Ares RC Gamma 370 Trainer Review


Ares RC has been steady churning out product since they hit the scene last year. Not only have the releases been steady, but the models fly great! Their latest offering is the Gamma 370, an upgradeable trainer that starts you off with three channels and can progress you all the way to a brushless powerplant and an aileron equipped aerobatic wing. See how the Gamma 370 scores…

 

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

The market is flooded with trainers and most of them are throw-backs to old proven designs. Not that this is a problem, but Ares has decided to “train” your wallet as well, stretching those precious hobby dollars as far as possible as your skills improve.

When Jason at Ares called me about the Gamma, I was definitely interested in their approach and was excited to test the platform. Realize, I’ve had my fill of trainers. We test them on a regular basis and generally they all perform pretty well. Some fall short of the mark and never get filmed, but most do so the delineation between products starts to feel like we’re “splitting hairs”. When someone introduces a new platform that is easy on the budget (a must-have for 99% of the beginners) and also lets them grow with the aircraft, we start paying close attention.

While having a convertible wing design isn’t a new concept, it’s rarely done well. The Gamma 370 starts you off with a dihedral main wing, a brushed-geared powerplant, and only three channels of control. The brushed power system keeps the price reasonable: $129 for the RTF and only $79 for the RFR if you have your own radio system.

Assembly was quick and we were up and ready to fly with the RTF Gamma that Ares sent for testing. We flew on a windy day which seems to be the theme this season in Ohio. Too windy for a beginner, but not too windy for the Gamma. It was blowing a steady 5MPH and gusting to around 8, but the Gamma can handle it in the air. On the ground it gets pushed around quite a bit since it’s such a light design. After an afternoon of flying it was obvious this one was going to move on to the finals for a full video review.

Check out the vids and discover Ares’ latest offering to the RC market, the Gamma 370 Trainer! Keep your eyes peeled for our Product Spotlight Feature of the upgraded wing and powerplant. Yes, we’ve already tested them, but no spoilers..!

Kurt

Additional Resources

Hobbytown USA, exclusive distributor of Ares RC products www.hobbytown.com/shop, (402) 434-5050

5X5 Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
4 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
4.5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4.5 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
4 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Large Park

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Model Specifications

Wing Span:

38.6 in (980mm)

Weight:

16.0 oz (455 g)

Length:

30.6 in (775mm)

Motor Design:

Brushed DC

Volt Range:

2S LiPo (7.4V) Stock, 3S LiPo (11.1V) with optional brushless powerplant upgrade

Construction:

EPO Foam

ESC Amperage:

20A

Radio Channels:

3 (Stock), 4 w/optional aileron wing installed

Included ESC:

20A Brushed

Included Radio System:

6-channel 2.4GHz (included with RTF, required for RFR)

Included Charger:

DC 2S 7.4V LiPo Balancing and AC adapter (included with RTF, required for RFR)

Included Battery:

1000mAh 2S 7.4V LiPo (included with RTF, required for RFR)

Needed Items:

RTF: Nothing RFR: 3-4 Channel Radio System, 2S 1000mAh LiPo Battery, Battery Charger.

Street Price:

$129.99 RTF, $79.99 RFR

Special Features:

Optional upgraded brushless power system, optional aileron-equipped aerobatic wing

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2 Responses to Ares RC Gamma 370 Trainer Review

  1. avatar Vadim says:

    Thank you guys for helping me choose the right thing. I was looking for a good trainer and Ares 370 Gamma really surprised me with combination of price, quality and performance. It has been a month since I started flying. In my opinion, it is easy to fly for a beginner with the trainer wing so I tried aerobatic wing within a couple of days after I started, although the aerobatic wing configuration definitely needs brushless outrunner with 3S battery. After opening the box, there were some things that I liked right away compared to similar trainers. Tough foam, well and accurately glued halves of the fuselage and wings, carbon fiber rods glued into control surfaces. Well built plane, that can be easily modified. I think, it is one of the most competitive parkflyers, considering wing and powerplant upgrades.

  2. avatar trwalk says:

    I bought an Ares Gamma 370 and since I am new, got an experienced friend to get me started. So far he has flown it twice and 3 times in 2 flights it took sudden nose dives for a couple of seconds. They didn’t last long enough to make it crash but there is definitely something wrong. Anybody have an idea?

    Thanks,

    Tom

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