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Avios FG/RCG Extra 330LX Review

We check out the HobbyKing Avios RCGroups Extra 330LX and put it through its paces at the field. Read on to learn more about this killer looking and flying aerobatic airplane.

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Introduction

Wingspan: 56" (1420mm)
Length: 53" (1350mm)
Flying Weight: 4.28lbs (1940g)
Motor: 4240 6000kv Brushless Outrunnter
ESC: Aerostar 60A
Prop Size: 14x7 Wood
Servos: (4) 25g Metal Gear
Battery: 4S 2700-4000mAH
Available at: Hobbyking
Price: $319.61

When I first saw Jim Bourke's color scheme for his full size competition Extra 330, I knew it would be an awesome design for an RC model airplane. The colors pop, the scheme is hot, and it should be since it was designed in collaboration with Mirco Pecorari. Then I found out that HobbyKing was going to produce an RC version under the Avios brand and I knew it would be a winner. Avios has been making awesome planes in both quality and flight characteristics for a long time now and it was a perfect fit for the foamy Extra 330LX. HobbyKing sent me one to review and I've been holding on to it waiting for the official public release. Now's the time, so let's dig in and get this review started.

What's in the Box

The plane comes with all the electronics pre-installed and the parts are nicely packed and wrapped for protection during transport. I didn't have a manual at the time of my build and flights, but it has since been released online. Here's a listing of the parts you'll find in the box.

  • Fuselage
  • Wings
  • Horizontal Stab
  • Vertical Stab
  • Side Force Generators
  • Carbon Fiber Spar
  • Wooden Prop
  • Plastic Spinner
  • Landing Gear
  • Tailwheel Assembly
  • Hardware

The nice thing about this plane is that most of work has already been done, like the control surface hinges, servos and power system installation, even the wheels and wheel pants are already installed on the landing gear. Most of assembly requires just a screwdriver, but you'll want a little bit of adhesive for the landing gear cover.

Assembly

This thing is nearly ready to fly and just requires some minor final assembly and radio setup. I started out by screwing the landing gear in place on the bottom of the fuselage. Once the gear was on I attached the foam cover with contact adhesive. Then I installed the two plastic covers with two screws each.

Next I installed the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. The horizontal goes on first with a single screw. The stab is tabbed and is self aligning making it super easy to install. The vertical stab is pushed into place and is secured with two screws from the bottom of the fuselage. Once that is done, you can install the tail wheel assembly with two screws and connect the springs to the tailwheel and rudder control horns.

Since the motor and ESC was already installed I went ahead and attached the prop and spinner. You put the spinner hub on first, then the prop, washer, nut and then the spinner top. It all fit perfectly and looks great.

After that I just needed to install the SFG's (side force generators) on the wing tips with two screws each, connect the control linkages for the rudder and elevator, attach the wings, install my receiver and program my radio. The rudder pull pull linkages were already installed and just needed final adjustment to get the correct tension. The hardware used is really nice all around.

The wings don't have any hardware used to attach them to the fuselage which is wonderful! They slide on the carbon tube and lock into place. There is a plastic tab you press to release the wing when ready to disassemble. It really makes putting it together at the field a piece of cake. Note that there is a carbon tube in the box, that at the time without a manual, I had no idea what it was for. Now that the manual is available online, I see that it is an exhaust stack that glues into a hole in the fuselage underneath the nose.

Flying

Basics

With mild control throws, the Extra 330LX is a breeze to fly and very predictable. Take offs are smooth and stable as you would expect with a plane of this size. I wouldn't recommend this as your first aileron airplane, but even low time pilots with aileron experience can handle this beast. However, that's not why you want this plane, you want it to go wild with.

Aerobatics

I've been out of the 3D game for some time, so my skills are little rusty, but I can say this plane can do anything that your thumbs will allow. It rolls fast, snaps great, and spins like a dust devil. I was able to get it to hover, harrier and my favorite rolling harriers. It is a 3D machine, if that's your thing, but you can also dial it back some and do some precision maneuvers as well. The blenders and inverted flat spins look really great as you'll see in the video below. Scale aerobatics are fun and the trim scheme on this place really make it stand out and help with keeping orientation during the flight.

This is all coming from an old out of practice 3D pilot so I'll leave it to the true 3D experts to comment on the intricacies and finer points of how it handles different maneuvers. For me, it was just a blast to have a capable plane to bring me back to my old 3D days.

Landings

I was really surprised with how stable the plane flew and that made landings an easy affair. Just put her down on 3 wheels or 1 if you want to harrier land it, it's totally up to you and your skill set. I didn't have to worry at all about a wing dropping out on approach, it felt solid and locked in all the way to the ground.

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Conclusion

My final thoughts on the HobbyKing Avios RCGroups Extra 330LX are that this is one great 3D scale aerobatic airplane. Avios nailed it on the quality and user experience by making it super easy to put together and fly. The servos are up to the task of high loads with large control throws and the power system has plenty of go juice for unlimited vertical performance. I love the size of the plane and the fact that the wings are so easy to put on and remove. It means that you get a larger plane that is as easy to deal with for travel as a smaller foamy. I'm sure Jim Bourke is proud to see his full size plane's likeness on a scale RC model and it is so cool to have RCGroups and FlyingGiants represented in this way.

You can find the Avios RCGroups Extra 330LX at HobbyKing

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nice review Jason!
I have my eyes on the 95" version of this scheme from EF.

Seeing both articles on RCG and FG made me curious, are the two sites going to be merged into one?

I've always noticed on RCG Homepage that there is a section of links to the top articles at FG, but I dont recall seeing identical articles on both pages before.
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No plans for that. This plane has the FG logo and we thought some FG users would be interested in the review.
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Brilliant!
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Nice looking plane. And nice flying Jason!
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On occasion, we will cross-pollinate stories between the two sites. We are super picky about what we do that with though and it usually involves a discussion.
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Yall keep doing what you do! It works
I really like the current format of both sites and enjoy the way you all have classified posts into Articles, News and Reviews.

I did not mean to detour the discussion... sorry! Back to Avios
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This will be my next plane!
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I just ordered one - free shipping no less!
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Are the graphics pre applied?

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Indeed, they do!
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Indeed, they do!
Think they could be somewhat easily removed?

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Haha. You guys crack me up. C'mon, support your forum! This is a beautiful plane. However, judging by your desire to purchase the plane and instantly remove the graphics, you might want to look elsewhere; there's plenty of other aerobats in this size.
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Maybe Jason or someone that has put one together could elaborate a little on receiver install etc. What Spektrum RX is recommended? What factory connectors on the ESC? I hate soldering. I've been flying big gassers for years and a big fan of FG and maybe now's the time to try out one of these little 330s
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