Model type: Semiscale glow/electric
Skill level: Intermediate builder;
Wingspan: 72 inches
Wing area: 717 square inches
Length: 45 inches
Weight: 6-plus pounds
Power system: Himax-3528-0800 motor;
Castle Ice 50-amp ESC;
four-cell 5,000 mAh
Radio system: Four-channel radio with
two miniservos and two
Retail price: Glow kit $179.99; electric
conversion kit $24.99;
electric deluxe combo kit
TEST-MODEL DE TAILS
weight: 6 pounds, 4 ounces
Power system: Himax 3528-0800
brushless outrunner, Air
Boss 60-amp ESC; 12 x 6
APC E propeller
Radio system: Spektrum DX8 transmitter;
receiver; two Hitec HS- 81
servos for ailerons; two
Hitec HS-311 servos,
elevator, and rudder;
Thunder Power four-cell,
5,000 mAh 45c battery
Flight duration: 10 minutes
Full-throttle 47 amps; 662 watts; 106
power watts per pound
• Excellent online instruction manual.
• Accuracy of laser-cut parts.
• Tab-and-notch construction.
• Semisymmetrical airfoil.
• Stable flight envelope.
• Three sets of plans.
• No hard-copy manual in kit.
• Five ounces of nose weight needed to
• Heavy wing spars.
AT A GLANCE ...
The completed fuselage with the electric conversion
firewall and battery hatch installed. The fuselage is
made mostly of 3mm poplar plywood with some balsa
in the nose.
spars. The LE is a sheeted D tube and the TE
sheeting is wide. The ribs are capped in between
The aileron servos are mounted outboard
in the wing, fastened to a plate, making
them removable. The center section is built
separately and both wing panels are joined to
it making a one-piece wing. This might cause a
transportation problem for some.
Non-functional wing struts make it scalelike.
The wing is held in place with dowel pins
in front and two nylon bolts in the rear. The
electric conversion kit comes with provisions for
installing a Himax HC-3528-0800 motor. If you
have a different motor to install, you must adapt
it to get the proper clearance with the cowl.
After building all of the airframe parts, I
carefully sanded them with 220-grit sandpaper
and finished it with 400. This will greatly
improve the appearance of your finished
airplane, after covering. I covered the Taylorcraft
with white and sky-blue UltraCote using Toni’s
Covering Iron Sock on my iron.
I painted the cowl with white latex paint.
Using the electric conversion kit as specified, I
mounted the motor per the instructions.
The fuel tank support now became the
battery support with the battery installed
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