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Alien Aircraft Hornet - small 1/2 A airplane kit

Old 07-31-2022, 05:35 PM
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The urge to build bites again. This time a small 1/2 A airplane.
I have the plans for the Mini Pacer which I built years ago from ACE kit and flew with Cox TD .051 engine. It was fun but stubborn engine.
Balsa kits are hard to find now. I located Alien Aircraft kits at the Sig website. I selected the Hornet kit. It is an easy build and very light weight = 15 ounces without battery.
I installed Hobbypower Simonk 30A ESC and Suppo BL-2208/12 motor with 850mAh 3S lipo.
It flew great and very gentle landing. I did not install the landing gear - as easy to hand launch these small airplanes.
Balance required 1/2 oz of lead in the nose of the aircraft. I do not like dead weight.
Next, I upgraded the motor to Suppo BL-2212/6 motor (heaver by 12 ounces) and removed the lead.
Now the airplane is a rocket, but still retains it's gentle landing.
This was a fun project and next I plan to build a Baby Mach One kit from Eureka Aircraft.
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:42 PM
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Well done model, glad to hear it flies great.
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:57 PM
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Alien Aircraft kits are great, I have the Dragon 42 seaplane. It flies wonderfully.
I got the deluxe kit with everything but the battery and covering material. (I stole it at a swap meet for $25! it was around $160 at the time)
A little HiMax motor and I flew it 21 minutes on a 1300mah battery on its maiden flight.

All pieces in my kit fit perfectly and they were good wood.
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