross wind. The only improvement needed is to reenforce the bond between plastc firewall and foam holding it with gorilla glue.

  6. Saw this company at the Long Beach RC Expo, this plane is an amazing example of the detail they are accomplishing!

  7. I can’t believe how much FMS has been increasing their prices over the past few years. I’ve steered clear of them since Banana Hobby picked them up as their prices started skyrocketing after that. I’ll echo what Robert said, a better quality, less expensive version can be sought elsewhere.

  8. i cant believe the weight of a foam plane m building one now all wood a little bigger and should come in at 12 #s still awesome vids.

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