The model is only provided, at this
point, in a PNP (plug-and-play)
configuration, and will take you a
couple of hours to assemble and
another hour to rig and prepare for
flight. I spent more time weathering
and detailing the model than I did
assembling it. In addition, for those
of you who may already have many of
the required propulsion components
on hand and feel so inclined to add
additional thrust, I understand that
an interchangeable 90mm nacelle-pod assembly (larger I.D. to accommodate bigger fan units) will also be
stabilization devices are required, and the
controls seem balanced.
Tracking: It tracks well through the loop, with
power reduced on the back side. Scale rolls are
remarkably smooth and easy to perform, and
require no real rudder coordination.
Glide and stall performance: Power-off stalls
are gentle and straightforward; it takes a lot to
disturb that big, virtually rectangular wing. The
real fun thing to do, however, is a high-speed
run-in, jinking with the rudder, squeezing off a
two-second burst, and pulling up sharply for an
over-the-shoulder visual on the havoc you’ve
just wreaked! Cool stuff!
On subsequent flights, I noticed that with
the two Venom 5000mAh packs in the
recommended position, the model was nose-heavy and couldn’t be correctly balanced. Since
there wasn’t a lot of room to move both packs
aft in tandem, I moved the location forward and
stacked the packs. No hatch modification was
required, and the center of gravity problem was
solved. The other important issue I noted was
that the packs were hot upon landing. I decided
to rework the intake and exhausts on the
bottom of the fuselage to allow them to work
more effectively. I cut a 3x5-inch slotted plate
On the ramp, the A- 10 is ready for a twilight sortie! All
lights are preinstalled.
scalelike, straight appearance of the full size,
would easily handle slightly bumpy terrain.
The tricycle-gear arrangement makes ground
handling a nonissue, and steering/tracking is
very accurate. After takeoff, the model required
only minor trim adjustment, with the throws set
as recommended in the manual. To land, enter
downwind in the pattern, extend the gear, start
rolling in some flap and roll out on full-flap final,
and touch down exactly where you want. I did
the first flights with the airplane “clean” (no
externals); adding them for subsequent flights
revealed no appreciable difference in the way
the model flew.
general flight Performance
Stability: Trims established, the model easily
flies “hands off”—a great confidence builder
for the relative newcomer. No gyros or other
from 1/16-inch ply, cut a matching-size hole in
the fuselage bottom near the existing vents,
and glued the plate in place. The packs now
run significantly cooler. This model is the right
size, impressive, and enjoyable to fly. For those
reasons, plus others, I would get in line to buy
another should anything ever happen to it.
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