Kit with hardware
Great ARF value and looks
Superb Flying Performance
No Painting or Decals Needed
Hidden Magnetic Hatch
Pre-hinged Control Surfaces
Optional Upgrades Available
Short Stabilizer Tube Length
AT-6 Texan 25 ARF
raises the bar with their first Platinum Series ARF; the legendary
Texan trainer used by the U.S., and its allies, from
WWII through the late 1960s. The E-flite Platinum Series delivers
superior, enhanced features and meticulous attention to detail...right
out of the box! It features a level of scale detail that is exceptional
for an ARF of this size. You get all this realism without having
to spend weeks of building, covering and painting. Just about
everything has been done for you before you even open the box.
All thats left to do is a few hours of final assembly and
radio installation. The electric power system will keep this beautifully
appointed warbird trainer clean and vibration-free...one reliable
flight after another.
Overall Length:39" (990mm)
Wing Area:455 sq in (29.4 dm)
Flying Weight:3.9 - 4.5 lbs (1.8 - 2.0 kg)
Motor Size:Power 25
Radio:6 channels w/7 micro servos
Servos (7) JR Sport MC35's, (1) JR Sport RT88 for optional retracts
Trim Scheme Colors:Ultracote Gray with red and yellow trim
Prop Size:APC 12x8E
Hardware Included: yes
Speed Control :40 - 60 Amp
Recommended Battery: 11.1 V 4200 mAh 3-cell LiPo
Scale: Stand off Scale
Approx. Assembly Time:6 - 8 hours
completejust a few hours of assembly and youre flying
Fully sheeted airframe to help maintain scale appearance
Covered in genuine Hangar 9 UltraCote
Retract- and flap-ready right from the box
Optional Robart retractable landing gear is available separately
Factory-painted fiberglass cowl and scale scoops
Scale finish and markings
Firewall designed to accept E-flite Power 25 BL Outrunner Motor
Plug-in outboard wing panels for convenient transport and storage
Easy-access magnetic battery hatch
Extremely accurate scale outline worthy of the most demanding
Wing utilizes two Selig airfoils for optimum flight performance
at all speeds
E-flite Platinum Series takes things a step further for the real
scale enthusiast by offering Optional Accessories to increase
the scale effect. The Cockpit Kit includes an aft instrument hood,
main fuselage rollover structure, two seat backs, and a floor.
Robart 2-1/2" U-250 Scale Wheels (ROB112) can be added to
the E-flite Retract Set (EFL4515) to include a realistic scale
hubcap that really brings the Texan to life.
AT-6 25e comes out of the box with all kinds of details that have
been finished for you, including a factory-painted fiberglass
cowl, air scoops, dummy radial engine, painted canopy and pilot,
scale strut covers, scale trim scheme and much more. Even the
Texans sheeted airframe compares favorably to the full-scale
aircraft which helps maintain the models strict scale appearance
and strong flight performance.
airfoils were used to maintain the exact scale outline of the
AT-6 Texan's tail surfaces to include counterbalances. Both the
elevators and rudder are pre-hinged out of the box and ready for
installation. One pilot is included with the kit along with cockpit
decals. An additional pilot is available separately (EFLA150).
Genuine Hangar 9® UltraCote® provides a durable, refined
scale split flaps are operational and pre-hinged right out of
the box. Using a unique pin interlock system, they plug together
and operate using only 2 servos. Optional E-flite retracts (EFL4515)
are available that have been specially designed for the AT-6 25e.
Making these mechanical retracts functional is as simple as installing
a servo and connecting the pre-bent wire linkages.
50 page manual is loaded with photos, instructions, and excellent
advice from people that have actually assembled the model.
closer look at the fuselage reveals that many of the details have
already been finished for the assembler. The .25-size Texans
sheeted airframe and internal structure are similar to construction
seen on larger glow-powered models. Both the elevators and rudder
are pre-hinged out of the box and ready for installation. Easy
access to the battery is provided by a hidden hatch on top of
the fuselage. The hatch comes already finished and is secured
with a wooden dowel up front and rare earth magnet in the back.
is significantly increased by plug-in horizontal stabilizer halves
and outboard wing panels. The center wing section also removes
from the fuselage with only two bolts for more convenience. The
blind nuts are pre-installed for the motor, cowl, and center wing.
