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The Supermarine Spitfire is an icon of British grit and determination. ParkZone� has recreated the thrill of flying the Spitfire Mk IX on a smaller parkflyer scale with this fully-aerobatic, brushless-powered Bind-N-Fly� (BNF) reproduction. The Spitfire Mk IX provides even more scale realism with features such as optional retractable landing gear and has dual aileron servos for precise control.

The ParkZone� Spitfire Mk IX (PKZ5780) comes out of the box ready to bind to your DSM2 or DSMX radio. The model includes scale touches like 20mm cannons, exhaust and cockpit details, and an authentic Johnnie Johnson World War II trim scheme.

This 4-channel BNF model already has the servos installed, a powerful 15-sized brushless outrunner motor, an E-flite� 30A Pro Switch-Mode BEC brushless ESC, a 3-cell, 2200mAh, 25C, Li-Po battery pack, and a Spektrum� AR600 DSM2/DSMX receiver installed. It also includes 2 to 3-cell DC variable rate balancing charger. The assembly can literally be finished in the time it takes to charge the battery!

For my full review on the ParkZone Spitfire Mk IX BNF, go here.

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The Pilatus PC-21 is a single-turboprop, low wing swept monoplane advanced trainer with a stepped tandem cockpit manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Escale has created a scale Ready-To-Fly EPO foam Pilatus PC-21 model with full aerobatic performance, a 5-bladed prop and retracts.

All you need to provide is your own receiver and a 3-cell or 4-cell Lipo pack with a 1600mAh to 2100mAH capacity.

The PC-21 is molded with tough EPO foam and is pre-painted, and decorated. It is a faithful reproduction of the turboprop trainer that is being used to train the next generation of jet fighter pilots. This model is very close to the scale outlines of the real plane and includes the signature 5-bladed scale prop with scimitar blades. The prop is a great match for the included 760Kv brushless motor and 50A ESC w/BEC.

For my complete review of the Escale Pilatus PC-21 on RCU, go here.

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E-flite's sport scale re-creation of the T-34 Mentor perfectly replicates the easy-going flight characteristics of the full-scale version by using a blended Selig airfoil design that yields impressive aerobatic capability without any surprises. Available in two 25-size electric-powered versions, ARF and RTF, the T-34 Mentor provides simple, straightforward assembly with plenty of the details already completed for you.

For my complete review of the E-Flite T-24 Mentor 25e on RCU, go here.

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ParkZone� has recreated the thrill of flying the Messerschmitt Bf-109G on a smaller parkflyer scale with this fully-aerobatic, brushless-powered Bind-N-Fly? (BNF) reproduction. The ParkZone� Messerschmitt Bf-109G (PKZ4980) comes out of the box with a realistic Luftwaffe paint scheme inspired by the markings of a Bf-109 flown by Erich Hartmann, Germany's leading WWII ace. Other scale touches include landing gear doors, exhaust stacks, gun ports and a port-side supercharger intake. Charge-and-Fly? convenience, outstanding flight performance and beautiful scale detail with the ParkZone Messerschmitt Bf-109G, you get it all.

This 4-channel Bf-109G BNF model already has the 3-wire servos, a ParkZone 15-size low Kv outrunner brushless motor, an E-flite� 30A brushless ESC, a 3-cell 1800mAh Li-Po battery pack, and a Spektrum? DSM2? full range AR500 receiver installed. It also comes complete with molded servo pockets for optional flaps. The assembly can literally be finished in the time it takes to charge the battery!

For my full review on the ParkZone Bf-109G BNF, go here.

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E-flite has expertly re-created the rugged good looks and flight behavior of the full-scale Stearman PT-17 with this easy-to-assemble 15-size model that is a joy to fly. It comes out of the box constructed of balsa and light plywood and covered in an authentic early-WWII UltraCote� trim scheme. Other scale touches include a painted fiberglass cowl, painted fiberglass landing gear fairings, and a great-looking 9-cylinder dummy radial engine. Assembly is remarkably simple thanks to the plug-in wings and bolt-on interplane struts. E-flite's even included specially designed jigs that allow you to keep the upper and lower wing halves connected for easier transport and storage.

In the air, the Stearman PT-17 15e's flat-bottom airfoils and light wing loading translate into exceptionally scale-like flight characteristics that everyone from intermediate to advanced pilots will instantly fall in love with. Originally used as a primary trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the days leading up to WWII, the Stearman PT-17 had numerous post-war roles from crop duster to air show star, making it one of the most recognizable biplanes among the general public to this day.

For my complete review of the E-Flite Stearman PT-17 on RCU, go here.

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ParkZone's version of the F4U Corsair features Spektrum DX5e radio technology, a 480-size brushless outrunner motor and 3-cell LiPo battery pack for ultimate control, exceptional performance and increased flight time. The optional fixed landing gear and steerable tail wheel allow for smooth takeoffs and landings. If you fly off grass, wing bottom skids are also provided to replace the landing gear. The attention to scale details in this plane is amazing, from its historically representative 3-color trim scheme to the pilot figure inside the cockpit. It even includes an optional 3-blade prop for even greater scale realism!

