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| Dear customer,
— we congratulate you on buying the UNBEE160 flying | boat, which is designed using state of art
technology. According to our policy of steady development and improvement of our products we
reserve the right to make changes in specifications concerning equipment, materials and design
of this product at any time without notice. Specifications or designs c of the actual product may
vary from those shown in this manual or on the box. I A
Manual Do ВЕ
This instruction for completing and j handling should be used | in final assembly and d operation of
your model. Please read and understand this manual before starting any work on your
UNBEE160 or any accessories like radio control system, battery and charger. There is no
warranty for damage caused as a result of failure to follow operating instructions. Normal wear
and tear, damage by accidents and damage caused by incorrect operation are not covered by
Controlling a model aircraft is an exciting hobby, which however demands a high sense of
responsibility. Any relevant safety precautions have to be observed. The UNBEE160 is not a
toy; children of less then 14 years should launch this flying boat only together with a supervising
adult. For absolute beginners we recommend that this model is used in a wide open space and
well away from people, obstacles or anything that it could crash into.
Keep hands, face, hair and all parts of the body clear of the propeller blades at all times.
Propeller blades rotate very fast and present a risk of severe injury |
"This model contains LIPO rechargeable batteries. Only handle these after reading and
understanding all instructions for their use and handling fully. Please note that LIPO
batteries if handled incorrectly may explode or catch fire.
Liability / assurance
The operator of a model aircraft is responsible for any kind of damage which may be caused by
his flying machine or actions howsoever caused . It is highly recommended that suitable
insurance is obtained to cover liability in the event of an accident
Declaration of conformity CE 01 2 5 (1)
In accordance with guidelines 1999/5/EG (R&TTE)
Dickie- -Tamiya GmbH&Co KG hereby declares that this model kit with radio, motor, battery and
charger is in accordance with the basic requirements and other relevant regulations of
guideline 1999/5/EG.
The original declaration of conformity can be obtained from the following address:
Dickie-Tamiya GmbHéCo. KG o Werkstrañel o D-90765 Fúrth o Tel. +49/(0)911/9765-
Removing scrap o
Meaning of the symbol on the product, packaging or instructions:
Electronic devices are valuable materials and at the end of their useful life
should not be disposed with the household waste! Help us to protect the |
environment and safeguard our resources by discarding this equipment at
a dedicated recycling point. The authority responsible for waste disposal
or your retailer will be able to answer any questions you may have
regarding this.
Flying boat with Brushless-Motor
Electronic speed control
and charger
~ Order No. 505006
Preface / Declaration of conformity............... 1
Table of contents. . . . . ao aaa. 2
— Safety precautions ...... aa aaa. 3
Using the manual ........... aaa 11114
Kinds of operation. . ........... coun... „4
Contents ofthe kit. ........................... 5
Handling the Lithium Polymer Battery. ............ 5
Elements of the flying boat UNBEE160 ........... 8
Explanation of some expressions of model aircraft ..8
Final assembly of UNBEE160................—.. 11
Connecting the Lithium Polymer Battery. ......... 13
Closing the hull ........................... …. 14
Mounting the trainer wings... ................ . 15
R/C system ACOMS Techniplus 6 ...... aaa 16
Fine adjustments. ............... aaa 18
Flightoperation. ............................ 19
Start... ........ me da0eoorerereerererena rene 21
Landing........... ...resereraerererare, 22
Flight without wings. ............. aaa 22
After the flight / Storing ........ eee 23
Decalsheet...................... ooo 23
Repairs . ........... i L.......283
Spare parts ..... PE aaa PA 24
General caution В
Radio controlled models, especially aircraft models are not toys, operating them has to be
learned step by step. Children less than 14 years of age should launch the model only together
with a supervising adult.
Even if the flying boat has a comparatively low weight it reaches a high speed and for example
in case of a crash onto a person a car can cause injuries or damage. Choose a sufficiently open
& large flight area where there are no people or animals; it should be free of obstacles and far
enough away from any road or place with public traffic. In the neighbourhood of airports flying
with a model aircraft is forbidden. Model aircraft clubs perhaps offer the opportunity for guests
to use their area if the pilot can demonstrate that he has insurance for his plane.
Before you start make sure that your model is correctly assembled and all systems are working
well and that flying ability after a possible repair is restored at 100%.
Before starting
Check all attachments, screws and plug-in connections as well as joints in the operating rods.
Review the complete structure of the flying machine and the propeller, check for any cracks or
damage - should any be seen - delay the flight until the defective part is repaired or replaced. A
damaged propeller has to be replaced, never try any repair!
The aircraft battery must be fully charged before every flight, the batteries of the transmitter
must have sufficient power (LED shows a bright light). Fully extend the transmitter antenna and
make sure that nobody in your environment controls a model with the same frequency (number
on the crystal).
1. Always switch on the transmitter first to avoid any uncontrolled reaction of the receiver to a
foreign radio impulse. The throttle lever at the transmitter has to be in the "OFF" position
during switching on. 2. After that switch on the receiver and connect the flying battery.
3. Check all rudders whether they are in neutral position.
4. Make sure that all Servos respond correctly to the signals of the transmitter.
Safety during flying
Watch your model constantly and do not become distracted.
