Great Planes teamed up with Jim Allen – a team Futaba Pilot – for the design their latest addition to the Q500 racer family. The Quik V6 is the sixth version of the Quik-V series by Jim. The plane has already proven its capabilities by being a AMA Nats winner in its previous embodiments. Jim’s experience, earned through decades of RC airplane design and Q500 racing, was used to produce the finest sport-category and AMA426-ready quickie ARF. There were no compromises on performance-enhancing details to get Jim’s design into an almost-ready-to-fly airplane kit: the Quik V-6 includes all the most advanced features you expect to see on competition Quickies, such as the internal V-tail linkages or the low-drag wheels.
The plane comes in a box of a decent size, with an engaging picture of Tim Lampe posing in the typical pylon racing launching posture above the Quik V6.
- Wingspan: 52 in (1320 mm)
- Wing Area: 503 in² (32.4 dm²)
- Wing Loading: 16.5-17.2 oz/ft² (50-52.5 g/dm²)
- Weight: 3.6-3.75 lb (1630-1700 g)
- Length: 40.5 in (1030 mm)
- Requires: 4+ channel radio system with V-tail mixing, 4 mini servos and 2-stroke .40-.55 engine
There are several categories of Quickies, namely the AMA424 Sport Quickie and AMA426 Super Sport Quickie. They share the same airframe, with only variation of the allowed power plant and propeler. The planes competing in this category are also known as Q500, which comes from the minimum surface area of the wing: 500 square inches. For the untrained eyes, they may all look the same, and that is a consequence of the strict rules of the categories. Let’s go over the rules for the wing, as an example. The wingspan must be at least 50inch but no more than 52in. The chord must be constant for at least 47″1/2 of the wingspan. The airfoil thickness must be at least 1-3/16″ over the same minimum length. The material and building method of the wing is left open for the AMA426 category, but it is restricted to traditional wood constuction or wood over foam for the AMA424. That doesn’t left much place for big variation between plane!
Looking at the Quickie’s design with these rules in mind, it is more apparent how ingenious their architects are. Any small improvements that will reduce the drag for the airframe might be the difference between win and lose for the most disputed races. Of course, those rules are there for a reason: keeping the race affordable, so anyone can join and have fun!
If you want to know more about pylon racing, check the full set of rules here: https://www.modelaircraft.org/files/2015-2016RCPylonRacing.pdf
(it is just a matter of time before this link goes dead – just search for “AMA pylon racing rules” in your favorite search engine)
The building is a little more demanding than your typical ARF. Great Planes went to extra length to reduce the drag and improve the performance, and that comes at the cost of some extra time spent in the work shop. There will be some epoxy needed and a covering iron, but that is not too bad: altogether, it takes no more than two evenings to get the plane ready to go the field.
A fine looking Quickie:
The Quik-V6 requires little-to-none rudder input on the runway to steer straight, and only tad of elevator is all it takes to the see the plane lift of the ground. Going full throttle right of the start as it is designed to do, the plane accelerate steadily to achieve a quite impressive velocity. At higher speed, the high rate set exactly as described on the manual feels right on the money: the Quik-V6 can take a tight turn without losing too much momentum, which is critical of a Q500 race.
The plane is responsive on all axis, and provides the precise control throughout the different phases of the flight. The Quik-V6 goes where the pilot points it, which brings a very comforting felling of stability.
The plane goes fast and, with some practice and the trims precisely adjusted, it will stay on its edge through a full lap with no problem.
When the buzzing engine suddenly goes mute, it is time to bring the plane for a landing. The plane carries enough momentum to go home safely from any part of the race track. The quik V6 stays very predictable even with the engine off, and the landing is as easy as it gets.
The Quik V6 is a well-designed, well-manufactured, Almost-Ready-to-Fly Q500 kit, which achieves the seemingly impossible feature of being able to satisfy both the novice in pylon racing and the most demanding pilots. The latter will see in the Quik V6 a great platform to fine-tune to its piloting preferences and skills, and the former will appreciate the predictability of the flight while enjoying the high speed capability.
Now, back to the field, I have a urge for some adrenaline-inducing high speed flights!