The Corsair delivers incredible looks and the immediate gratification from quick assembly that the ParkZone plane owners have grown to love. Further, the Spektrum DX5e radio technology and Z-Foam construction provides pilots with the durability and reliability they require in a park flyer.

For my full review on the ParkZone F4U Corsair RTF, go here.

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E-flite raises the bar with their first Platinum Series ARF; the legendary AT-6 Texan trainer used by the U.S., and its allies, from WWII through the late 1960s. The E-flite Platinum Series delivers superior, enhanced features and meticulous attention to detail...right out of the box! It features a level of scale detail that is exceptional for an ARF of this size. You get all this realism without having to spend weeks of building, covering and painting. Just about everything has been done for you before you even open the box. All that's left to do is a few hours of final assembly and radio installation. The electric power system will keep this beautifully appointed warbird trainer clean and vibration-free...one reliable flight after another.

For my complete review on RC Universe, go here.

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The new E-flite P-38/F-5E Lightning 400 ARF is a highly pre-assembled replica of an F-5E variant that served in the European theater during the invasion of Normandy. This long-range interceptor also earned popularity in the Pacific flying reconnaissance missions with specially equipped cameras. It includes many details like invasion stripes, cockpit details, appropriate squadron markings, removable drop tanks, counter-rotating props and spinners, functional scale elevator mass balances and much more!

The P-38 ARF has multiple easy-access magnetic hatches that allow you to get to the elevator and rudder servos as well as the nose hatch for quick access to the battery, ESC and receiver without the need for tools. The kit comes highly prefabricated with all parts factory painted, along with hinges and control surfaces installed, so you don't have to wait long to get flying. The wing panels slide easily in and out of the booms using the factory-installed carbon tube spars. Each panel is secured with just two wing screws making assembly easy. All that's left is about 2 to 4 hours of minor assembly and electronics installation to get flying, making this one of the most detailed and quickest to assemble P-38 models ever available.

For my complete review on RC Universe, go here.

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The Great Planes Combat Spitfire GP/EP ARF is "a sport warbird for everyone!" This is because it can be built up with either glow or electric power. When powered by a glow engine, it is AMA Event 750, Combat Class 2610 legal. This versatile MonoKote-covered, built-up balsa/ply ARF can be flown for sport-scale fun or compete in combat events. The flexible design of the Combat Spitfire also provides a choice of top or bottom aileron servo mounting and optional landing gear included in the almost-ready-to-fly kit.

For my complete review on RC Universe, go here.

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The Great Planes Fokker DR-1 EP ARF is a pre-built balsa and plywood R/C parkflyer version of the historic WWI Triplane. It takes advantage of technology breakthroughs in electric power for long flight times and maintenance-free operation. The quick build ARF is ready to fly in just a few hours of assembly time.

For my complete review on RC Universe, go here.

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Sometimes an opportunity to help someone comes along when you least expect it. For me, it all started one day at work last spring when I received an e-mail from a soldier in Iraq. The story reads as follows: Operation R/C

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World Models P-82 Twin Mustang

The World Models Manufacturing Company has re-created a scale version of the P-82 Twin Mustang meant for two .40-size glow engines.

The quick build ARF has the following features:

bulletPremium hand iron-on covering film
bulletFuel proof decals and factory painted pilot figures
bulletFunctional split flap and pre-installed retracts
bulletComes with all hardware and accessories

My conversion project will use two AXI 4120/14 outrunner motors with the radial mount set. Note that the less expensive AXI 2826/10 or /12 motor would also work well in converting this classic warbird to clean and quiet electric power. In either case, I choose the Jeti JESAP40P Advance PLUS 40 Amp Opto Brushless Controller.

For my complete conversion review on the World Models P-82, go here.

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Hangar 9 F4U Corsair

For my complete conversion review on the Hangar 9 Corsair, go here.

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Check out my review of the Alfa Model's F4U Corsair on RC Universe here.

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Check out my review of the Alfa Model's F4U Corsair on RC Universe here.

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Curtiss P-40N Warhawk ARF Scale Parkflyer

Check out my P-40 building and flying photos in the RC Universe thread here.

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Alfa Model's P-51 Mustang

Specifications
bulletWingspan: 33.5" (850mm)
bulletWing Area: 192 sq. in. (12.4 dm2)
bulletLength: 29.1" (740mm)
bulletFlying Weight: 14oz. (400g)
bulletMotor: Speed 300 geared 5:1
bulletProp: APC 9x6 Slo Flyer prop 
bulletCells: 8-cell 720mAh NiMH or 3-cell, 900mAh (high current) LiPoly pack
bulletControls: Elevator, ailerons, motor
bulletSpeed Control:  Jeti 110 (11 amp)
bulletRadio and gear: Hitec 555 micro receiver and 2 HS-55 micro servos
bulletManufacturer:  Alfa Models
bulletAvailable From: Hobby Lobby Int.

