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HobbyKing AC-10 Gyrocopter EPO 1320mm (PNF)

HobbyKing AC-10 Gyrocopter EPO 1320mm (PNF)

For those of you looking for a new flying experience, the AC-10 Gyrocopter is just the ticket. This model will be especially appealing to those who fly both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, as this model falls somewhere in between. With its very unique flight characteristics, the AC-10 is by far one of the most interesting models we have ever flown. Modeled as a stand off scale model, intended to look like many of the full scale home built gyro copters, the AC-10 has a host of details typically not seen in a foamie, plug and fly model.

The exterior airframe is of molded EPO foam, but remove the large canopy and you will find a nice laser cut plywood and aluminum frame which supports the motor, tail boom, landing gear and the CNC aluminum alloy rotor head. That nice ball bearing supported rotor head spins flat bottom carbon fiber rotor blades! Metal gear servos with nice alloy arms control the two axis rotor head. To get the weight balance correctly, the motor is mounted up front and drives a long ball bearing supported shaft to the aft mounted pusher propeller. Adding to the quality of the model is the two stage paint process the foam parts go through. They are color painted, decals applied, and then a clear coat is put over the entire part to seal the decals for better longevity.

Check out the AC-10 Gyrocopter if you are looking for something completely different!

Features:

  • Plug and fly – just install battery and radio with elevon mixing
  • EPO foam exterior with rugged plywood and aluminum under structure
  • 2 axis CNC aluminum alloy ball bearing supported rotor head
  • Flat bottom molded carbon fiber rotor blades
  • Detailed instruction manual included
  • Heavy duty metal gear servos with alloy control arms
  • Steerable nose wheel and active rudder
  • Unique Flying Experience

Specs:

Rotor Diameter: 1320mm
Length: 940mm
Height: 690mm
Weight: 2200g
Motor: 4250 Outrunner
ESC: 60A
Max Battery Dimensions: 140x43x30mm

Requires:

4 Channel Transmitter and Receiver w/ Elevon Mixing
4S 14.8V 3000~3300mAh Lipoly battery

#267000004-0 – $340.20

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HobbyKing J-10 Vigorous Dragon 105mm EDF 956mm (PNF)

HobbyKing J-10 Vigorous Dragon 105mm EDF 956mm (PNF)

The J-10 is a multirole fighter aircraft designed and produced for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Known in the West as the “Vigorous Dragon”, the J-10 is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of all-weather operation.

The program was authorized by Deng Xiaoping in the mid 1980′s to develop a indigenous aircraft. Work on Project #10 started several years later in January 1988, as a response to the Mikoyan MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-27 as introduced by the USSR. Development went to the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute with Song Wencong as the chief designer, due to his experience previously with the Chengdu J-7III. The aircraft was initially designed as a specialized fighter, but later became a multirole aircraft capable of both air to air combat and ground attack missions.

The J-10 was officially unveiled by the Chinese government in January 2007, when photographs were published by Xinhua News Agency. The prototype “J-10 01″ was rolled out in November 1997 and first flown on 23 March 1998 in a twenty-minute flight.

Since that time J-10 fighters have been deployed to PLAAF regiments, as well as their August 1st Aerobatic Demonstration Team. Additionally a modified version of the J-10B has been exported to Pakistan.

The HobbyKing™ J-10 fighter is a plug and fly EPO foam scale representation of the full size fighter plane. Also developed and manufactured in China for the EDF hobby enthusiast, this model is here to please. This model features some nice details that set it apart from other foamie EDF models.

Full metal retracts with working oleos, LED navigational lights, and molded scale details are just the start. The two piece plug in wings have integrated PCB connectors at the wing root that automatically plug in flaps, ailerons, retracts and LED lights just simply by attaching the wing. No fiddling with tight connections. The model is a all bolt together design, requiring no glue for assembly.

The large delta wing configuration gives the J-10 a low wing loading compared to some EDF models, and can even be dragged around in a high alpha configuration, as well as making great short field landings. A built in electronic mixer handles the elevon and canard function. Plus, a landing feature that when activated gives full up on the full down on the flaps/elevons to really slow the model down upon touching down. We’ve set this model up with a powerful 8S motor and 105mm EDF which with mixed throttle usage can achieve flight times in excess of 5 minutes. To handle all that power, the 120amp brushless controller has heavy duty leads and pre-installed XT150 connectors. A spare set of battery side connectors is even included in the box!

