Top Flite Taurus
Juan De Paoli (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; email: jcmkt65@
yahoo.com) emailed us with the following:
“Recently my father sent me our RC plane collection that dates
back to 1970. He lives abroad and it was quite an ordeal to get the
planes to the US. To my highest satisfaction, they all arrived intact.
“The collection includes 30 built vintage planes, 15-plus vintage
kits, Kraft radios (some new in the box), etc. The airplane in the
photo is one his most proud creations—an original 1962 Taurus by
Top Flite, with wheel brakes and all. [I] hope everyone enjoys it as
much as I do.”
The Taurus is powered by an O.S. Max H Black Head engine. The
photo was taken at Juan’s flying field, the Carlisle Air Modelers, in
Don Kiryluk (Zebulon, North Carolina; email: donkiryluk@gmail.
com) sent in this photo of his Corsair during a shake-down flight at
the Raleigh Aeromasters (RAMS) field in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The aircraft was piloted by club president James Taylor.
The Corsair started life from two partial, older, gas-powered
Top Flite kits that were obtained at a swap meet. It is powered by
an Exceed-RC 4120-465 Kv 1,600-watt motor swinging a Master
Airscrew three-blade 16 x 8 propeller and a five-cell Turnigy 4,000
mAh LiPo battery.
The ESC is a 100-amp unit. The airplane, weighing 9. 5 pounds, is
stable and cruises comfortably at 50% power, and goes vertical at
100% throttle. Retracts are E-flite rotating electric units.
Don covered the Corsair with EconoKote and sprayed the entire
airplane with MonoKote semigloss clear to preserve the old decals
and give it a worn, military finish.
The photo was taken by Sam Goldfarb. A video of the flight by club
secretary Jose Armstrong resides on the RAMS’ Facebook page at
Nick Ziegler (Moline, Illinois; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
submitted this photo of a hard-to-find Top Flite Hot Kanary that was
built by Jeff Ziegler. Nick mentioned that Jeff had looked for this
airplane for years.
The electric Hot Kanary was covered in UltraCote and powered
by 4S batteries. The wheel pants are hand carved.
“She’s a real mover and looker,” he wrote.
Larry Green (Marshall, Washington; email: ldgreen90@gmail.
com) sent in a photo of his 1/4-scale Zing Ultralight airplane that was
scratch-built from full-size, scaled-down plans. It uses a Turnigy
42/58 brushless outrunner motor, a 15 x 10 propeller, and a 5S 5,000
mAh LiPo battery for power.
Larry wrote, “It flies very scalelike, slow and stable, [and] weighs
around 8 pounds with an 82-inch wingspan. I thought you might
include it in your magazine sometime. Thanks so much.”
FP1 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com