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    Contributed by: Mike Buzzeo | Published: April 2012 | Views: 22985 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Hangar 9 Taylorcraft 26cc BNF
    Mike Buzzeo

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    Distributed through Horizon Hobby
    4105 Fieldstone Rd.
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (217) 352-1913

    I remember the first time I saw the Hangar 9 Taylorcraft like it was yesterday. It was almost 4 years ago at the Joe Nall Fly-In. I was wandering around the event and stopped in at the Horizon tent and saw this gorgeous, red and white beauty. I quickly zoomed in for a closer look.

    Wow! I was blown away with the details. The hardware and linkages were more like those of a Top Gun competitor than a typical out-of-the-box ARF. It was plain to see that Hangar 9 went the extra mile to make this model one-of-a-kind.

    Now we fast-forward to this year's Toledo Show. There, hanging majestically in a place of honor over their booth is the Taylorcraft. "Interesting" I thought, "Why are they showcasing a plane that has been on the market for so long?" A closer look revealed the answer. This beautifully scaled airplane is now available in a Bind-N-Fly* version!

    This new BNF comes complete with a Zenoah G-26 engine, six Spektrum S6000 digital servos, an AR8000 Spektrum receiver and a 2700mAh, 5-cell Ni-MH battery (all pre-installed). It also sports a full-body pilot and all of those other impressive scale details and hardware which the original ARF offered.

    * Bind-N-Fly: While in most cases, "BNF" means that you literally only need to bind the Rx to your transmitter, the Taylorcraft is a large plane, so shipping it as a whole would be impossible without there being some assembly required. So you should be aware of the fact that this plane requires a little more assembly than the typical BNF model.

    • Outstanding Hardware
    • All Radio Gear Pre-Installed
    • Authentic UltraCote® Covering
    • Painted Fiberglass Cowl with Louvered Vents and Air Scoop
    • Two-Piece, Plug-In Wing with Clip-On Wing Struts

    • None Found

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    Time Required to Build:

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    What do these ratings mean?

    Items Needed To Complete

    • 6-channel (min) Spektrum or JR radio
    • Silicon Glue
    • Thread Lock

    Name:Taylorcraft 26cc BNF by Hangar 9

    Price: $1279.99

    Stock Number: HAN4920

    Wingspan: 80.5 in (205 cm)
    Wing Area: 1150 sq in (74.5 sq dm)
    Weight: 14.0 - 14.5 lb (6.35 - 6.50 kg)
    Length: 63.5 in (161 cm)
    Center of Gravity (CG): 3-5/8 - 4 inch (86 - 101mm) back from the leading edge at wing root
    Radio Used:Spektrum DX7
    Servos Used: (5) Spektrum S6000 Servos (Pre-Installed)
    Battery Used:2700mAh 5-cell Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) (Pre-Installed)
    Channels Used: 6 total - Elevator (2), Aileron (2), Throttle, Rudder

    Control Throws


    • High Rate:

    • Up: 11/2-inches 38mm
    • Down: 15/16-inches 24mm

      Low Rate:

    • Up: 1-inches 25mm
    • Down: 9/16-inches 14mm


           High Rate: 1 1/2-inches 38mm
           Low Rate: 1 1/8-inches 29mm


           High Rate: 3 1/4-inches 83mm
           Low Rate: 1 7/8-inches 48mm

    The packaging gets an A-Plus! Everything was bagged and taped in place, and the engine box was even glued to the sides of the outer box to make sure it couldn't move around. A cardboard divider separated the upper and lower compartments and foam blocks were strategically placed to prevent movement.

    All radio components were pre-installed (I can't tell you how glad I was to see that I didn't have to mess with that step) and the Zenoah G-26 was ready for installation right out of the box.

    Now, take a look at the hardware I was telling you about. I won't say another word, the pictures say it all!


    The manual is up to Hangar-9's usual standard of excellence. The pictures are clear and the text is easily understood. If there were any typos or mistakes, I sure didn't see them.

    You can download the manual in PDF form by clicking Here

    We start out by attaching the main gear with six, button-head screws. As with all metal-to-metal screw contact, be sure to use a thread locking compound!

    The gear fairings are glued to the struts with silicon glue and held in place with tape until the glue has fully cured.

    Now the two sides of the stab are separated, their joining pins are slid through the fin and they are reunited. This tail assembly is now attached to the fuse with four screws.

    Next, the tail wheel bracket is added and the springs are installed. The six tail struts (four on bottom and two on top) lined up very well and in short order, the tail section was complete.


    Mounting the included Zenoah G-26 is a piece of cake. The engine has a backplate already bolted to it which aligns perfectly with the blind nuts in the firewall. You only need to bolt the engine in place using the provided cap screws and standoffs (and of course, thread-lock).

    The two wires to the ignition switch are now connected and once you remove the tie-wrap which holds the vent line for shipping, the wires can be stowed behind the firewall.

    Now the fuel line, choke lever and pushrod can be attached to the carb and the installation is complete.

    Zenoah G-26 Spotlight


    Ever since its introduction, Zenoah's G23 was consistently the 2-stroke gasoline engine for 1/4 scale models by which all others are judged. With the new G26, Zenoah ups the performance ante by a good 800 rpm. Best of all, this extra "oomph" comes with a minimal weight penalty (a mere 2 ounces to be exact) and next to no change in mounting dimensions. Most anywhere a G23 fits, the big bore G26 fits too.

    If you're looking to spice up the performance of your 1.20-size bird and prefer the convenience and clean operation of gasoline engines, you owe it to yourself to check out the new G26. See it everywhere Zenoah power and precision is sold.

