The Microaces Curtiss
P-6E Hawk is fun to
fly and has scalelike
The model can perform
basic aerobatics such
as loops and rolls.
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Above: The beautiful, new Microaces
Curtiss P-6E Hawk has a wingspan
of slightly less than 16 inches, and a
flying weight of 70 grams. It features
a new, lightweight covering material
with detailed graphics.
Right: The aircraft is available in a
standard kit with everything shown,
or as a deluxe kit that includes the
AP05 5,000 Kv brushless motor and
the XP-7A ESC.
A new kit
Ilove to fly models, but I really enjoy building them. It can be a relaxing and rewarding experience to build a model from scratch or
from a kit. Building your own models can help you
gain experience with installing motors and radio
gear, and even teach you covering techniques.
Microaces, a somewhat new kit manufacturer
that produces a line of beautiful micro aircraft kits,
has introduced an innovative way to cover model
airplanes using a lightweight sticker material
with highly detailed graphics. I enjoyed applying
stickers to all kinds of things when I was a child,
but who would have thought that I would have
the same enjoyment applying them to a model
Microaces Curtiss P-6E Hawk
Microaces listens to what modelers want to
see kitted. The company polled readers on the
RCGroups forum to determine the most popular
single-engine airplane for a new kit. The elegant Curtiss P-6E
Hawk won and became the company’s next project.
The model is 1/22-scale with a wingspan of 15. 87 inches.
The aircraft is available as a deluxe kit that includes the AP05
5,000 Kv brushless motor and XP-7A ESC, or as a standard
The Curtiss P-6E Hawk kit’s quality is apparent as soon as
you open the box. All of the parts are neatly packaged with
one of the best instruction manuals that I have seen. Every
step of construction is numbered and beautifully illustrated.
Microaces also has several P-6E Hawk build videos that can
be accessed on the company’s website. I recommend that you
watch them because they offer some great building tips.
This would be the third Microaces kit that I had built, and I
was excited to get started! The Curtiss P-6E Hawk kit includes
a new, lightweight sticker material with amazing graphics,
laser-cut foam and plywood parts, micro
aileron servo, preformed wire, propeller
and spinner, molded receiver and
battery door covers, carbon-fiber wings,
control horns, and even a sanding stick
Construction begins by sanding the
correct 45% chamfer in the rudder and
aileron parts, using the supplied sanding
guide. These parts are good ones on
which to practice applying the stickers
if this is your first Microaces kit. You
will need a good pair of tweezers to aid
in positioning the stickers on the parts.
Applying the stickers is not difficult, but
it may take some practice.
The P-6E Hawk kit uses light
plywood for the landing gear, cabane,
and wing struts. The plywood parts are
assembled and covered with the sticker
93 Model Aviation MAY 2014