Keep away from propeller as soon as the battery is connected. Avoid staying in the
rotation plane of the propeller.
Never fly on a day with stronger wind, rain or thunder.
Keep your plane away from high voltage cables or radio masts.
Even a model in perfect condition may suddenly show an unexpected behaviour caused by
interference; be always aware that you have to correct that by steering.
Never fly towards people or animals or across public roads.
Start landing in time if you realise a reduced climbing ability of your model if the aircraft t battery
is running low or if the power light of the transmitter begins blinking. |
To end the operation switch off the receiver first, then the transmitter.
Always separate the connectors of aircraft battery and receiver / speed controller after landing.
If you finish flying, remove the battery from your model.
This finishing and operating manual offers all information necessary for assembling and
operating your UNBEE160 flying boat. It should enable you to understand the elements and
actions of your model and you gain some technical background knowledge so that you are able
to use your model successfully even if you are a beginner. For an absolute beginner who never
operated any radio controlled model before we would recommend the assist of an expert model
pilot for the first starts and landings. If you don't have connections to any model pilot ask your
dealer for recommendations. Safety for your environment, for yourself and your model should
always be of first priority. | В |
Additionally the manual includes a diagram of the most important spare parts, and for this
reason you should store it safely. All declarations of any direction in 1 the manual, for instance
"right side” have to be understood in flight direction.
Assemble your flying boat exactly according to the iruction manual and make sure that all
steps are followed fully and all parts are correctly fitted. Only a correctly assembled UNBEE160
can display maximum performance.
1.0n the water as a boat.
2.0ver land as a surface skimming airplane operating just above the ground utilizing
ground effects flight.
З.1п the air as a fully controllable and acrobatic airplane. a
4. In training mode with auxiliary wings attached for r beginner flying operation.
Channels 4ch
TX Batteries AAx8
Frequency FM 40MHz (can be altered according to regional licence)
Control Distance About 300m a
Function | 3D Action
Size LL 722mMm x W 498mm X H240mm |
Size (wwings) ~~ L 722mm x W 1645mm x H240mm
Batteries — Lithum-Polymer battery 3cell (I300mAh)
Plane Battery Life — Normal: 4min , w/wings: 10min*
— Weight Normal: 480g , w/wings: 580g
Wing area Normal: 0.146 m° , w/wings: 0.296 m°
Brushless Motor KV: 924 rpm/V
Propeller — APC 10"x4.7
* The running time may vary based on battery manufacturer, flying surface and how you
- control. |
— Upper Aileron
Trainer Wing a ~ Decal Sheet a for Lipo Batter (J
The UNBEE160 is delivered ready to fly with radio control system (transmitter, receiver with
integrated speed control pre-installed in the model), Brushless Motor, Lithium Polymer battery
pack with suitable charger and a decal sheet. For ease of transport some parts are not finally
assembled. The flying boat can be decorated with the included decal sheet (self adhesive
decals). For the transmitter 8 AA batteries are required. On a long term basis buying
rechargeable Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries of same size might be beneficial.
A rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery (abbreviation: Lipo battery) is a state of the art energy
source. lts density of energy in relation to the weight is twice as much as that of NiCd- or NiMH-
batteries. Such a high concentration of energy needs a special care in handling of such
rechargeable batteries with regards to charging and discharging as well as storing and any
other kinds of handling. |
Misuse of Lipo batteries can cause fire, smoke and explosions, ‘while under certain
circumstances some danger of poisoning could arise. Non-observance of instructions and
warnings can rapidly effect loss of power, shortening of service life or defects.
After the flight and at the end of charging, the battery may be rather hot. Within certain limits this
is a normal process. Charging of Lipo batteries needs a definite mode of control which is only
offered by the special charger included; therefore only use the included charger. This charger
avoids over-charging of single cells by qualified electronics and shuts down if any defect occurs.
The device recognizes defective batteries; charging does not start in this case.
Lipo batteries are very sensitive to deep discharge where the voltage drops to less than 2. 5v
per cell, they get permanently damaged by this process. The electronic speed controller (ESC)
is equipped with a safety switch that protects against undervoltage, but if the charging level of
the battery cells is different it could possibly respond too late. Therefore you should terminate
the operation of your UNBEE160 as soon as possible If you realise that performance | 15
Contrary to other battery types, charging of an only half depleted Lipo battery
pack is not harmful (no memory effect) and therefore it is not necessary to fly
until the battery is completely depleted.
Short-circuiting and very high temperatures (more than 150°F) have to be
strictly avoided; they can cause a spontaneous ignition & fire.
As a safety precaution the Lipo battery is packaged in a plastic box which protects I it for
instance in case of crash- landings. Do not open! a Le
Defective cells must not be used. They can be recognised by damaged aluminium- -coating,
deformation of cells, leaking electrolyte or even smell of electrolyte. Electrolyte and vapour of
electrolyte are detrimental to health. In case of electrolyte contact with skin or eyes immediately
wash off with clear water and consult a doctor if need be.
