As with its full-scale counterpart, the lower
wing isn’t part of the fuselage. It is connected
to the fuselage via mounting tabs and
brackets. The elevator servo hatch cover
conceals all but the servo shaft and arm.
bolts on the lower wing. With the wing
center sections secured, I marked the
cabanes with a fine tip marker and
epoxied the top wing section to the four
Because the cabane pockets in the top
wing face downward, I used Epo-Grip
epoxy. As with regular epoxy, it consists
of two parts that are mixed together, but
it is thicker than standard epoxy, with
the consistency of petroleum jelly, so it
stays where you apply it. The lower end
of the cabanes can be attached either
with epoxy or with the included wood
screws and I chose the latter.
The tail skid was simple. The post
slides into a pair of mounts in the
fuselage, and the two supports clip into
holes on either side of the fuselage. A
couple of drops of medium CA glue on
each of the four clips held them tightly
in place. The tail skid was then attached
to the post.
I thought that the 2mm machine
screw included with the kit allowed
too much play in the skid, so I went to
my “box-o-hardware” and found a 6-32
screw and nut. This prevented the skid
from having excessive side-to-side play.
The manual says to “secure the front
of the skid to the post with a cable
tie, rubber bands, or a shoelace (not
included).” I ended up borrowing a
ponytail holder from my daughter for
this job. I cut it to length and crimped
both ends in a short piece of brass fuel
tubing. I added a drop of thin CA to
each end of the tubing as additional
I installed the two elevator servos in
opposite sides of the fuselage below the
rear cockpit. The servos are installed
through cutouts in the covering, and a
Model type: Semiscale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate builder; intermediate pilot
Wingspan: 70 inches
Wing area: 1,279 square inches
Length: 41. 5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds (airframe only)
Recommended . 90 to 1. 20 glow power or equivalent electric power
power system: system
Radio: Minimum four-channel transmitter and receiver; four
micro servos; three standard servos
area: Club field
Street price: $389.99
TEST-MODEL DE TAILS
Power system: Uranus U638109 170 Kv brushless outrunner motor
Radio: Futaba 7C 2. 4 GHz transmitter; Futaba R617FS 2. 4 GHz
seven-channel receiver; four Futaba 3156 digital metal-geared servos for ailerons; two Futaba 9001 standard
servos for elevator halves; one Futaba S3152 digital high-torque servo for rudder
Battery: Two True RC 4S 5,000 mAh LiPo battery packs (in series,
Speed control: Uranus 100-amp HV brushless ESC
Propeller: Xoar 18 x 8 and 19 x 10 painted Scimitar
Accessories: Two Maxford USA 1/5-scale World War I pilot figures;
Maxford USA twin machine gun; Maxford USA
windshield and gun sight
Ready-to-fly weight: 13 pounds
Flight duration: 8 minutes
• Wings can be permanently mounted or removed for transport.
• Ailerons on top and bottom wings.
• Scale fiberglass cowl and exhaust manifolds/pipes.
• Battery hatch (electric version) is concealed in the front grill of the cowl.
• Several optional accessories are available to add a scale touch.
• Flat, iron-on covering and fabric covering upgrade options.
• Stained wood on interplane struts.
• The left-side fiberglass exhaust had to be modified to fit.
• Aileron pushrods were too short for the included hardware.
AT A GLANCE ...
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