Seagull Models has captured the clean lines of the full-scale Radial Rocket. The iron-on covering is
spot on and all of the N numbers and logos are on a self-adhesive sheet so you can add as many or
as few as you’d like.
The kit contains
for all of the control
linkages. In this
photo you’ll also see
the weight added
just in front of the tail
wheel to attain the
Photos by the author
but it was still
I took the
outside for a few
Radial Rocket TD
ARF is a sharp-looking airplane. It might
be smaller than average these days, but it
looks great with that red flame trim over
the white airframe.
There’s nothing like the feeling before
a maiden flight. Everything’s slightly
tense—butterflies in the stomach, nerves,
etc. That held true with the Radial
Rocket TD, and even more so because I
wasn’t sure how well my main landing
gear modification would hold up.
I carried the Radial Rocket TD out
to my club’s paved runway to spare any
stress on the landing gear. After taxiing
into position, I throttled up and the
model went fairly straight down the
runway and lifted off with a slight bit of
With the landing gear passing the first
test, I settled down into trimming the
aircraft and flying low passes for photos.
I found myself bringing the Radial
Rocket TD in lower and faster on each
pass. This is a comfortable airplane to
fly. I instantly felt at ease, as though I’d
been flying it all season.
With the photo passes out of the
way, I wanted to see what else I could
coax out of this little aircraft. This isn’t
a true aerobat, but it can get through a
surprising range of maneuvers. Loops
and rolls are easy, and the Radial
Rocket TD loves to fly inverted.
Knife-edge passes are slightly trickier
because of the small rudder, and I had
to hold quite a lot of cross-control to
keep it pointed in a straight line.
Vertical maneuvers such as
Hammerheads and even large Cuban
8s are harder because the 10GX will
run out of steam pulling the aircraft
vertical. Keep them in tight and you
can do it, but it’s not the model’s strong
On the slower side of things, I found
that the aircraft drops a wingtip when it
reaches stall speed. It’s not a drastic drop,
but it will get your attention if you stall
it too close to the ground! Drop a bit of
flaps and that all changes.
The manual doesn’t recommend any
throws for the flaps, so I used my best
judgment and assigned them to a three-position switch. Half flaps (roughly
30°) are great for cruising in slow,
controlled passes. Dropping them to
full—approximately 60°—really helps in
setting up for slow, controllable landing
On each landing, I’ve been able to set
the model down on the main landing
gear with little bounce. You do have to
fly it all the way to the ground and pay
attention, but it is quite controllable. My
landing gear modification has held up
well, even after several dozen flights.
This is one sharp-looking design.
Seagull Models has done a great job of
capturing the full-scale Radial Rocket’s
looks in this 10cc-size ARF. The manual
could be better and the landing gear
requires modification, but if you’re
able to overcome those two things, the
pairing of this kit with the Evolution
10GX engine will give you great
performance and flight times exceeding
15 to 20 minutes per tank. All of this in
a model small enough to fit in the trunk
of most cars!
Sig Manufacturing Co.
Radial Rocket TD manual
Dave Brown Products
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