Make sure during transport and storage that the battery pack is not exposed to high
temperatures or has any danger of being damaged. Avoid direct sunlight. Storage should
preferably take place on a fireproof but non conductive base. A defective battery should not be
disposed of in with normal garbage and has to be disposed of at proper institutions. Never
dispose of any battery in fire; avoid any contact with liquids or water. Never dismantle a battery,
it could result in short-circuiting with fire and explosion. Children should not tamper with Lipo
batteries even under supervision by an adult.
Charging Lipo battery
Plug charger into household wall plug. The "green" L LED turns on, meaning "stand by". Join the
connector of the charger with that of the battery pack. Now three "red" LEDs should indicate the
charging process (According to the condition of each cell sometimes not all 3 LEDs are red).
When "red" LED turns to "green" LED, this means that charging is completed. As the state of
charging is steadily controlled and equalized, not all 3 LEDs may become green at the same
time. Charging takes about 1 hour for empty battery pack. This time cannot be shortened by
any operation. Never try to get a faster charging time by tampering with the connectors and
charging with any charger other than the kit-supplied charger; this would immediately damage
the battery with danger of fire and explosion. Battery becomes warm when charging is
completed. For reasons of safety the battery should be placed on a non-inflammable base
during charging. While charging, you may hear subtle noise from the charger, but this is not a
defect. Always supervise the charging of the battery in case of any damage to the cells that
results in problems during the charging process.
Lipo Battery Pack
outlet (230V)
After use
Depending of your way of flying the voltage of your Lipo battery pack will drop sooner or later
resulting in a lower rpm of the motor combined with reduced climbing ability of your model. As
soon as you realise this fact you should start landing or respectively if you drive in water take
the direction to the bank. Landing with not enough or no power is always difficult and you may
not have sufficient power to reach your intended landing point.
After a flight or a run the battery pack may be rather hot. Check if the battery does not have any
damage, and also check if surface temperature of battery is not too hot. In the event of a crash,
you must remove battery for observation and place in a safe open area away from any
combustible material for approximately 15 minutes.
As it is advisable anyway to charge the battery pack outside of the model we recommend to
remove the battery after each Might / run and to store te on a safe place.
Storing the Lipo battery pack о ВЕ -
Lipo batteries have an only small rate of self-discharging and should be stored for longer stops
(several months) with a charge of 50 - 80%. Store battery in good order. Store battery at room
temperature between 40 and 80 degrees F for best results. Do not
expose battery pack to direct sunlight (heat) for extended periods.
When transporting or temporarily storing in a vehicle, temperature
should be greater than 20 degrees F but no more than 150 degrees
F. Storing battery at temperatures greater than 170 degrees F for
extended periods of time (more than 2 hours) may cause damage
to battery and possible fire. Even if the batterypack apparently is
not damaged it should be stored at a pace where it does not have a.
contact with combustible materials.
Disposal of worn out or damaged batteries
Dispose battery properly _ | a |
Durability of Lipo battery packs depends on kind of use and current
4 Consumption hereby. If steadily high current is consummated like
during fast flying with high rom about 150 charge / discharge cycles
are possible, a reduction in capacity can be noticed sooner. A worn
— out (only very low capacity) or damaged battery pack (wrapper dama-
ged, cable demolished) has to be disposed at special disposal institui-
ons and must not be thrown in the normal household garbage.
rudder connecting rods
/ of elevators
dder h
rudder hom fork head
rudder rudder horn
connecting rods
brushless motor
Propeller 10x4.7” rudder
power switch
plug-in connexion
_ for trainer wings
UNBEE160 may be your first flying machine; therefore the knowledge of some fundamental
expressions can be helpful as well in operating the model as to avoid the image of a bloody
rookie. Some technical terms and their actions are explained in the following in alphabetical
order. |
Accumulator. Rechargeable storage unit for electrical energy, in English usage mostly called
rechargeable battery. For model airplanes Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
und Lithium Polymer batteries (Lipo) are used. The stored energy is measured in Milli-Ampere-
Hours (mAh) . A battery with 1000mAh is able to discharge a current of 250 mA for four hours. To
operate the motor of an airplane the battery must be able to discharge heavy current; within a
few minutes it transmits its energy with the aid of the speed controller to the motor. Accumulators
/ batteries can be charged depending on their specification several hundred times. Make sure to
use only the charger which is suitable for your type of battery. Worn out or defective accus /
batteries (partly poisonous) have to be disposed at the corresponding institutions. о
Aileron An airplane needs a cornering like a motorcycle, without that the aerodynamic forces
for flying a curve would not be available. This inclination sideways at an airplane in normal
design is effected by flaps in the wing. At delta airplanes to which the UNBEE160 belongs in a
sense these flaps are mounted at the end of the triangle wing. At the UNBEE160 the separated
control surfaces of the double elevator are operated in opposite direction. ~ a
Battery / dry cell. Dry cells like Alkaline batteries are disposable current sources. With the
UNBEE160 dry cells can be used for operation of the transmitter. At the end of ist lifetime the
voltage of a battery decreases and it has to be disposed. Never try to recharge a dry cell with
any charger; there is danger of fire and explosion.
BEC Battery Eliminating Circuit is a circuit for electric powered models where a separate power
- source for the receiver is economized. The receiver is supplied with current from the driving /
flying battery. The voltage is controlled by a special device to an acceptable value.
