RCU Review: Scorpio Super Miss - EP

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    Contributed by: Mike James | Published: September 2002 | Views: 43254 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
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    Scorpio Super Miss/Electric ARF
    Review by Mike James


    • Kit Name: Scorpio Super Miss

    • Price: $129.00

    • Wingspan: 54"

    • Wing Area: 397 sq. in.

    • Length: 35.5"

    • Flying Weight per mfg: 32 oz.

    • Flying Weight as tested: 32 oz.

    • Wing Loading:11.6 oz/sq. ft at 32oz.

    • Motor used: AXI 2810/14 Motor (not included)

    • Prop:Aero Haut 10-6 (not included)

    • Cells: Sanyo 7 cell 1700 mAh pack (not included)

    • Speed Control: Jeti 30-3P (not included)

    • Radio and gear: Hitec Laser 4, with 3 HS300 servos and RCD3500 receiver (not included)

    • Channels Used: 4 total: throttle, rudder, elevator, ailerons

    • Manufacturer: Scorpio

    • Distributor: Hobby Lobby


    The new Scorpio Super Miss is an entry-level electric ARF. It's the perfect kit for me to review at this time, because I'm working on a large scale twin that I think would be an ideal candidate for electric power. The Super Miss would be my introduction to electric flight, and should give me a feel for how all the components work.

    The Super Miss kit arrived as you see it in the picture below. The review package included all the components listed in Hobby Lobby's "Deluxe Combo" version, and was quite complete. The very nicely built kit was in one box. The other items, separately shrink-wrapped, included a Hitec "Laser" 4-channel FM radio, Sanyo 7-cell 1700 mAh battery pack, a Hitec peak detection charger, JETI 30-3P speed controller, a separate package of Sermos connectors, solder, CA, epoxy, an Aero Haut carbon fiber propeller, prop hub adapter, and an AXI 2814/10 electric motor.

    The Super Miss kit

    (click images for full size)

    The kit includes everything needed to complete the aircraft, including some nice adhesive markings, landing gear, nicely-cut ply parts, landing gear, and illustrated instruction manual.

    Additional goodies in the "Deluxe Combo" package

    The radio, power system & accessories included in the "Deluxe Combo" are required and can be ordered seperately.


    • Fast easy assembly - Very light construction
    • Stable flight characteristics
    • Easily hand launched
    • Illustrated step by step instruction manual with pictures for each step.
    • Battery pack supplied was a different shape than the one illustrated in the manual, and the motor is a "rotating can" type, so equipment installation required a bit of creativity. This wasn't difficult, just different than what the manual showed.
    • Motor mounting screws (3mm) were not included. I used Dubro 3mm screws.

    Assembly of the Super Miss

    The instruction manual for the Super Miss is simple and complete. The instructions are on the beginning pages, and the illustrations are in a later part of the manual, so some flipping back and forth is required. I simply removed the section with the illustrations, and referred to them as needed. Since this is an ARF, I won't spend a great deal of time analyzing each assembly step. There's not much to do!

    There are a few nicely-cut ply parts included for the landing gear, servo tray, and wing joiners. Everything fit perfectly.

    I received the Super Miss accessories a few days before the kit, so I took advantage of this by assembling all the electrical components first. Each component includes it's own instructions, and if you follow them, assembly is fast and easy. I was able to test the motor, speed controller, and radio before the kit arrived, and since this was my first electric kit, this helped put my mind at ease. The AXI 2814/10 motor is the "rotating can" type, and seemed quite responsive and powerful. The JETI speed controller includes a BEC.(Battery Eliminator Curcuit) As with most electric setups, there is a separate "arming" switch, in addition to the normal RC switch, and this is an added safety item.

    When the kit arrived, I inspected it carefully. All the covering was very nice, with no wrinkles, all pre-glued joints appeared strong, and doing a test-fit on all parts revealed a good fit between the parts. I followed the instruction manual, which calls for assembling the wings first. The wings, stabilizer, and vertical fin/rudder are all pre-hinged, and there were no alignment problems. The dihedral braces required a little sanding, and then fit perfectly. A nice touch was that the wing was packed using small grooved balsa blocks to keep the ailerons from being damaged during shipment.

    A little soldering, and you're done!.
    The rear "can" portion of this motor rotates, providing additional torque, much like a geared motor would normally provide. It works well, but requires the motor be mounted alittle differently. (See below)

    The AXI 2814/10 motor

    The other electrical components
    The wings were packed nicely, including these balsa blocks to protect the ailerons.

    The aileron control horns installed, along with some light plywood protectors that prevent any damage from the (included!) rubber bands used to attach the wings. (top of the left wing shown) It's a very simple and neat installation.

