The Skyraider is covered with UltraCote and sprayed with a flat clear coat. The exhaust stains are
sprayed on, and the decals are applied at the factory.
The 6S 5,000 mAh LiPo battery is strapped to a tray and then installed in the fuselage.
precut slots in the flaps and ailerons.
I like the fiberglass control horns. They require no screws
and are extremely robust! I had mixed up enough 30-minute
epoxy so I could install the elevator and rudder control horns
at the same time.
Back to the wings, the aileron and flap servos were installed.
They are a simple drop-in setup that make adjustments easy.
An 18-inch servo extension was secured to each aileron servo
wire, while the flap servos required 6-inch extensions. The
aileron servos were attached to a Y harness and the Hitec
Optima 9 receiver, while the flaps were each plugged into
their own channel.
With the four servos connected to the receiver, I assembled
and installed the pushrods. The Optima 9 receiver and Hitec
Flash 7 transmitter gave me the advantage to split the flaps
to separate channels. This was handy when it was time to
program the flaps!
With the wings completed, I set them aside and started
Model type: Semiscale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate builder;
Wingspan: 63 inches
Wing area: 637 square inches
Length: 47. 8 inches
Weight: 8. 5 to 9. 5 pounds
Recommended 10 to 15cc gas or glow
power system: engine or equivalent electric
Needed to Radio system with six to
complete: seven servos; power system
Construction: Balsa and plywood
TEST-MODEL DE TAILS
Radio system: Hitec Flash 7 transmitter;
Hitec Optima 9 receiver; six
Hitec HS-485HB servos; two
12-inch Y harnesses; two 18-
inch and three 6-inch servo
extensions; E-flite 60-120 90°
electric rotating retracts
Power system E-flite Power 60 brushless
used: motor; Castle Talon 90 ESC;
6S 5,000 mAh LiPo battery;
APC 16 x 8 propeller
Flying weight: 9. 5 pounds
Flight duration: 8 minutes
• Two-piece, removable wing makes transport
• Gas, glow, or electric power ready.
• Painted fiberglass cowl.
• Operational flaps.
• Retract ready with minor modifications.
• Cowl mounting had to be modified.
• Pilot is too short and too large to be scale.
AT A GLANCE ...
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