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;e tail is bolted together with just three screws (two for the stabs and one for the
lower rudder hinge). Snap on the control clevises and you’re done. ;e tailwheel
came preinstalled. You can also see the inlaid carbon spar, which adds rigidity.
;e E-flite 960Kv 480 brushless motor comes installed with the propeller already
mounted in place. ;ere is more than ample airflow through the cowl, and large
openings toward the rear of the fuselage keep everything cool.
E-FLITE/HORIZON HOBBY VALIANT 1.3 BNF BASIC
;e wings come in two pieces and are slid
onto dual carbon spars. A plastic cap doubles
as a wing connector and bolted-down retainer,
which makes field assembly a snap, although
the plane fits into most cars fully assembled.
Preinstalled Y-connectors on the receiver and
wing servo pigtails are well marked to prevent
flap and aileron control mix-ups.
All the control surfaces have relatively
large surfaces for the varying flight styles the
Valiant is capable of, and they have a thin living
hinge with tape reinforcement. ;is hinge style
requires less e;ort from the servos, which
translates to crisp and accurate response and
allows the AS3X to perform even better.
At the front end, the preinstalled 960Kv 480
brushless motor provides plenty of thrust for
short takeo; and landing (STOL) performance.
Matching the classic lines is an equally
classy-looking paint scheme. All the decals
have been installed, and a black/white-striped-wing underside helps you tell which side is up
when the plane is in the air.
;e Spektrum AR636A receiver, which comes
installed in the BNF version, provides both
AS3X stability and the amazing SAFE Select
Spektrum DX6 w/ AR636A
( spektrumrc.com); SV80 servos
E-flite 960Kv 480 brushless
outrunner w/ 30A Pro speed control
E-flite 11.1V 3S 2200mAh