Alpha Model Fock Wulf TA-183
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||Speed 300 6V (or MPJ AC 25-25/26
brushless) with custom designed ducted fan
||2x W-084 Micro Servos
||Jeti 12 Amp would be fine, used a Jeti 20
||8xKAN950 or 1100
||1 aileron servo, 1 elevator servo +
||Don't know yet
||8 cells -> 9.8 Amp, at full speed
from wing edge
||Almost nothing to do. This is ALL ARF.
Motor and ducted fan pre-installed and pre-wired, servos wires
pre-installed, model painted. It comes in 5 blocks. The front fuselage,
the rear one, 2 wings and the elevator. Just need to add the servos,
install the electronic, glue the whole thing and you are done.
One minor issue is that when glued, and unless you use a glue that can
be taken off, it would be difficult to take the plane apart, if needed
||Piece of cake, just hand launch, and it
||Flying was good but certainly not amazing.
The plane turns but the fact that the 2 ailerons are, by default, both up,
certainly plays a role on why the plane does not turn well. Maybe reducing
the amplitude would help ??
With the 300, it is slow, and makes an enormous noise. Like a very noisy vacuum
cleaner. Forget about silent electric flight, this plane is noisier than
many glow planes I've seen.
||The plane needs constant speed so landings
do take some space. A big problem is that the foam used for this plane is
very fragile so unless you protect it with some tape or use very nice
grass, it will get hurt very quickly
||Crashed once, on tip stall due to CG
placed just about what's recommended. Foam tail broke apart as well, in a
||Easy to repair, with 5 minutes Epoxy. Just
repairing the inside tube does require some attention at it is not easy to
||Still, It does look very good in the air
so if you care for something not too expensive, with ducted fan and fully
ARF, it can be considered. If flown in the stock version, I would not
recommend this plane.
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Monday, 19 September 2005