Brushless Motor Brushless motor for direct current. By a new design it was possible to leave
out brushes in current supply of the motor and to increase efficiency remarkably.
Centre of gravity The centre of gravity is the place where for some physical processes all the
mass of a solid or a coherent mass system can be supposed. In an airplane the position of the
centre of gravity in relation to the lift forces | is playing an ! important role.
Crystal Radio control units for models may only transmit within admitted ranges of frequencies
and they may be different from country to country. These ranges are divided on their part in so
called channels (each with a minimum distance in Frequency). The exact compliance of trans-
mitting and receiving frequency is effected by the today mostly used procedure with a pair of
matched chrystals for transmitter and receiver. At the same place and at the same > time only one
model may be operated on one channel. The crystals can be easily exchanged.
Delta-Plane There are several types of airplane designs besides the classic construction with
wings in front and tail unit. It exist quite a variety of models which have different advantages
and disadvantages. Well known is the design of a delta airplane with triangle wings and a
(possibly separated in two) rudder (supersonic airplane Concorde or mirage fighter). The
UNBEE160 without wings is equivalent to a delta plane in its functions.
Elevator The elevator of an airplane in normal design is similar to a small wing at the tail of
theplane with a moveable flap at its end. By moving this control surface up or down the lifting
forces at the elevator are altered; the tail of the plane is dropped or lifted and according to that
the plane ascends or descends. The elevator of the UNBEE160 rather looks like a double car
spoiler known from F1 which also has the effect of a small wing. Additionally the control surfa-
ces are separated in two halves in order to use them also as ailerons (see there).
Free axes of revolution In contrary to a car or a ship the UNBEE160 is controllable at all axes
(3D) as soon as it moves in the air. Changes in attitude and flight direction are started by the
control surfaces (rudder, elevator, and aileron).
Turning around the vertical axis (curve): rudder
Turning around the lateral axis (up - down): elevator
Turning around the longitudinal a axis (banking. curve, too): aileron
Power switch Transmitter and receiver are equipped each with a switch to turn onoroff .
current supply. Description see page 14.
Propeller (airscrew) The propeller driven by the motor generates the propulsion of the model.
Power of the motor, size and weight of the model and thereby speed of the flight enter into the
layout of a propeller. The better the airscrew is matched for a model the better is the efficiency
and flying performance. Two numbers are characteristic for a propeller: Diameter and pitch, =
preferably indicated in inch. The propeller of the UNBEE160 with the values 10x4.7 has a
diameter of 10 and a pitch of 4.7 inches; during one rotation this would make a forward move-
ment of 4.7inches for one revolution. If rotating at 10,000 rpm that would result in about 45 mph.
The speed which can be attained is somewhat lower as the propeller can generate propulsion
only with a certain slip.
Receiver The receiver intercepts the signals of the transmitter via his antenna and converts
them into pulses for the servos which operate the control surfaces. Additional it transforms the
radio signals for the integrated electronic speed controller which adjusts the rotations of the
motor corresponding to the position of the throttle lever at the transmitter. The receiver r with
integrated speed controller is already installed in your UNBÉE 160
Rudder The rudder of most airplane designs i is built by at least one fin, preferably in vertical
position with a movable flap at the end. By swinging the flap to the left or to the right different
flow stream occurs which moves the tail of the airplane sideward. Together
with other effects (V-shape of the wing or operating the ailerons) the rudder - «_
starts cornering of the airplane. The UNBEE160 IS equipped w with a double NO:
which is rudder actuated equilateral. ‘ =
Servo The steering signals of the transmitter are converted by the receiver
into control values for the allocated servos. The servomotor operates the
servo lever by means of a gear, which then moves on an arc according to
the signal up to 1/6 of a circle. Usually the servo lever is connected via
rods with the control surfaces.
Speed controller The electronic speed controller regulates the speed of the motor with nearly
no loss by switching the motor current on and off (with a very high frequency) in differently long
pulses. Brushless motors need a controller especially designed for this type of motor. If the
voltage of the battery drops by continuous discharge below a certain limit, which is necessary to
operate the servos the speed controller will stop the motor. Your UNBEE160 remains controlla-
ble in a power off glide.
Wing (Aerofoil) In contrary to a classic plane the lifting force of the UNBEE160 is generated
by the area between the two floats. Additionally there is the possibility to mount the trainer
wings, which are lightweight but increase the lift area distinctively. Thereby the flight speed of
the model is reduced and steering becomes easier for a newcomer. On the other hand the
model gets more sensitive to squally wind and it should preferably be flown at no or only few
Assembling of vertical stabilizer / upper elevator | aileron
UNBEE 160 is packed without vertical stabilizer and
upper aileron assembled. Please unpack carefully, and
assemble vertical stabilizer and upper aileron.
Upper elevator /
Dismounting the hull
Pull out lock key (black parts) on float (right and left /
see right side), and then lock between float and deck
will be off.
Pull out both right and left float to side horizontally. It can be
necessary to pull out a little strongly because the front carbon rod
area and rear aileron carbon rod area can be fixed rather fast.
(Be careful, don't break.)
Inserting the vertical stabilizers
Insert right and left vertical stabilizers into the
floats deeply. It is necessary to match the
holes of the floats and vertical stabilizer.
