to-fly (ARF) offerings to make a choice. Like
many modelers, I’ve built many kits and
scratch-built planes from plans, but these days,
I mostly assemble ARFs. There are several
good ARF versions of the Corsair available, and
sorting through them to make a choice can be
daunting. I prefer wooden construction over
composites for ease in making modifications
and the inevitable repairs. Because I’ll be using
electric power, I want the airframe to be as
light as possible. A minimum of factory-applied
graphics makes for easy customization, for a
final result that doesn’t look like all the rest.
With these thoughts in mind and a couple of
evenings reading manuals and spec sheets
on the Web, I decided to do an electric-power
conversion of the Top Flite Giant Corsair.
One of the advantages of flying electric power today is that many designers
and manufacturers are taking electric power into consideration and putting
battery hatches and motor-mounting options into many of their wet-powered
models. That said, there are still quite a few models designed for only gas
or glow power that can be converted to electric power with a little planning
and effort. I have recently started thinking about putting a new model in the
hangar, and this is the process I’ve gone through to get started.
Changing a gasser to e-power is easier
than you might think Tex T & pho Tos by John KauK
The author’s giant-scale Top
Flite Corsair is powered by an
AXi 5345/18 on a 12S pack.
The first decision is probably the easiest
and most fun: Which plane is it going to be?
Everyone has a different preference, and
deciding can involve a lot of research and
daydreaming. Lately, I prefer World War II
warbirds, and I like them fairly large. I’ve recently
done a 1/5-scale P-51B and a similarly sized
Spitfire, but I’ve never flown a big F4U Corsair.
I’ve been flying a small foam Corsair all year and
have really enjoyed the way it looks in the air, so
that’s what I’ve decided to do.
The next step in the process is to work
through the available kits and almost-ready-