This is a review of The World Models / AirBorne Models Aure EP Glider.
When I began assembly of the Aure EP, the first thing that I noticed was the limited deflection on UP elevator. I called The World Models / AirBorne Models and talked to them about this. Their solution was to try to modify the bellcrank to allow for more up elevator and it will be fine.
I tried but there is just not enough control horn to file away to make this possible. I assembled it per the instructions and went on my way with construction.
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The second, and really annoying, issue with the Aure EP was getting the servo extensions through the wings. The holes are too small to allow for the extension with a safety clip to go through. Even by gently trying to get it through with just tape and the pull string I broke several pieces. I carefully glued them back together and enlarged the first hole. This was fine but there were still 3 or 4 more holes to get through to get to the wings root. It took over 2 hours to shake, wiggle and finesse the extensions through. What a complete nightmare! Why can’t manufacturers just put some sort of tube through the wing for this specific purpose? The string just doesn’t cut it!
The third issue with the Aure EP was with the wing servos pushing against the monokote on the top side. I used the required mini servos and they still were too thick and made their impression on the top side of the wings. I had to iron on additional layers for fear of them poking through.
It took me about a week to put the Aure EP together with all of the hassles, but I did it.
After balancing the Aure EP, I was setting the required control throws. I could not get the required amount of up elevator as per the manual (20mm). I barely got 15mm. I was very concerned here. I would not have minded as much if there was not enough down elevator as I didn’t really intend to fly this glider inverted. I had 45mm of down elevator available. WTF?
At the air field I range tested the receiver and all was good to go. I use a Futaba 12FGA transmitter and had a Futaba Fasst 7-channel receiver (617FS) in the Aure EP.
I hand launched the Aure EP into the wind and the aircraft shot straight up in level attitude without any elevator. I turned left across the wind and this is where it all went bad. As the aircraft crossed the wind the nose went down. I was not worried at this point as I have flown much in worse winds. I started to turn left using left aileron, rudder and 100% up elevator. The plane’s attitude never changed and as the aircraft circled around it went nose in at about a 45 degree angle.
I called The World Models / AirBorne Models to report that my fears had become a reality. I shipped them the wreckage as per their request, on my dime, and they emailed me back several times trying to come up with something that they could blame it on which they finally did. They basically blamed it on me because I didn’t use enough throttle in the turn.
So after sending them the Aure EP back for inspection and all of the emailing back-and-forth I have nothing to show for my almost $200 investment.
My final decision about the quality of this company’s products and customer service is a D-.
Buyer Be Ware!