;e Waco has fixed main landing gear, and the
wheels are streamlined inside nicely finished
wheel pants. A steerable tailwheel allows it to
taxi on the ground.
;e Waco has ailerons in addition to
the rudder and elevator, and the control
surfaces have plenty of throw, making it
E-FLITE/HORIZON HOBBY UMX WACO BL
Spektrum DX6i (spektrum
rc.com); micro linear long-throw
180BL 3000Kv outrunner
E-flite 2S 280mAh 30C LiPo
very responsive and a good choice for an
intermediate pilot. Its AS3X stabilization
technology keeps it nice and steady in the air.
;e Waco comes in a box that can be used
as a carrying case. Molded Styrofoam cradles
the plane, and two braces fit over the top of
the fuselage to hold it in place and protect it.
;e Waco’s ailerons, elevator, and rudder are
all hinged at the factory. ;e micro servos are
concealed, and the linkages are so cleanly
installed that they are barely visible. ;e
linkage wires all have U-bends that let you
adjust the trim on each control surface.
;e Waco’s wheel pants and engine cowl
have the same detailed finish as the rest of
the plane. Both of the wings are connected
by struts and wires, which are a nice detail,
echoing the plane’s historic look. Adding to
authenticity is a scale pilot nestled behind the
rear cowl, and he even has a neck scarf that
will blow in the breeze.
;e installed 180BL, 3000Kv outrunner
motor is hidden beneath a cowl that is a nicely
installed decal to look like a radial engine. ;is
little motor delivers plenty of power through
the entire throttle range. ;e top of the cowl
is held in place with two rare-earth magnets,
and the fit is so good that the seam is barely
visible. Removing the cowl also gives you
access to the battery compartment, and
hook-and-loop material is already installed to
hold the battery
in place. ;e opening is more than adequate
for installing and removing the recommended
2S LiPo pack.
;e main landing gear are fixed and held to
the plane with streamlined struts that extend
from the bottom of the fuselage. ;ey are
reinforced with spring steel, which makes
them very shock absorbent in the event of
a hard landing. ;e wheels themselves are
covered with wheel pants but protrude below
the pants to easily roll on a smooth surface.
A tiny steerable tailwheel is attached to the
bottom of the rudder and is also supported
with a spring-steel strut.
A replica pilot comes installed in the pilot seat, complete with a blowing scarf.
;e two wings are connected with struts and pushrod wires. ;e main gear are attached to the fuselage with struts and a supporting spring-steel wire. ;ey are nicely finished wheel pants.