Flies at top speed in the air and over any surface. Drives on multiple terrains - water, sand, grass and snow. Durable foam construction. Twin electric motors for precise control on land or in the air. Loops and banks - even upside -down!
Tips for beginners:
Get familiar with the Storm Launcher controlling it on the ground and on water first. Then, for your first flight pick a time when it is not windy and choose a large flying field.
Performance Tips for Storm Launcher:
1. You may need to break-in the motors before you get the full potential out of the motors. To do so, set the throttle at about 1/3 and run the battery all the way down. Then re-charge.
2. Take the circular prop guards off for optimal performance (see the included instructions). Make sure you re-attach the screws after you remove the propeller guards. They are needed to keep the motors firmly in place. (This is important and unfortunately not mentioned in the instructions.)
Advanced Flying Tips:
1. Doing a roll: Go full speed at altitude - Pull the throttle back to half, then go full over. It will do a nice roll.
2. Landing on water: You can land the Storm Launcher at different speeds. Full speed "touch and go" can be done in water also. Be aware that, while landing, especially in pro mode, it becomes more sensitive on the steering as you reduce the throttle, so it becomes easy to roll it over in the air, and dive in nose first.
3. Driving on water: It handles best on choppy water and is easy to drive around at different speeds. In smooth water you have to hold back on the elevator to keep the back of the sponson (floater) in the water. This keeps it from spinning out at mid speed, and brings up the plane quicker. With practice, you can spin the Storm Launcher on a dime.
Storm Launcher Modification Tips for Hobbyists (these mods will void your warranty):
1. Remove the R/C transmitter throttle spring, so you can fly it with hands off the throttle.
2. Take the rear horizontal piece off. It is mostly there for looks but also helps for easier self-recovery in a dive and strengthens the verticals. Without the horizontal, it is more maneuverable in the air and loops much better.
Removing the Horizontal requires that you trim the elevator up about 3 degrees
More advanced tips for hobbyists can be found at these forums :
Below is another "Storm Launcher in Flight" video from "Protonagenet", who comments: "Mods to my SL: removed horizontal and prop guards, custom cut cellfoam 88 verticals, oiled motors, no decals, removed intake and exhaust, rest is stock. Unit is heavly damaged and has a lot of tape holding it together, also had to use epoxy for repairs."
Air Hogs Storm Launcher Specifications:
Length: 20" Width: 15.5" Height: 6.5" Weight: 270 grams = 9.5oz
(Ready To Fly)
Battery: 7.4v 740mah Lipo (Lithium Polymer) - sold seperately Radio: 3-channel fully proportional with trims
Material: Durable EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) composite foams
Settings: Beginner and Pro
Engines: Dual engines for power and turning
Stunt Capability: Perform loops, rools, wild jumps and MORE!
Distributed by: Spinmaster
Retail Price: $79.99 (batteries sold separately)
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About EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) foam: EPP foam is a fairly recent innovation that has revolutionized the model airplane industry. EPP foam doesn't dent or break. It has a "spongy" quality to it, so on impact it compresses and pops back to shape. Flyers have nose dived straight into the ground during "rough landings" only to have it bounce about 3 feet in the air and come to rest upside down. The only damage was some grass stains. Having this kind of crash resistance is truly liberating.