With the landing gear removed and plastic skid plates installed under the wings, the HobbyZone
BNF F4U Corsair S looks much more realistic as it flies. The skid plates screw in place over the
gear clips in the wing and protect the bottom of the airplane. They can be removed to reinstall the
gear legs if necessary.
stable and not extremely responsive.
This can be disconcerting for an
experienced pilot, so after a few circuits
around the field to get a feel for the
model, Bill switched into Intermediate
This was much more responsive. The
Corsair felt more like a fighter aircraft
should, but there was enough restriction
in the flight envelope to keep the model
from rolling or looping.
In Experienced mode, there were no
limits on the flight envelope, and the
model was capable of all conventional
aerobatic maneuvers. The roll rate was
fairly quick, depending on airspeed, and
large, round loops were easy and straight.
Slow flight is super stable. In Beginner
and Intermediate modes, the Corsair
won’t stall; it simply begins to descend.
In Experienced mode, the stall is a gentle
drop of the nose, straight ahead, and
applying power will resume flight.
Landings are simple, even in
crosswinds. In Beginner mode, line up
the airplane with the runway and reduce
power to descend. When the model
is above the runway, press the Panic
Recovery mode and hold it while cutting
power. The Corsair will take a nose-up
attitude and land smoothly. Remarkable!
As my friends and I flew the Corsair,
we repeatedly tested the Panic Recovery
button. Regardless of the model’s
attitude, when the button was pressed,
the airplane snapped back to upright,
level, and into a slight climb. It was
remarkable to see that happen the
first couple of times. We tried to find a
situation where the Corsair wouldn’t
immediately recover, but failed.
The HobbyZone F4U Corsair S is
suitable for a wide range of RC pilots.
It’s intended to be a model that a
beginner can use to teach himself or
herself to fly, but it’s also suitable for an
intermediate flier who wants to expand
the limits of his or her abilities with a
reliable safety net in case of trouble.
And finally, it’s a fun warbird for an
experienced pilot to fly in any condition.
This is the airplane I wish my dad
and I had used to learn RC flight with. I
think I’m going to really enjoy flying the
F4U Corsair S this season.
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