that handles beautifully.
A fully capable
The Legacy Aviation side of Extreme Flight is the home of its general aviation sport airplanes.
One of the company’s latest offerings
is a 65-inch Turbo Duster, based on
the real-life workhorse, the Air Tractor.
The full-scale Air Tractor is used for a
variety of crop-dusting and firefighting
duties, and is built in Texas.
It originally started out as a piston
engine aircraft in 1973 (with a big Pratt
& Whitney radial on the front), but
later transitioned to using turboprop
engines. There are many Air Tractor
variants, and it is at home operating
from both land and water.
The Turbo Duster that I am
reviewing is a generic version of the Air
Tractor that can be easily tailored to
be a nice-looking scale model of any of
the variants. As of this writing, a float
set is in the process of being released.
It will open a new aspect of flying
the Turbo Duster, and will be perfect
for modeling any of the firefighting
versions out there.
The Turbo Duster arrived in a single
large box, with all of the components
wrapped and well protected inside. The
major components are the fuselage, a
large single-piece canopy/hatch, two
plug-in wing halves (with wing bag
and carbon-fiber wing tube), and a
horizontal stabilizer. The control surfaces
are all precut for CA hinges, but none of
the surfaces are glued in place.
There is a bag that contains all of
the hardware needed to assemble
the airplane, a large color decal sheet,
carbon-fiber landing gear, and of course,
an instruction manual.
The hardware bag has everything
divided into smaller bags, which are
labeled for each stage of construction.
Extreme Flight also carries most of the
additional components needed to get the
airplane into the air.
The power for the Turbo Duster
comes from Extreme Flight’s
recommended power system—in this
case, a Torque 4016-500 motor coupled
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