Durafly Excalibur Review

by FliteTest | March 7, 2017 | (2 Ratings) Posted in Reviews

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Josh and TJ had the chance to fly the Durafly Excalibur and test the full capabilities of it. Overall, we at Flite Test enjoy the smooth and fast flying of this airplane. We truly have never encountered a Durafly product we have disliked.


Things we liked

  • Flew off 4-cell Hyperion batteries, which gave incredible power
  • Set-up time about 15-20 minutes and super easy to assemble
  • Glide capability is amazing
  • Controls are ball-links
  • Nice hatch mechanism—Josh tends to lose his a lot so this was quite a benefit
  • Everything set up according to instructions and it flew beautifully
     


Other thoughts

  • It can carry a GoPro, however, we had to put a lot of tape on the prop to balance it out and remove vibrations
  • This is definitely an intermediate to expert plane because of the power behind it
  • The nose is plastic, so there’s a chance you may break it when landing—we suggest ordering an additional nose just in case 
     


Specs

Wing span: 1600mm (63 inches)
Length: 1010mm
Weight: 1999g
Controls: 4 channel
ESC: Aerostar 60amp brushless ESC
Motor: 3542-800kv brushless outrunner
Price: $199


Overall, our flight was fun and memorable! Have you had the chance to fly the Excalibur yet? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

Comments

danield on March 14, 2017
Great review, and yes ,props do break.
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ChandlerRC on March 15, 2017
By the looks of the background, you filmed this during the Great Thaw of February 2017. Congratulations on being able to get out!

You mention the hatch cut Josh. Fumblefingers? Or a hazardous sharp edge?

Besides landing, did you exercise the glide characteristics? Would it be a reasonable thermal soarer? It seems heavy at 2kg and a wing built for speed, which doesn't seem like an effective glider.

Very worthwhile review. Thanks!

-- Mike
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