Photos by the author and Adam Strong
The Robin S and the Blanik await the first tow.
The two models are well paired for aerotowing.
When not used as a tow aircraft, the Robin S is an
enjoyable semiscale sport model.
SebArt RC USA is back and it is again importing some impressive model airplanes!
The two presented for this review
will be the Robin S 50E sport electric
model and the Red Bull L- 13 Blanik
glider. Because the L- 13 Blanik is a
true glider with no power system, the
Robin S comes equipped with a tow
release and is designed to tow the
3.3-meter Blanik and other similar-sized gliders.
The Robin S 50E is modeled after
the full-scale Robin DR400 that was
developed in the early 1970s by Pierre
Robin and Jean Délémontez. The
DR400 seats four and is equipped with
fixed tricycle-style landing gear. The
Robin’s Lycoming engine produces 180
hp and, like this model, it is constructed
mostly of wood.
Designed to be stable and easy
to fly, the Robin features a unique
“cranked-wing” design with the outer
sections of the wing canted upward.
The swept wingtips gave the Robin a
SebArt RC models are designed
in Italy by two-time FAI F3A World
Cup Champion pilot, Sebastiano
Silvesteri. Given his aerobatics history,
it’s no surprise that even SebArt RC’s
sport and scale models are designed
to perform, and the Robin S is no
exception. Its marketing materials claim
that the Robin S is capable of most
aerobatics and even knife-edge flight, so
I looked forward to getting it in the air.
The 16-meter L- 13 Blanik was first
built in the mid-1950s by LET Aircraft
in Czechoslovakia. The two-seat Blanik
was designed to be easy to fly and
serve as a primary cross-country and
The SebArt RC Blanik takes its
color scheme from one of the two
operated by Team Blanix, which is
sponsored by Red Bull energy drinks
and performs in front of thousands of
spectators at air shows across Europe.
The team flies two Blaniks in a routine
that includes precision formation
flying, wingtip smoke, pyrotechnics,
and high-energy aerobatics.
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