If you’re looking to add something different, yet strangely familiar to your hanger, check out the HobbyKing™ J-10 Vigorous Dragon.

Features:

  • Plug and Fly – Just add radio sytem, battery and fly!
  • Fully molded EPO airframe
  • All metal retracts with working oleo struts
  • All bolt together construction, no glue required
  • LED navigational lights pre-installed
  • Two piece plug-in wings with quick connect servo connectors
  • Pre-installed 8S motor and 105mm EDF unit
  • Excellent slow flight characteristics due to delta wing/canard configuration
  • Electronic mixer included for canard/elevon control including landing mode
  • Heavy Duty XT150 connectors pre-installed on ESC
  • Dual access hatches to change batteries, check electronics, and service EDF unit.
  • Ball link style control rods on all surfaces

Specs:

Wingspan: 956mm
Length: 1668mm
Weight: 3900g
Motor: 4253 1100kv Brushless Inrunner
ESC: 120A Brushless ESC for 8S
Servos: 9x9g, 1x40g
ESC Connector: XT150

Required:

7+ Channel Transmitter and Receiver
8S 29.6V 4000~5000mAh

#9306000075-0 – $592.55

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Hitec Q-Cop 450 Quadcopter

Hitec Q-Cop 450 Quadcopter

Hitec is proud to introduce our first multirotor, the Q-Cop 450. With its aerodynamic design, incredible flight stability and autopilot return function, this high performance quadcopter brings ultra-performance flying excitement to your own backyard. Equipped with a built-in high definition action camera, you can effortlessly capture astounding aerial photos and shoot real-time hi-res videos. Let your adventure begin!

Features:

  • Streamlined design features powerful brushless motors and ultra-efficient propellers
  • Ergonomically-designed, multi-functional transmitter
  • 22-33 mph cruising speed
  • 11.1V 5300mAh lithium polymer battery (LiPo) offers 20-25 minutes of flight time
  • Auto Return-to-Home feature
  • GPS enabled directional control
  • Built in high-performance action camera with HD recording capabilities of 1080p / 30fps and 720p / 60fps
  • Best in class 16 megapixel still photos
  • 120* wide angle HD lens
  • 90* vertical camera control with shock isolation
  • WiFi connection with 1000ft. / 300m range for streaming video directly from the Q-Cop
  • Mobile Device App for iOS & Android

#13613 – $799.99

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Multiplex Connector Solder Couplers

Multiplex Connector Solder Couplers

These solder couplers provide a larger area for solder contact than soldering directly to the connector pins. They also provide strain relief for your servo and power leads at the connector.

Easy to install, these Multiplex Connector Solder Couplers are great for any project!

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DLA 64cc-I2 In-Line Twin Engine

DLA 64cc-I2 In-Line Twin Engine

Golden Skies R/C Aircraft, Inc., the USA Distributor, Sales and Service Center for DLA Engines, announces the new DLA 64cc-I2 In-Line, Twin Cylinder Engine. Designed using the esteemed 32cc components and CNC machined from 7075 Aircraft Grade Aluminum, the DLA 64cc-I2 is destined to be a reliable, power-house superstar. Scale War-bird builder will value the ability to fit the 64-I2 into narrow cowls. Firing every 180O, the increased torque is astounding, the sound is purely awesome. Producing ~7.2 HP @ ~6,600 rpm and swinging up to a 24 x 8 prop, it runs so smooth that it barely shakes a glass of water. With a static thrust > 34 pounds, a pilot can depend upon performance. By means of dual, authentic Walbro© carburetors and dual ignitions, a built-in redundancy assures continued power should one bank fall short. All engine components are included. The DLA 64cc-I2 In-Line Twin is in stock. 2-yr warranty, Free Shipping (Cont USA). Weight: ~90.2 oz all inclusive. www.goldenskiesrc.com

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FAA can regulate RC aircraft

FAA can regulate RC aircraft

In a much anticipated decision, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the FAA has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate remote-control aircraft recklessly. In 2011, the FAA had fined aerial photographer Raphael Pirker $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus. An administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, sided with Pirker earlier this year, saying the FAA hasn’t issued any regulations specifically for drones and therefore can’t determine their use.

But the FAA appealed the decision to the four-member safety board, which said Tuesday that the small drone is a type of aircraft that falls under existing rules and sent the case back to the judge to decide if it was operated recklessly. “It’s a huge win for the FAA, and signals it’s not going to be the Wild West for drones, but a careful, orderly, safe introduction of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system,” said Kenneth Quinn, a former FAA general counsel.

