Many examples are still flying today and this version is a reproduction of a US Navy version, that transported Navy brass around in WW2.
As with most ARF RC planes, the Staggerwing is completely finished, in component form and does need installation of the electrical gear and final assembly. As can be seen in the photo at left, the injection molded parts are factory painted and scale model airplane decals have been applied.
Carbon rod spars are molded-in to the upper and lower wings, adding the strength and rigidity required for scale RC airplane aerobatics!
This scale RC plane has a lot of details molded in. Notice the simulated wing and tail ribs and the pre-painted wing struts. Stringers are also seen on the rear fuselage.
The cowl is complete with a nice, simulated radial engine, along with a scale, 2-piece, snap-together spinner and a 10x8e propeller.
With a wing span of 35" and a maximum weight of 25.7oz, the E-Flite Staggerwing is very capable of scale RC aerobatics. Nice big loops, stall turns and aileron rolls are well within it's capabilities.
The flaps and ailerons require 2-micro RC servos total, for operation and the rudder is an option, so you can fly this Beechcraft Staggerwing with a 4-channel radio and just 3-servos. However, when I tell you, that E-Flite have developed a new set of air powered micro-retracts then I hope you will add them, as well as the rudder, which would make this a 6-channel model and would then require 5-servos.
Here we can see the rudder and the steerable tail wheel, Adding the rudder servo will also give much better ground handling and taxiing and also make it possible to perform wing-overs, one of my favorite maneuvers!
Note also the effective rib simulation and scale decals.
The optional Micro-Pneumatic retracts, have been developed by E-Flite, especially for the Staggerwing. The model does come with fixed landing gear, but this baby definitely looks SO GOOD with the wheels tucked-up! They are manufactured from high quality aluminum and have a low profile that allows installation in restricted spaces.
Everything required for installation is included (Except for an air pump). A servo is required for actuation.
The top-hatch gives access to the detailed interior. Note the seats and interior walls! I Ido think that a pilot is required to occupy one of the seats, but I suppose we can't have everything!
Note also that the cockpit glazing is in place and looks fine.
There is a magnetic hatch, on the bottom of the fuselage for installation of the servos. There is also a hatch for the battery.
The items needed to complete the E-Flite Staggerwing.
Lipo battery- 2100mAh 11.1V 20C Lipo.
The last item required, are the retracts. I think it would be a real shame to fly the E-Flite Staggerwing without these!
The E-flite Staggerwing is in stock.
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