Model type: Electric-powered ARF 3-D quadcopter
Skill level: Advanced
Width/length: 12. 4 inches
Height: 4. 4 inches
Diagonal: 15. 8 inches
Propeller: 8 inches
Flight time 3-D: 3 to 4 minutes
Battery: Three or four-cell 1,800 to 2,250 mAh LiPo
Weight: 30. 7 ounces with Pulse 4S 1,800 mAh LiPo battery
material: CNC aluminum and carbon fiber
Power system: Four brushless outrunner Hyper 3D 2212-1450 Kv
ESCs: Four Hyper 3D high-performance 30-amp Opto ESCs
Flight battery: Pulse 4S 1,800 mAh LiPo
Flight controller: Preprogrammed Naze 32 Acro 3D
BEC power: Hyper 3-amp 5-volt
Canopy type: Custom airbrushed fiberglass from Fusuno
Street price: $380
Radio used: Spektrum DX9 and DSMX satellite receiver (machine is
compatible with all major radio brands)
• Very cool looks.
• Rugged carbon-fiber construction.
• Gorgeous paint job on the canopy.
• Extremely aerobatic.
• 3S or 4S LiPo compatibility.
• User programmable.
• Parts availability.
• When completing this review, it was so new that there was little
technical advice available.
AT A GLANCE ...
The AerialFreaks Hyper 3D-400 as it
comes out of the box with the manual and
have done the initial calibrations.
Instructions for configuring your
computer and downloading the necessary
software are explained well in the
manual. You will need a USB cable with
one micro end to connect the quad to
The Hyper 3D-400 is designed to be
set up as a new model using the acro
or airplane setting on your radio. It
can be done in the heli mode if you’re
comfortable with working out some of
The advantage to this would be the
extra programming versatility, but I
chose to set it up in the airplane mode
as described in the manual. Each major
radio brand has its own section that
describes which channels to reverse and what to set the travels
to. This handy information allows you to get flying quickly.
During the setup, you will be instructed to set the gear for
a three-position switch. This will give you three flight modes,
but the first position in stick position “0” will be fully off.
The board will initialize and the ESCs will partially arm, but
throttle will not cause the propellers to turn. The ESCs are
fully armed for flight in the third position of the gear switch.
To completely kill the throttle, move the switch to the first
position. When it’s armed, you are in full 3-D mode.
Baseflight GUI Interface
Baseflight is the configuration software to use and those
pertinent screens are depicted in full color in the manual,
ensuring success even if you’ve never had to tweak the settings
of a control board before. The screens are shown in full
color exactly as you’ll see them on your laptop after you’re
The key thing to remember during this step is that each
time you complete the settings on a screen, be sure to hit the
save button at the bottom before going to the next screen. You
don’t need to understand what all of the numbers mean, but
you must set them exactly as shown in the manual. You will
eventually learn what they all mean and do.
After everything is programmed as depicted in the manual
and configured with the GUI, you’re ready for the test flight.
Only after going through all of the steps in the setup portion
of the manual do you want to attach the propellers.
During the setup, you already verified each motor turns
the proper direction. Now attach the propellers and note the
proper orientation according to the manual. After the battery
is connected and you’ve heard the appropriate signals, you’re
ready to go. Be sure to let the quadcopter sit stationary for a
minute or so after arming to allow the board to fully initialize.
One particular note: after arming the motors and advancing
the throttle to approximately halfway, the motors will begin
80 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015