Check out my review of the Alfa Model's P-51 on the E-Zone here.

My P-51 Power Setup:

bulletMP Jet 25/35-20 geared brushless motor
bulletAPC 9x6 SF prop
bulletJeti JES 18-3P brushless controller
bullet3-cell Lithium Polymer pack like a Kokam 1200HC

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F6F Hellcat (Aerobatic WWII US Navy Fighter)

Grumman's famous WWII US Navy and Marine fighter available at Hobby Lobby.

Specifications:

bulletScorpio Hellcat
bulletWingspan = 40" (1000mm)
bulletWing Area = 317 sq. in.
bulletRTF @ 24.5 oz. (27 oz. stock)
bulletGraupner Speed 480 BB Race motor (7.2v)
bulletMJ 4:1 Ball-bearing gearbox (MJ8104)
bulletJeti 18 amp ESC (JE180)
bulletAPC 10x7 Slowflyer prop (2-blade)
bulletGraupner 1095 Collet Prop adaptor for 3.2mm shafts
bulletHitec 555 Receiver and 4 HS-55 servos
bullet16 amps @ xxx RPMs with Wattage (128552) 10-cell 1100mAh 2/3A NiMH pack

At the 2002 NEAT Fair in New York, I bought the Gruman F6F Hellcat sold by Hobby Lobby after watching Mike Hines demo fly one. The kit is made by Scorpio in Italy.

I am extremely impressed with the kit. It's not often that I build a plane without reviewing it so i'm having a blast with this one. I have decided to eliminate the landing gear so that it looks more scale in the air. This also reduces the weight by 1.6oz.

By using the Wattage 10-cell 1100mAh NiMH pack instead of the 10-cell 1100mAh NiCd pack, I have also eliminated another 3oz. These cells can deliver up to 16amps which is perfect for the geared black long can Speed 400 power system. I am also using the MJ 4:1 ball bearing gearbox instead of the supplied bushing gearbox.

Here is a shot of my upgraded power system. It is a Graupner Speed 480 BB Race motor and an MJ 4:1 BB gearbox.

The stock gearbox that is included with the kit is the bushing version. In either case, the MJ gearbox does not require the motor to be run in the reverse direction so no re-timing is needed.

I cut the motor shaft back about 1/8" and scored both the shaft and inside wall of the pinion gear before CAing it together. I also used a CA Kicker accelerant to harden it fast.

Here is a shot of the Hellcat together with my RareBear for a size comparison. The RareBear is an indoor slowflyer and the Hellcat is a parkflyer. All the internal balsa formers and battery cage went together flawlessly.
 

I received my Wattage 10-cell 1100mAh NiMH (128552) 2/3A pack yesterday, and, to my surprise, it was already folded. It fits perfectly into the Hellcat's stock battery box too!

The pack weighs a mere 7.3oz with connector. The 10-cell 1100mAh NiCd equivalent weighs 9oz without connector. Both packs can deliver 16amps but it looks like you can reduce your model by a full 2oz using the NiMH pack.

I "ditched" the stock plastic pilot in favor of my spare .25-sized pilot figure from the old Kyosho Flash canopy kits.
Of course, it will be painted too.

The servos mount nicely into their bays and can slide either way for fine tuning the control surface before gluing.
The controls are pre-bent which makes assembly a snap!

The aileron servos are hidden in the wing and then normally covered with a plastic plate. I opted to simply re-use the foam cutout for covering the servo.

Another clean MJ gearbox mount. This one is the 4:1 ball bearing gearbox.

My Hellcat is RTF at 24.5oz compared to the stock 27oz weight.

With my 10-cell 1100mAh NiMH pack, Speed 480 BB Race motor, 4:1 MJ gearbox, and APC 10x7 slowflyer prop, I measured a current draw of 16amps. Just perfect for these cells and motor.
 

My maiden voyage at lunchtime was simply fantastic!

The Hellcat flew like a dream at 24.5oz and my added power from the Speed 480 BB Race motor worked great!

After seeing Mike Hines fly one at the NEAT Fair, I knew it would be a fun plane.

It was very stabile through any maneuver and belly landed softly in the grass. I kept the power on a bit until about 4' above the grass and shut it down. It kept gliding beautifully.

I may have to try this power system in my Tiger Diablo because the Hellcat had much more vertical authority. I can imagine what a brushless power system would do but I don't see a real need for it.

Now it's time to detail the ship.

One the left is a shot of my 2-blade APC 10x7 slowflyer prop that I am currently using on my Hellcat. It flies fantastic but the scale appearance of the prop is not the best.

On the right is the Flying Styro 3-blade prop from Hobby Lobby. It looks great! I need to get a bushing for it to fit properly on my collet prop adaptor and then i'll measure the current draw.

The 3-blade prop is a 9x7 and I believe it is the same one used with the Fantastic Models' Rare Bear.

This model looks very scale in the air without the landing gear. I can belly land it on grass or in the snow.

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