(See below).
Assembling deck and floats
Assemble floats in opposite process to
dismounting. After matching front deck carbon rod guide,
the cutted area of the floats with the deck and the
connecting holes of the rod connectors insert the lock
keys. Make sure that floats are well connected with the
Sealing against entering water
To prevent water from entering the cockpit during operations on water the seams between deck
and cockpit should be sealed with transparent tape.
Putting in the operating rods _
Snap on the carbon operating rods to the levers of rudders and elevators / ailerons according to
their length as shown below and check fast fit.
Servo at the right side should be connected to the lever of left lower aileron.
Left side servo should be connected to the lever of right lower aileron (carbon rods will be
crossed inside the fuselage).
Pay attention not to touch or turn the propeller while connecting the rods.
Note: May be you realise that after a
test flight with making necessary trims
the center position of the servo may be
different from the neutral position of the
ailerons. This is intended: Torque of
the motor is stronger than EPP bending
Connecting the Lithium Polymer Battery
As a precaution we recommend to connect the Lipo flight battery immediately before each flight
as shown below. | |
Draw the locking pins (black parts) out of the front part of the hood and remove this part.
Switch on the transmitter first, throttle lever (left) has to be in lowest position. Switch on the
receiver, then join together the connector of the battery with the connector of the speed
controller and pay attention to the shape of the connectors; there is only one direction to join
them correctly. The catch on the connector of the speed controller has to be locked at the nose
of the battery connector. |
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Lithium Polymer Battery
During connecting keep clear of the rotating area of the propeller. Close the hood and seal it
with transparent adhesive tape if you intend to start out of the water. Push in the locking pins.
Close the hull with the rear part of the hood and seal it if necessary with adhesive tape.
rear part of the hood |
Switching on before starting — E
The UNBEE160 features two push-button switches: One main switch which establishes the
connection between battery and receiver and thereby to the servos, and one safety switch to
prevent unintentional starting of the motor and the associated risk of getting hurt . |
Push the front switch (in driving / flight direction) for at least 2 seconds. The red diode (LED)
located next to it lights up and indicates readiness for operation of receiver and servos. Function
of servos and operating rods may now be checked. The brushless motor must not run yet. Make
sure once again that the throttle lever at the transmitter is in OFF position and only then push
the safety switch. Blinking LED indicates that UNBEE160 now is ready for starting.
Main switch
>1— Safety switch
One set of additional wings is included with the UNBEE160 kit which can be fitted. They convert
the fast flying boat into an easy to fly aircraft. The flying speed is reduced by the increased lift
area and slower reactions can be applied to the controls. For your first flights we recommend
using the trainer wings and a calm day should be chosen without strong wind.
Pull out the four black lock keys from both floats.
Match the connecting pins of the trainer wings to the holes on the floats and check the
correct position (angle) of the wings.
Check all connecting rods are aligned correctly and then push in the lock keys.
Finally test the wings are mounted rigidily. a
Lock keys
Lock keys
Trainer-wing . 2
- Check by looking from the front of the UNBEE160 that the wings are not warped, this
could affect the operation of the steering and cause a crash.
- Checking the wings are not warped or damaged IS necessary each time before starting.
The set of your UNBEE160 includes the 4- channel radio system ACOMS Techniplus 6, the
receiver with integrated speed controller is already installed in the UNBEE160. The system in
this constellation has a reach of 300m what means you can controll your flying boat up to this
distace. Normal flying will take place within a distinctivly closer distance because of the difficulty
to recognize flight situation. Never start when batteries in the transmitter are weak (blinking
LED) otherwise it could happen that your UNBEE160 ) flyes away uncontrolled.
This transmitter gives a stable and adequate output under most
climatic conditions.
* The frequency bands are precise and conform to internationally
recognized standards. They are free from spurious radiation and
therefore do not interfere with adjacent bands. For your guidance the
bands are displayed on the front of the case.
* Interchangeable plug-in crystals enable a rapid change of frequency
by simply unplugging from the front of the case. The use of crystals,
other than ACOMS, can n damage the radio and invalidates our
guarantee. a
External view of transmitter
Use fully extended except on short range or testing indoors.
Blinking LED indicates that the batteries are getting
weak. When LED turns off, the batteries are deadand 6 D
need have be changed to new ones. A
3. CHANNEL 1/4 LEFT STICK e ВЕ | — à
Left stick Right stick | © ©
up / front Throttle Height down | a
below / rear | Motor off Height up
left Aileron left Rudder left
right Aileron right | Rudder right В lle = $ o
up / front Throttle | ht down — | Ta)
below / rear | Motor htu o | 1
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This is a useful device that enables you to trim the control, and obtain true neutral, allowing for
various unforeseen variations in the performance characteristics of your model. The ACOMS
trim tabs are on a ratchet which means you are able to make a fine adjustment and set it.
Changes the allocation of the steering sticks according to the table above. Check before each
10 CRYSTAL (changeable) -
Note: ON/OFF switch should be "OFF" position before charging. A charger i is to be used only for
Nickel-Cadmium batteries (Ni- -Cd), type TAMIYA N-3U or equivalent. Other types of batteries
may burst causing personal injury and damage. |
Never switch on your transmitter if you haven't made sure that no other model in your environ-
ment is controlled with the same frequency (same channel), you could cause an accident!