    The prop hub adapter and propeller was assembled before attaching it to the motor, which is a bonus of using electric power.
    The Aero Haut carbon fiber 10-6 prop is very light! Proper downthrust is already built into the firewall. Since this in a "rotating can" motor, the mounting screws go into the front of the motor. To make this a secure mount, I removed the balsa front of the fuselage, and added a piece of 1/8th inch lite ply in it's place. This would not be necessary if you used a different type of motor.

    Since the included battery pack is the "flat" type, rather than the "stacked" type, it had to go under the servo tray. The speed controller and radio battery were simply stacked in front of the servo tray, and held down with velcro.

    The receiver was mounted just aft of the servo tray, and no additional weight was needed to achieve the correct balance.

    The Hitec "Laser" 4-channel FM radio worked fine, and I was impressed that even with all the electrical parts basically stacked together, there were no glitches or interference of any kind.

    Motor & Motor Mount Assembly

    Final steps included running the motor, to get a feel for run times, painting the cowl section of the plastic canopy and attaching it, and recharging the batter pack. The plane balanced at the recommended point without any additional ballast required.

    The Super Miss after final assembly, ready to fly.

    Flight Testing and Evaluation

    We arrived at the field at about 2PM to fly the "Super Miss", under overcast skies and light winds. The grass was both a little taller than usual, and a little wet from several days of rain, so hand launching was in order. After attaching the wing and plugging in the aileron servo, I advanced the throtte to the 75% position, and with a light, standing toss, the "Super Miss" was airborne! The plane had balanced according to the plan, so recovery from the hand launch to smooth flight was almost instantaneous, and just a couple of clicks of aileron trim had the plane flying nicely.

    After getting a feel for the throttle response and control inputs, I flew some gentle turns, and low passes for the camera. Next, I took it to a little higher alititude and tried some rolls. Rudder helps accelerate the gentle roll rate, and the plane rolls like a typical trainer. Loops were reasonble size, and no problem. Back at altitude, I slowed the plane down, and gradually added elevator, until it gently stalled. Recovery was very fast, requiring only a bit of throttle, or a gentle lowering of the nose. Finally, I did some spins, which were the gentle "trainer spiral" type, and even a couple of snap rolls. Although not an aerobatic design, the plane performs all these maneuvers with ease.

    Landing, either with power or without, was simply a matter of letting the plane settle into the approach naturally, and gradually increasing elevator input to flare when a foot or so off the ground. You can tell from my goofy grin in the image below, that we had fun with this little plane, and I'd recommend it to anyone as a second airplane, or as an introductory aileron airplane.

    The Super Miss ready to fly!

    The Super Miss is an entry level electric kit that can be considered a good intro to ailerons, a good intro to electric flight, and in general, a good "second airplane" for new RCers. With a little throttle management, flight times around 6 to 7 minutes are normal, and the battery pack can be recharged with the Hitec Peak Detection charger in a little less than 30 minutes. These times will be shorter or longer depending on your charger.

    Here are some flight photos. (Click for larger images)


    This kit was my introduction to electric kit construction, and was a good one. Following the included instructions included with each component resulted in all everything functioning correctly. The Super Miss was easy to launch and had plenty of power. It was faster than I expected, but still lands at a moderate speed, with no tendency to tip stall. This is probably a result of the elliptical wing planform and dihedral. This, combined with the flat bottom wing, gives gentle flying qualities overall. I did roll, loop, and spin the plane, and it handles as expected. Roll rates are fairly slow, as expected, but adding a bit of rudder helps a lot. Overall, the plane flew quite well, and I'd recommend it as a good second plane for anyone. The slow roll rates are good for those new to ailerons.

    For more information on the Super Miss contact
    Hobby Lobby at
    615-373-1444 or visit their website.


    Kit Quality

    (1=Not so good, 5 = Excellent)
    Packaging Quality:

    1 2 3 4 5
    Construction Quality: 1 2 3 4 5
    Hardware Quality: 1 2 3 4 5
    Quality of Manual: 1 2 3 4 5
    Ease of Assembly: 1 2 3 4 5
    Completeness of Kit: 1 2 3 4 5
    Covering Quality 1 2 3 4 5
    Flight Characteristics
    Take-Off: 1 2 3 4 5
    Landing: 1 2 3 4 5
    Basic Aerobatics (loops, rolls, etc.): 1 2 3 4 5
    Advanced Aerobatics (snap roll, spins, etc.): 1 2 3 4 5
    3D Aerobatics (harriers, hovering, torque roll, etc): N/A
    Stall Characteristics: 1 2 3 4 5

    Manufacturer Information

    Scorpio s.r.l.
    C.P. 750 - 38100 Trento,
    Tel: +39 0461-823099

    Hobby Lobby International
    5614 Franklin Pike Circle
    Brentwood, N.J. 37027
    Email: sales@hobby-lobby.com
    Web Site: http://www.hobby-lobby.com/

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