Mini Titan E325 (Thunder Tiger) Review
Electric RC Helicopters are becoming all the rage. Keeping up with the trend, many RC giants have started producing electric helicopter models of their own. Finally, one of the biggest manufacturer, Thunder Tiger, is entering the arena. Having been so successful that their previous line, the "Raptors", have set a standard in nitro helicopters, it is exciting to see weather their new model, the "Mini Titan E325" can do the same for electric helicopters.
Revolutionary Frame Design:
Mini Titan's frame design can be considered truly revolutionary with the most noticeable change being the position of the main gear and the battery. Whereas most other RC helicopters adopt the convention of placing the main gear on top and the battery pack below it, the Mini Titan's main gear is positioned at the lowest possible point in the frame. According to experts, this type of configuration results in a much better roll and yaw response.
The battery's position is equally unique. While most models place the battery pack at the bottom center, the Mini Titan's designer boldly chose to place the battery pack at the very front of the model - mounted on an "L" shaped battery tray and suspended at a slanted angle. While some people may think that this type of battery placement will upset the overall balance of the helicopter, many avid pilots claim that the weight of the battery pack balances out with the weight of the receiver, gyro, and the tail boom to create a one of its kind center of gravity, which allows this helicopter to perform maneuvers exceptionally well.
Main Rotor Control System:
The Mini Titan adopts a 120 degree E-CCPM control system. The swash plate is made of plastic, but although that is the case, it is more durable and heavier than that of most other electric model helicopters. The thrust bearing main grip is of the same type that is used on large scale 3D nitro helicopters which provides precise pitch control. The swash plate also includes a red damper band in the center hub. This fact alone is not really worth mentioning, but the band is of really high quality and goes a long way on the impression factor.
Tail Drive Unit:
The tail system of the Mini Titan is one which truly throws normal convention out the window. The designers have managed to create a tail boom which can be removed and reassembled at will. This is possible because the tail drive system is isolated. As a result, to assemble or disassemble the tail boom takes less than a minute and requires only one screw - which allows this already small helicopter to be even more portable.
Motor, Servo, and Speed Controller Position:
The motor, servo, and speed controller are all positioned differently from other models. To motor is placed at a slightly forward position, but it is kept as close to the center as possible to counteract any rotational force. The speed controller is places at the front-most and lowest point on the frame. This position is claimed to be the most force-resistant as to protect the circuits of the speed controller in case of a crash. The speed controller and the motor are also located in a way that allows air, both from flight and from the rotor, to effective dissipate heat. Designers of the Mini Titan also claim that the new positioning of the servo mount will result in a faster and more accurate overall response.
In flight, the Mini Titan performs outstandingly. With its unique components placement, this helicopter is blessed with a unique center of gravity that allows it to be stable yet responsive. Its maneuverability is as precise and agile as that of a well-established nitro helicopter such as the Raptor. With all the above said, seeing and testing the Mini Titan in flight is breath taking. Unlike other Electric RC Helicopters that are well rated, this model is one that is truly spectacular. Once again, Thunder Tiger doesn't fail to deliver.
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Hello fellow heli fans, I puchased a mini titan approx 6 months ago. Prior to this I was flying a belt cp with a gy 401 and dx61, which I thought flew quite well. There is no comparison between the two. The belt cp when exiting loops would flex causing the heli to go out of control sometimes. The titan loops beaut and rolls just as nice. Thats where my skills end but the Titan feels capable of hard core 3d (not false 3d claims like the belt cp rtf). There is ample power and this little heli flys very quick. I owned a trex 450s a couple of years ago until the esc fried, and the mini titan as standard runs rings around it. Parts are plentiful here and are about one third cheaper than the trex equivalent. The stock motor and esc that came with the kit have been extremely reliable. It has full bearing kit as standard. The mini titan has a low boom and high battery tray so is quite at home inverted. I highly recommend one of these as its given me 6 months and about 60 flights of trouble free fun. I have been using a gy 240 gyro on it but im going to swap that with the gy 401 so I can get the most out of the rudder. Happy flying
Seve2240 --- 3:39 Saturday, 1 January 2011
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