Quick assembly. Excellent scale detail. Plenty of power.
Too fast for indoor flying.
first successful foray into model aviation was a Cox
P-40 Warhawk control line model, believe it or not. That cantankerous
little Babe Bee .049 engine kept my brother and I occupied for hours
just trying to get it started. Flying it was an adventure in stamina;
the little engine didn't have enough power to support long lines,
so the lines were short and the pilot would have to spin like a
top just to keep up. Dizziness and disorientation set in quickly.
No throttle meant you either had to gut it out for two full minutes,
or smack the plane into the ground at full throttle.
I mastered that little beastie, beating it almost to pieces in the
process. Ever since, the P-40 has been my favorite warbird. The
P-40 itself needs no introduction, as one of the most famous World
War II American Fighters.
box has a handle on it, making it easy to carry home.
could even use the box as a carry case for the completed
display stand is truly "the bomb"... Yeah. It needed to
count in the kit is extremely low, including a prehinged wing,
and a preassembled fuselage complete with motor, propeller, and
spinner. Also included is a display stand, spare prop and spinner,
along with a small wire tool that looks like something out of
an Easter egg coloring kit.
The display stand is rather creative, using a simulated bomb to
disguise the attachment point to the wing, and a socket joint
that allows the P-40 to be positioned at a rakish angle
on a mantle, dining room table, desktop or shelf.
ThunderPower 2S ProLite V2 480mAh LiPoly pack with JST
connector provides the go-juice for this project.
E-flite 10 Amp Pro brushless ESC is already outfitted
with the right connectors.
S60 servos round out the onboard gear.
doesn't take a whole lot of additional equipment to finish
off the P-40 Warhawk. Two Eflite
S60 servos, an Eflite 10 Amp ESC,
a ThunderPower 2S 480mAh battery,
and a Spektrum
AR6110e are recommended to go along with your Spektrum transmitter
and LiPoly charger of choice.
The OEM 300 brushless motor is preinstalled in the fuselage
of the P-40, and already has the bullet connectors to fit
the Eflite ESC. Using the equipment recommended on the box,
it is truly a plug and play affair.
latest park flyer offering, the AR6110e, is smaller
and lighter than its predecessor, with a new 90-degree
introduced the DX6i transmitter a little over two years
ago now, and it has turned the hobby world on its ear.
With a street price of just under $200 for transmitter
and receiver, it placed full-range 2.4GHz spread spectrum
technology in direct competition with 72MHz for
the first time.
The DX6i provides modelers with everything modelers
could expect in an entry-level, 6-channel computer radio
and more: Airplane and helicopter modes, 10-model memory,
programmable mixes, and Spektrum's famous Model Match
system, which prevents pilots from taking off with the
wrong program loaded in the transmitter.
Add in affordable receivers like the park flyer AR6110e
at $49.99 and the full-range AR500 at $59.99 street
price, and the DX6i is a great choice for new pilots
looking to upgrade the transmitter that came with their
trainer, or sport pilots looking to make the jump to
retracts and scale panel lines. Impressive detail for such
a small plane.
ailerons even look like they're fabric-covered.
is exactly how the fuselage came out of the box. Even has
the same tail number as its big bro.
say if you turn a shark on its belly, it goes into a trance-like
canopy provides access to the battery well and wing attachment.
the servos involves using a sharp Xacto knife to make a slot for
the servo wires in each bay, pushing each servo into place, and
securing them with drops of foam safe CA through the screw
holes. Loading the wing servo into its bay is straightforward
enough, but the elevator servo does take a slight bit of patience
due to its location in the fuselage.
Quite frankly, the fit of the S60 servos in their sockets is tight
enough that I really don't think they're going anywhere with the
tiny amount of stress being placed on them by the flying surfaces
of the P-40. The thin CA is just extra insurance.
The instructions are very specific about the lengths of the servo
arms, and the arms included with the S-60 servos match the specs
perfectly. After centering the servos with my handy servo testing
gadget, I popped them on and connected the pushrods.
servo wells are sized to snugly hold E-flite S60s.
you see is all it took to prep the wing for flight.
#2 in place. Hooking up the linkage was the hardest part
of putting the plane together.
there is no structural work left to perform on the P-40 it's time
to finish the radio installation. Simply connect every plug to its
appropriate socket, and tuck everything neatly into place.