13. NECK STRAP CONNECTOR (Available separately item No. 13898)
This offers you the possibility to choose the maximum angle of deflection for the control surfa-
ces, either low or higher values. Low reduces also the motor rom and the action of rudder, aile-
ron, and elevator is smoother. Hi has no limit for motor rpm and the flaps have more effect. For
beginners Lo, for advanced pilots Hi is to be recommended. Check by watching the angle of
deflection at the servo (rudder) which grade is switched on. >
Changing the transmitter batteries
To remove the battery cover, slide in the direction of the arrows
(downward) whilst lightly pushing the fingermark. When inserting
batteries always insert the negative end first observing the correct
polarity as stamped in the battery case. If the transmitter voltage indicator fails to register, check
the contacts, especially the negative- and recheck that batteries are fitted correctly. Also make
sure the batteries are fully charged. |
Used correctly, domestic batteries are a
safe and dependable source of portable
power. Problems can occur If they are
misused or abused - resuiting in leakage or,
in extreme cases, fire or explosion.
Here are some simple guidelines to safe
battery use designed to eliminate any such
Take care to fit your batteries correctly
observing the plus and minus marks on the
battery and appliance. incorrect fitting can
cause leakage or, in extreme cases, fire or
even an explosion.
Replace the whole set of batteries at one
time, taking care not to mix old and new
batteries or batteries of different types,
since this can result in leakage or, in
extreme Gases, fire or even an explosion
Store unused batteries in their packaging
and away from metal objects which may
cause a short-circuit resulting in leakage or,
in extreme cases, fire or even an explosion
Remove dead batteries from equipment and |
all batteries from equipment you know you
are not going to use for a long time.
Otherwise the batteries may leak and cause
Never dispose of batteries in fire as this can
‘| cause them to explode. Do not put dead
batteries in with the normal household
waste. Deliver them at special collecting
Never attempt to recharge ordinary
batteries, either in a charger or by applying
heat to them. They may leak, cause fire or
even explode. There are special
rechargeable batteries which are clearly
| marked as such.
Supervise children If they are replacing
| batteries themselves in order to ensure
these guidelines are followed.
Make sure battery compartments are
secure. |
Receiver / Changing the receiver crystal о a. ВЕ
The receiver with integrated speed controller is built into UNBEE160 and normally needs no
kind of connecting or maintenance work. If you would like to fly in an area where your frequency
(channel) is often used by other modellers you should buy a pair of crystals of another frequen-
cy. For changing the transmitter's crystal see page 16. The crystal of the receiver is changed as
shown below. о Во О a a
Pull out the receiver's crystal with its
plastic housing and push in the new
crystal. Make sure that it is inserted
completely. Crystal for the transmitter
(label TX) and receiver (RX) must be of
same channel. Check function of the
radio system.
Quarzpaare ACOMS FM 40MHz
Kanal Frequenz Art.-Nr.
50 40.665 - 3401-01
51 40.675 3402-01
52 40.685 3403-01 |
53 40.695 3404-01
54 40.715 3405-01
—D5 40.725 3406-01
56 40.735 3407-01
57 40.765 — 3408-01 |
58 40.775 | 3409-01
59 40.785 3410-01
If your UNBEE160 is assembled according to the manual it should be ready to start now. If there
are some fine adjustments to be made, these can be done in a room with transmitter antenna
pushed in.
Neutral position of the flaps at the control surfaces
Put all trim tabs to centre position, the throttle stick into the OFF-position. Now switch on the
transmitter first, then the receiver (only the main push-button switch at the front). Now check all
functions by moving the sticks and releasing them in neutral position. If both sticks are in neutral
position (throttle in OFF) all flaps should point in a straight direction. Possibly existing differen-
ces can be equalized with the trim tabs on the transmit-
ter. Move the trim tabs (radio system is on) and watch
the movement of the flaps. Adjust all trim
tabs to set all flaps in neutral position.
Correcting flight action
with the trimtabs
Balancing the centre of gravity
The centre of gravity of a flying machine has to be ina certain relation to its iting areas; ; for the
UNBEE160 it is set up correctly as delivered. The margin at which the centre of gravity may
move in relation to the ideal value is very small. You can check the centre of gravity of the
UNBEE160 by hanging it up at the shown points with two fingers. It shouid then slightly swing
around the horizontal! position and not be inclined to the front or rear. If bow or stern havea
tendency to tilt downward it is too heavy there. On occasion (for instance after a self made
repair) the centre of gravity of the flying boat may have to be corrected by attaching (with double
sided adhesive tape) small additional weights (symmetrical at the end of both floats). A centre of
gravity which is too far at the rear (too light-weight at the bow) will make flying difficult and
should be corrected.
Testing the reach of the radio system
Before your UNBEE160 starts flying for the first time a check of the control distance of the radio
system has to be made In this case only we recommend that the antenna remains fully pushed
in le not extended.
- Switch on the transmitter first, then the receiver (push the main switch).