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Custom Vinyl Graphics

Custom Vinyl Graphics

The opportunities, tools, and techniques to finish, customize, and personalize your aircraft have never been better. Whether your model is scratch-built, kit-built, or an ARF, your creativity combined with a computer, a local sign shop, and vinyl material can provide you with many colorful new options.

The vinyl has been cut. With a careful look, you can see the outline of “U.S. ARMY.”

Weeding removes the unneeded material. Start the process with tweezers or a hobby knife and pull the unwanted material away completely. The adhesive is very aggressive, so don’t let it touch other vinyl.

Vinyl material is fantastic for our application; here are some of its characteristics:

  • • 1 to 3 MIL thick (1 MIL is .001 inch)
  • • Has aggressive adhesive (this stuff goes through car washes)
  • • Is extremely flexible (easily bends to compound curves)
  • • Is permeable (air bubbles trapped underneath migrate through)

The vinyl is self-adhesive and comes attached to a waxed paper backing. There is a wide variety of standard colors available. In addition, there are also new techniques that allow you to match colors of vinyl with the colors on your aircraft. A designer creates the desired shape on a computer and a specialized cutter cuts the vinyl without cutting the waxed paper backing. The installer then “weeds” the vinyl, pulling out those portions that will not be part of the finished design. The installer then lays “application tape” over the finished design while it is still on the waxed paper backing. This tape has adhesive that is stronger than the bond between the material and the waxed paper backing, but not as strong as the adhesive on the vinyl when it’s applied to the finished project. The installer removes the application tape carrying the design from the waxed paper backing and places the design on the project. Since the adhesive on the back of the vinyl is stronger than the adhesive on the application tape, the design is left on the project when the application tape is removed.

APPLYING VINYL GRAPHICS

Note the remnants in the middle of the letter U. You will be able to remove them using a hobby knife or tweezers.

The backing paper with the weeded letters is cut to size. The installation tape is applied to the letters. Note how the top edge of the application tape is aligned with the top of the letters. This aids in proper positioning. The application tape pulls the letters from the carrier paper while maintaining alignment of the letters.

The application tape is removed. Don’t worry about any bubbles. They will simply disappear as the trapped air perfuses through the vinyl.

The weeding process is complete.

Blue low-tack tape provides the alignment strip for the letters that are now on the application tape. Simply align the top of the application tape with blue tape. Press down on each letter, then slowly and carefully remove the application tape.

Here is the finished product. Any trapped air bubbles will disappear over a short period of time.

Installing something like AMA numbers is straightforward. Determine the desired location and press the application tape with your design in place. A little pressure from your finger, a flexible flat squeegee, or credit card will transfer the design to your aircraft. Gently and slowly remove the application tape, and you’re done. When location is a little more important, I trim the application tape very close to the design before removing the design from the waxed paper backing. Then small marks on the aircraft with a lead pencil, grease pencil, or marker will give you alignment points to establish the proper position.

Vinyl sign material is the best thing I have ever used for striping. Its remarkable flexibility makes it easy to bend around corners that other material simply can’t. Since the adhesive on the vinyl is very strong, once in place, it won’t move. I once had strips of black vinyl cut to 1/16-, 3/32-, and 1/8-inch widths and 48 inches long. There was no need to weed the vinyl or use application tape as I simply pulled up the strip that I needed and applied it to the airplane. If you have a small project, you can cut the strips yourself.

STARS & BARS

Many ARFs include thick stickers for decorations. I find these difficult to apply over compound curves. Plus, an overhanging clear plastic is common and you don’t see this on a full-size aircraft. Think of the stars and bars on a WW II military aircraft or roundels on WW I aircraft. The sheen on these stickers is typically different than the covering on the aircraft. This was the situation on a giant PT-19 I recently finished. The stickers had begun to yellow and had the characteristic clear carrier. I was concerned that since the roundels were going over both open bays and a hard surface on the wing, I was going to have problems getting the stickers to adhere smoothly. I created vinyl roundels by first computer cutting the blue circle, then the white star, and then the red circle. Each color was “weeded” and unneeded material was removed. The white star was then applied to the blue circle. Then the red circle was placed on top of the white star for a three-layer decoration that is only a few thousandths of an inch thick. In this case, I chose to not use application tape. I marked the proper location for each roundel on each wing, and then sprayed the wing with soapy water (do not use anything with ammonia as it can weaken the adhesive). I lifted the roundel off the waxed paper backing with a no. 11 hobby blade. The roundel was positioned as it floated on the soapy solution. Once I was satisfied with the location, I began in the middle circle and gently pushed the soapy solution out to the edges. The process was easy because I knew that if there were any trapped bubbles left, they would disappear in a few days. Access panels and trim tabs were easily added. The vinyl is available in a flat black, which is perfect for anti-glare panels and wing walks. I even used the flat-black vinyl to create the “frame” on the windshields. The uneven mold lines on the clear plastic quickly disappeared.

