The tail feathers come with a laser-cut balsa core
sheeted on both sides. I chose to lighten it by
building them up. This is not necessary, but if you
are a builder it will help lighten the tail, requiring
less weight in the nose to achieve the CG.
The Himax 3528-0800 motor is the recommended electric power system for the Taylorcraft and
provides 106 watts per pound. Five ounces of weight were added to the nose to achieve proper CG.
through a hatch in the bottom. Instructions for latching the
hatch were not supplied. Why not provide a way for those who
may be unsure and let the builder decide? I used a magnet to
latch the hatch, allowing quick access to the battery.
Testing the power system, I found that it drew 47 amps on
a 12 x 6 APC E propeller. I was concerned about pushing the
Castle 50-amp ESC too hard so I installed a 60-amp Air Boss
instead. The power system provides 106 watts per pound, so
using a smaller propeller is another option.
I am always anxious when it comes to a maiden flight, likely
because of the unknowns in terms of what will happen and
how the airplane will react. After I get the flight in and it is all
over, my anxiety is gone.
It was a beautiful day with no wind. With the battery fully
charged, and a check of the CG and control travel, I was ready.
Advancing the throttle, the model slowly lifted off at slightly
more than half throttle in approximately 100 feet, with no
ground-looping tendency. Gaining some altitude and leveling
off required a couple clicks of up-elevator and some right
rudder to fly hands off.
I set up the aircraft for the landing.
I carried a little power, and when I was
close to the ground, I cut the throttle
and the wheels touched for a nice
landing. I quickly became comfortable
with the Taylorcraft and flew several
flights that included basic aerobatics
such as loops, rolls, stall turns, and
Cuban 8s, which the model comfortably
The airplane has a decent glide. I
landed with no power by keeping the
airspeed up, and had no trouble greasing
it in. Overall, I found the Taylorcraft
easy to handle on the ground and in
the air. It exhibits no bad habits and is
predictable. I enjoy flying it.
I found the Taylorcraft 72 kit well
engineered with thoughtful features
to aid in the solid build. The online
instruction manual is well done with
excellent color pictures and concise,
The glow and electric basic kits could
have included more hardware, such as
wheels, to make them more complete.
The balsa and plywood supplied in
the kit was excellent with good, clean
laser cutting. I was pleased with the
flight envelope and the final appearance of my Taylorcraft. If
you are into building and sport flying, this classic is for you.
I found it to be a fun build and a great-flying airplane! Many
thanks go to Terry Ferentinos, who helped with the maiden
flight and flew the Taylorcraft while I took photos.
Alien Aircraft Corp.
403-A Flomich Street
Holly Hill, FL 32117
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