The Corsair is an
model of The Flying
Bulls F4U- 4.
Put on your
own air show
with this large
If you’ve never seen a full-scale F4U Corsair perform at an air show, you owe it to yourself to punch that
ticket. There are often many impressive
aircraft at any given air show. But for
me, nothing quite matches the sight,
sound, and visceral punch that a Corsair
Of the more than 12,000 Corsairs
produced, there are approximately two
dozen that are airworthy today. One
shining example of a surviving Corsair
is part of the Flying Bulls Collection
in Salzburg, Austria. This particular
airplane was produced by Chance-Vought in 1945. It served the U.S. Navy
and the Honduran Air Force before
being passed into private ownership.
The Flying Bulls’ Corsair is the
inspiration for a new RC model by
Staufenbiel. This electric-powered
aircraft has a 55.6-inch wingspan and
all-foam construction. It is a BNF model
that includes a Spektrum AR636A
receiver with AS3X stabilization.
The Staufenbiel Corsair is large for a
foamie. All of the airframe components
are prepainted and have preapplied
decals. The decals on my unit were
installed straight and without wrinkles.
The overall effect is good, but the decals
did not conform to the molded-in
panel lines, making the background an
inconsistent color. Attempting to remove
the decals pulls off the paint beneath
A large, 540 Kv E-flite brushless
motor is provided to propel the Corsair.
It swings a four-blade propeller, which
really accentuates the model’s scalelike
appearance. An accurately sized pilot
bust is included as well.
This model requires a four-cell 2,400
to 2,800 mAh LiPo battery. The battery
fits into an angled compartment in the
fuselage. An E-flite 70-amp ESC links
the battery to the motor. The ESC’s
built-in switching BEC provides power
for the entire radio system.
61 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2016