Step 1: The roundel begins with a vinyl circle. Unneeded material has been weeded away, leaving just the circle.

Step 2: The same process applies to the star and center circle.

Step 3: Two options are available for assembling the roundel: application tape or a soapy solution.

Step 4: I prefer the soapy solution as it provides the chance to adjust the position of both the star and red center circle

Step 5: Lift the assembled roundel off the backing paper. I found that a hobby knife works best, as it easily slides under the vinyl. Be careful to keep the vinyl from folding over on itself.

Step 6: Slide the roundel into position.

Step 7: Once in position, gently push out the excess soapy solution. Work slowly from the center. It does not have to be perfectly smooth as any residual bubbles will perfuse through the vinyl.

There are designs that you can cut and assemble yourself. They can be as simple or as complicated as your ability to cut. Think sunbursts and other simple designs. All aircraft have inspection covers, trim tabs, fuel caps, etc. These shapes can be easily created and duplicated on the computer. A lifetime supply of various sizes can be obtained. The key is an extremely sharp-cutting instrument.

GOODBYE BUBBLES & WRINKLES

Earlier, I mentioned the permeability of the vinyl. Should a bubble get caught under the material, time will make it disappear. That’s right: no puncture holes, no lifting, and no repositioning. Air trapped underneath will simply migrate through the vinyl over time. If the bubble is trapped under a solid surface, a couple of days should do it — especially if it is warm and the project can be exposed to direct sunlight. If the bubble is over a bay on a wing, the bubble may take a couple of weeks to disappear.

What about the inevitable wrinkles that occur with iron-on film? Do not use an iron directly on the vinyl. The best technique is to warm a large area around, and including, the vinyl. Work slowly. Again, it is best to experiment first.

GET CREATIVE

Getting started involves nothing more than visiting your local sign shop. Explain what you are trying to do and ask if you can purchase some scrap for practice. Start by trying things on an old airframe. If you get a custom color, check to see if it is compatible with the fuel you will be using. If you have a design in mind, ask them to create it for you. After doing signs and banners all day, they may welcome a chance to get their creative juices flowing! I have found everyone to be very friendly and willing to help. Your ideas and experimentation coupled with the creativity of the designers in the sign shop will lead to stunning results.

BY JOE HASS

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E-flite FJ-2 Fury

E-flite FJ-2 Fury

It’s a great time to be an RC jet jock: F-16s, MiGs and Super Sabres are a dime a dozen, giving us easy an adrenaline hookup. But what if you’re looking for something a little different?  This micro fighter is just the ticket! When’s the last time you saw a FJ-2 Fury on the flightline? That’s right — never! We love this pint-size performer, and because it has AS3X technology, we know it will fly like the big boys. Santa, we’ve been good this year!

Here’s the full release from E-flite:

The E-flite® FJ-2 Fury airplane recreates the famous Navy jet fighter so you can enjoy thrilling jet flight at your local flying field. From the accuracy of the model outline to the efficient EDF system, this FJ-2 delivers stunning scale appearance and rock-solid performance. But the best feature of this Fury is an innovation that full-scale pilots back in the day could only dream about. Built into the included Spektrum AR636A receiver is an AS3X® system that’s been specially tuned for this airplane. Not only does it combat the effects of wind and turbulence for you, the overall experience delivers a locked-in feel comparable to flying an expertly tuned jet that’s much larger.

