The wires coming from the wing halves are consolidated into a pair of six-pin plugs. This makes
installing and removing the wing halves easy.
The Corsair likes to be flown fast. It
excels at large, smooth maneuvers.
across the board.
The suggested control rates work
well for large, warbird-style aerobatics.
I typically use high-rate throws for the
entire flight. Aileron rolls are quick and
axial. When you relax the controls, the
Corsair instantly ceases rolling. That
behavior is a product of the AS3X
stabilization built into the receiver.
Elevator authority is good. Nice,
round loops are no problem and fun to
perform. Rudder authority is light and
not quite strong enough to hold knife-edge or make strong stall turns.
This model really shines when making
fast, low photo passes. It looks great
humming over the runway in a gentle
banking turn. Although the model isn’t
blazingly fast, it is reasonably speedy.
Lowering the flaps does not create
much pitch change with this model. I
mixed in 5% down-elevator for half flaps
and 10% down-elevator for full flaps.
Those settings keep the nose steady. The
flaps will significantly slow the airplane.
Make sure that you maintain plenty of
power when you drop the flaps so that
the aircraft doesn’t become too slow.
I have not experienced any tendency
for the model to snap during a stall. The
wing stays level, but the aircraft quickly
sinks. This is especially true if you stall
with the flaps deployed. As long as you
maintain some momentum throughout
your flight, you’ll be fine.
I like to land on the main wheels
and let the tail wheel settle on its own.
If there is a breeze of 5 mph or more
down the runway, I am apt to land
without flaps. I reserve the flaps for
those light wind days. In either case, the
Corsair is well behaved on approach and
presents no real challenges for landing.
The Staufenbiel Red Bull F4U- 4
Corsair has much of the same presence
and appeal of the iconic full-scale
warbird. Although assembly requires a
few tweaks to get things right, the effort
is definitely worthwhile. It is a big and
powerful model that looks great on the
ground and in the air.
The Flying Bulls
64 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2016