    Key Features:

    • Large cylinder volume provides superior performance and power
    • Easy to start and adjust
    • Spins up to a staggering 8900 rpm on an APC 16 X 8 prop
    • Outperforms the G23 by 800 rpm and at only an extra 2 ounces
    • Magneto-driven CDI ignition system


    • Type: 2-Stroke
    • Bore: 1.34 in (34.0mm)
    • Stroke: 1.10 in (28.0mm)
    • Displacement: 1.55 cu in (25.40cc)
    • Practical RPM Range: 1,800–12,000 rpm
    • Crankshaft Thread Size: M8 x 1.25
    • Total Weight: 59.6 oz
    • Engine Only Weight: 53.6 oz
    • Muffler Weight: 6 oz
    • Practical RPM Range: 2,000 - 17,000 rpm
    • Benchmark Prop: 16x8 APC @ 8900
    • Fuel: Gas/Oil Mix
    • Mounting Dimensions: 180 x 193 x 181mm
    • Cylinder Type: Ring
    • Carb Type: Walbro WT-645
    • Crank Type: Ball bearing


    Exclusive Warranty- Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products purchased (the "Product") will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 3 years from the date of purchase by the Purchaser.

    Download the manual in PDF format - Click here


    Hangar 9 really thought of everything. The cowl has both a filling adapter and a vent built right into it. You just hook up the tubing and you're ready to go!

    When it came time to put the cowl in place, I started to question whether or not it would go on, but with a little persistence combined with a little wiggling, it eventually seated itself perfectly - AND - You don't need to cut anything! The cutouts for the muffler and sparkplug are perfectly positioned for a good fit and a clean look.

    ADDITIONAL COWL NOTE: Naturally, before flying the Taylorcraft, I wanted to break in the engine a bit. So one Saturday morning at a reasonable hour lest I wake the neighbors (or even worse, my wife!), I secured the plane to a stand in my driveway and cranked her up. The engine idled well and the top end was good, but the transition was terrible. I let it warm up and run for quite a while but the transition was still bad. Finally, I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to remove the spinner, prop and cowl and adjust the needles. Then I thought, "Let me see where the adjustments are - Maybe I can drill a few holes in the cowl so I don't have to remove anything." As I looked inside the front of the cowl, lo and behold, Hangar 9 had already placed two holes directly beneath the needles! They really thought of everything!


    The cabin floor provides both a cover for the radio equipment and a magnetic attachment for the pilot seat. Once it is screwed in place, the seat and pilot can be put in place.

    The wings are now slid onto the fuselage with an aluminum wing tube and those awesome struts are installed. I had to clean a little paint out two of the holes with a small file to get a good fit for the rivets, but it was no big deal and with that, the Taylorcraft is ready for the sunlight!

    We don't get many good flying days during the Minnesota autumn, and to make matters worse, daylight after work hours is at a minimum. But one day, the weather was gorgeous. My regular helper Geoff was stuck at work, but my plate was empty, and my brother, Jim was able to take a long lunch. So I ran home, loaded up the Taylorcraft and we met out at the field.

    Thanks to the ease of the strut linkages, I got the plane assembled and flew the maiden flight before Jim arrived. To say I was pleased would be an understatement. I didn't even have to touch the trims and in no time I was putting it through a barrage of my favorite maneuvers! I could immediately tell that this is one plane that would find a permanent home in my hangar.

    Before long, Jim arrived. Jim is a very accomplished RC flier who also has a full-scale rating. He was short on time, so I brought her in for a landing. On final, she tracked as nicely as you could ask for and just settled in with that nice, firm sound of a big bird.

    I handed Jim the DX7, grabbed my cameras, and shot some nice pictures and video. It was easy to see that my brother was enjoying the Taylorcraft as much as I was!

    After the flight, Jim had to get back to work, but it was just too nice of a day and this was too nice of an airplane - So I played hooky for a little longer in order to get another flight in!

    Afterward, all I had to do was to pull the four pins on the strut rivets and remove the two wing screws and within minutes the Taylorcraft was disassembled and ready to transport home.

    Hangar 9 Taylorcraft 26cc BNF
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    While the new BNF version of the Hangar 9 Taylorcraft requires a bit more assembly that a typical BNF model, it will spoil you when compared to a typical ARF in that there is so much that you DON'T need to do. No need to glue servo blocks in place, no radio installation, no bending or adjusting pushrods, and no cutting the fiberglass cowl!

    Once completed, the Taylorcraft is one of the finest looking models you'll ever see. The attention to detail is astounding and the hardware is second to none! In the air, it's an extremely maneuverable aerobat that is nothing short of fantastic. It delivers clean, crisp stick response and the G-26 is the perfect power plant for it.

    I give it two BIG thumbs up!

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    Comments on RCU Review: Hangar 9 Taylorcraft 26cc BNF

    Posted by: twostroke on 04/17/2012
    Another great review by one of the best, He will be missed greatly in this hobby. Greg
    Posted by: yukonpete on 04/29/2012
    I purchased the ARF 2 years ago and Hangar 9 recommended and supplied stand offs in the arf for the Zenoah G20. I ended up selling the plane as it was under powered and i was rather disappointed. I hope the G26 makes her fly better!
    Posted by: flycatch on 09/20/2012
    I purchased the ARF version and the horizontal saddle was misaligned.
    Posted by: bikerbc on 11/16/2013
    I am flying the hanger 9 Taylor Craft BNF with the G26 and I find it to be the perfect power plant .. This is a beautiful plane and it flys fantastic.. I do find that it lands fast but it is very easy to land.. I am just used to my Cubs and they come in a lot slower with their big wings ..The TC is very Aerobatic and fun to fly ..I am very happy with it.. I am thinking about buying another one .
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