E-FLITE/HORIZON HOBBY VALIANT 1.3 BNF BASIC
ONCE AIRBORNE, IT FEELS LIKE A MUCH
BIGGER PLANE THANKS TO THE STABILITY
SYSTEM, AND THE 480 MOTOR PROVIDES
PLENTY OF OOMPH FOR NEARLY ANYTHING
YOU WANT IT TO DO.
electronics are factory installed, and even the
propeller has already been mounted. Everything
is bolted together, so no adhesives are required.
As always, the use of correct-size drivers will
keep screw heads from wearing out. ;is is
important if you swap frequently between the
normal gear and floats.
;e airframe is made out of light and
durable Z-Foam, with strategic hard-plastic
reinforcements. One of those is the battery/
landing-gear compartment. ;ere is plenty of
room to allow some fore/aft adjustment of
the battery to fine-tune the center of gravity
(helpful when switching between gear and
floats). ;e alloy gear features preinstalled
wheel pants that add a touch of class, and it
does quite well on a mowed grass strip.
At the back end, the bolted-together tail
feathers fit perfectly into molded alignment
recesses, and the horizontal stab has a carbon
spar to keep things from flexing too much. ;e
bottom portion of the rudder hinge is screwed
onto the fuselage, providing a strain relief from
the tailwheel assembly.
AT A GLANCE
Valiant 1.3m BNF Basic
E-flite ( e-fliterc.com)
Horizon Hobby ( horizonhobby.com)
PILOT SKILL LEVEL
11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo
WHAT WE LIKE
+ Classic looks + Minimal build time + Extremely versatile + Optional floats
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