The ST model Discovery is all about learning to fly radio control model aircraft for the very first time. The Discovery has been totally designed with that aim in mind and has all the 'easy to build' and 'easy to fly' characteristics that the beginner needs. What's more, the time between opening the box and being ready to fly is measured in minutes not hours! This 'RTF'version includes the excellent ST Model 2.4gHz radio system ( now fully compatible with the Futaba S-FHSS system), 1800mAh flight battery and balance charger as standard.
The computer designed structure has been optimised to give the best combination of stable performance, docile handling and durability. With extensive experience in designing complex EPO moulded models with carbon fibre re-inforcement and injection moulded plastic, ST Model have created a modern masterpiece in trainer design. Much of the structure is hidden deep inside but can be seen in strong light conditions as the EPO moulding becomes more transparent. For you, the owner, that is kind of unimportant as it is all pre-built inside. All you will be doing is the final assembly with a few screws. Just four will have the airframe assembled and then two small grub screws need tightening up on the elevator and rudder servo pushrods. That's it!!
When you are learning, the likelihood of a 'less than perfect' landing has been thought about too. There is a heavy duty, sprung noseleg and tough aluminium undercarriage. That main undercarriage is screwed to a special plastic moulding incorporated, longitudinally inside the foam fuselage. The screws are designed to pull out rather than damaged the fuselage in a heavy arrival.
The semi-symmetrical, tapered wing with anti tip-stall, curved wing tips will give all the correct characteristics in both calm and windy conditions plus a docile stall. The ailerons are responsive yet progressive without giving over-control to panic a learner. In fact, the same kind of progressive response comes from the elevator too. The rudder and nose wheel are connected for positive direction control on the ground and smooth response in the air.
Thrust is courtesy of a powerful, outrunner style, brushless motor and a 30A brushless electronic speed controller (ESC). The propeller is an impact absorbing 10 x 5 that has been matched to the motor for high thrust and low current consumption. The 3 cell 1800mAh Li-po battery included should give around 8-10 minutes of flight time under normal 'training' conditions. There is room to fit a bigger capacity battery too if you want and it will have very little effect on the centre of gravity and handling. We recommend the Hi-Energy 3S 2200mAh 25C battery as an alternative. Also included is the Pro-Peak Mini Mize balance charger that will have the supplied battery re-charged and ready for flight in less than an hour.
As there is no gluing involved, replacement airframe parts can be fitted in seconds, should damage be incurred. They can be purchased from your local dealer. Keeping you in the air and enjoying model flying is a critical part of the design philosophy.
If you want to upgrade your transmitter at any time, then any Futaba S-FHSS one you buy will be 100% compatible. No need to change the receiver, just bind to your new transmitter. You can even transfer the receiver to other models later as you progress, using the ST transmitter or a Futaba S-FHSS one. This concept has been called 'FTR' which stands for 'Futaba Transmitter Ready'. It's all about compatibility as you progress through the hobby.
Once you have learnt to fly with the Discovery, there are many more exciting models in the ST range to temp you!
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