Eflite Carbon Z Cub SS

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Jan 062015

Eflite’s Carbon Cub SS is a replica of the modern full scale Carbon Cub. The Carbon Cub updates the original Piper Cub, using some modern construction methods and material to enhance this popular and timeless design.

Eflite took this template, incorporated some of their own design techniques and coupled this with Spektrum’s AS3X system to great a truly unique cub.

It’s powered by a BL50 eflite motor on 6s Lipo, with a wide range of capacity from 2900 -5000mah. This power means towing is ideal and 4.2m sailplanes have been towed successfully.

Well proven by horizon flight team throughout 2014, I had a need for a tow plane and was interested in the versatility the Cub offers.

The build was really straight forward, my dad took this on board and with a few hours he had it ready for the air. Here are some pics;




















The test flight took place on a dull Saturday with a moderate breeze. The preflights checks completed and a freshly charged 6s 2900 Lipo fitted the cub was positioned on the somewhat muddy strip. Within a few feet of a run it leapt into the air and was quickly on its way. As with most Eflite aircraft the test flight was a none event, a few circuits not a great deal of trim was required.

Quickly I was comfortable so began exploring was this big foam model could do.

I’ll let the pictures so the talking. I had 4 flights and loved everyone! I just need to complete a sailplane now so I can tow it up!









Jun 142013

600 X Pro Series Kit

The newest and largest blade helicopter is now in the popular 600 class. The new 600x shares a lot of it components and frame with the 550x but utilizes, larger blades, boom and motor. The supplied Eflite 700 motor, it’s designed to run on 2 6s 3200mah, unusual for a 600 class heli. The logic is to higher the voltage, lower the amperage to achieve the same and more power, whilst keeping components running cooler and more efficiently!

As you can see from below video, it certainly is a strong performer!

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Key Features • Direct-to-swash, flybarless head design • Symmetrical carbon fiber main frames • CNC-machined aluminum head block and blade grips • CNC-machined aluminum swashplate • Revolution 600mm carbon fiber main blades • Revolution 95mm tail blades • Triple ball bearing-supported, 10mm solid steel main shaft • Integrated bearing block servo mount design • Torque-tube driven tail with aluminum tail boom and case • Dual-point tail pitch slider and balanced tail grips • E-flite® Heli 700, 500Kv brushless outrunner motor


If you feel like what you’re flying is keeping you from realizing your full potential as a 3D master, shatter those limits with the explosive power and performance of the Blade 600 X. It shares the same frame and rotor head with the Blade 550 X, but adds the extra punch of an E-flite® Heli 700, 500Kv brushless motor. This abundance of power, along with the set of Revolution® 600mm carbon fiber blades that are included, will allow you to confidently explore the extremes of 3D flight with performance to spare.

Includes: 1 x Revolution® Flybarless 600mm carbon fiber main blade set 1 x Revolution 95mm carbon fiber tail blade set 1 x E-flite® heli 700, 500Kv brushless outrunner motor 1 x E-flite 10A BEC 1 x Sleek pre-painted fiberglass canopy

Product Specifications

Type: 600-class collective-pitch electric flybarless helicopter Main Rotor Diameter: 52.8 in (1342mm) Tail Rotor Diameter: 10.0 in (254mm) Gross Weight: 8.35-8.80 lb (3.8-4.0 kg) Length: 46.1 in (1170mm) Main Gear Ratio: 8.88:1 Motor Size: Helicopter 700-class, 500 Kv brushless outrunner Kit/ARF/RTF: Kit Control System: 120-degree CCPM Rotor Blade Length: 600mm Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Professional Recommended Environment: Outdoor Assembly Time: 7-9 Hours Is Assembly Required: Yes

