The Beaver has a large number of parts for an ARF, but even so it can go from the box to ready
to fly in 10 to 12 hours.
case and these problems are unique to
the review Beaver. Regardless, after a
half hour of work with my heat iron and
gun, I was able to smooth most of the
wrinkles and bubbles.
Before I dive into the construction
details, I want to discuss the 64-page
manual included with the kit. It features
many photos, details, etc.; however, not
all of the steps are included—such as
hinging the ailerons, flaps, and a few
A revised manual is available on
Horizon’s website at the link listed in
“Sources.” It addresses a few of these
problems, yet it still misses other steps.
Both the print and online manuals
include steps that are irrelevant to
this review, such as mounting the
optional float kit.
Now, let’s get to it. As is the case
with most ARF kits, the wings are
tackled by attaching the ailerons and
flaps. Point-type hinges are used on
the flaps and CA-type hinges are for
the ailerons. Servo wire extensions
need to be added and they can
be pulled through the wing using
the preinstalled strings. After that,
the servos are attached to their
respective hatches, and the control
hardware is attached. To finish the
wings, I installed the wing strut
brackets and the wing struts.
There are scale details already
built into the wings to simulate
landing lights, but there is no
mention of any available light kit.
Model type: Scale ARF
Skill level: Beginner to intermediate pilot
Wingspan: 110 inches
Wing area: 1,485 square inches
Length: 66 inches
Weight: 16. 5-17. 25 pounds (per manual)
Power system: 30cc gas; 160-size electric
Radio: Six-channel minimum
All-up weight: 20. 5 pounds
Power system: E-flite Power 160 electric; E-flite
6S 5,000 mAh LiPo (two in series);
Castle Creations Phoenix Edge
Radio: AR7610 Spektrum receiver; six
Spektrum A6150 digital servos;
Spektrum 2S 2,000 mAh LiPo
receiver battery; several servo
extensions of varying lengths
• Laser-cut balsa and plywood used for
• Includes tank, wheels, and all control hardware.
• Painted fiberglass cowl and main gear fairings
• Removable stabilizer and wing halves make for
• All parts and templates included for gas or
• Fuselage doors (two on each side) open wide for
great cabin access.
• Many scale details are included, such as
corrugated control surfaces, a dummy engine,
and parts to make a well-detailed cockpit.
• Wonderfully stable in the air, yet capable of mild
• Effective flaps are included.
• The included manual missed several steps, but
included unneeded ones. A revised manual is
online that addresses of some of these problems.
• There were many wrinkles and bubbles in the
• There was more hangar rash than I would have
expected for a new kit. The covering seam joints
were noticeable, especially on the fuselage.
AT A GLANCE ...
Rounding out the parts are the built-up wing halves that are predrilled to accept the ailerons
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