All the guide tubes and control horns are pre-installed at the
factory making the control surface installation a breeze.
power system for my AT-6 will be made from the following components.
assembly starts by installing the metal support tube into one
of the horizontal stabilizers. You need only to drill two 5/64"
(2mm) holes and secure the stabs with 3mm x 10mm self-tapping
screws to complete the assembly step.
the control surfaces and horns are pre-installed for you. Notice
that alignment of the stabilizer halves is automatic and the seems
where they meet the fuselage are perfect.
the control horns are already installed, you only need to thread
the clevis onto the control rods, and slip them in place, to complete
the tail linkage assembly. I did manage to strip the set screw
on the 1/16" collar for the tailwheel so care must be taken
on some of this "soft" metal hardware. I replaced the
stock collar with a Dubro (137) 1/16" Dura-Collar that needed
to be slightly drilled out.
E-flite Power 25 motor mounted easily onto the firewall. An
innovative design allows for mounting a variety of motors without
modification. My only change here was to omit the #4 washers
as I thought the 4-40 socket heads screws were a bit short.
The assembly work really begins with the cowl. You first cut
away the center section and then the areas between the mock
cylinders for air cooling. I used a hobby knife with a fresh
blade. The dummy radial engine is then glued inside the fiberglass
cowl with epoxy.
mark the mounting holes on the cowl, I cut an index card into
four pieces and taped them to the fuselage after first making
a 1/8" hole in one end. The cowl is then fit into position
and marked for drilling once you get it properly aligned. The
result is a great looking front end with little effort.
next step in the assembly is to glue the radiator scoop to
the fuselage side. A nice tip in the manual shows that using
a black felt-tip pen can give the scoop an open look.
two (outside) elevator servos and middle rudder servo mounted
easily. The JR DS368BB
Digital Micro servos fit perfectly. Since I am using a 6-channel
receiver, I needed to reverse the direction on one elevator
servo so I used an Expert (EXRA325)
aileron servos mounted much like a larger size model. You
glue blocks to the plate and then secure the servo. All
the control linkage and hardware is supplied to connect
the aileron. I used JSP98110
JR Sport 6" Servo Extensions to route the aileron servo
to the wing center.
Sport line provides excellent quality radio systems,
servos and other electronics at a great price! Here are
some JR Sport products that can be used on the AT-6.
flap installation was fairly straightforward. Once I saw that
both flap servos were set up the same direction, it was easy
to determine where the 1/4" and 1" lines should cross
for the hatch that had a partial decal on it.
the flap linkage is hidden, the idea was to set it up per the
manual and then test it with a live receiver without screwing
it into place. In this manner, you could adjust either the linkage
or the transmitter settings to allow the hatch to sit in place
with the flap up without hearing any servo noise. Once this
is done, the other flap can be adjusted by twisting the clevis
a few turns in the appropriate direction.
Spectrum DX7 radio makes the flap setup easy as the AUX1 channel
is already programmed for the Flap switch settings 0, 1, and
2. The user can change the degree of flap for the 1 (half) and
2 (full) positions. Typically, I set half flaps for a 30 degree
drop and full flaps for 60 degrees. This value changes depending
upon the model and a few flight tests. It is also a pilot preference
as some people like more or less flaps.
is my first model with split flaps and hidden linkages. I was
impressed with the amount of thought that went into this part
of the design.
using the Retractable Landing Gear option on my model with the
stock Hangar 9 2-1/2" wheels. As with most retracts, patience
and experience help a great deal.
cutting away the covering over the wheel wells, the manual gives
a great tip to leave 1/16" from the inside edges so that
covering and trim irons can be used for a cleaner look. The
JR NES-791 Low-Profile Retract Servo mounted perfectly. I decided
not to use wheel collars as keepers on the servo arm since there
was no way for the rod to slip off. The servo arm is shown in
the gear down position so you can see the proper length needed
to lock the wheels in both up and down positions. You obtain
this position by adjusting the clevis on the control rod.
did have a fit problem with the clevis pin in the retract arm.
The hole in the retract arm was too small and the end too thick
for a proper snap on the clevis pin. I was able to press it
into position with pliers and then use the rubber ring keeper
to make it secure but the ends were not properly designed for
used Dubro 1/8" Plated Brass Collars (#139) to secure my
wheels. Since the Robart retract mains are slightly thicker
than the stock non-retractable mains, you need to drill the
center holes of the stock wheels for a proper spin.
addition to the lock check, you may need to slightly bend the
retract mains for the wheel to properly fit in the center of
E-flite 60-amp Pro Brushless ESC was mounted near the firewall
using a hook-n-loop strap to hold it securely in place. Initially,
my intention was to use the E-flite 60-amp Pro ESC to power
only the retracts and use a separate BEC for the other servos
and receiver. This technique works well on larger e-conversions
to isolate a retract jam from taking out the entire plane
and also allows for 6v on the receiver and control servos
as most retract servos can only handle 5v. Since I discovered
that the plastic clevis will break on a retract jam on this
model, I now plan to simply use the E-flite ESC to power everything.
