The functioning landing light, Pitot tube, and vortex generator are some of the neat
scale features found on this plane.
Shown here is the plug-in wing connector that eliminates the aileron, flaps, and
lighting servo extensions.
connecting the servo to the servo extension
installed in the fuselage. The beefy aluminum
landing gear has the wheels and fairings already
attached, and is installed on the fuselage with
Converting the Beaver to a floatplane is
simple; remove the landing gear and attach the
float set using the spreader bars and screws.
The conversion from floatplane to land plane and
vice versa takes literally 10 minutes. As a result,
I am sure that it will see a lot of action both at
the field and on the water. The servo for the
float’s water rudder is located in the float and
connected to a servo extension in the fuselage.
The Beaver requires a minimum of a
5-channel radio for the primary flight controls
and flaps. FMS uses a unique servo board
located in the fuselage. The connector for the
wing servos and lights is routed to the servo
board, as are the other lights and servos. Servo
wires are then connected from the servo
board to the receiver. All the servo wires to be
connected to the receiver are factory-labeled
for mistake-proof installation.
The fuselage has a provision to install a
retractable towhook. A brushless 4258-KV550
motor and 70-amp ESC with an EC- 5 connector
is installed. A spring-loaded latch holds the
battery hatch securely in place and allows access
to the huge battery and radio compartment.
A Velcro strip comes installed as well as two
battery straps to secure the six-cell battery. A
minimum of 4000mAh is recommended, but
there is plenty of room for a larger battery. I used
a Force RC 5000mAh battery, and the plane
balanced on the center of gravity (CG) without
adding any weights. The nose of the FMS Beaver
seems to be a bit longer than true scale; this was
mostly likely done for CG considerations and
does not detract from the overall good looks of
the plane. Finally, the included 15x7 prop and
plastic spinner are installed.
IN THE AIR
With the Beaver’s beefy landing gear and large
wheels, grass runways present no problems.
Ground handling is excellent, and the takeoff
roll requires little rudder correction. Even with
The Beaver is definiTely
a s Tick-and-rudder plane,
meaning ThaT rudder greaTly
enhances The Turn.
pilot report FMS Beaver 2000MM PNP