- Slowly put an increasing distance between the transmitter and the model, which should
be held by a second person as precaution. Ensure that they keep the propeller away
from any part of their body
- Operate the steering sticks in short intervals and survey the reaction of the rudders.
- If the rudders show the correct reaction at a distance of about 30m between transmitter
and model your R/C equipment is performing well.
Never fly if your radio system does not work perfectly - even if it is a temporary fault
Requirements of the flight terrain
There are different regulations from country to
country concerning the ascent of a model airplane.
Pay attention to the corresponding safety precau-
tions in choosing your flight area. |
Best suited for flying is a model aviation field, a
wide open mown meadow-or a sufficiently great
water area.
In the region where you J intend to fly no people or al
animals should be located, furthermore no
vehicles should be driven or be parked. If you start
out of the water you should also include into your Ш
calculations the possibility of recovery of the craft from the water | in case of an emergency
landing or a crash.
Try to get enough information about the weather and wind velocity via the media (TV,
newspaper) before you set off for flying i in order to avoid the risk of starting under unsuitable
conditions. Never fly in strong wind, rain or thunder.
If you are a beginner and the trainer-wings are mounted you
should avoid flying in conditions where there is anything
other than a very light wind. The silk ribbon at the
transmitter's antenna If held vertically can be used as wind
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Check before each start
As a matter of necessity and courtesy before you switch on your transmitter you have to ask
other R/C modellers in your environment which frequency (channel) they use. If any other
person controls a model on your frequency (same channel number) you must on no account
switch on your transmitter, not even for the shortest time. If your frequency | IS free and you have
checked that your model is in good conditi-
on, fully extend the transmitter's antenna
and switch on the transmitter first, and
then the receiver (main switch at the
Now check by moving the sticks of the
transmitter (leave the throttle stick in the
OFF-position) the function of the flaps
(direction, amount of deflection, and ease
of operation).
“ Scrutinize the propeller once
again; it must be replaced even
if it has only a tiny amount of
damage present a
Hold the UNBEE160 at the hull
- and push the safety button —
(motor switch). Check the rpm
of the motor and correct
| || rotation of the propeller keep
Propeller rotates {|i Propeller hands and fingers well clear of
© smoothly = wobbels the propeller. Your UNBEE160
20 is now ready to start
A Damaged
propelier may break
The lifting forces which an airplane needs to stay in the 2 air depend upon its velocity in relation to
the air. Against the wind the required velocity of the plane relative to the ground decreases at
the value of the wind velocity. With a tail wind a higher speed in relation to the ground is
necessary. Starting off and touchdown therefore should always take place against the wind as
far as possible. Be aware that when the plane | is flying towards the pilot, it appears as if right
and left have been exchanged. Agood way to get accustomed to this | Is by using a flight
simulation program on a PC. Ш
The RIC system (transmitter) & features the Hi-Lo switch, which reduces reactions of the model
on movement of the sticks and thereby prevents severe steering. If the pilot is not very
experienced or if the model is flown with attached trainer-wings this switch should be put in Lo
position. (See Page 16-17). a.
Launching by hand
For the first flights with trainer wings launching by hand against the wind (or no wind) is
recommended. When you check the functions of all servos also make sure that the mixing
switch (No.9 on page 16) is activated and the rudder is mixed with the aileron. For the first starts
it would be best, if another model pilot could launch the model. The process should take place
as below:
- Make sure that the transmitter frequency is available.
- Switch on transmitter, then receiver.
- Check all rudder functions.
- Push the safety switch (allowing motor to run).
- Hold model in the centre of gravity over the throwers head as shown.
- Push the throttle stick all way to the front, testing intensity of draught.
- Throw the model in one impetus straight to the front.
- Control attitude of the plane immediately and climb i ina a flat angle.
The model should be thrown as horizontal as possible to get a well controllable attitude. If it is
thrown downward it becomes faster and may be difficult to level up before it hits the ground. If
the throw is directed steeply upward the flight speed diminishes and the ensuing breaking away
of the airflow (no more lifting forces) is likely to result in a crash.
Starting from the ground
The UNBEE160 features enough power to lift off a runway (mown grass, asphalt and so on) or
out off the water. It can be problematic that one float gets more load by the torque of the motor
and thereby causes the UNBEE160 to break out to one side. This has to be corrected by the
pilot. | В
Starting from the ground takes place as below:
- Carry out all Checks as with hand launching. В
_- Put UNBEE160 onto the runway (onto water) against the wind.
- Increase the motor speed slowly, do not apply full power at once, as friction could
cause the flying boot could lift its tail instead of accelerating.
- Let the model accelerate and perhaps lift the elevator slightly. —
- Carefully steer in the other direction if break-outs to the side € arise.
- Wait for lift-off of the model; then slowly climb.
As soon as you realise there | isa decrease | in motor performance you should get ready for
landing. Ensure that you have enough reserve to correct a wrong landing attempt and to start |
landing anew. Landing normally has the following scheme:
- Fly with tail wind in some distance parallel to the runway.
- If suitable height and distance to the runway is reached turn in a 180° curve in direction
of the runway; now against the wind.
- Straighten the model to the runway and let it go down by reducing motor speed.
- On approach to the landing point lift the elevator slightly and control speed with the
number of revolutions of the motor. Do not become too slow.
