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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: September 2008 | Views: 36011 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    E-flite Enticement

    Review by: Greg Covey
    Flying Photos: "Papa Jeff" Ring
    Video Pilot: Devin McGrath

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    Dealer Info

    E-flite Models
    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:


    Horizon Hobby, Inc
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Ph: (800) 338-4639
    Toll Free: (800) 338-4639
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    www.horizonhobby.com




    Hits

    Complete ARF Kit
    Quick and Easy Assembly
    Mating Power System
    Superb Flying Performance
    No Painting or Decals Needed
    Spare Parts Available



    Misses
    Aileron 4" carbon rods need to be 4-1/4" long
    E-flite Enticement F3P ARF

    The E-flite Enticement F3P ARF is a flat foam profile monoplane with precision and aerobatic flight characteristics. Constructed of genuine 3mm Depron foam, this attractive, easy-to-assemble flat foam model adds the stability and strength that other models are lacking. The Enticement utilizes high-quality construction and manufacturing techniques.

    The Enticement’s extraordinary performance is attributed the lightweight, laser-cut Depron foam construction and carbon fiber support rods and carbon fiber firewall set a new industry standard for quality, durability and performance. The optional SFGs and speed brakes facilitate extreme slow flight. This lightweight plane is capable of competition-level performance thanks in part to its unique design that eliminates flex so control response is crisp and precise. Its lightweight design is focused around E-flite's Park 250 BL Outrunner Motor, with great power-to-weight ratio for top aerobatic performance. This indoor (or no wind outdoor) foamie has great stability, strength, and the right blend of characteristics to excel in precision aerobatic flight.

    Specifications:

    • Wing Span:34 in (860mm)
    • Overall Length:33 in (833mm)
    • Wing Area:241 sq in (15.5 sq dm)
    • Flying Weight:5.0–5.75oz (140–165g)
    • Motor Size:E-flite Park 250 BL Outrunner Motor, 2200Kv
    • Prop Size:8x4 Direct Drive Prop: Black
    • Speed Control :E-flite 10 Amp Brushless ESC
    • Recommended Battery:2S 7.4V 480mAh Li-Po
    • Control Throw (Ailerons):1 1/4" (35mm) with 25% Expo on Low or 2" (50mm) with 40% Expo on High
    • Control Throw (Elevator):1" (25mm) with 20% Expo on Low or 1 1\2" (40mm) with 45% Expo on High
    • Control Throw (Rudder):1 1/2" (40mm) with 30% Expo on Low or 2 3/4" (70mm) with 50% Expo on High
    • Scale:Indoor F3P/Aerobatic Flyer
    • Approx. Assembly Time:3-4 hours

    Key Features:

    • High level of completion; minimal assembly—flight ready in as little as 3–4 hours
    • Extremely light weight makes it capable of slow and predictable precision flight
    • Vibrant factory-printed color scheme
    • Foam and carbon bracing add stiffness to eliminate twist and flex for improved flight performance.
    • Genuine laser cut 3mm Depron foam construction for strength, stiffness and quality with minimum weight
    • Designed for E-flite’s Park 250 brushless outrunner motor
    • Includes optional Side Force Generators™ and speed brakes
    ARF Contents :

    A look inside the Enticement box reveals why it is easier to assemble. The high-quality construction and prefabricated manufacturing techniques reduce the number of parts and make for a quick build.

    The 35-page manual includes sharp photos and a step-by-step set of assembly instructions to help insure success.

    I'll be using the following components to complete my Enticement F3P ARF:

    • E-flite EFLM1130 Park 250 Outrunner motor
    • E-flite EFLA1010 10-amp Pro Brushless ESC
    • ThunderPower THP4802SJPL 2-cell 480 mAh LiPo pack
    • Spektrum AR6100 DSM2 Microlite Receiver
    • E-flite S60 Super Sub-Micro Servos

     

    Assembly:

    The progress is quick when assembling the Enticement as all the control surfaces are already installed. After first gluing the horizontal fuselage sections together with foam-safe CA and kicker, the entire vertical fuselage is fit around the horizontal fuselage and then glued in place.

    The foam firewall and top fuselage stiffeners (with the holes) are pre-cut and angled for a perfect fit. To expedite the gluing process, I used Zap Medium CA and kicker. The glue dried much faster and there was minimal melting of the Depron foam.

    Note that the control surfaces are taped in their neutral positions to make the airframe easier to handle during the assembly.

    The carbon rods are pre-cut to length, making it easy to install the wing and tail supports.