Features:

  • Easy to complete final assembly
  • AS3X® technology delivers rock-solid stability and great handling
  • Durable, lightweight Z-Foam™ construction
  • Authentic outline and scale details
  • Spektrum™ AR636A DSMX® 6-Channel AS3X® sport    receiver, installed
  • Powerful 70mm EDF unit features a 15-size, 3700Kv BL motor
  • 60-amp 14.8V brushless ESC installed
  • Finely tuned ducting delivers a scale appearance
  • Six micro servos installed for aileron, elevator,    rudder and nose wheel steering
  • Clear canopy, cockpit details and pilot figure
  • Removable fixed landing gear
  • Removable drop tanks

Specs:

Plane Type: Ducted Fan
Construction Type: Z-Foam™ material
Length: 38.8 in (984mm)
Wingspan: 36.8 in (933mm)
Wing Area: 304 sq in (19.6 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 43.5 oz (1232 g)
Motor Size: 15-size, 3700Kv brushless inrunner motor (installed)
EDF Size: 70mm fiber-filled nylon EDF unit (installed)
EDF Fan: 5-blade rotor (installed)
Servos: (6) E-flite® micro servos
Speed Control: 4S compatible, 60-Amp 14.8V
brushless ESC (installed)
Receiver: Spektrum™ AR636A DSMX® 6-channel AS3X® sport receiver (installed)
Transmitter: Full range 4+ channels DSM2®/DSMX compatible aircraft transmitter (required)
Recommended Battery: 14.8V 3200mAh 4S 30C Li-Po (required)
Landing Gear: Removable, steel wire with nose wheel steering
Drop Tanks: Removable

#EFL7250 – $299.99

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Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Tim Cardin’s operating landing lights are beautiful on the Beechcraft Staggerwing he built from Ziroli plans. Since then, Tim has installed them on a P-47 and they could be modified and applied to almost any World War II aircraft. The exact lights that Tim used for this aircraft are now only available out of Europe. However, I’ve found that it could easily be adapted from a number of high-intensity LED lights that are available here in the U.S. from other RC manufacturers. LED lights that are available for RC car headlights or truck off-road light bars fit the bill perfectly for this type of adaptation. The key point here is to get high-intensity LED lights so they are easily seen during the day. If you are going to add that added scale detail of lights to aircraft, they should be able to be noticed either day or night. Enjoy!

I picked up this LED high-intensity 22mm light from Mars480.com to use for my retractable landing lights. First order of business was to disassemble the light in order to modify the housing. I cut the back end off and fashioned a new end from aircraft plywood. I also drilled and tapped a 4-40 mounting hole in the housing so it could be attached the retract assembly.

Here is the entire assembly. The light is reassembled with the new back end in place. The mounting panel is from .030″ fiberglass sheet. Brass tubing was used to make the rotating shaft and again for the shaft bushings. The bushings were epoxied to 3/32″ aircraft ply and then to the fiberglass to provide the spacing needed. Small pieces of ply glued to the fiberglass keep the assembly centered. The servo mount is also epoxied in place. A 2-56 rod threaded and soldered into the shaft makes the lever and a 2-56 rod with a ball link provides the connection to the servo arm. Small bends in the lever and drive rods get the geometry just right for smooth operation.

I drilled holes through the back of the servo mount into the arms the servo screws into and CA glued toothpicks to reinforce the structure of the servo mount. The mount was then epoxied to the fiberglass. There’s not a lot of load, but it makes the servo mount very strong and is typical of any small structures I make. Due to the close rib spacing on the Staggerwing, I needed to use two rib bays for the assembly even using the mini servo.

I mounted a micro switch to the rib so when the servo arm lowers the light, it actuates the switch near the end of travel turning the light on as it finishes lowering.

Here is the retractable landing light I made for my P-47. On this application I used the piece of sheeting cut from the wing for the assembly. Wider rib spacing made things a bit easier on this one. A micro switch mounted inside the wing also provides the on/off action as the light finishes lowering.

It was slightly overcast when this picture was taken, but these lights are bright enough to be seen on the brightest days. When lowered, there is a slight stagger as they turn on and even the avoidance lights are exceptionally bright. Occasionally, they are mistaken for landing lights — at least until I lower the formal landing lights.

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Top 10 Heavy-Metal Warbirds

Top 10 Heavy-Metal Warbirds

There’s something special about RC warbirds, because they remind us of a time in history when pilots risked everything to protect their homelands. We also love them because they look great on the flightline, in the air and are a blast to fly! Here at Model Airplane News we are fortunate to be able to test-fly most of the warbirds that hit store shelves, the ones we’ve compiled here represent the best of their categories. We considered looks, size, performance, quality of construction and parts and overall value to come up with this “top 10” list. If you’re a fan of scale fighters and bombers but weren’t sure which one was right for you, we guarantee that you’ll find one here that’s perfect for your hangar!

