Here you can see the deflection that’s possible with the flaps and ailerons.
rate for normal sport flying. There was
a little knife-edge coupling, which was
easy enough to dial out, and after those
few adjustments, the airplane was a solid
The flaps are fun to play with!
With full flaps, the airplane will float
along at a walking pace, and short field
landings are a piece of cake. With a good
headwind, I was able to land with what
seemed to be roughly a 1-foot rollout.
The ailerons have good authority by
themselves, but when combined with
the flaps, they give a stronger effect. It’s
similar to switching to high-rate ailerons.
It gives a crisp feeling when starting and
stopping a rolling maneuver.
The butterfly/crow/air brake
feature worked great as well. In a
complete nosedive, the air brake acts
as a parachute and slows the airplane’s
descent. I was able to start up high and
nosedive vertically into a landing.
On a conventional landing, if either
the approach is too fast or you want to
stop short as you are touching down, the
air brake does a great job of slowing the
airplane. I assigned the air brake function
to a momentary switch so I wouldn’t
inadvertently leave the air brake mix
activated. This worked well for “tapping
the brakes” on runway approaches.
With the 3,000 and 3,300 mAh
battery packs, I can get roughly 4- to
5-minute flights. The extra weight of the
5,000 mAh battery pack didn’t seem
to bother the Turbo Duster, and I could
easily fly for 7 to 10 minutes on these
packs. The Duster is a perfect sport flier.
It flies as easy as any trainer.
If you want to take it to the extreme,
the Turbo Duster can handle 3-D
maneuvers. With its low-dihedral wing,
however, it would not be my first choice
for a 3-D-only flier. This airplane bridges
the gap by giving you an awesome sport
flier with scalelike looks, but if you want
to rip up the sky with it, you absolutely
Extreme Flight makes it easy to get
the recommended gear you need to
complete the model because its website
is a one-stop shop.
The Turbo Duster is big enough
to present well in the sky, yet small
enough to pack into most vehicles for
transport. The airplane’s overall quality
is outstanding—everything fit and was
finished the way you would expect.
I didn’t find any problems with the
I look forward to adding the floats. I
think this model will make an excellent
floatplane, and hard points for the floats
are already built in. In the meantime,
I’ll keep “dusting” cornfields and
practicing ridiculously short takeoffs
Model type: Sport scale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate
Wingspan: 65 inches
Wing area: 747 square inches
Length: 55 inches
Weight: 5 pounds without battery
Power system: Torque 4016T/500 MKII
brushless motor; Airboss 80-
amp ESC; 6S 3,000 to 4,000
mAh LiPo battery
Radio: Minimum five-channel
transmitter and receiver; six
Street price: $349.95
TEST-MODEL DE TAILS
Radio system: Futaba 14SG transmitter;
Futaba R617FS receiver; six
Hitec HS-7245MH servos;
6-, 12-, and 24-inch servo
extensions; Extreme Flight
aluminum 1.25-inch servo
Power system Torque 4016T/500 MKII
used: brushless motor; Airboss
80-amp ESC; 6S 3,000, 3,300,
and 5,000 mAh LiPo battery
Flying weight: 5. 5 pounds without battery
Flight duration: 5 to 10 minutes, depending
on battery size
• Stable, easy-to-fly aircraft.
• High-quality build and hardware.
• Wide range of power options.
• Floats available.
• Hard points for floats already installed.
• Wheels were extremely noisy; needed
AT A GLANCE ...
56 Model Aviation JULY 2016