I was looking around for a review before purchasing this plane and could not find anything about it. I am looking for an electric setup for the plane and would like to know how it flies as the wing area is not large compared to the weight and the wing loading seem to be quite high.
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Posted March 31, 2013
A buddy of mine just finished building this plane and flew it yesterday with a DLE 20 engine. This is one of the nicest planes I have seen at the field. The owner really likes the plane and how it files. It reached a hundred miles an hour on a few low passes. Shape of the plane is very similar to a Spitfire. Super nice quality plane. I wish more Seagull planes were available in this country. They are available in England.
When I saw this model come out I just couldn't resist - the spitfire shaped wings, large canopy and slender tail - really a pretty plane. I'm almost finished with the build and here's my first impression:
Pro's - LED lights preinstalled - very nice - 90 degree rotating retracts included - trim and cowl well finished - LARGE easy access with the cockpit system - makes battery access a breeze for electric conversion - A true either or gas/electric with motor box included for electric conversion Con's - Instruction manual - they say a picture is worth a 1000 words, but in this case a few more words would be very helpful. Nothing about how to connect the wings - and the tail wheel assembly is overly complex and I needed to do some on-the-fly modifications to make it work. The instruction manual included is a rather poor black and white copy. The online version is color with a bit more resolution, but still not enough explain some of the tricky parts. -tail wheel assembly: the pants on the tail wheel is one of the signature items of the model but I know it won't be on long - pretty fragile. The linkage for steering uses a control arm on the rudder. The linkage is extremely short and I had to cut off part of the control arm to keep it from binding. The whole set up seems overly complex. Landing gear: while they look great, quality was lacking. On one side the ball joint post was mounted too close to one of the 3 set screws so I could not sufficiently tighten the post to keep it from turning sideways with pressure. On the other side, the landing gear would not lock in the upright position and took too much pressure to pull the control arm to the upright position. The landing gear are spring loaded (nice) but the springs are so stiff they are for practical purposes, not used. By the time the spring compresses, you'll have the landing gear poking through the top of the wing. I called horizon hobby and they are sending a replacement set of landing gear - 5 stars for horizon support! - Couple of poor fitting trim pieces - one LED mount was not centered and left a lip in the wing tip when the clear lens is glued in place.
Wish list - better instruction manual - the prewired LED lights are nice but end in bare wires. putting a connector to a switch with a standard 9 volt battery connection would make the nice touch a great touch - landing gear: the thought was great, the implementation poor - tighten up the QC and lighten the spring.
Final thoughts: Waiting for the replacement landing gear and am anxious to take it for a spin. With a little more effort, this could be a 5 star plane. I opted for the electric conversion and am using the 60 eflite brushless, efite 60amp ESC and a 5000 ma 22 volt battery for power. Not exactly the recommended set up but the stats line up. I have become lazy with the drop in the battery and go system.....