Model type: Laser-cut micro RC kit
Skill level: Beginner builder; beginner pilot
Wingspan: 18. 25 inches
Wing area: 56 square inches
Length: 13. 5 inches
Weight: 1. 4 ounces
Construction: Built-up wood
Street price: $39; decal set $7.99; finishing package $16.99
TES T-MODEL DE TAILS
Power system: ParkZone PKZ3624 brushed motor system; E-flite
Battery: Thunder Power Pro Lite 125 mAh 3.7-volt LiPo battery
Radio system: Spektrum DX8 2. 4 GHz transmitter; Spektrum AR6410
receiver with integrated ESC and servos
Ready-to-fly weight: 1. 51 ounces
Flight duration: 6 to 8 minutes
• Easy to build.
• Thorough manual.
• Easygoing flight performance.
• Awkward battery-mounting position.
AT A GLANCE ...
The Caudron is designed to use
ParkZone’s ultra micro radio
components. They drop right in
and perform well.
The adhesive vinyl
numerals included in the
finishing package are
easy to apply—just peel
I spent three evenings building the Caudron. Not until
the end did I face my first hiccup. The included drawings
show where the battery should be mounted, but the manual
doesn’t indicate a method for retaining it. I placed a small
patch of hook-and-loop tape on the battery tray’s rear lip,
and the mating piece on my Thunder Power 125 mAh one-cell LiPo. The radio brick somewhat obstructs the battery
bay access, but battery swaps are manageable with a little
I added optional flying wires to the top of the wing using
standard sewing thread. Installation only took a few minutes
and I liked the result. My completed model balanced
without needing any ballast and weighs 1. 51 ounces. I linked
the brick to my Spektrum DX8 transmitter and set low-rate
throws to the manual’s recommended values.
All of my Caudron’s flights have been outdoors in calm
conditions. Takeoffs can be quick. I’ve frequently used a
pickup truck bed cover as my runway. Even with the bed’s
short length, the airplane lifts off with runway to spare.
Hand launching is also
a viable and stress-free
The Caudron is intended
to be docile in the air and
that is where it excels.
Graceful, low-speed flybys
are relaxing and fun to
watch. I have no trouble
keeping the airplane
contained in a small area,
so I look forward to trying
it indoors. It has enough power and control authority to coax
a few basic aerobatics, but don’t expect these tricks to be
I spend most flights cruising around at chin height using
half to three-quarters throttle. The Caudron is not much of
a glider. When you cut the power, it will come down quickly.
Keep this in mind during your flights and reserve some
power for a graceful landing.
73 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com