The flaps’ slow-speed operation helps eliminate ballooning while
deploying the flaps during the landing approach.
Photos by the author
an air racing
Iam smitten with electric-powered, fixed- wing RC aircraft, and I spend way too much time looking at and lusting after
that next must-have airplane. When I saw
MotionRC’s video of the new RocHobby
Strega P- 51, I was almost instantly in love
I have a soft spot in my heart for
warbirds. Many of the aircraft that fly at
the Reno National Championship Air
Races each year are retired warbirds. The
extreme makeovers that these super-high-performance, modified vintage airplanes
undergo is incredible.
There is every indication that RocHobby
intends to create an entire series of models
based on some of the more infamous
Reno racing warbirds. The second model
to appear in the RocHobby Reno Racers
series is the Strega P- 51. (The first was a Sea
Fury known on the racing circuit as Critical
Manufactured from durable, ding-resistant Expanded Polyolefin (EPO) foam,
Flaps are included and operate at more
realistic slow and scalelike speeds than is
typical. I especially love scale multiblade
propellers and will usually forgo the
improved speed and performance of a two-blade propeller for the visual accuracy of a
three- or four-blade propeller.
The Strega comes equipped with a 101/2-
inch diameter, four-blade propeller. Its outer
tips are painted silver.
My normal unboxing buzz was at an
elevated level as I slipped the Strega’s
foam cradle from the brightly colored box
in which it arrived. As I unpacked and
inventoried the components, I marveled at
the crisply colored graphics and paint. What
an absolute beauty of a foam airframe!
Before assembling a new model, I give the
instructions a quick once-over. Assembly
manuals have a way of making the process
look as though it can be quickly completed.
I typically find that it takes a long evening
75 Model Aviation APRIL 2014
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