E-flite Albatros D.Va 25e
PHOTO BY LUIGINO CALIARO
;e Great War’s
First introduced in April 1916, the
Albatros quickly became the
mainstay of German airpower after its
appearance in combat on September
17, 1916. Although it was eventually
outclassed by faster British and French
aircraft later in the war, the Albatros
D.1, with its aerodynamically clean,
formed wood fuselage, made every
other aircraft of the time obsolete.
Constant improvements to the basic
design produced several variants of the
Albatros. And though it was hindered
by lower wing spars that could crack
under high stress, the aircraft was
most successfully used by pilots who
exploited its agility even while giving up
some performance in speed.
;ough forever associated with his
Fokker Dr.1 Triplane, the famous WW
I Ace Manfred von Richthofen (the
Red Baron), earned many of his air victories at the controls of various
Albatros aircraft including the D.II, D.III, and the D.V. ;e Red Baron
earned only 19 of his 80 total victories in the Triplane and it is his Albatros
D. III serial number 789/16 that he fist painted red in January 1917 as a
psychological taunt to enemy pilots.
with button-head socket screws and the
center section of the wing attaches to
the cabane struts using threaded metal
inserts. The top and bottom wing halves
have carbon-fiber carry through spars and
are locked into position with socket head
screws. The wing V-struts use the same
type of threaded insert attachment. The
flying wires are optional, but I think they
are well worth the effort to install.
A large formed radio hatch exposes the
entire radio and motor compartment from
the cockpit forward. Magnets keep the
hatch securely in place and the dummy
engine nestles nicely in place with a set of
machine guns set on top of the hatch.
I used JR A5030 servos for the rudder
and elevator, which are mounted forward
in the radio compartment. Before connecting the metal pushrod to the rudder, a tiller
arm is attached to a rod that protrudes
below the horizontal stabilizer. It’s visible
through a hole in the fiberglass fairing.
You have the option of using a metal pushrod for the elevator or the pull-pull cables.
Next the battery platform is installed above
the servos allowing the battery and radio
gear to be installed as far forward as possible. The top wing is outfitted with two JR
A4010 servos (with extension leads) for the
ailerons. Screws hold the servo covers into
place and only the servo arms are exposed.
I installed a Spektrum AR6210 6-channel
2.4GHz receiver attached to the airframe
with some Velcro.
The firewall has floating blindnuts for
securing the motor mount. The blindnuts
slide in slotted tracks allowing various sizes
of motor mounts to be used without having
to drill additional mounting holes. I used
the E-flite Power 32 system and it screwed
directly into place using the included alu-
minum shims for correct spacing. A 4S
E-flite 3200 LiPo battery powers the system
and is very easy to access. An APC 13x5.5
prop completes the power system.
The Albatros is a seriously good-looking
scale classic that should be flown in a
scale-like fashion. Though it is an agile performer, it’s also a tail-dragger and so you
need to use rudder. In the air is where the
fun really begins. This fast-building, great-flying Albatros can do anything that the
Red Baron had in his bag of tricks! ;
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