The ailerons are
controlled by one
servo mounted in
the fuselage. You
can see some of the
incorporates into its
designs. Accurate rib
color, and markings
are all evident.
material in the same manner as the
The full-scale P-6E Hawk only
has ailerons on the top of the wing.
Microaces did a great job of developing
a scale pushrod aileron control linkage
to replicate this. The linkage neatly
installs in the underside of the bottom
wing, and is driven by one aileron servo
that is mounted in the fuselage.
It is important that you hook up the
servo to your receiver and center it
before installation because it will affect
the centering of the ailerons when
attaching the wing to the fuselage.
I always test my receiver, motor, and
all servos to make sure they are properly
working before installing them. On
my P-6E Hawk, I used the Spektrum
AR6400 receiver that clips into the
receiver mounting tray that is installed in
the fuselage. The clip-mounting system
allows you to remove the receiver so you
can use it in other models.
When installing the bottom wing,
make sure that the aileron servo arm
is aligned with the aileron linkage for
The rest of
the build is
straightforward. After installing the
receiver, motor, and propeller, it was
time to check the CG and go fly!
In the Air
The Microaces Curtiss P-6E Hawk
with its beautiful graphics looks
amazing, but how does it fly? The
answer is great. With two wings, the
P-6E Hawk has a light wing loading that
allows the model to be flown at scale
speeds with scalelike performance.
The AP05 5,000 Kv brushless motor
has good power using the stock 300
mAh LiPo from Microaces. It is not a
3-D model with unlimited aerobatics,
but it can fly beautiful scale maneuvers
such as loops and rolls.
Takeoffs are easy—smoothly add
power and hold some up-elevator. The
model tracks well with the rudder. I flew
the aircraft indoors at the 2013 Horizon
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