I would have liked to have purchased the speed build kit but to save money I scratch built the storch. First off this was my first rc plane to fly or build and I did make a few mistakes but it went together very well with the help of Flight Test videos. I personally didn't like the storch gear so I installed the doublers and gear that the simple cub uses. I also made my own large 4in wheels out of foam. I painted my storch a sad zebra style thinking that it life expectancy wouldn't be long. I went with the flysky fs-i6x and it's great so I purchased a second one. This plane is wonderful it flys great and after just a few flights I'm doing loops, rolls, wing overs, etc... I am planning on purchasing possible a speed build storch and giving it a cool paint job this time.
My son bought this for me, It is the first plane that I have flown and landed in one piece. Im going to share what I have learned about it so others can use the info if they choose, 1 ditch the 10x4.7 slow fly props that come with it and get the apc 10x5e props, 2 if you can do it put a rudder/aileron mix it will turn much nicer than yank and bank. 3 the 2200 mah batteries only give about an 8 to 10 min flight, my son runs a turnigy 5000 mah battery and flies twice as long with a g10 motor and a 10x7 prop. I am going to start running 2 2200mah batteries in parallel for longer flights. It is a great plane and I will be flying it for a long time.
Went together well, one of the harder ones to build. The size makes it akward to build on anything other than an eight foot table. Nice options for wing setup, trying the flaperons on this one. Without the y harness the plugs are very short under the wings with the power pack. The landing gear wire is plain awful to deal with, ended up gluing it to the bottom of plane instead of the cutouts, we'll see how long it lasts. If you want a big plane that's good for starters get this one, gonna try the bush whacker next. Again other than the landing gear the plane is good and also big!
Have a vise or vise grips handy for sure!
- The kit was well cut
- included everything I need
- the tutorial for building it is spread across two videos (one for the power pack, one for the airplane) and they often conflict. For instance, the power pod video tells you to put landing gear on the pod, but the airplane video tells you to attach them directly to the fuselage. So you kinda have to watch both all the way through before building anything just so you know what parts to listen to and what parts to disregard. It took a LOT of time and that was frustrating.
- the metal rods meant for the landing gear do NOT fit the use case well. They are thick and hard to bend and what's more, they're hardened. Therefore, instead of bending the rods just broke! This is very frustrating because now I need to buy more rods and it felt like the speed build kit was just a waste of money
The storch was my first speed build kit. I found it quiet easy to build. Explanations in the video were very clear to me. I flew a lot with this plane. Nice slow flying characteristics, and I confirm it!s best to do some aileron-rudder mixing to fly nice coordinated turns. I had no problems with the landing gear, but I agree the rods were hard to bend. Finally it crashed and I rebuild a new one from scratch. I reused the landing gear from the first model as it is indestructible. But the European foam board is heavier so it doesn’t fly that slow anymore. Txs FT!
This is a great RC concept! Easy, quick, and Hot Glue !!! Repairs made easy! Great for a learning curve. Been flying 25+ years and this is great. Can't stress how impressed I am this this building medium. It keeps the building aspect of the hobby without the ARF interference but at a accelerated pace like today's world. Got a Kid who you want to introduce to the hobby?? Try this.
Frigging Storch Landing gear !!! Looks great but a bit of work. The kids or most will have a difficult time with it. PITA :)
Older and lazy Mike.
I got the Simple Storch from a vendor in Austria and unlike all the other reviews I was well pleased with the kit. Ok, the landing gear has room for improvement (I replaced it with a gear made if a single 3mm steel rod), but other than that the built was a breeze and flying that babe is just awesome. I’m using a frsky qx7 transmitter, hence I’m able to configure the flight envelope of that thing so that even my 9 yr old son can fly it in our nearby park (and without me panicking about all ending in a cloud of balsawood splinters...). Thank for that great design and keep up the good work!
Excellent aircaft. Wonderful speed envelop as well. Will be flyimg this for a long time. Excellent job flite test.
Here's the deal. I'm an amateur, like, super-green amateur. I'm grateful I bought this RC plane. Because in suffering through the build process (and I mean SUFFERING) I learned a ton about RC planes.
But MAN this could be a little easier... The Simple Storch build video is 5 years old. The kit they send is clearly not the same kit they use in the video. I didn't receive all the parts they had in the video. For example, I had to construct my own landing spar because no rod was included. The servos are different. The servo extensions aren't long enough. The motor is different. The battery is different. There was no paint stick included (for the wing spar). Some of the cuts weren't the same. The list goes on and on and on. In fact, I think more on this plane was DIFFERENT than similar from the video.
Also, the video skips steps - prompting the builder to have to guess, break, or give up on their build. I did all three at various points. I'm still trying to repair. It's been an entire month, and I haven't been able to fly yet.
Last thing: Nowhere on this site or the videos is there any GOOD explanation on how to match a transmitter and receiver with this model. I spent an hour trying to figure it out on my own, ended up frying a receiver, had to get another one, and finally managed to get lucky and make it all work - no thanks to Flite test.
Overall, glad I bought it... I think. Part of me wishes I had just bought a ready-to-fly airplane that ends up being cheaper anyway, after purchasing a receiver, transmitter, landing gear, paint, tape, more velcro, paint mixer, glue, etc. etc. etc. It would have saved me probably 15 hours of my life + the giant headache of navigating your way (by yourself in some cases) through the build. Pretty disappointing.
Just about perfect.
While this is a beautiful kit and the plane fits together well, trying to fit the landing gear has been an extremely painful and frustrating affair.
I struggled to fly this as a new pilot and moved onto mini’s. After the mini Scout and Pietenpol, I came back to this bug lumbering beast.
Now that I understand wind direction, CG, ailerons and the like, the Storch has redeemed itself in spades. It can take off from bumpy runways and land on grass, it can handle more wind than I thought and even do strong aerobatics with a 4S battery. It has moved up the ladder to my top three right after the Simple Scout and mini Mustang.
With a bit of experience, it’s a great plane.