Horizon Hobby e-fli Te mys Tique 2.9-me Ter arf
The transparent red-and-yellow color scheme presents well against the blue Florida sky. The colors are easy to see against clouds.
See the Mystique soar
on a video in the tablet app
and at www.ModelAviation.
is ready for fun
Designed by world-class glider pilot
Peter Goldsmith, the Mystique is the
perfect airplane for Radian Pro owners
who want to transition to a higher-performance, built-up airframe.
There are plenty of full-house
sailplanes out there but few rival the
reasonable price of the Mystique, are
combined with E-flite quality, and are
backed by Horizon Hobby’s world-class
If competition is your forte, the
Mystique would be a great entry- to
mid-level aircraft for F3J (Electric
Thermal Duration), in Altitude Limited
Electric Soaring (ALES) competition, or
in Limited Motor Run (LMR) events.
The Mystique features built-up wings
with solid-wood tail surfaces and a
molded fiberglass fuselage. It is clear that
the manufacturer focused on attention
to detail. The wings use the versatile
SD3021 airfoil (modified for the
Mystique) for a wide flight envelope.
Photos by Andrew Griffith and Steve Betts
It is built-up and covered with white
UltraCote. The inboard section is
transparent red and the outboard wing
section is transparent yellow.
It looks nice in the air. My girlfriend,
who typically rolls her eyes at my new
toys, commented that the Mystique is
a nice-looking model. The transparent
covering allows the world to see how
well the aircraft was built.
The wings are supported by a 10mm
solid carbon-fiber wing joiner rod that
sets in carbon tubes embedded in the
wings. As a pure sailplane, this setup
might not stand up to aggressive zoom-style winch launches, but it should hold
up well to normal winch and hi-start
Some may be alarmed by the lack of
wing bolts, but airplanes that cost several
times this much routinely use colored
electrical tape to hold the wings on in
The fuselage is white, molded
fiberglass with a nice, glossy finish and
no visible seam line. The elevator is
the full-flying variety and is shoulder
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com