Now is also a good time to bind the AR6110e receiver to the Spektrum
transmitter, a DX6i in this case. Once the receiver is tucked into
place you won't be able to see the amber light to know if the receiver
has properly bound. I used a spare receiver pack I keep in the shop
for radio testing as a power source for the binding operation.
the connections are easy to make at this stage.
the time to bind transmitter to receiver, when you can
still see the blinking light.
receiver tucks up into the cowl area with double-sided
it really be this easy? I think all that's left is to join the wing
to the fuselage.
If you noticed earlier, there's an o-ring hanging from the wing.
There's a hook on the rear cockpit
bulkhead. Remember that tool I thought was from a miniature Easter
egg coloring kit? It's not for fishing pigeon eggs out of a cup
of colored water...
Once the wing is positioned on the fuselage, you reach down through
the floor of the cockpit with the small end of the tool, snag the
o-ring, then stretch it up and over the hook on the cockpit bulkhead.
From what I'm told, this is an old rubber-powered free-flight trick,
but it's a new one on me, and a very clever way to secure the wing
with no visible support.
The final touch is to slide the 2-cell 480mAh ThunderPower LiPoly
pack into the slot in the front of the cockpit, and pop the canopy
back into position.
the hook that holds the wing on.
the o-ring that attaches to that hook.
a fishing expedition, and the goal is to hook the o-ring.
ThunderPower 2S 480mAh pack is a perfect fit.
is all you need for a quick lunchtime flight.
atop the display stand with the wing installation tool
and spare parts.
had to go back through all the steps just to make sure I didn't
miss anything... I didn't, so it must be done!
The display stand is a cool touch, and makes it easy to pose the
plane for the review shots. It's also held up well to transporting
the P-40 back and forth to the field, and displaying the P-40 on
my dining room table.
though this P-40 weighs just 6.6 ounces with the battery
in place, it only has a little better than 1/4 the wing area of
the 6.5 ounce E-flite 4-Site, so I knew it was going to be fast.
It may be flyable indoors, but it's a whole lot smarter, not to
mention easier, to trim out a new plane when you don't have to
worry about smacking into a wall after .73 seconds.
day was unusual for mid-November in Upstate New York: It was warm.
It was sunny. It was calm. If you live in a state north of the
Mason-Dixon line, you know days like these don't come along often
at this time of year.
little P-40 is quite literally a pocket rocket. It took me a couple
of tries to get the launch down (another advantage of test flying
over grass instead of hardwood, concrete, or simulated turf),
but on my second try, we were off to the races!
didn't take me long to realize that full power from the OEM 300
brushless motor was simply unnecessary for normal flight. Even
at half throttle it still scoots along and covers the 600' length
of my club's runway at an impressive clip.
it flies "larger" than it is. I'd compare the flying qualities
to it's .60-size Hangar 9 predecessor. The little one will do
everything the big one will, as long as it doesn't require a rudder.
Axial rolls may be out, but warbirds are supposed to do VICTORY
rolls, and these are another can-do for the 300-size P-40. It
usually takes some practice to get the timing down, but I was
able to pull a passable victory roll on the first try.
I was flying, a slight breeze kicked up, but that didn't seem
to phase the P-40 much. The streamlined design cuts right through
the wind, and I'd estimate that this little plane will take up
to 5MPH winds and still keep its fun-to-fly characteristics. Not
bad for 6.6 ounces.
you've got your heart set on a rudder, though, adding one is no
problem. The scale rudder hinge line is clearly marked on the
fin, and there's plenty of room up front for another S-60 servo.
week after the maiden, the on-campus flying club at the Rochester
Institute of Technology held an indoor event at the RIT Gordon
Field House. Covering a flying area the size of a 400m oval track,
I figured it would provide plenty of space to fly.
indoor venue only accentuates the speed of the P-40. This isn't
for the faint of heart, and I recommend that only expert pilots,
like Devin McGrath, try this. Sure the P-40 will slow down, and
seems pretty stable in a slightly nose-high attitude, but we're
talking about a speedy warbird here. It just begs to have the
spurrs put to it, and Devin certainly made that huge venue look
small when he did.
out INDOOR excitement with the E-flite P-40!
If my desk area
at work wasn't being used for equipment storage, that's where
the E-flite P-40 Warhawk 300 would be. It's the perfect "executive"
plane, decorative yet functional. Keep it on the desk as a conversation
starter, then pop it off its clever display stand for a quick
trip to the park on those days when it's just too nice to be inside
working. You can get out, satisfy your flying urge, and get back
before the boss even knows you're gone!
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