E-flite Apprentice S 15e SAFE

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Jun 142013

Apprentice S 15e RTF


The E-flite® Apprentice® S 15e RTF airplane is the most intelligent RC airplane ever offered by Horizon Hobby. At its heart is groundbreaking SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology that makes RC flight incredibly easy, even for the least experienced user. Its combination of spatial awareness provides flight envelope protection which adds a degree of security never before available, while its smooth flight capability battles windy conditions so that all you feel is control that’s crisp and responsive. Multiple levels of flight envelope protection are provided that can be reduced or removed as your skills progress, yet the “panic” feature is always there to instantly return the model to level flight if you ever lose orientation. Requiring just minutes to assemble, you’ll appreciate how its quiet brushless power system delivers outstanding performance with long, enjoyable flights. Plus it’s built to last from lightweight Z-Foam™ material that’s tough enough to handle everyday flying punishment without getting bent out of shape. After you’ve mastered the basics of flight, the Apprentice S is capable of performing a complement of aerobatic maneuvers such as loops, rolls, and even inverted flight. You can also turn the Apprentice S into a great floatplane by simply adding the specially designed E-flite Apprentice S Floats (EFLA550)—sold separately.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 59.0 in (1500mm) Overall Length: 42.5 in (1080mm) Wing Area: 515 sq. in. (33.2 sq. dm.) Flying Weight: 49.0 oz (1390 g) Motor Size: 15-size brushless outrunner Radio: Spektrum DX5e transmitter (included) CG (center of gravity): 3-1/8 in (79.0mm) back from the leading edge of wing Prop Size: 11 x 8 Speed Control : 30-amp brushless (installed) Recommended Battery: 11.1V 3S 3200mAh LiPo (included) Flaps: No Retracts: No Control Throw (Ailerons): Low: 0.71 in (18mm); High: 0.91 in (23mm) Control Throw (Elevator): Low: 0.71 in (18mm); High: 0.91 in (23mm) Control Throw (Rudder): Low: 1.10 in (28mm); High: 1.35 in (35mm) Charger: 2–3S LiPo balancing charger, 0.5–3.0A (included) Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Beginner Recommended Environment: Outdoor Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour Is Assembly Required: Yes

Nothing! Everything you need to get flying is included in the box.


E-flite J-3 Cub 450

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Jun 142013

J-3 Cub 450


The E-flite® J-3 Cub 450 ARF airplane is the perfect scale model for small-field flying or making a quick flight at the local park as satisfying as possible. No other airplane has touched more pilots or better demonstrated that flight itself is an unequivocal expression of freedom than the J-3 Cub. Its practical design not only made it versatile, but more importantly, it made it a pure joy to fly. E-flite captures the Cub spirit in a lightweight all-wood structure that authentically replicates the character and distinctive outline of what the designer envisioned as the airplane for everyone. From the richness of its traditional construction, to the authentic sheen of its UltraCote® finish and balloon-shape wheels, the E-flite J-3 Cub 450 ARF delivers a great-looking scale model the casual flier to expert scale critic will appreciate. The recommended E-flite power system was designed around popular and economical 3S Li-Po batteries to provide long, lazy flights or one wheel touch and go’s.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 51.0 in (1300mm) Overall Length: 32.9 in (835mm) Wing Area: 374 sq in (24.1 sq dm) Flying Weight: 33.2-35.5 oz (940-1005 g) Motor Size: Park 450-480 brushless outrunner Radio: 4+ channel radio system Servos: (4) digital sub-micro servos Trim Scheme Colors: UltraCote Cub Yellow (U884), Black (U874) CG (center of gravity): 1-3/8 to 1-3/4 in (35-45mm) back from the leading edge of wing Prop Size: 10 x 7 – 12 x 6 Speed Control : 30-amp brushless Recommended Battery: 11.1V 3S 1800-2200mAh LiPo Flaps: No Retracts: No Control Throw (Ailerons): Low: 7/16 in (11mm) up, 5/16 in (9mm) down; High: 9/16 in (14mm) up, 1/2 in (12mm) down Control Throw (Elevator): Low: 5/8 in (15mm) up/down; High: 3/4 in (20mm) up/down Control Throw (Rudder): Low: 5/8 in (15mm) right/left; High: 3/4 in (20mm) right/left Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Intermediate Recommended Environment: Outdoor Assembly Time: 3-5 Hours Is Assembly Required: Yes

– 4+ channel transmitter and receiver radio system – Motor – Speed controller – Flight battery – (4) sub-micro servos – Propeller – Charger for flight battery

E-flite L-13 Blanik 4.2m Sailplane

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Jun 142013

L-13 Blanik 4.2 m ARF


Horizon Hobby is proud to add the 1/4-scale L-13 Blanik 4.2m to its family of E-flite® sailplanes. This 1/4-scale replica of this internationally recognized sailplane comes with plenty of scale details including a hinged canopy and an authentic Red Bull trim scheme. In addition, the balsa-sheeted foam wings not only provide strength, but also provide a more accurate representation of the full-scale airfoil. The fiberglass construction provides strength and rigidity to the fuselage, while features such as flaps and a spacious cockpit area for radio equipment make this plane easy to operate and maintain, and optional electric spoilers can be added. This great flying plane is ideal for sailplane and aerotow pilots as well as slope soarers.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 165 in (420 cm) Overall Length: 85.5 in (220 cm) Wing Area: 2030 sq. in. (131 sq. dm.) Flying Weight: 22 lb (10 kg) Radio: 5-channel minimum radio system required Servos: (6) standard high-torque servos, (2) mini servos required Trim Scheme Colors: UltraCote® Silver (U881) CG (center of gravity): 2.25 in (57.2mm) back from the leading edge Wing Loading: 19.2 oz/sq ft (58.6 g/sq dm) Recommended Battery: 6.0V 3000-4500mAh receiver pack Flaps: Yes Retracts: No Control Throw (Ailerons): 25° up/down, 35% expo Control Throw (Elevator): 15° up/down, 30% expo Control Throw (Rudder): 30° right/left, 25% expo Control Throw (Flaps): 15° takeoff; 25° landing Scale: 1/4 Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Intermediate Recommended Environment: Outdoor Assembly Time: 15-20 Hours Is Assembly Required: Yes

