A 1,200 Kv
It’s a good
It takes the Rare Bear time
to slow down, so landings
require a long approach.
flying qualities of this model because the system is always
active. All I can say is that the Rare Bear is predictable at all
I’ve flown it on windless days and blustery days. To me, there
is no difference in the pilot workload. I think that pilots who
are comfortable with powerful four-channel sport aircraft can
handle this model with no issues.
Although casual high-speed flying is its forte, Rare Bear
has aerobatic chops, too. It is capable of basic four-channel
aerobatics and looks its best when performing these maneuvers
smoothly. Rolls are axial and inverted flight requires a touch of
I found that the high-rate control throws for elevator and
aileron overly sensitive during normal flight. The suggested
low-rate throws, however, are comfortable for me. I keep the
rudder on high rates all of the time. This allows me to perform
high-speed knife-edge passes down the length of the runway.
Some fliers may like to keep the hammer down and
zoom around the pylons with this airplane. Go ahead if
that’s your thing, but be prepared for short flight times.
The manual suggests setting a three-minute flight timer,
which is about right for the velocity junkies.
I find that I spend a lot of time flying the model at roughly
half throttle. It moves along well at this power setting while
leaving plenty of headroom for the occasional top-speed
dash or tall loop. Using this power-management approach, I
conservatively set my timer for six minutes and still land with
reserve capacity in the battery.
For landing, I switch back to high-rate throws. This airplane
retains energy well, so you have to plan ahead to get it to the
ground. Under normal conditions, I’ll chop the throttle during
the downwind leg to set up for a midfield arrival.
If all-out speed is your goal, there are definitely RC
models that are faster than the E-flite Rare Bear. This
airplane is noteworthy for combining impressive speed with
aerobatic capability. You get both of these characteristics in
a package that is easy to assemble and not overly challenging
Although launching it can be tricky, proper technique and
a trusty helper can stack the odds in your favor. When Rare
Bear is in the air, it doesn’t take long to see how much fun
you can have with a big motor and a little airplane.
Flagler Radio Aero Modelers RC Club
RB4 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015