AT A GLANCE ...
Model type: Electric semiscale ARF
Wingspan: 40 inches
Wing area: 326 square inches; 2. 3 square
Length: 33 inches
Radio: Futaba 7C 2. 4 GHz
transmitter; Futaba R617FS
receiver; three Futaba S3114
Minimal flying area: Club field
Price: $155.99 for laser-cut ARF;
$14.99 for optional detail
package (windshield frame,
wheel covers, cockpit
covering, stall horn, air intake
tube, 1/8-scale WW I pilot)
Components needed to complete:
Building supplies; four-channel radio with three
microservos; 250- to 300-watt
electric power system
Power system: Uranus 28309 outrunner
brushless motor; APC 9 x 6E
propeller; Uranus 25-amp
ESC; ElectriFly 3S 2,200 mAh
30C LiPo battery
Duration: 8-plus minutes
Flying weight: 37. 9 ounces
Wing loading: 16. 7 ounce per square foot
Wing cube 11. 1
A small countersink bit in a hand drill was used to remove material from the tail wheel bracket and improve its fit.
were long enough that I was able to
include a V-bend in each rod, which
allowed me to fine-tune their final
The Nieuport includes a floating
motor mount that allows it to
accommodate motors of varying lengths.
After I had it set to utilize Maxford’s
Uranus 28309 outrunner motor, I
noticed that there was room below to
also mount the Uranus 25-amp ESC.
I chose this spot over the internal
location noted in the manual to move a
little mass toward the nose and expose
24 amps; 268 watts; 8. 6 watts
per ounce; 113 watts per
pound; 9,660 rpm
• Well built.
• Nice scale features.
• Looks great in the air.
• Assembly manual is not current.
• Pushrod lengths are not adjustable.
the fuselage slots where they are to
be mounted. I found it much easier to
install the cabanes with them detached
from the top wing.
I also removed the covering on
the portions of the cabanes that are
imbedded in the fuselage slots.
I used Futaba S3114 microservos
on all of the control surfaces. They
are slightly smaller than the factory
cutouts, but I was easily able to install
them. What surprised me was that all
of the pushrods have a Z-bend at the
servo and a 90° bend with a plastic
keeper at the
It is a simple,
but the resulting
lack of length
for error when
imparting the 90°
rudder, I utilized
as designed. I
subtrims for each
servo with my
Futaba 7C transmitter to center the
control surfaces. Because both ailerons
share a single servo, I could not use
subtrim to absorb any errors in their
My tail wheel assembly would not
fit as described in the manual. To cure
this, I beveled the bottom opening in
the tail wheel mounting bracket with a
countersink bit in my hand drill. It only
took a few twists to remove enough
material for a perfect fit.
The cabane struts also required some
improvisation. They are a tight fit in
Adding V-bends to the aileron pushrods allows for precise adjustment of
their individual lengths.
the ESC to more cooling air. I opened
up a slot in the motor mount to route
the motor leads and keep them clear of
the spinning motor can. Mounting the
wing struts and flying wires takes time,
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