– A 5+ channel transmitter and receiver radio system – (6) standard high-torque servos and (2) mini servos – Receiver pack – Charger for receiver pack

E-flite Inverza 280

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Jun 142013

Inverza 280 BNF Basic


The E-flite® Inverza™ 280 BNF Basic is a collaborative original design by RC aerobatic world champion Quique Somenzini, full-scale aerobatic aircraft craftsman Kevin Kimball and aviation artist Mirco Pecorari. Never before has an aerobatic aircraft been developed with a more dynamic team effort. Its unique blend of performance, grace and potency offers exceptional aerobatic performance for 3D, precision or scale flight, sized for you to enjoy at a convenient park or small field. Everything about its design, from its fit and finish to its original outline, reflects exceptional attention to the needs of performance minded pilots. As soon as you open the box, its design clearly reflects what experience has been missing from the world of aerobatics.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 26.0 in (660mm) Overall Length: 26.0 in (660mm) Wing Area: 162.0 sq. in. (10.41 sq. dm.) Flying Weight: 8.3 oz (235 g) Motor Size: 280-size brushless outrunner (installed) Radio: 4+ channel DSM2/DSMX transmitter Servos: (4) 3.5 g digital servos (installed) Wing Loading: 7.7 oz/sq ft (23.5 g/sq dm) Prop Size: 6.8 x 3.5 Spinner Size: 1.18 in (30mm) Speed Control : 10-amp brushless (installed) Recommended Battery: 11.1V 3S 450mAh LiPo Control Throw (Ailerons): Low: 12mm up/down, 30% expo; High: 25mm up/down, 40% expo Control Throw (Elevator): Low: 7mm up/down, 20% expo; High: 35mm up/down, 60% expo Control Throw (Rudder): Low: 8mm right/left, 20% expo; High: 20mm right/left, 35% expo Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Intermediate Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour Is Assembly Required: Yes CG (center of gravity): 77mm ahead of the trailing edge at wing tip Trim Scheme Colors: Purple, yellow Detailed Information Read more on the collaborative creation history of the Inverza in the Hotrods of the Sky Gazette featured on the Jim Kimball Enterprises INC. website by Clicking Here.

– Full-range 4+ channel DSM2/DSMX aircraft transmitter with adjustable dual rates and expo – 11.1V 3S 450mAh LiPo flight battery – Charger for flight battery

E-flite UMX Yak54 180QQ

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Jun 142013

UMX Yak 54 180 BNF

Key Features • AS3X® System for outstanding precision and 3D aerobatics • Lightweight, hollow-core, carbon fiber reinforced construction • Spektrum™ AS6410NBL DSMX® 6Ch AS3X Receiver w/BL ESC • Powerful yet efficient 180BL, 3000Kv brushless motor • Fully assembled and factory painted with a vibrant paint scheme • Built-in side force generators offer enhanced 3D performance • Four-channel control with steerable tail wheel • High-discharge 2S 150mAh 45C Li-Po battery meets 3D power demands • Performance, linear long-throw servos helps deliver crisp response


The E-flite® UMX™ Yak 54 180 ultra micro airplane offers a bold new level of aerobatic performance. No other aerobatic design meets the challenge and demands of both precision and 3D versatility like the Yak 54 can. Recognized early on by Quique Somenzini, his Yak 54 concept ushered in a new era of RC aerobatic prowess. The UMX Yak 54 180 offers incredible speed and thrust from its E-flite 180-class brushless power system. But what makes this go-anywhere 3D thoroughbred truly special is its incredible AS3X® System that delivers remarkable control agility so you can perform aerobatics smoothly and have the control authority to pop sharply into 3D maneuvers with the stability of a giant-scale aerobat. And despite its size, AS3X stability also helps you fly in moderate winds without seeing so much as a bobble, plus you’ll be able to perform high-alpha flight maneuvers that feel locked-in more easily. Additionally, you get all these features without having to spend a lot of time programming – no special mixing is required. Just charge and connect the included Li-Po battery, bind to a full-range DSM2®/DSMX® airplane transmitter, and the UMX Yak 54 180 will instantly offer you an incredible ultra micro RC flight experience.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 17.8 in (452mm)

Overall Length: 16.1 in (410mm)

Wing Area: 78.7 sq. in. (508 sq. cm.)

