The reviewer: Don Coe
, who has been flying R/C aircraft since the 1960s.
Packaging: The standard white box with the red JR logo measures 141é2 x 5 x 101é2 inches, and though Coe
says it is "simple and understated," it probably won't help sell the product as much as JR's reputation.Another key part of the packaging is a gold seal on the outside of the box touting JR's new three-year warranty.
had no installation problems on the test aircraft, a Global ARF Freestyle, thanks to the XP662's
complete mounting hardware set, which includes servo screws and mounting grommets.It also has additional servo output arms.Coe
says several features stood out during installation:
The digital-trim feature, as opposed to mechanical trim, worked well."I've not much liked digital trims, especially on the throttle, because you're always having to figure out where the proper idle trim is when you want to shut the engine down," Coe
says."With the 662, it comes with a built-in throttle-cut switch, where you set the digital trim for a good idle, then shut down the button.When you release the button, the idle returns to where it was." Coe
says the XP662's
rocker switches are comfortably large and have a positive feel.On other computer radios, programming buttons are quite small and hard to get a good feel for. The JR 537 servos are "the quietest servos I've ever heard.They are almost silent," Coe
says, adding that they are about 1é8-inch shorter than the servos they replaced, the NES 517, but have the same mounting holes.
Performance: "I was super-impressed with the ground range of the 662," Coe
says."It was at least double what I've seen in most other radios - I'd say 150 feet.I kept walking and walking and never got out of range."
After four flawless flights with the Freestyle, Coe
concluded that the radio "is probably geared toward the intermediate to more-advanced fliers," he
says."I would recommend this as a first radio to anyone that was serious about getting into flying R/C aircraft or helicopters, and the reason is quality, features and it's going to last a long time."
says the XP662
would be suitable for virtually any shop that sells R/C aircraft, including those just entering the category."If you wanted to make sure you were selling a product that you could count on for being high-quality, long-lasting and good value for the dollar, then this would be a good choice," he
Add-on ideas: Consider the JR Trainer Cord (No. JRPA130), which sets the radio up as a buddy box with another JR transmitter, and the Direct Servo Control Cord (No. JRPA132), which interfaces with DSC software on the radio and allows you to operate the aircraft servos without turning on the transmitter.
Exclusive distributor Horizon Hobby's support includes a POS informational pad, where a prospective customer can tear off a sheet packed with specs.
Marketing idea: Get a built, flat cut-out profile of an airplane, and use some double-sided tape to affix a servo receiver and battery pack and let a customer operate the XP662
to get a feel for it.
...Reviewed By Don Coe
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Product:Co-Pilot Manufacturer:FMA Direct
Co-Pilot performs without a weight penalty
...Reviewed By Don CoeDon Coe has been an R/C pilot since the early 1960s.He is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a contest director and president of the ABC R/C Flyers club.
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Product:STR-4 Pro Chassis Manufacturer:MRC/Academy Hobby Model Kits
The 1:10 four-wheel-drive STR-4 Pro chassis kit from MRC and Academy (No. 1585, $210) is well balanced and would be a great purchase for hobbyists of any level.