Here's what I want to offer about the Beaver after flying mine for the first time yesterday: Based on all the discussion by my fellow club members, what FMS has done with this model gives the average guy a great chance to purchase a giant-scale plane at a reasonable price. If FMS were to make it true scale, it would become a $500+ model. This version of the Beaver is what we used to call “standoff scale,” since standing off at a distance it is very scale-like. Assembly and radio gear installation takes about 45 minutes out of the box. At the field, it took me about 10 minutes to get the wings on and be ready to fly.
I used the recommended 6S4000 battery, though I find a 5000 is better for the CG (center of gravity). I had to add an ounce of weight for the 4000 to balance out as I prefer – slightly nose heavy. Taxi run is true if you don't nail it. The motor has enough torque that if you go full throttle instead of easing in, she will pull to the left big time. Lift off was at about half throttle, climbed out to safe altitude, two clicks of right and one down and hands off. (FYI: I used the low rate settings as recommended for this maiden flight.)
She flies scale-like at half and WOT (wide-open throttle) is a wow factor! On high rates, be prepared: she is very nimble. On landing, she does require a long approach to slow down but is gentle and accurate all the way to the ground. No tendency to stall. Flaps are very effective and do help in slowing down for landing, though not needed.
For the money, this is one great giant-scale plane to fly.
Multi-connector for easy assembly
Lighter EPO 52 foam
Metal landing gear designed for hard landings
Scaled LED night lights
Large tires for any surface
Servo box design for easy assembly & disassembly
Newly developed lightweight hollow main wing
Oversized battery hatch for 6s battery and 15 minutes of flying time
Needed to Complete
5+ Channel Radio System
LiPo Battery and Charger
What's in the box?
(1) Beaver 2000mm PNP
(1) User Manual
The giant FMS Beaver 2000mm combines stunning beauty and realism with upgrades, updated technology, and new features. The largest propeller aircraft offered in the FMS line is a giant scale gem that offers incredible value.
Not only does it look fantastic, the Beaver performs superbly. The thrust force can reach more than 5000g and the flying weight is only 3800g. With a classic, elegant black and yellow trim scheme, the Beaver combines breath-taking visuals with its impressive performance specs. Capable of leisurely low and mid-speed flight, this model still maintains surprising aerobatic qualities.
Easier than ever
With the latest multi-connect technology, FMS has streamlined the wiring system, making it easier to install and eliminating wiring problems. Easier plane transport is facilitated by the new connectors that allow pilots to remove and replace wings with just one step. All channels on each wing are brought together in one port. The customers can install the main wing set simply by inserting the port and then securing with four screws.
To make flying the Beaver more fun at night, there are five LED lights. Light up the night with LEDs located in front of the main wing set and at the rear of the fuselage.
The aileron and flap are to scale. The latest EPO52 foam material as well as the hollow main wing greatly alleviates the airplane weight.
Electric retracting tow release and floats are available to add to the package. The tow release will make your model ready to tow banners and gliders.
With optional floats, the Beaver’s high-powered motor is ready to be put to the test of a water take off.
The DHC-2 Beaver is a general purpose bush plane developed by de Havilland Canada. Though originally used for cargo/passenger hauling and crop dusting, it was also adopted by the United States Armed Forces as a utility aircraft and search and rescue unit. The single-engine, high-wing, propeller-driven STOL aircraft appeared in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was popular among front line men. When production finally ceased in 1967, only 1,657 DHC-2 Beavers had been built.