|Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: December 2008 | Views: 49431 | Email this Article
E-flite Deuces Wild
Wild 25e2 ARF
by: Greg Covey
Pilot 1: Paul Weigand
Photos: Papa Jeff Ring
Pilot 2: Lynn Bowerman
Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Ph: (800) 338-4639
Toll Free: (800) 338-4639
Fax: (217) 352-6799
Kit with hardware
Great looking finish
Superb Flying Performance
No Painting or Decals Needed
Hidden Battery Hatches
Pre-hinged Control Surfaces
Removable Wing tips
Optional Upgrades Available
Detailed Manual Instructions
Wrong Motor Upgrade Spacer (corrected in new kits)
Deuces Wild 25e2 ARF
introduces the first Platinum Series twin motor sport plane, the
Deuces Wild 25e2 ARF. This plane showcases the power, level of
detail, quality of construction, and sport flying fun of E-flite.
Unlike other twin-powered planes on the market, this one is not
intimidating—it is easier-to-fly and exhibits gentle flight
lightweight, sturdy airframe is constructed of balsa and plywood
and covered with genuine UltraCote®. The bolt-on tail assembly
and three-piece, plug-in wing are all removable to allow easy
transportation. With the Deuces Wild, you have options. You can
use the included fixed landing gear or install the optional Robart
retracts with pneumatic up, spring down operation. The model is
complete with the strut wires pre-bent for ease of optional landing
wing design utilizes two Selig airfoils to give this aircraft
excellent performance at high and low speeds, while also exhibiting
gentle stall characteristics. This plane is designed for powered
performance with the recommended setup of two Power 25 motors
(with two 3-cell LiPo packs) or the high power option of two Power
32 motors (with two 4-cell LiPo packs). This aircraft is lighter,
than the same size competitive large twin-powered models on the
market. Retract and flap ready options enable the pilot to push
the envelope with a sport ARF twin electric to the likes that
have never been done before. The Deuces Wild is a sport plane
capable of aerobatic maneuvers and is designed to be easier-to-fly
than other similar size twin engine models. This model was designed
to fly even with the loss of one motor. In the event of a motor
loss, this aircraft is still easily flyable, unlike other twin
models on the market. Any experienced modeler will appreciate
the flight characteristics, aerobatic capabilities and details
of the Deuces Wild Platinum Series.
- Wingspan:62 in (1570mm)
- Overall Length:62.5 in (1580mm)
- Wing Area:740 sq in (47.7 sq dm)
- Flying Weight:9.2–10.5 lb (4.2–4.7 kg)
- Motor Size:Power 25 - Power 32 (2 required)
- Radio:6+ channels
- Servos: Six standard-size servos; (7) required with optional
- Trim Scheme Colors:UltraCote® White, black, and flame
- Prop Size:12x8E - 13x6.5E, Spinner Size:2.5 in
- Hardware Included:Yes
- Speed Control :60-amp Brushless Switch-mode BEC (2 required)
- Recommended Battery:3200 3S 11.1V Li-Po with Power 25; 3300
4S 14.4 Li-Po with Power 32
- Flaps:Yes, prehinged
- Retracts:Yes, optional
- Approx. Flying Duration:10 minutes
- Approx. Assembly Time:6–8 hours
- Designed with E-flite’s Power 25 brushless outrunner
motors (EFLM4025A) in mind
- Wing and tail assemble easily for convenient transport and
- Counter-rotating props are available separately; spinners
that match the counter-rotating props are included
- Retract-ready and designed for specific Robart retracts (EFL4565)
with pre-bent strut wires for ease of optional landing gear
- Fixed landing gear included
- The flaps are pre-hinged out of the box
Deuces Wild 25e2 ARF is part of E-flite’s PLATINUM SERIES. The
platinum series delivers superior, enhanced features and meticulous
attention to detail. E-flite’s Platinum Series is just one more
way that E-flite brings you the most advanced electric flight experience.
details of this PLATINUM SERIES model include all flight control surfaces
pre-installed, pre-bent pushrods ready for installation, and the optional
main gear doors. In addition, there is an optional cockpit kit that
adds another level of detail complete with dashboard instrumentation,
seat and pilot.
