GW Xieda 9938 Review

GW Xieda 9938 Review

The Xieda 9938 by Great Wall is a large and fast 4CH heli – an apt step between coaxial helis and CP helis. Though it is not as responsive and durable as its younger cousins, it offers enough fun and enjoyment while flying. You have to be a little careful because of its size because if it bumps into obstacles, it breaks easily.

Package

The package of GW Xieda 9938 contains: The 9938 helicopter, single 500mAh 3.7V LiPo battery, USB Universal Charger (takes around an hour to charge the battery), 1 Game Controller-style transmitter, a spare set of main rotors and tail rotors, instruction manual

gw 9938 package

Looks, Structure and Quality

The looks of Xieda 9938 are hard to describe in writing. You have to see it with your own eyes. The lovely gloss finish, having lines indicating all main body panels and doors, is amazing. This civilian-model body is based on the iconic Hughes 500C and features the 70s’ traditional vintage paint scheme. Mild blue metallic color with silver and black trim and Tee-Tail stabilizer, as well as a charcoal grey version are available. The metallic finish looks superb. It glows and the super fine flakes in the paint add to the “scale” feel of the heli. main rotors

The body of Xieda 9938 has the upsized motor and divetrain of 9928. This bird is bigger and heavier than 9958 – weighs about 73.4 gm and therefore requires power.

Transmitter

Transmitter of Xieda 9938 is a game controller-style tx with LCD display showing Cyclic Input, Throttle, Trims and Battery/TX Power levels. It also has red and green LEDs to indicate flight mode vs. bind mode. You can select high and low rate modes by pressing down the left stick.

gw 9938 tx

Flight

Xieda 9938 flies fantastically right out of the box! It gets up in the air, ascends and hovers with hands off the cyclic. It ascends nicely, but is not as nimble as its younger sibling. Tail lock is good too, with a bit of wiggle. It has smooth lateral movement but its right-hand tilt is also quite pronounced. However, it doesn’t drift laterally in any direction.

A notable thing is it tends to ascend sharply from a mix of angular lift and gyroscopic reaction, in right rudder and hard acceleration. Because of its cored motor, effect is even greater. It has also a tendency to smooth out the power however. There is never a drop in the headspeed, even if you spill and piro hard to stall the blades, you only get a moment of blade clatter, then they start to build lift again.

gw 9938

A major difference between Xieda 9938 and its younger siblings is the acceleration. Xieda 9938 can go fast but it takes time for that, and after gaining speed, it is a little difficult to change directions. Its weight coupled with the rigid plastic with those gorgeous details in the fuselage makes it a “Scale Flyer”, rather than an “Aerobatic Flyer”. Giving very “Scale” responses to input, it flies fabulously and flight lasts for about 8 minutes, almost double as that of 9958 and V911. You will have to stock extra batteries though – an 8-minute session gets over too fast!

But this is troublesome in a way. Xieda 9938 flies fast and if you don’t plan much beforehand, it can fall into walls and obstacles like smaller helis. And when it hits, it not only bounce back, but it breaks! However 9938 is quite tough, not to break anything so easily, though that gorgeous paint may get scuffed off and the windshield may get numerous cracks. All in all, it is a nice heli to fly when you want some relaxed moments, but it can go fast, even in some wind.

Pros

  • Gorgeous looks
  • More stable and larger than smaller microhelis
  • 8 minutes of flight time
  • Nice well-mannered intermediary step between coaxial and CP helis
  • More “scale flight” characteristics

Cons

  • Its rigid plastic is more easily breakable than smaller aerobatic models
  • For maintenance you require disassembly of fuselage
  • Will need extra batteries
  • Its bigger size can put you into trouble if you don’t take care

Conclusion

Xieda 9938 is a superb scale heli with some mild handling requirements that make it an awesome next step to coaxials. More suitable to “scale flight” providing lifelike response.

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