A RimFire . 46 or . 55 brushless electric outrunner is the
perfect drop-in brushless power system for the Genesis.
The manner in which Phoenix Model captured the
sleek, flowing lines reminiscent of the Nemesis in this
conventionally constructed balsa kit is impressive.
The Genesis is a nice .50-size model and yet, the more
I flew it with the 14 x 7 propeller, the more comfortable
I became at slowing it for landing. The sight of it cruising
sedately around the pattern at times messed with my senses.
As I mentioned, it looks fast standing still, yet I was able to
fly it far slower than fast! Getting the Genesis to live up to
its Reno racing heritage will require hopping up the power
system. A steeper-pitched propeller and/or adding another cell
to the flight battery is sure to add to the top end.
As equipped and flown for this review, the Genesis is an
intermediate-level sport model that can easily provide flight
durations of 10 minutes or more when using a 5S 4,350 mAh
LiPo. Although newer pilots may be challenged by the speed it
offers, veteran pilots will probably want to make it go faster.
The Phoenix Model Genesis is one of the larger Reno-style
racing models that I have flown. It is a sturdily constructed
balsa and plywood kit that will appeal to both electric and
nitro enthusiasts. It can be configured as a relatively benign
sport model or built up for all-out speed. If going the latter
route, it will be wise to respect the potentially high wing
loading of the narrow-chord wings.
With the advent of electric retracts without servos, it has
been years since I have seen a pair of mechanical retracts used,
but Phoenix includes a sturdy set of them. The company
sweetens the deal by equipping them with nice metal
suspension struts. The mechanical retracts are rock solid and
robust, especially when fired by quality retract servos such as
the high-torque Futaba S3170G servos used in this project. So
far, they have functioned flawlessly.
The full-scale Nemesis sports a three-blade propeller. If a
pilot can score an appropriate three-blade spinner, switching to
a three-blade propeller would give the model a more accurate
It is not uncommon to find small groups of pilots who enjoy
Pylon Racing at an informal club level. The models used are
usually park-flyer size and priced accordingly. This larger .50-
size Phoenix Model Genesis might be the perfect platform to
explore taking your racing to a higher, more exotic level!
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