The Venture 50 3D ARF is the latest addition to JR's growing helicopter
line. It follows the same basic format as its smaller brother, the .30-size
Venture CP. When designing the midsize 3Dcapable heli, JR wisely decided
to stick with a simple, proven format. Following the current trend in
helicopters, the Venture 50 uses a 3-servo, 120-degree cyclic/collective
pitch mixing system (CCPM) and a belt-driven tail rotor. These two features
and a low parts count exemplify the Venture's simplicity. And in its almost-ready-to-fly
(ARF) format, the Venture 50 can be completed in an afternoon. When the
guys at JR® say this heli is an ARF, they aren't kidding!
WHAT YOU GET
|The included header tank not only increases flight
time, but it's also a visible fuel gauge.
|Before I installed the tail fins on the model, I
applied the decals to them; it's easier this way.
|The horizontal stab mount is an integral part of
the boom supports and adds a lot of strength.
When you open its large box, the Venture already looks like a elicopter.
This is an encouraging sight for those who have never built a helicopter;
it removes the "How am I ever going to put this together?" factor.
The main rotor head comes completely assembled, and it features an aluminum
center hub, two ball bearings and thrust bearings to support the heavy-duty
feathering shaft, 3D dampers and the blade grips; all of these were designed
to handle the rigors of hammering 3D aerobatics.
The chassis is the same as the one on the Venture 30 except that it uses
a longer tail boom to accommodate the required 600mm main blades. The
tail boom supports are stronger to withstand the stresses of 3D aerobatics.
The heli also sports a new, sleeker canopy design. The fuel tank holds
320cc (10.8 ounces) of fuel and is mounted forward of the engine. This
seems a little small for a .50-size engine, and JR addresses this by including
a 2-ounce header tank in the kit. This is a first, as no other heli manufacturer
offers a header tank as standard equipment.
The kit also includes a durable plastic canopy that's trimmed and installed
on the chassis. Curiously, though, the windshield needs to be trimmed
and screwed to the canopy. The decals are very colorful and provide good
orientation during aerobatics. The included manual is one of the best
in the business, and it's worth reading before starting the assembly.
It explains how to build the heli (what little there is), what CCPM is
and how it works. It also explains how to install and set up the radio
with parameters for basic and 3D flight modes for four models of JR radios
(XP662, X-378, XP8103 and PCM10X). The manual is simple, so if you've
never dealt with CCPM, or if this is your first heli, you'll be able to
follow the instructions with little fuss. The kit also includes heavy-duty
servo arms for JR servos, a longer 3D flybar and paddles.