I have been scratch building and kit building for 35 years. I have built Ultra Sports in all of the available sizes, both scratch and from kits. You might say I know the airplane well.
Although I still build, I also assemble and fly ARFs (so that I have something to fly while I build
) and I just bought the new Taipan ARF from Hobby People. The Taipan looks
like a direct copy of an Ultra Sport 60, but is it really?
First of all let me assure you that I have no connection with Hobby People, I am not trying to sell anything and they did not give me the ARF. I paid full price for it.
And finally, I hope no one objects to my discussing an ARF on the Kit Building forum. I checked with RCKen and he thought it would be OK.
OPENING THE BOX: (I did not take photos of the individual parts as they come out of the box, but you can see them on the lower left corner of the box top.)
- There have been changes to accommodate electric power as an option. The second photo shows the battery hatch. An electric motor mount is included in addition to the glow engine mount.
- It uses one aileron servo in each wing, the rudder uses pull-pull cables and the elevator servos are mounted near the tail.
- The box top says it uses 6 full size servos, but the servo mounts for the ailerons and elevator are for mini servos.
- The cowl is fiberglass, but the belly pan and wheel well inserts are painted plastic. See third photo.
- Fixed gear is included, and the wheel wells, gear mounts and servo mounts are included for optional mechanical (or electric) retracts.
- The covering is sticky-back, heat shrink, shelf paper. Both the paint and the covering will be ruined by any solvent other than alcohol or mineral spirits (paint thinner). Even my CA accelerator melts the paint.
In short, this airplane is updated to handle todays power systems and radio technologies, but it can still handle traditional glow power and mechanical retracts. (GOOD) The materials and build quality are typical of low priced ARFs. (OK, for the price.)
I will update this thread as I assemble the Taipan and then fly it to see if I can tell the difference in the air.