parts were well packed and protected in the box. Each section was sealed
in a plastic bag to keep it clean. The only issue I saw was that the
covering was wrinkled in some areas and needed a touch-up with the heat
two nacelles and nose cone were painted fiberglass. All the control
surfaces were pre-hinged and had the horns installed.
fuselage was well built. It was strong yet light and had the T-nuts
and control rod tubes pre-installed.
canopy comes pre-cut and painted as does the fiberglass nose cone. All
the small parts are bagged in appropriate groupings and the 68-page
manual is loaded with photos and detailed instructions to ensure a successful
E-flite Deuces Wild will use the High Power Setup components
below as well as the optional Robart EFL4565 air retracts.
Power 32 Brushless Outrunner Motors
Two E-flite EFLA1060
60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESCs
Two ThunderPower THP33004SXV
3300mAh 4-Cell/4S 14.8V 25C eXtreme V2 LiPos
save cost and weight, you can also use this recommended power
Power 25 Brushless Outrunner Motors
Two E-flite EFLA1060
60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESCs
Two E-flite EFLB32003S
3200mAh 3-Cell 11.1V 20C LiPos
Receiver and Servos:
addition to a 6-channel or 7-channel receiver, you'll need 6
standard servos (7 servos if retracts are used) to complete
the model. I'm using a Spektrum AR7000 (SPM6070)
dual receiver and JR Sport (JSP20050)
ST47 Standard (1.55 oz, 47 oz/in Torque) servos.
JR 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 E-flite Deuces Wild.
JR Sport ST47 (JSP20050)
Standard Servos (6 or 7)
JSP98100 JR Sport 3" Servo Extensions (4)
JSP98030 JR Sport 12" Servo Extensions (2)
assembly begins by mounting the elevator, rudder, and steering
servos. If a 72MHz receiver is used, an antenna tube has been
pre-installed in the fuselage to route the wire to the rear. My
Spektrum AR7000 receivers were mounted perpendicular to each other
following the manual's recommendation for placement.
tail attachment was the quickest assembly design I have seen to
date. You only need a 1/4" nut driver to tighten the lock
nuts after first inserting the rudder threaded rods through the
horizontal stabilizer and fuselage. The precision of the fit on
these three mating sections are a trademark of the Platinum Series
elevator and rudder linkage installed without issue. The keepers
at both ends were supplied in the kit.
aileron servos installed easily and the hatches were pre-marked
where the mounting blocks needed to be glued. I did need to trim
away some of the hatch opening with a razor knife to allow maximum
servo swing without hitting the control rod.
flap servo installation makes use of a "Y" pushrod that
needs only one servo to control both flaps. The brass pushrod
connector, clevis, and retainers are all included. The manual
includes detailed photos showing proper positioning of the linkage
for full, half, and up flaps.
Deuces Wild is retract-ready and designed for specific Robart
retracts with pre-bent strut wires for ease of optional landing
gear installation. As with most retracts, patience and experience
help a great deal. The retract gear installation starts with
the steerable nose wheel. The covering is cut away about 1/8"
from the edges and then ironed down to add a clean finish.
manual was done before the production Robart retracts were finished
so some discrepancies exist in the instructions. I needed to
use a 5/32" drill bit and drill the opening of the retract
mechanism along with some light motor oil to allow the nose
gear main rod to turn easily in the retract.
threading the steel cables into the pre-installed tubes, you
need to attach the gear main rod, steering arm, and collar to
the retract mechanism. Everything fit well and all the parts
were included. I first created some flat spots on the metal
rod using my Dremel tool and then used Locktite on the set screws
for a secure hold. The retract mechanism is held in the fuselage
with four 3x8mm self-tapping screws.
nose wheel is transferred from the stock fixed gear that comes
with the kit. The steering servo arm is fitted with brass pushrod
connectors and the cables are crimped in place. The goal here
is to keep the tension snug but not tight so that the nose gear
will lock down properly.
hobbyists not familiar with air-powered retracts, the brief
instructions included in the Robart retract kit can leave you
bewildered. A Robart 164G
100psi pump with gauge is needed to fill the small air tank.
