Captured during a high-speed pass approximately 4 feet off of the
runway, the Valiant’s size gives it a great presence in the air.
appeal with a
When I think of the word valiant, I think of medieval times—the Three Musketeers
and the like. I don’t think this was what
Horizon Hobby had in mind with the
subject of this review, but I’m sure
there’s a back story.
Today I’m reviewing a new 30cc-
size model from Horizon’s Hangar
9 division: the Valiant 30cc ARF. It
initially appears to be a large trainer,
but the semisymmetrical airfoil suggests
some aerobatics. Then there’s that
wing—that long wing. So does that also
mean it’s good at gliding? Let’s find out.
The first thing that struck me is that
the Valiant is a large model, especially
for a 30cc design. Each wing half is a
respectable 501/2 inches long and the
horizontal stabilizer is slightly more
than 36 inches wide.
With the exception of the fiberglass
cowl and wheel pants, the entire
airframe is built up from laser-cut
balsa and plywood. Peering inside the
fuselage and wing, the interlocking
construction is visible, making the
parts strong and flex resistant.
Hardware can either make or break a
kit. In the case of the Valiant, Horizon
has done a good job of providing a
complete hardware package, and I was
quite satisfied with the quality.
There are the obvious things such
as the hinges, screws, and the landing
gear, but then there are not-so-obvious
touches. Yes, a fuel tank is provided, but
it comes completely preassembled. I
didn’t expect that!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the
72-page manual. It is well done and
covers everything in great detail. Each
step has a photo showing exactly what
needs to be done.
Photos by the author
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