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the most stable aircraft that I have flown
in several years.
My first flights took place on a day
when the winds were almost nil, with
temperatures in the high 60s. Under
these nearly ideal conditions, the
aircraft’s in-flight behavior inspired
On the second battery, I repeatedly
brought the Strega in fast and low for
photos. With each successive pass, I
eased it slightly closer to the ground,
but the Strega never felt as though it
had any surprises waiting for me. This
airplane stays aimed where you tell it
to go, and it looks so good in the air!
What is not to love about red, white, and
Flipping the gear and flaps switches, I
made a few dirty passes for the camera
and entered the downwind for landing.
I like to keep my approaches large
and lazy, with sweeping, gradual turns
through each leg. I settled in the Strega
on final, holding roughly 20% throttle
until I crossed the threshold.
Slowly dropping the throttle further
allowed the P- 51 to settle in on the
mains. The landing rollout was realistic
looking, with the Strega staying up on its
mains until the last bit of velocity bled
Although I have often been
underwhelmed after the maiden flight
of an aircraft I had long lusted after, the
Stega’s performance was even better
than I had imagined! Hearing it roar
around the field as I pulled elevator to
make high-G, air race-style turns was
phenomenal! The ease with which
landings and takeoffs can be performed
is icing on the cake!
Spare fasteners, an adequately detailed
and comprehensive assembly manual
with recommended control throws and
an accurate CG specification, electric
retracts with metal trunnions, flaps that
deploy and retract at a near-scale speed,
quick assembly … RocHobby is firing
on all eight cylinders with this exciting
Reno racer warbird ARF kit!
I definitely dig the way that the
Strega grooves in flight. The look of the
propeller disc created by the big, silver-tipped, four-blade scale propeller with
the gleaming chrome spinner glistening
in the center, is dynamite!
Unless you are willing to open up a
little extra space in your battery bay,
you may need to carefully select your
4S 2,200 mAh flight packs, to prevent
their excessive bulk from inhibiting the
removable canopy from fully seating to
I experienced no problems or failures
with any piece or part of the Strega
during the assembly or in flight. If your
experience is not the same, I have read
that MotionRC has excellent customer
Some may eschew multiblade
propellers and prefer to roll back to a
more efficient—although regrettably
nonscale—two-blade propeller. There
are notable gains should you wish to
journey down this highway to high
According to Tom Ellison at
MotionRC, the company has been
playing around with an APC E 12 x
12 propeller cut down to 11 x 12.
With this propeller they have achieved
speeds of nearly 115 mph with the
Strega! This speed comes without any
need to upgrade the factory power-system components, although minor
modifications to the motor shaft may
be necessary to make the APC propeller
Those who love fast Reno-style
warbirds should grab a RocHobby Strega
P- 51 with haste.
Eagle Tree Systems
The RocHobby Strega P- 51 rests on
the ramp after flying fast and hard.
This airplane is fun to fly!
78 Model Aviation APRIL 2014