AT-6 TEXAN | HobbyKing

Any warbird lover has probably considered an AT-6 Texan as an RC project. When we reviewed the HobbyKing version of this classic Advanced Trainer, we knew it was a winner. First, it comes with retracts installed, flaps, lights and even an included electronic engine sound system with speaker. It also comes with a big hatch cover/canopy section that gives excellent access to the battery pack and electronics. The Texan also has plug in outer wing panels, but we thought the model was compact enough not to require removing the panels for transport. As far as performance we were surprised by how much thrust the scale two-blade propeller produced. Even operating from our grass runway, the Texan effortlessly took off with power to spare. Stability and response gave us the feeling of a larger plane while landings were undemanding with or without the flaps deployed. If you can fly a tail-dragger, you’ll love the Texan.

“FULLY FITTED OUT WITH RETRACTS, FLAPS, LIGHTS, AND OTHER DETAILS, THIS TEXAN HAS LOTS OF SCALE APPEAL.”

 

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: AT-6 Texan
  • MANUFACTURER: HobbyKing(hobbyking.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 51 in.
  • WING AREA: 390 in.
  • WEIGHT: 47.6 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 17.58 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER INCL’d: 760KV brushed outrunner (included)
  • RADIO REQ’D: 4-channel
  • PRICE: $169.99

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B-25 MITCHELL | Diamond Hobby

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Of all the WW II warbirds we’ve reviewed, the Mitchell B-25 is one of our all-time favorites. Made famous in the Doolittle raid on Toyko, this twin-engine medium bomber makes a great first twin-powered model. During the test flights we felt it had more than enough power for grass runways as it took only about 20 feet to liftoff. In the air we found it to be very stable and predictable thanks to its pilot-friendly wing-loading numbers. When it came to assembly, it took less time than we thought as most of the equipment comes factory-installed. Most of the work was attaching the various servo leads and Y-harnesses. Equipped with electric retractable landing gear (with sequencing gear doors,) and two three-blade counter-rotating propellers, scale crew figures and working navigation lights, we loved the way the Mitchell looks in the air cruising along at about half power. We recommend this “Raider” for any intermediate pilot.

“WITH TWIN COUNTER-ROTATING SCALE PROPS AND WORKING GEAR DOORS, THE B-25 BOMBER IS REAL EYE-CANDY!”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: B-25 Mitchell
  • MANUFACTURER: FMS (fmsmodels.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Diamond Hobby (diamondhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 57.9 in.
  • WING AREA: 434 in.
  • WEIGHT: 68.1 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 22.6 oz./sq. in.
  • POWER INCL’D: Two brushed motors
  • RADIO REQ’D: 5-channel
  • PRICE: $309.99

BF 109F-2 MESSERSCHMITT Hangar 9

INTERMEDIATE

If you like the airplanes that flew during the Battle of Britain, then you have to love the Bf 109. Sleek, compact and piloted by very experienced Luftwaffe pilots, these fighters were very serious combatants. We were very impressed when we first saw the 109 and could not wait to test fly our own sample. Once we assembled the model and cranked up the Power 60 brushless motor, we knew this was going to be a sweet ride. With its 64-inch span, the model fits the very successful 60/60 category so popular back in the early days. But with a lighter wing loading than the older .60-size glow planes, the Bf 109F-2 is well behaved and benefits from the functional flaps. After our test flights we thought the chosen power system is just about perfect for this Axis fighting machine. If you want to fly a real WW II warbird, we recommend this baby for any intermediate pilot with some tail-dragger experience.

“WITH ITS GEAR TUCKED UP INTO THE WING, THIS FIGHTER IS A SLEEK, SMOOTH PERFORMER”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2
  • MANUFACTURER: Hangar 9 (hangar-9.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 64 in.
  • WING AREA: 679 in.
  • WEIGHT: 10 lb., 13 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 36.7 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER REQ’D: .61 – 1.00 2-stroke; 1.25 4-stroke; Power 60 brushless motor
  • RADIO REQ’D: 5-channel
  • PRICE: $349.99

BF.110 MESSERSCHMITT DURAFLY

BEST FIRST TWIN!

“THIS WW II GERMAN NIGHT FIGHTER FLIES LIKE A PATTERN SHIP.”

