In honor of me celebrating yet another birthday this past week, my son and FlyBoyz Subscriber, Kyle O’Neill, being fully aware of my renewed interest in model aircraft building and flying, presented me with a wonderful new plane kit as a birthday present! In selecting this particular kit, Kyle took to heart the recommendations of my local R/C club, the S.T.A.R.S., and purchased a ‘foamie’ for me.
This kit features a 6″ wingspan and a fuselage length of 4 7/8″. It also presented me with the need to make a couple decisions, primarily what engine and radio system to use with it. I toyed with the pros and cons of using a .60 glow engine vs. a high voltage electric engine. I also spent time pondering how many servos to install with the radio installation. My initial thought was that somewhere between 6 and 8 servos would be the proper amount. Ultimately, and after lot’s of consideration, I decided to go with hand launching this plane as a free flight model.
I found the instructions included with this kit to be comprehensive and very clearly laid out which was a great benefit to construction. I have included a photo of the instructions here:
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The kit components were die cut which I found to be crisp and clean making for easy removal of the components from the card stock. Here you can see all the kit components laid out and ready for assembly:
Assembly was straight-foward and proceeded rapidly for a kit of this nature. From beginning to end, the complete assembly process took me 32 seconds. Final weight of the plane after assembly and finishing was 5 grams. Here is a photo of the completed model:
I will most likely bring this plane with me to the FAC (Flying Aces Club) NATS this summer in Geneseo and enter it in the scale (crop duster category) free flight competition. With a bit of flight trimming, I’m sure I can turn in consistent max flights with this beauty.
My thanks go to my son Kyle for his thoughtful birthday gift which I will be flying and enjoying for years to come!