Optionally, you can also purchase the Robart 164C Air Pump Mounting
Clips if you want to attach the pump to your field box. These
items are available through Horizon Hobby or your local hobby
small air tank supplied with the optional Deuces Wild Retract
Kit (Robart 186) gets filled to 100psi before each flight and
can safely operated the retracts about three times.
the gear mains was similar to the nose gear. After first cutting
away the covering, the retracts are installed with a 10"
piece of air line. The wheels are borrowed from the stock gear
mains and drilled out to fit the 3/16" Robart mains. I
used Dubro (#141) 3/16" Dura-Collars to hold the wheels
onto the Robart mains. I also painted the rims of the wheel
well opening white to give it a cleaner look.
this time, I decided to test the air retracts by simply connecting
the pump to one of the lines through a T-fitting. In this manner,
a single pump would activate the retract while holding your
finger over the third opening in the T-fitting. When you remove
your finger, the retract would spring back out and lock into
position. This simple test showed that the retracts worked fine
and the wheels fit properly into the wells.
3" piece of air line is attached to the air fill fitting
before installing the fitting into the fuselage. Likewise, the
air tank also has a 3" piece of air line attached before
installing it into the custom fuselage opening. You can use
either silicone adhesive or servo tape to hold the air tank
manual has a well detailed procedure for connecting the air
lines, T-fittings, quick disconnects, and installing the retract
servo linkage. A live transmitter and receiver are used to properly
set the travel of the pushrod that controls the plunger on the
air actuator valve.
aileron and ESC servo extensions were made from JR Sport (JSP98020)
6" Y-harness and two (JSP98030) 12" servo extensions.
Two sets were made and then run through the center piece wing
section using the pre-installed strings. I ran one cable at
a time so I tied an additional string to the center ends so
that it could be pulled back for the other cable. Since the
center opening was getting rather busy, I decided to label all
the cable ends.
the optional Power 32 motor upgrade provides strong aerobatic
performance. However, it does require some additional patience
and parts. Since the x-mount is too large to fit through the
nacelle opening when it is mounted to the Power 32 motor, you
need to install it inside the nacelle. Further, spacers provided
with the kit are not the correct size. They are about 8mm thick
but really need to be about half that thickness ( 1/8"
). Since I didn't have the correct spacers on hand, I used 1/4-20
nuts to provide a gap close to the desired 5/64" (2mm)
gap between the spinner backplate and the front of the nacelle.
Locktite was used on all the screws in the motor installation
to keep them from vibrating loose.
spinner backplate must be drilled out to 3/8" to properly
accept the collet adapter. Be sure to mount the standard rotation
APC 13x6.5 e-prop on the left nacelle and the pusher prop on
the right nacelle.
power pods were glued in place with epoxy on the leading edge
of the wing for strength. The aft sections were glued with canopy
glue to keep them against the wing. In the fall season, I typically
build in my back family room so I can watch football and work
on R/C projects at the same time. It's the best of both worlds!
E-flite 60-amp Pro Brushless ESCs and 4-cell ThunderPower V2
packs were held in place with hook and loop material. I typically
use industrial strength Velcro and add CA on the ends of the
Velcro material for extra holding strength.
wing ends are supported with aluminum bars and held with a 4-40
hex head screw. Note that a second guide bar near the trailing
edge keeps the end in perfect alignment with the wing center.
was time to install the completed wing assembly onto the fuselage.
Wing and Canopy:
After sanding the inside rim, the canopy was glued in place
using Bond 527 Multi-purpose cement. My pilot is the Buddy 1:6
Scale Pilot Head (SIR160)
from Hobby Lobby.
tested the CG as described in the manual and found no issues
with my Power 32 setup using 4-cell ThunderPower packs so
I glued the nose piece in place with epoxy. I marked the desired
CG with a black line on the bottom wing about 4" back
from the leading edge. The CG is measured with the plane inverted,
the nose piece taped in place, and the gear retracted.
was a bit surprised that the Robart gear mains were not a
good fit when I tested the pants. I needed to first cut 1/4"
off of the end to make the wheels retract deeper into the
wells. I also sanded a flat spot on the outside of the gear
mains so that the pants fit a bit tighter before being glued
with silicone adhesive. Both drilling and sanding operations
were done with a Dremel tool. I used PFM (HLIMP001)
adhesive sealant from Hobby Lobby because it is very thick
and won't run. Once the glue has dried overnight, the pants
are further secured with cable ties.
