pilot report Ares CrusAder II
Being an ARF (almost ready to fly), the Crusader
II requires just a little work to get it ready to fly.
The radio gear and the power system come
factory installed. All you have to do is glue the
tail surfaces into place and assemble the wing
panels. No glue is needed for the wing. The left
and right panels slide onto a main spar and then
a molded wing-attachment receptacle/guide
plate is slipped into place with the included glue.
The aileron servos and linkages come already
installed. The boxy fuselage shape provides
ample room inside for the onboard equipment
and also makes it easy to get into with your
fingers to connect the aileron servo leads to
the receiver’s Y-harness. Made entirely out of
molded EPO foam construction, the Crusader II
is all but guaranteed to be around well past the
initial knocks and bangs of the beginner pilot’s
Assembly of the main parts is also very easy.
All you have to do is snap the aluminum landing
gear into place in the molded attachment point in
the bottom of the fuselage, insert the nose gear
and tighten the attachment screws, and connect
the pushrods to the tail-surface control horns.
A 750Kv brushless outrunner and 40A
speed controller comes installed, and combined
with the included 3S 2200mAh LiPo flight
battery, there’s ample power to spin the
included 12x8 propeller. In the bottom of the
fuselage is a battery compartment with a
molded hatch cover and latch. The speed-control leads are long enough to reach through
the battery compartment, so you can swap
batteries without removing the wing. For
initial setup and motor runs, be sure to do so
with the propeller removed from the motor.
This is the safe way to check for proper motor
rotation. Once you determine everything is as
it should be, disconnect the battery and slide
the propeller coupler and prop onto the motor
shaft and tighten the prop nut. Now attach the
spinner and you are ready to go.
in the air
Perfectly designed to take new RC pilots from
their first unsure hops and training flight all the
way to basic sport flying, the Crusader II makes
a good showing of itself—even with exploring
basic aerobatic flight. Its sturdy trike landing
gear and large wheels make takeoffs and
landings very easy from grass fields.
General FliGht PerFormance
Stability: The model’s classic Clark-Y wing
airfoil and fully symmetrical tail surfaces
combine to provide excellent stable flight
performance. Flight stability is excellent.
Tracking: In the air, the Crusader II has a good
tail moment, and the control surfaces provide
positive tracking straight and level as well as in
turns. If anything, as a trainer, the model is a bit
sensitive to control inputs.
Aerobatics: Even though the model is intended
as a basic trainer, it also possesses a good
power-to-weight ratio. This allows a good
entry into basic aerobatic flight, and it will
perform all maneuvers easily. Loops and rolls
are consistent, and even inverted flight can be
accomplished with a bit of forward elevator
stick pushed in.
Left: With the wing removed, you have unrestricted access to the radio gear.
Above: Ideally outfitted for grass runways, the model’s trike gear is sturdy and
makes ground handling easy.
Above: Control linkages are already installed, and all you have to do is connect them to the tail-surface
control horns. Right: The model also comes with an attractive plastic spinner. Notice the air inlets for good