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VolantexRC Ranger 1.4M Beginner FPV Training Plane (V757-4) RTF

VolantexRC Ranger 1.4M Beginner FPV Training Plane (V757-4) RTF

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The Volantex Ranger 1.4M 757-4 Trainer RTF is a specifically designed for beginning FPV pilots*. From quick and easy assembly to a wide variation of camera mounting options to steady and stable flight performance, the Ranger 1.4M 757-4 is a perfect FPV starter plane.

  • A tough EPO Fuselage handles flight stress and rough landings. 
  • Tons of open space inside the fuselage for flight components and FPV gear.
  • Capable of heavy payloads, so it can use higher-capacity flight batteries for long flight times.
  • Strong, tall landing gear and tail wheel means you can safely take off and land from ground. No need to hand launch.
  • Easy mounting of various cameras above and below the nose. 
  • Wings detach quickly and easily for easy transportation and storage. Quick attachment on field for flight
  • Powerful flight performance with long flight endurance.

The Volantex Ranger 1.4M 757-4 Trainer RTF comes with motor, ESC, receiver and servos installed.  An 11.1v 1800mah 25C lipo battery and charger are also included, as well as a 2.4GHz 6-channel transmitter.  Some assembly of the model is required, including installation of the propeller, landing gear, tail fin, horizontal stabilizer and wings.  No glue is required and assembly tools are included with the model.  Assembly takes about 20 - 30 minutes when directions are followed. 

The Volantex Ranger 1.4M 757-4 Trainer RTF does not include FPV components.  For FPV, you will need to supply your own camera(s), video transmitter, ground receiver and ground monitor/goggles.  A number of FPV components are available from Heads Up RC.  Please see our recommendations at the bottom of this page. 


*Note:  Although this plane is designed for first-time FPV pilots, it is not a plane for novice RC pilots.  FPV flight should only be performed by experienced RC pilots. 

2 Stars
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This is NOT a beginner airplane. I bought this airplane thinking it would be a gentle platform to learn about FPV on, but I've spent my time trying to make it fly comfortably. The plus is that the parts seem to be of reasonably good quality, and when I've had it in the air, it has given me some nice long flight times. It will float and soar very nicely. Also, it has been around long enough that fortunately there are some good and helpfule videos on YouTube (if you can get past the Aussie accent). But here are the problems I've had. 1) The build instructions are not as clear as I would hope. The enclosed build pictures would very easily let you put the wheel strut on backwards. 2) The motor trust angle is way off. I have 4 washers under each of the lower motor mounting screws to angle the motor up. Without them, going to full throttle dives the airplane, going to no throttle balloons up the airplane in flight. With all of that down pressure on the airframe, the airplane has a ridiculously long run out to get off the ground. And don't think about trying to take off from grass, you need a smooth hard surface to take off from. 3) The wheel struts are screwed to a substantial plywood plate. My plane is now on the repair bench because that plate is broken in half. 4) The ready to fly version has a simple transmitter. I've replaced it and the receiver so that I can correct some flying issues the airplane has. I choose a computer transmitter so that I could program a mix on the rudder to aileron to get rid of the adverse yaw instead of futzing with the control horns on the aileron and a digging out the rudder servo to reverse it and Y cable it to the ailerons. 5) I put the ailerons on separate channels so I could program differential into their movement, again to eliminate the adverse yaw. 6) The listed CG makes the airplane fly tail heavy. Read that as real squirrelly. I was working on that issue when I noticed that the bottom plywood the wheel strut attaches too was split (and not where the nuts go through so it wasn't from over tightening the screws) Well I look forward to fixing the airplane and getting the CG right. Then after a few more flights I hope to have everything dialed in. //// UPDATE: I now have the airplane repaired and flying nicely. I replaced the broken plywood the landing gear were attached to with a piece of carbon fiber plating. I have the airplane trimmed and the thrust angle for the motor worked out. It does fly gently and float with or without power very easily. Now to put the FPV gear on board. It should be great.
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Reviewed by:  from Baltimore. on 7/20/2017
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