- Reduce throttle and let the model touch down.
- If the approach is too high increase motor speed and gain height for a new approach.
Without wings the take-off weight of the UNBEE160 is reduced, but in a larger proportion the
lifting area is reduced, too (see specifications). This leads to a higher speed with the ability to
climb vertically. This mode is recommended for pilots who have some experience.
The fiying boat without wings is controlled only with ailerons and elevator; steering of the |
rudders is not necessary. Therefore switch off the mixing function. |
With stronger wind (starting at about 20km/h) the UNBEE160 has a tendency to turn into the
wind. With strong tail-wind it can happen in a large curve that the flying boat suddenly looses
much of its altitude (the relative speed to the air is no longer sufficient for the necessary | lifting
forces). Therefore after starting you should climb (against the e wind) to a higher altitude | in order
to be able to compensate such losses. |
With no trainer wings, the small wingspan combined with the torque of the propeller influences
the attitude of the craft distinctively. Test these effects in high altitude and try to compensate for
them with your radio control unit. Landing - against the wind - is rather difficult due to the
reduced flight speed. Before your first landing you should make some test approaches to avoid
a hard landing. The process is similar to that of landing the flying boat with wings, but the lifting
area (deck) has to be inclined and a higher number of motor revolutions is necessary to.
maintain enough lifting forces. Though the UNBEE160 is strong and flexible; nevertheless after
a rough landing you should investigate it for possible damage. © |
If your UNBEE160 has landed successfully you should immediately switch off the receiver and
disconnect the Lipo battery. Then switch off the transmitter. If another modeller would like to use
your frequency now give him information that your transmitter | is off. You now must not use your
transmitter until you have made a new arrangement.
The problematic nature of Lipo batteries has been explained on other pages of the manual;
please remember to observe the advice given there.
Dry cells or rechargeable batteries of another type (Nicd or NiMH) are > not so critical but if you
do not use the radio control unit for
several weeks, you should remove
them from the transmitter.
The special plastic material (EPP)
from which the UNBEE160 is mainly
made, is very sensitive to higher
temperatures. Do not expose your
flying boat to direct sunlight for a long
time and do not store it in a car which
is heated by the sun.
If you store your UNBEE160 at home
pay attention that no parts are
jammed or twisted, distortion could
become permanent after some time
and will affect flight characteristics.
A decal sheet is included in the kit. Cutit along the outline and decorate your UNBEE160 as you
like. You may use the picture at the title of this manual as reference. Of course you may use
additional stickers as long as they do not influence aerodynamics and weight distinctively.
Stickers must not hinder the movability of control surfaces.
In normal flight operation the UNBEE160 should withstand rough handling; but no model pilot
exists who has never made any repairs on his model. The plastic, from which the flying boat is
made, can be repaired with 5-minute epoxi (2 components) or instant cement very easily. During
curing the parts have to be aligned and fixed against each other in order to get a complete
repair. Never fly the UNBEE160 if it has been damaged and you are not t absolutely sure that the
repair has recovered the original state.
For several parts ike propeller, electronic elements, operating rods, and motor with h support
there is no possibility of any repair. They have to be replaced with spare parts. In such cases
contact your dealer.
Top hood
Brushless Motor
508005 Ds
Lock key set -
FN Carbon rod set
Lock key set
Ba d Propeller Lithium Polymer Lock key set
| 508000 Battery | 508003
608038 О
| Receiver with Lipo carger
speed controller 506008
Trainer wings
Crystal pairs ACOMS FM 40MHz
Channel Frequency ltem.-No.
50 40.665 3401-01
51 40.675 3402-01 For some countries
52 40.685 3403-01 other frequencies may
53. 40.695 — 3404-01 be licensed.
54 40.715 3405-01
55 40.725 = 3406-01
56 40.735 3407-01
57 40.765 3408-01
58 40.775 — 3409-01
59 40.785 3410-01
Art.Nr. 505006
(8.00 Uhr -17.00 Uhr)
01805 73 33 00
12 ct/min
Sehr geehrter Kunde,
Beim UNBEE 160 ist die e Trimmung des Hôhenruders
— flugfertig voreingestellt, Der Trimmhebel befindet sich
ganz unten. Die Höhenruder gehen dabei um ca. 4 mm
nach oben. Dies ergibt die EWD (Einstellwinkeldifferenz)
für ein optima! es Flugverhalten.
Alternativ kann die EWD auch wie e folg eingestellt
Den Trimmhebel des Hôhenruders auf
“ Mittelstellung.
- Die Länge des Rudergestänges über das Gewinde
am Servohebel soweit kürzen, bis die Höhenruder
ca. 4 mm Uber der seitlichen Anformung stehen.
. Dear customer,
The elevators trimming at the flight boat Unbee 160 is
already preset “ready to fly”. The trim lever is located at
the very bottom whilst the elevators slightly direct to the
top (by around 4 mm), what ensures the perfect
incidence difference to obtain an excellent flight
- behaviour.
Alternatively the incidence difference can be set as
- trim lever of the elevator In neutral position
~~ - length of the rudder linkage has to be shortened by
means of the servo lever's thread so that the
elevators are raised by around 4 mm.
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