E-flite UMX Timber BNF Basic Review
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Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
- Stock UMX Timber
- Eflite 2s 280mAH lipo
- Spektrum DX9
- Looks just like the larger Timber
- Robust wings and huge tires
- LEDs just like the larger Timber
- Brushless 2s power yeah!!!
- Flies really well
- Can taxi on rough terrain
- So much fun!
- Arguably the best UMX plane to date
- Manual does not address flaps
- All of my LED strips were detached out of the box
When I started flying RC almost 7 years ago, I started with a micro. Even as I graduated to larger planes, I kept buying every micro that Horizon released. At some point, I just decided not to keep up with the micro releases. Unfortunately for me, that was around the time they started making brushless micros. I held off for quite a while as I really didn't have any room for them, but when the UMX Timber was announced, I fell in love with it. I really dig my park flier Timber and figured they couldn't go wrong with a scaled down version. My only mistake was making the pre-order through Hobbyzone. It was the first and last time I ever order from them. Not only did they not get their batch of Timbers until a full week after my local shop got them, but whatever they use for their "free shipping" is the freakin' pits. It took 9 full days to get from Minnesota to Virginia. I had two other orders placed from other retailers that I ordered AFTER my Timber shipped, one from California, the other from Florida, and both products got to me before the Timber did, and that was just using ground. Anyway, let's get to the plane.
Unboxing and Setup:
Adding to my annoyance at Hobbyzone, was the fact that all of the LED strips on the plane were detached. I know this isn't Hobbyzone's fault, but it still bothered me. I used Shoegoo to reattach them and proceeded. The Timber, like the other Horizon Hobby micros, comes fully assembled and in a box that you can use as a carrying case. I was surprised at just how big the Timber is. Watch my video below to see the size comparison to the UM T-28. It is a BNF basic, so it doesn't come with a battery or charger, or a charge lead. Horizon is the only company that makes this size battery with this connector, so I ordered a few through Horizon. While I was at it, I ordered the charge lead for my lipo charger.
As far as set up, I mostly followed the manual. I tend to crank my expo higher on high rates, and I always give myself a medium rate. The manual says nothing about flaps, so I went to the flap menu and programmed them there. Since this plane has AS3X, I didn't find a need to program a down elevator mix with the flaps since the AS3X will correct the attitude. I also put the flaps on 2 second delay so they don't move down so abruptly. They move down in a more scale fashion with the delay added. I also set three positions, neutral, half flaps, and full flaps. I measured and tested the center of gravity and marked a line for myself.
If you want to stop reading, you can just watch the video below for the size comparison, full flight and commentary. If you want to read a bit more, do so :). Anyway, as I took off and banked my first turn, I did find that the Timber almost wants to keep going straight when banked and might even climb a little. This plane definitely benefits from a bit of rudder on turns. It makes the turns look smoother and more graceful anyway. On high rates, using some hard rudder and aileron, you can whip this little sucker around rather quickly! Even though this is a high wing birdie, it rolls pretty nicely. Loops of course are effortless and inverted flight is almost as easy as flying right-side-up! I did try to hover it, and was able to do so for a few seconds, but I'm not sure if it was the plane or me that was to blame for the short hover. This being my first brushless micro, I was really impressed at how much more power you have with the brushless motor and 2s lipo. Landing is easier than I make it look in my video. I was trying to spot land after having had to drop over a fence and with some light to moderate wind. Those who have seen my other flight videos know that if there is one thing I do well, that's landing!
I haven't tried to take off of thick grass, but the tires rolled effortlessly over dirt, sidewalk, pavement and the top of my car lol. With flaps down, you can literally take off in about a foot or so. Flying around flaps down is a blast also since the plane slows down to a crawl. I am dying to take it out flying with my larger Timber to compare their flight characteristics side by side. Thus far, there is nothing I do not like about this little UMX Timber.
I know, I know, here's Adrian gushing about another Horizon Hobby product. I assure you, my opinions are 100% my own, and are not sponsored, paid or whatever. I paid for this plane myself as I do most of the things I review. That said, Horizon Hobby has knocked another one out of the park. This is one hell of a plane with a lot of great features and a nice price tag also, currently $129 bucks! I tell ya, it is some of the best $129 I have ever spent on RC! Even if you don't like micros, you should get this one. Especially if you have the larger version. This is such a great little plane, you really can't go wrong with it. I have a fondness for bush planes, and having a mini version is awesome. The UMX Timber will now be my top pick for flying around my neighborhood and local parks, but will also start accompanying me to the flying field! Looks like they are sold out right now, so check your local shop and if they are empty too, place a pre-order, you don't want to miss out on this one!
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