It is a switching BEC and is rated to handle up to 7 analog
or 6 digital servos without issue.
The Spektrum AR6200 6-channel modules easily mounted inside
the AT-6 fuselage using servo tape. The second receiver module
is mounted at a right angle for best reception. The AR6200
dual receiver is key to the systems incredibly robust
RF link. Comprised of a compact main receiver that is linked
to an even smaller satellite receiver by a 6 lead, the
AR6200 acts as a pair of extremely sharp RF eyes
that each take in a slightly different view of the signal
environment. Information from both receivers is then processed
by patent-pending Spektrum software that takes information
from each receiver and combines it to form the most vivid
picture of an RF signal than has ever been possible
in R/C before.
more, there are no long pesky antennas to accommodate so your
AT-6 looks even more scale. The AR6200s short 3
antennas dont require any external exposure, so installation
is an absolute breeze. Note the right angle mounting between
the two receivers for best possible reception. This can be
done on any axis.
ThunderPower 4200mAh pack was mounted next to the firewall
on the top side of the fuselage using a pad of Velcro on the
bottom to keep it from sliding aft, and two hook-n-loop straps.
Note the On/Off switch from the ESC is tie-wrapped to a side
post for easy access inside, once the magnetic hatch is removed.
wing installation requires two Y-harness cables, one for the
flaps and one for the ailerons. The cables are routed through
the center section with the aid of pre-placed string. Note the
wing tube, dual end guides, and flap pin must all align when
sliding on the outer piece. A single 4-40 socket head screw
holds the outer piece in place.
mounting the Spektrum receiver on the bottom cage, I did not
need the three 3" extensions since I could plug the lines
in directly. The installation was clean and simple. I did, however,
test that my two ailerons were moving together before securing
the wing with the two supplied nylon bolts.
wing fit very nicely against the fuselage. I marked the desired
CG range ( 4-1/8" to 4-1/4" ) on the wing bottom
at this time. From seeing previous reports, I suspect that
I will be tail heavy even with the battery pack against the
pilot was glued to the cockpit using Bond 527 Multi-purpose
Cement. Before attaching the canopy, remember to apply the
intrument panel decal. Instead of gluing the canopy, I used
small canopy screws so I could remove it for cleaning or
installing the cockpit
upgrade at a later date.
radiator scoop was glued in position and the gear fairings
attached with the supplied tie wraps.
help balance the model, the manual suggests adding 2oz
of lead inside the cowl. I had a row of 9 pieces so I
added 2-1/4 ounces to the inside front of the cowl. The
standard self-adhesive lead weights can easily be molded
to fit the curve of the cowl.
used my Great Planes CG Machine to check the balance after
aligning the measuring sticks to the leading edge of the
wheel fairing. It measured 4-1/4" which is at the
tail-heavy end of the recommended limit. I will test the
first flight using this CG setting.
finished AT-6 was Ready-To-Fly at 70.5oz (4.4lbs) with the 10oz
ThunderPower battery. I measured 390 watts at about 36amps for
a power level of 88.6w/lb. It should fly very scale at 1/2 to
3/4 throttle while providing aerobatics at full throttle.
the maiden flight, the E-flite AT-6 battled some strong winds
that gusted from 15-25mph. Although it took off with plenty
of power and landed safely, it was survival flying that proved
unworthy to video. On our next outing, a few weeks later, the
calmer winds made the wait worth while.
we finally had an opportunity to test fly the AT-6, it flew
fantastic and performed perfectly! Plenty of right rudder was
needed on take-offs. The recommended E-flite Power 25 motor
provides great power for all maneuvers. When landing with the
flaps, the plane will slow up quickly and fly just above the
stall speed so be sure to keep power applied and let it descend
to a touchdown.
The AT-6 did not show any bad tendencies and tracked very well,
even in some wind. The power level was perfect for both scale
and aerobatic flying!
E-flite AT-6 Texan looks great right out of the box! No decals
or paint is needed and the pre-hinged control surfaces help make
it a quick build. The hidden servos and split flaps help create
a true scale appearance.
AT-6 flies for about 7-10 minutes depending upon wind conditions
and aerobatics performed.
few of the parts could have been a better fit but overall the
model was designed very well.
would recommend that the hobbyist have intermediate building and
flying skills for a successful experience. The AT-6 must be flown
as a scale warbird trainer, not a 3D plane. When flown properly,
the beauty of the E-flite AT-6 is a memorable experience.
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