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The Messerschmitt Bf.110 Zerstörer (Destroyer) was the pre-eminent night fighter aircraft for the Luftwaffe during WW II. The Durafly version of the Bf.110 is made of molded foam and comes as a “Plug and Fly” version that only requires the addition of your receiver and motor battery. The 110 is incredibly detailed, so in only a few hours, you can have a scale twin-engine warbird that’s ready to fly. Total assembly takes about three or four hours, we found it to be extremely pilot-friendly. In fact this plane will performed anything we wanted it to do in a scale fashion and then some! Its aerobatic capabilities are very good and will fly inverted almost as nicely as it does upright. Loops are rolls are well within its repertoire.

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: Bf.110 Messerschmitt
  • MANUFACTURER: Durafly (durafly.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: HobbyKing (hobbyking.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 47 in.
  • WING AREA: 324 in.
  • WEIGHT: 48 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 21.33 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER INCL’D: Two brushless motors
  • RADIO REQ’D: 4-channel
  • PRICE: $168.90

F4U-1D CORSAIR
Hangar 9/Horizon Hobby

BEST RADIAL ENGINE WARBIRD

“A GIANT, RADIAL-POWERED WARBIRD WITH AWESOME PERFORMANCE!”

EXPERT

When you see a full-size Corsair, aren’t you amazed by just how big the plane is? Of course, it has to be large to get that massive engine and prop on the front of it! The Hangar 9 F4U-1D Corsair 60cc is also large and has balsa and plywood construction with a fiberglass wing center section. This plane is designed for the scale enthusiast who has some model building experience and is at least a proficient, intermediate pilot. Overall, we have to say that this F4U-1D Corsair is one of the easiest scale warbirds we have ever flown. There is nothing hard about flying it, and it is like flying a tail-dragger sport plane. It is a great-looking plane that’s easy to assemble, easy to scale out, and fun to fly — what else could you need?

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: F4U-1D Corsair 60cc
  • MANUFACTURER: Hangar 9 (hangar-9.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 85.5 in.
  • WING AREA: 1,380 in.
  • WEIGHT: 31 lb.
  • WING LOADING: 51.75 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER REQ’D: 3.1-3.6 2-cycle gas
  • RADIO REQ’D: 8-channel+
  • PRICE: $999.99

FW-190A
VQ Models

INTERMEDIATE

Nicknamed the “Butcher Bird” by Allied pilots during WW II, the Fw 190A was a down-and-dirty dogfighter designed to be rugged and hard-hitting. When Global first came out with this .46 size version we were very excited and wanted to get out hands on it for flight tests. Now available in a blue/green/gray paint scheme, we really like that the retracts are optional for the budget-minded pilot. We opted to install Global mechanical retracts with spring-loaded struts and the fighter taxied perfectly. You do need to have some tail-dragger time, especially if you fly off of a smooth paved surface. We also went with the 40-size brushless system from Global and were very pleased with the 4S 3600mAh LiPo pack and APC 12×8 propeller combination. During flight tests, we found that the model has solid performance all around and it is easy to do three-point landings. It’s a great warbird for intermediate pilots.

“AS SOON AS IT LIFTED OFF AND WE HIT THE RETRACT SWITCH, WE KNEW THIS BUTCHER BIRD WAS A WINNER!”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: Focke-Wulf FW 190A
  • MANUFACTURER: VQ Model (vqmodel.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Global Hobby (globalhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 59 in.
  • WING AREA: 590 sq. in.
  • WEIGHT: 6 lb., 4 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 24.4 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER REQ’D: .45 – .52 2-stroke; .70 4-stroke; 700 -800W brushless motor
  • RADIO REQ’D: 4 – 5 channel
  • PRICE: $149.99

MOSQUITO MK. VI
ParkZone/Horizon Hobby

BEGINNER

An electric twin of a British WW II aircraft that you don’t see every day at the flying field? Sign us up! The Mosquito is small enough to toss in your backseat for everyday flying, and it has enough power for all the classic warbird maneuvers. We liked the optional E-flite retracts (a bolt-in fit) and optional flaps as well as the fact that the plane comes out of the box fully detailed, with plastic cowls, canopy and hatch and detailed cockpit. With the motors and servos already installed, this is truly a one-evening assembly project. We found that the Mosquito slows down nicely on landing approach, and it’s even slower if you add the flaps. We recommend it for intermediate pilots and think it’s even a great first twin.

