flight test phoenix dauntless
The control surfaces come preslotted for
installation of the CA-type hinges. While
test-fitting, I found this step to be one of
the most painless: Everything lines up on
the first try! The control surfaces for the
wings are fitted first, and this is where I ran
into a small difficulty. The included screws
are just a little too short, and I replaced
them with some about 2mm longer. The
flaps had just the opposite problem, and
I needed to shorten the screws to avoid
poking holes in the wing top surface. The
wings have threads prerun to the servo
locations to aid in getting servo wires and
extensions where they need to go—a nice
The SBD offers a wide variety of propulsion options
in both glow and electric, and includes everything
needed for either installation.
Radio installation is neat in the roomy fuselage.
A clever coupler joins the elevator pushrods. The
receiver battery helps balance the model.
The steerable tail wheel makes taxiing a breeze.
This is a beau Tiful model ThaT
really exudes high qualiTy.
together. Once properly set, the retractable
gear functions flawlessly with positive
locks in both the up and down positions.
One of the coolest features is the
prepainted pilot and cockpit. There’s a
great deal of detail included, and it adds a
lot to the realism. The whole cockpit from
the firewall to aft of the gunner position
serves as the hatch, held in place with a
spring-loaded catch. This plane has, by
far, the easiest access to radio installation.
What can’t be reached from above is easy
to access from underneath once the wing
Routing, tying, and servo installation are
very neat and tidy. I used a Tactic TTX850
touch and much appreciated.
Probably the most difficult part of
assembly is getting the retracts, linkages,
and servo correctly installed. The spring-loaded retracts themselves are very
durable and should take a lot of abuse. I
recommend that, prior to joining the wing
halves, you place the wheel wells and
make the cut where the control linkage
will go. I would also test-fit the retract
servo and make sure that everything
lines up. The Futaba servo fits nicely,
but I checked some of my other retract
servos and they would require some wood
removal. It’s much easier to have access
than after the wing halves are epoxied