E-flite Deuces Wild Bulletins from Horizon
Power 32 Motor Spacers
It has been found that the initial batch of kits had
the wrong length spacers included for the Power 32 application.
The length included was 9mm. The correct length is 5mm.
These spacers are made of nylon and can easily be cut
with a band saw, coping saw, or even and X-Acto saw.
Future kits produced will have the correct length spacers
The flap settings are reversed in the manual. They should
be as follows:
Flaps: Takeoff-5/8-inch, Landing-1 1/8-inch
E-flite Deuces Wild appears ready to fly at 10lbs (137oz for the
plane, 24oz for two 4s TP V2 3300mAh packs). I tested the retracts
in an upright position after filling the tank to almost 100lbs
and got 11 cycles before the wheels would not go up all the way.
measured 50amps at 700 watts on the left side and 52amps at 720
watts on the right side. The difference could be caused by motor
Kv, pusher/tracker prop efficiency, and ThunderPower V2 4-cell
1400 watts and 10lbs, I'll get a strong 140w/lb performance!
final good weekend of the flying season to make a trip
to the club field came on November 2nd. My pilots, Paul
Weigand and Lynn Bowerman, had a chance to test out the
Deuces Wild while I worked the video camera. The plane
flew great and was very powerful with the Power 32 motors!
After the first landing, the right retract must have settled
a bit because it became stuck on our next two flights.
We belly-landed without issue using full flaps and power
off. The Deuces Wild can perform many aerobatics and really
sounds great in the air!
I cut off 1/4"; of the ends of the Robart gear mains,
it was apparently not enough. I would recommend cutting
off 3/8"; from the ends or lift the retract mechanisms
up on washers so that the wheels can settle into the wells
without pressure. My right retract became stuck because
it pressed into the wing and could not reverse itself.
It is nice to know that the Deuces Wild can be belly-landed
E-flite Deuces Wild Flying
Video (14 meg)
APC 13x6.5 props do not leave much ground clearance. Our
field grass was a bit high, because it was past our normal
flying season, but we still managed to take-off without
a prop strike. A better choice for props when using the
Power 32 motors may be the Zinger 12x6 wood prop since
it comes in both tractor and pusher rotations and can
be easily painted. Since most of the aerobatics in the
video never used more than 2/3 throttle, a small reduction
in power from the shorter props can be tolerated.
E-flite Deuces Wild 25e2 ARF is a twin motor
sport plane that showcases the power, level
of detail, and quality of construction, that
only the Platinum Series can deliver. Unlike
other twin-powered planes on the market, this
one is easier to fly and exhibits gentle flight
characteristics. The plane can be set up and
flown as a simple fixed-gear twin-motor sport
model or as a high-powered aerobatic plane
with retracts and flaps.
wing design utilizes two Selig airfoils to
give this aircraft excellent performance at
high and low speeds, while also exhibiting
gentle stall characteristics. This model was
designed to fly even with the loss of one
motor. In the event of a motor loss, this
aircraft is still easily flyable, unlike other
twin models on the market. Counter-rotating
props are available to eliminate the torque
often seen on twin-engine models and the matching
spinners are already included in the kit.
experienced modeler will appreciate the flight
characteristics, aerobatic capabilities, and
details of the Deuces Wild Platinum Series
design. If you are new to twin-engine models,
E-flite makes it easy to add flaps and retracts,
and, the clean electric power eliminates the
complexity and unreliability of using twin
glow engines. I would recommend this model
to any intermediate level pilot looking for
a successful experience with their first twin
motor sport plane.
Dealer and Distributor Information:
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
ZAP Glues On-line at Frank Tiano Enterprises
Pacer Z-42 Thread Locker
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1:6 Scale Pilot Head (SIR160)
5614 Franklin Pike Cr.
Brentwood, TN 37027
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