    The carbon gear struts were pressed into the wheel skids and mounted through existing holes in the fuselage and wing. You only need to align the height before gluing them in place with CA and kicker.

    The 4 control horns are made from pre-cut pieces of carbon rod and foam which are glued together. After mounting the 3D servo arms that come with the E-flite S60 Super Sub-Micro Servos, the rudder and elevator arms are cut per the manual. I skipped the section (that also voids the warranty) on making the servos lighter as I plan to only fly my Enticement outdoors in the evening.

    I secured my servos with CA and kicker although the manual recommended low-temperature hot glue.

    I did find one issue with the two aileron 4" carbon rods. They really need to be 4-1/4" to obtain the proper 1/16" gap needed for the heat shrink tubing clevis. This issue was easily resolved by gluing a short piece of carbon rod as an extension. The elevator and rudder control rods were a perfect length. All 4 control rods were pre-assembled so you first attach them to the servo arm via the Z-bend and then use a small soldering iron to shrink the tubing at the control horn.

    Note that the long rudder and elevator control rods each have two wood supports that are glued to the fuselage.

    After gluing the carbon fiber firewall over the foam firewall, the next step is to mount the motor.

    The E-flite Park 250 Outrunner motor comes with everything you need except for the prop. I decided to use an APC 8x3.8 SF prop since the E-flite motor includes adapters for APC and GWS props.

    The motor mount attaches to the carbon firewall using the two screws that come with the motor. The motor is slid into place and held with a set screw on the mount. The motor wires are then slid through the hole in the firewall to the ESC, which is tucked neatly into the "pocket" created by the bottom fuselage stiffener. I secured it with double-sided tape.

    The 2-cell ThunderPower pack is held to the fuselage using hook and loop tape. Since the fuselage is rather delicate, I glued a thick piece of foam to the opposite side of where the battery sits to strengthen it during removal.

    The prop was installed using the larger adapter for APC props. Note that I used both o-rings to secure the prop to the motor.

    Since the default settings were not documented in the E-flite 10-amp Pro Brushless ESC manual, I decided to set them all. The settings are easily changed through a series of throttle stick movements.

    • Voltage Cutoff - 2s LiPo
    • Braking - Off
    • Timing - 4-pole or greater
    • Throttle Input Range - 1.2msec to 1.8msec

    Ready-To-Fly:

    My E-flite Enticement was Ready-To-Fly at 5.8oz including the 0.9oz 2-cell ThunderPower LiPo pack. I measured 55 watts at 8.5amps on full throttle and had equal thrust-to-weight at about half throttle. Since I will be flying outdoors and not in competitions, I decided to leave off the drag brakes and wheel pants.

    Test Flying

    We had an opportunity to test the E-flite Enticement at a local electric show. It was so windy that we went down the street to a small open area in the park and used the trees to help shield us from the wind. Team JR's, Devin McGrath, put the Enticement to the test in a small area with many hazards.

    We were not disappointed as the Enticement performed to its expectations. The 0.9oz 2-cell ThunderPower 480mAh LiPo pack flew for 10 minutes. It has a graceful flight that often looks like it is floating in the air.

    E-flite Enticement Video (9meg)


    Summary

    Although the E-flite Enticement is aerodynamically optimized for indoor F3P flying with optional Side Force Generators™ (SFGs) and speed brakes for precision and constant air speed, this lightweight plane is capable of competition-level performance outdoors as well.

    The Enticement’s extraordinary performance is attributed to the lightweight, laser-cut Depron foam construction and carbon fiber support rods. Its unique design eliminates flex so control response is crisp and precise. The Enticement design is focused around E-flite's Park 250 BL Outrunner Motor, with great power-to-weight ratio for top aerobatic performance. This indoor foamie has great stability, strength, and the right blend of characteristics to excel in precision aerobatic flight.

    The Enticement is a quick build and easy to assemble. The only issue I found was with the two aileron 4" carbon rods. They really need to be 4-1/4" to obtain the proper 1/16" gap needed for the heat shrink tubing clevis. This issue was easily resolved by gluing a short piece of carbon rod as an extension.

    We were not disappointed as the Enticement performed to its expectations. The 0.9oz 2-cell ThunderPower 480mAh LiPo pack flew for 10 minutes. It has a graceful flight that often looks like it is floating in the air.

     








    Manufacturer/Distributor


    E-flite Models
    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:
    Horizon Hobby, Inc
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Ph: (800) 338-4639
    Toll Free: (800) 338-4639
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    Website: www.horizonhobby.com

    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:
    Horizon Hobby, Inc


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