Flying Weight: 2.5 oz (70 g)

Motor Size: 180-size brushless outrunner (installed)

Radio: 4+ channel DSM2/DSMX transmitter with programmable dual rates and exponential (required)

Servos: (4) 2.3-gram performance linear long-throw servos (installed)

Trim Scheme Colors: Blue, red, white

CG (center of gravity): 1.97 in (50mm) back from the leading edge of wing at wing root

Prop Size: 5.75 x 2.5

Recommended Battery: 7.4V 2S 150mAh 45C LiPo (included)

Control Throw (Ailerons): Low: 70% up/down, 15% expo; High: 100% up/down, 25% expo

Control Throw (Elevator): Low: 70% up/down, 25% expo; High: 100% up/down, 30% expo

Control Throw (Rudder): Low: 25% right/left, 10% expo; High: 100% right/left, 15% expo

Approx. Flying Duration: 4 minutes

Charger: 2S DC Li-Po balancing charger (included)

Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years

Experience Level: Intermediate

Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor

Is Assembly Required: No


E-flite C-Ray 180 Flying Wing

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Jun 142013

C-Ray 180 PNP


The E-flite® C-Ray™ 180 PNP flying wing is a clever airplane designed with simplicity in mind so that you can catch a flight any cavalier moment. Its lightweight Z-Foam™ construction makes it possible to bounce back from crashes with minimal impact to its flying performance. The sleek lines of its design include a copious amount of wing area for increased stability. Not to be caged, its custom power system delivers spirited performance that you can enjoy quickly. Out of the box, the C-Ray 180 is ready to accept your favorite Spektrum™ compatible micro-class receiver and transmitter. Plenty of room under the magnetic hatch is provided to locate your 2-cell 430–480mAh Li-Po battery. Fast or slow, you’ll find its performance comfortable whether drawing circles in the sky or clowning around with friends for some cool combat fun.

Product Specifications

Wingspan: 21.7 in (550mm) Overall Length: 13.5 in (342mm) Wing Area: 126 sq. in. (8.05 sq. dm.) Flying Weight: 4.40 oz (125 g) Motor Size: 180-size, 2500Kv brushless outrunner (installed) Radio: 4+ channel transmitter with elevon mixing Servos: (2) 3-gram super sub-micro servos (installed) CG (center of gravity): 3/4 in (18mm) in front of the forward edge of the servo casing Prop Size: 4.5 x 4 electric propeller (installed) Speed Control : 3-amp brushless (installed) Recommended Battery: 7.4V 2S 430–450mAh LiPo batter (required) Control Throw (Ailerons): Low: 0.20 in (5mm); High: 0.28 in (7mm); 10% expo Control Throw (Elevator): Low: 0.20 in (5mm); High: 0.28 in (7mm); 10% expo Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years Experience Level: Intermediate Recommended Environment: Outdoor Is Assembly Required: No

– 4+ channel transmitter with elevon mixing – 4+ channel receiver – 7.4V 2S 430–450mAh (20C minimum) LiPo flight battery – Charger for flight battery

Eflite Splendor AS3X

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Feb 032013

The new Eflite Splendor is new Z-foam aircraft packed full of revolutionary technology and design concepts from World Champion Quique Somenzini’s years of experience designs models of all types and sizes.

The Splendor utilises Carbon Z a composite technology used to made Z-foam rigid. This is achieved by Carbon spars is vital areas mixed with plywood to keep the weight down. The result of this is an incredibly lightweight & stiff structure, whether this is the wings, fuselage or flight surfaces. To be able to achieve this with foam opens the possibilities of what ‘foamies’ can do.

The other technology is the new AS3X park flyer gyro system housed in the AR635 receiver. Like the new VisionAire this RX is used to improve the flight performance of this new design. In an aircraft like the Splendor the 3axis Mems Sensor’s will improve how the plane will hold lines, therefore using the Splendor as a training tool for F3A is a viable option. The AS3X improves an aircraft so that it feels bigger in the air and pilots looking to improve their discipline with aerobatics or learn new schedules can in a relativity inexpensive package.

The Build

A colourful box, with foam packaging to support the airframe during shipping.

It’s a big airplane, the biggest Z-foam model to date, it all arrived safe & undamaged.

