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;is is how the fuselage comes out of the box—nothing
to do but mount the wing. Note the brass inserts for
the wing bolts. ;ese will allow repeated wing removal
for transport (if needed) without wearing out.
Quick building and easy setup minimizes box-to-smile time. E-flite has combined
classic looks, durability, and a large performance envelope to create what just
might be one of the best all-around park fliers I’ve seen, especially if you add
the optional floats to the mix. It’s one of those planes that will keep you coming
back for more. ;
Just Floating Around
I consider the optional HobbyZone Super Cub Floats to be a must-have acces-
sory if you have a usable body of water. (Don’t let the name concern you—the
floats are designed to fit the Valiant 1.3 perfectly.)
Construction is of the same Z-Foam as the plane, and they feature a thin
plastic shell on the lower portion of the hull. This makes them glide better and
more durable as well. At a mere 5. 5 ounces, they won’t weigh the plane down,
although the added drag is noticeable during power-off flight. Assembly is quick
and simple, and it takes less than five minutes to swap from wheels to floats.
The plane sits high in the water, and the stock motor and propeller are
sufficient to get on step quickly. In the air, the Valiant handles the floats with
ease, and you don’t really notice them. Landings are easy, especially if you keep
on a little power. Simply let the plane settle onto the water and pull the power.
The wide stance of the floats makes it pretty hard to have a mishap, but if
you do, the entire plane is made out of foam, so you don’t have to worry about
it going under. These floats add a whole new level of fun to the Valiant 1.3m,
and if you’ve ever wanted to try flying off of water, this may well be the best
flight mode. ;is is a big reason the Valiant
1.3m can be enjoyed by anyone from advanced
beginners to experts.
IN THE AIR
;e Valiant 1.3m came in just a touch underweight and balanced perfectly with the
recommended battery. ;e longish tail makes
it a great ground handler, and the AS3X
stabilization technology keeps everything
lined up when heading down the runway,
needing only minimal input from the rudder.
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.
Flaps allow the Valiant to perform like a
STOL plane, with takeo; rolls under full flaps
being measured in inches rather than feet.
With a bit of a breeze, it can actually land
backward. Normal landings are easy, with
just a bit of power needed for penetration if
things aren’t calm.
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: AS3X keeps things under control, but
if you do have issues, SAFE is there to help you
get control back.
Tracking: During both slow- and fast-speed
flight, the Valiant does an excellent job in
staying on the course you set.
Aerobatics: ;is is what makes this plane such
a blast to fly. You can do just about everything,
short of full-on 3D aerobatics. Rolls are surprisingly crisp, and there is plenty of power on
tap for large maneuvers.
Glide and stall performance: It’s a light and clean
airframe, so power-o; performance is quite
good. You really have to force a stall. If you do,
it breaks straight ahead and recovers almost
I had a chance to fly the Valiant 1.3m under a
number of conditions, from calm mornings to
gusty afternoons. It handled all with ease. AS3X
does a fantastic job keeping the plane from
being bounced around too much during gusty
conditions, and it makes you look like a pro
during calmer weather.
For less advanced pilots, the switchable
SAFE technology is a great safety net. It limits
roll and pitch angles to keep things from getting
out of hand, and if they do, simply let go of the
controls and it will self-level. ;is is great for
those who have friends who want to try out RC
and a buddy box is not available.
For advanced pilots, the massive performance envelope keeps things interesting, both
fast and slow. Flaps up allows for brisk and
stable aerobatics, while full flaps will satisfy
your short-field and slow-flight itch.