Model type: Semiscale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate builder;
Wingspan: 41 inches
Wing area: 268 square inches
Length: 38. 5 inches
Weight: 26. 8 to 28. 8 ounces
Power system: 1000 Kv brushless outrunner
motor (included); 30-amp
brushless ESC (included); 3S
1800 to 2100 mAh battery; 9 x
4. 5 propeller (included)
Radio: Four-channel radio system
with four servos
Construction: Aerocell foam with carbon-fiber spar
Covering/finish: Prepainted scale scheme
Street price: Rx-R: $169.98; Tx-R: $229.98
Motor used: 1000 Kv brushless outrunner
Battery: 3S Flyzone 1800 mAh LiPo
Propeller: 9 x 4. 5 slow-flier propeller
Radio system: Futaba 12Z transmitter with
FAAST module; Futaba
R617FS FAAST receiver; four
Ready-to-fly weight: 28 ounces
Wing loading: 15 ounces per square foot
Wing cube loading: 11 ounces
Flight duration: 10 to 12 minutes
• Fantastic scale looks.
• Easy, quick assembly.
• Durable construction.
• Stable, yet fun flight performance.
• Two small blemishes in the paint on wing
and horizontal stabilizer.
AT A GLANCE ...
The servos are
preinstalled. The tail
servos, shown to
the right, required
after the pushrod
was attached to the
controls. Be sure
to add a drop of
landing gear leg is slotted into pockets in
the bottom of each wing. This is a good
time to add threadlocker to the metal
servo connections in the wing.
With the wing installed and the
aileron servo extension routed into the
fuselage, it is time to install the receiver
and secure the tail servo connectors with
a drop of threadlocker while checking
The motor, ESC, and cowling are
preinstalled, so all that’s left is attaching
the included spinner and propeller. I
recommend that you set up your servo
direction and control throws as well
as checking correct motor-rotation
direction. This ensures that you won’t
inadvertently start the motor with
the propeller on it during radio setup,
potentially causing an injury.
In all, I spent roughly an hour on the
I have found a local middle school
with a dirt track to be a great flying site
for this model. It takes off easily from
the track, and can even be flown from
short-cut grass. The nose wheel provides
extremely positive control while taxiing,
allowing the airplane to easily handle
even moderate crosswinds with ease.
The stock power system and Flyzone 3S
pack makes quick work of getting up to
Access to the
is through a
access hatch. The
battery tray is large
enough to handle
a wide variety of
battery sizes while
still achieving a
speed and airborne in less than 20 feet
with a brisk climb.
Although I prefer high-performance
aerobatic airplanes, I found the
Millennium Master to be a joy to fly
during both aerobatics and cruising. It
is stable upright and inverted and, with
the recommended control throws, it is
approachable for an inexperienced low-wing pilot.
All three flight controls feel well
balanced and responsive. I made some
changes to the setup to better match my
flying style, including moving the CG
slightly aft and increasing the control
throws for increased responsiveness.
Despite those changes, the
Millennium Master remained stable and
predictable. I was especially impressed
with its slow-speed performance.
You can pull hard in corners without
worrying about the airplane snapping
out of the turn. It also slows nicely
during approaches and landings.
I found the best approaches were
achieved flying a stabilized approach
with some power to increase the tail’s
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