The finish of Z-foam is improving all the time, the paint finish is also superb.

The first part of the build is to install the wire UC. The wire UC is slotted into a plastic groove and held in place with a plastic retainer and two screws on each side. The leg cover is also screwed through this retainer and clips to the wire.

The leg cover adds that finished look to the aircraft.

The spats and wheels are pre installed so nothing to do there.

The horizontal stab and elevator are pre hinged with CA hinges. There is a carbon spar in the tail, a locating pin for the stab that keys into the fuselage.

The elevator joiner is a square socket joining the two elevator halves to form a rigid connection.

The horz stab is held in place with two screws each half. A nice touch is that all the fixings on CarbonZ aircraft are now Allen key headed, that bit of extra quality. You can also see the carbon& fibreglass spar in horz stab. The rudder linkage is all connected up and the steerable tailwheel is also pre installed.

The elevator linkage needs connected, again a touch of quality here, a ball joint at the control surface. The new eflite 26g metal geared digital servos are also impressive, slope free and very smooth.

The large hatch is gives lots of access to the battery tray and RX.

It is opened via a new flush mechanical button at the front of the hatch, it is pinned at the rear with two plastic dowels.

The wings are held in place with 4 screws (2 per panel). A carbon wing tube acts as the main spar. The wing panels themselves are all factory finished, ailerons are hinged with CA hinges & the servos are connected with the same high quality fixings as with the elevator and rudder.

The Flying

The test flight was a uneventful affair. After some quick preflight checks and a range test it was time to take to the air. The 2x3s 3200mah lipos connected in series to give 6s give the Splendor plenty of performance and after a short takeoff run this sleek model was quickly into the air. The AS3X systems reduces trim required and after a circuit I didn’t need any.

I quickly felt very comfortable with this plane, basic aerobatics are a joy to perform due to the neutral & “locked in” feel that the design gives complimented by the AR635. Knife edge is superb with no coupling required at all angles of attack. Although not designed for 3D it is capable of basic 3D, in part due to the AS3X. Harriers are very stable and controllable and hovering & torque rolls are very stable. The new BL50 motor coupled with elfites 60amp ESC’s give a really linear feel to the throttle and in the 3D this makes a lot of difference.

Overall I think this design and the innovations it contains make the Splendor a great choice for F3A or other aerobatic disciplines (iMac and freestyle) if a pilot wants a convenient everyday aircraft to improve their standard for both competition or at the club.

Pictures are below.














Thanks to Horizon Hobby UK for allowing me to test this new aircraft.


Hangar 9 Sukhoi 97″ Electric

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Aug 132012

We recently test flew a new project for us. We have had great success with the Hangar 9 Sukhoi 97″ in the past, but decided to dip our feet into the world of bigger electric aircraft and this airframe was the perfect choice. 

The new SU26 SE was fitted with a 7kw Plettenberg Predator 25 motor which is the equalivant to a 80-90cc petrol engine. 

Using 4-No. Eflite 5 cell 5000mah Lipo batteries wired to be 10cell 10000mah (10s2p) it is able to turn a 27×13 inch prop. The packs are superb & are holding up well after many flights, still balancing easily & holding their power right throughout the flight.

The prop is unique in that there are two separate blades that fit to either side of the motor, they can flex ever so sligthly and this provides a deafly quiet setup, with no ripping propeller tips. 

The speed controller is a Schzule XL Future 40.161, capable of 170amp constant & close to 300amp bursts.

Here are the Plettenberg motor specs:

The Predator 25 close the gap between the Terminator and the Predator 30 and is developed for F3A-X Models or models with the same wight, means aerobatic-models with a span of about 2,3 m – 2,5 m. In the class F3A-X is the limit of the weight 10 kg. The motor is developed light as possible, the motorwight is 1275 g incl. the couplesystem for the folding-props.

You have to use the motor with a LiPo 10S and 8-10Ah. The efficiency of the motor is about 89% and the power is about 7KW.

The Predator 25 is just available in a spinnersystem with foldingprops 25-28”. The weight of the motor, controler, spinner, prop and lipo is about 4000 g. For the “normal” aerobatic the motor is good for models up to 12 kg


  The motor is built into the spinner with a large hole for cooling in the nose, this offers a very efficient setup & keeps temperatures to a minimum. Power is unlimited & I can complete a full unlimited IMAC routine & only using about 60% of the packs capacity.

You can see some pictures below.

Inverted Harrier

 Here is a video from a local fly-in.

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A big thanks to Plettenberg for supplying this beautifully engineered motor, it certainly looks to be the future in our increasingly noise aware society. Also thanks to Horizon Hobby for their airframe & lipo’s.