“THIS TWIN IS SO MUCH FUN TO FLY YOU’lL WANT TO BUY A FEW BATTERY PACKS!”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: Mosquito Mk. VI BNF Basic
  • MANUFACTURER: ParkZone (parkzone.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 49 in.
  • WING AREA: 225 sq. in.
  • WEIGHT: 45 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 10 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER INCL’D: Two 370-size brushless
  • RADIO REQ’D: 4-channel
  • PRICE: $250

P-38 LIGHTNING
FLYZONE

BEST MICRO!

BEGINNER

With twin tail booms and twin counter-rotating engines, the P-38 Lightning was one of the most advanced single-seat fighter designs of WW II. This small P-38 Lightning looks and performs great, and it comes fully assembled and finished. Twin, counter-rotating, three-blade props give the model spirited performance while also neutralizing the effects of motor and propeller torque. Because of its compact size, transportation to and from the club field, local park or sports complex is a breeze. A fighter should be able to loop and roll, and this one had no problems with those classic maneuvers. There’s plenty of power with a fully charged pack to loop from level flight, and roll response is very good since the ailerons are big and have good throws.

“THIS MICRO TWIN FIGHTER WILL MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE AN ACE!”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: P-38 Lightning
  • MANUFACTURER: Flyzone (flyzoneplanes.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Hobbico (hobbico.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 21 in.
  • WING AREA: 63.49 in.
  • WEIGHT: 2.4 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 5.67 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER INCL’D: Two brushed motors
  • RADIO REQ’D: 4-channel
  • PRICE: $139.98 (RTF); $129.99 (Tx-R)

P-47 THUNDERBOLT
FMS

INTERMEDIATE

“THIS SAUCY VINTAGE WARBIRD CAN HOLD HER OWN WITH THE BIG BOYS!”

Did you know that, proportionally, more damaged P-47 fighters flew their pilots safely home than any other U.S. WW II fighter? That’s just one of the reasons we love Thunderbolts, and this EPO foam version from FMS lives up to its namesake in more ways than one: it’s durable, has plenty of power, and loads of fun to fly. Assembly, if you can call it that, is accomplished with a screwdriver and some glue for the plastic detailed parts. We found that this electric model has stable flight characteristics, even in breezy conditions, and it also has a good glide rate. And with details like factory-installed electronic retracts, flaps, a scale 4-blade prop, machine guns and even an external fuel tank, it’s no wonder we highly recommend it to any intermediate pilot who wants a lightweight, “heavy-metal” fighter.

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: 980mm P-47 Razorback
  • MANUFACTURER: FMS (fmsmodel.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Diamond Hobby (diamondhobby.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 38.6 in.
  • WING AREA: 261 in.
  • WEIGHT: 35.3 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 19.5 oz./sq. ft.
  • POWER INCL’D: 3648-KV770 brushless High Speed
  • RADIO REQ’D: 6-channel
  • PRICE: $210

SPITFIRE
Top Flite Gold Edition

BEST FIRST GIANT SCALE!

ADVANCED

If you ever wanted to get into giant-scale WW II warbirds powered with big gas engines, you’d be hard-pressed to find something easier to build and fly than this one. We have always thought the Gold Edition warbirds were just about a perfect starting point for getting into the real heavy-metal warbird scene, and the Spitfire did not disappoint. As soon as we pushed open the throttle and the Spitfire lifted off of the runway, we were sold on this Battle of Britain super-star. It feels like a big pattern ship and it grooves smoothly throughout all the basic maneuvers. When it was time to land, we dropped the gear, throttle back a bit and lowered the flaps for a near perfect landing. Give yourself a little more room on final as it might surprise you with how long it takes for the model to settle in for touchdown. This is a great fighter for experienced pilots.

“WITH ITS CLASSIC LINES AND ELLIPTICAL WING LAYOUT, THE SPITFIRE JUST SCREAMS DOGFIGHT!”

SPEC SHEET

  • MODEL: Spitfire Gold Edition ARF
  • MANUFACTURER: Top Flite (top-flite.com)
  • DISTRIBUTOR: Hobbico (greatplanes.com)
  • WINGSPAN: 86.5 in.
  • WING AREA: 1,325 in.
  • WEIGHT: 22 lb., 10 oz.
  • WING LOADING: 39.34 oz./sq. in.
  • POWER REQ’D: 50 – 55cc gasoline engine
  • RADIO REQ’D: 6 to 7-channel
  • PRICE: $759.99

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