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A gentle giant
Many words can be used to describe an airplane’s looks. When I see the de Havilland
Canada DHC- 2 Beaver, the first word
that pops into my mind is “utilitarian.”
It has a squarish design, with long, thin
wings and a wide main gear stance
that makes it a great Short Takeoff and
Landing (STOL) aircraft.
The Beaver is used for hauling cargo
and passengers, crop dusting, and has
been widely adopted by armed forces as
a utility aircraft and bush airplane. More
than 1,600 were produced until the
original line shut down in 1967.
The subject of this review is Hangar
9’s 110-inch ARF Beaver. It is primarily
balsa and plywood laser-cut construction
with a few fiberglass and vacuum-formed plastic parts. All are covered
in white UltraCote with red and black
trim. The preprinted fiberglass parts
nicely match the color scheme.
The Beaver is a large airplane with
a number of scale details, so there are
quite a few parts in the box. The wings
are a two-piece, plug-in design, as are the
stabilizer halves. The fuselage features
prehinged, preinstalled cabin doors, two
per side. Also included are parts to give
the aircraft scalelike detail, including
a dummy radial cowl, cabin seats, a
cockpit, and a dual-wheel yoke.
A selection of good-quality hardware
comes with the kit. Firewall drilling
templates are included for various
engine installations and a fuel tank is
included if you decide to use gasoline for
Initially, the only questionable piece
of hardware seemed to be the elevator
pushrod. It is made of three steel rods,
spot welded together to form a “Y”
controlling each elevator half. But, I’ve
flown the Beaver quite a lot using this
pushrod and have had no problems.
What caught my eye were several
places showing scuffs and scratches right
out of the box. There were wrinkles and
bubbles in the covering, and the seams
As can happen with review airplanes,
we often receive one of the first available
production samples. I hope that is the
In the air, the Hangar 9 Beaver is a gentle giant.
With the flaps extended, it can slow to nearly a
walking pace and yet it is still easy to control.
71 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014
firstname.lastname@example.org HORIZON HOBBY HANGAR 9 BEAVER 30CC ARF
Photos by the author