Model type: Semiscale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Wingspan: 88 inches
Wing area: 1,474 square inches
Length: 81 inches
Weight: 16 to 18 pounds
Recommended power system: 50 to 60cc gas engine
Needed to complete: Radio system with seven servos; power system
Construction: Balsa and plywood
Radio system: Futaba 14SG transmitter; Futaba R2008SB receiver; five
Hitec HS-7954SH servos; 3S 4,000 mAh LiPo receiver
battery and 5S 1100 mAh NiMH ignition battery; several
servo extensions of varying lengths
Power system used: Desert Aircraft DA-50R gas engine with Slimline
Pitts muffler; Vess 27B propeller
Flying weight: 17 pounds
Flight duration: 10 to 15 minutes
• Top-quality hardware included.
• Weight as advertised.
• Flies well for both Pattern and 3-D maneuvers.
• Wing bags included.
• Lower cowl screws can be difficult to remove.
AT A GLANCE ...
This is the generous hardware package included with the kit.
All of the components as
they come out of the box.
all perfect, so I used some masking tape and Gorilla Glue to
secure the hinges. I then taped them in place so they couldn’t
move while the glue cured.
The elevator servos are installed inside the elevator halves,
which makes it easy to unhook the elevator halves for
transport. The elevators slide onto the carbon-fiber wing tube,
and are each held to the fuselage with two screws through tabs
located on the underside of the stabilizer.
Each wing half uses a single wing bolt to hold the wing in
place, so assembly at the field is quick. The hatch is held in
place with two tabs at the front (concealed when closed) and
two screws at the back of the hatch through the side of the
fuselage. I made some paper templates to mark all of the cowl
openings and cut them using a Dremel tool. I wore a mask,
gloves, and safety glasses, and had a vacuum cleaner handy to
clean up the mess.
The cowl is secured by two screws on the top, from the
inside of the fuselage out to the cowl (which are hidden by the
cowl) and two screws through the bottom of the cowl into the
fuselage. Plan accordingly with your cowl openings so that you
can get the screws in place on the bottom of the cowl.
I completed the model with a Vess 27B propeller and a No
Limitz lightweight fiberglass spinner. I cut the spinner in much
the same way as I cut the cowl, using paper templates.
I installed a Fromeco failsafe Badger switch for my main
flight battery, which was a 3S 4,000 mAh LiPo, and a standard
5S 1, 100 mAh NiMH for the engine ignition. The main flight
battery was regulated down to six volts.
After the building was finished, I popped it onto my scale
and it weighed in at 17 pounds, landing right smack in the
middle of the manufacturer’s suggested weight range. I used a
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