Removing the landing gear and ordnance
slightly decreases the flying weight and
cleans up the Corsair’s profile. This is the
author’s favorite way to fly this model.
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this famous fighter from Hitec.
rendition of the
The Corsair from Hitec’s Weekender line of warbird models is an example of how
much foam models have improved
during the last few years. As I removed
the airplane from the box, I was
impressed by the foam parts’ smooth
surface and how cleanly the paint and
decals were applied at the factory. This
model is nothing like the unpainted
and flash-scarred foam airframes of the
Hitec has put forth extra effort on
the scale appearance of the Corsair.
The scale outline is better than many
much larger Corsair models that I’ve
seen. What sets this model apart are
the small touches such as the scale
three-blade propeller, the rockets and
fuel tanks, and even the strut covers for
the main landing gear. All of this adds
up to an RC model that could serve
double duty as a desktop display piece.
The Hitec Corsair arrived mostly
assembled. A brushless motor with
ESC and all of the servos were
preinstalled at the factory. A two-cell
LiPo battery, four-channel receiver,
and transmitter were all that I had to
provide. I used the included glue, but
the EPP airframe is CA friendly.
Hitec includes a black-and-white
assembly manual that applies to
all three warbirds currently in the
Weekender series (the others are a P- 51
Mustang and a Hawker Hurricane).
The manual states that the Corsair,
the Mustang, and the Hurricane
are for novice pilots, but I disagree.
Intermediate-level modelers, however,
should have no trouble completing or
flying the Corsair.
The manual outlines eight steps to
assemble the Corsair. Not including
time for the glue to dry, I had
everything completed in approximately
an hour. All of the parts fit together
precisely and the resulting alignment of
the wing and tail feathers was spot on.
I was somewhat apprehensive about
gluing the painted surfaces, but the
glue joints have not loosened.
Photos by Bryan McLarty
69 Model Aviation AUGUS T 2014
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