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Model Airplane News - April 2013

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Model Airplane News - April 2013

Flight Test

Flight Test ParkZone/Horizon Hobby Albatros D.Va An impressively detailed park flyer of the Baron’s lesser-known plane BY MICHAEL YORK | PHOTOS BY JOHN REID & MICHAEL YORK WATCH IT NOW! ModelAirplaneNews.com/ M0413 SPECIFICATIONS Model: Albatros D.Va BNF Manufacturer: ParkZone (parkzone.com) Distributor: Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com) Type: WW I Length: 35 in. Wingspan: 42.3 in. Wing area: 495 sq. in. Weight: 43.3 oz. (as tested) Wing loading: 12.6 oz./sq. ft. Motor incl’d: 480-sized Radio req’d: 4-channel (DSM2 or DSMX compatible for BNF) Price: 9.99 (PNP); 9.99 (BNF) HIGHLIGHTS + Fantastic detail + Quick assembly + Durable airfame Most people think of the WW I era planes as clunky, flying boxes, and words like “sleek” or “aerodynamic” rarely come to mind. But, if you’ve ever seen the Albatros D.Va, you know that’s not always the case. With its bullet-shaped fuselage, swooping top wing planform, and rounded tail feathers, “boxy” is the last word that pops into your head. Thanks to ParkZone, you can now admire the flowing lines of the Albatros D.Va anytime you like, be it in your hangar or at the flying field. Available as both Bind-N-Fly and Plug-N-Play, this small-field-friendly, vintage fighter is made of durable Z-foam painted in a less-common Red Baron paint scheme. Both versions have a 480-size motor, servos, and speed control installed. The PNP requires a receiver, 4-channel radio, and 1800mAh 3S LiPo battery. If you already have a compatible transmitter, it’s hard to beat the BNF version, as it comes with a Spektrum AR600 DSM2/DSMX receiver already installed and is supplied with the battery and a 12V 2-3 cell variable-rate LiPo charger. Whether you’re a fledgling aviator or a decorated ace, you’ll be able to enjoy this Western Front warrior soon after opening the box. 40 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT MODELAIRPLANENEWS.COM

The Red Baron’s plane being held by the Red Shirt (aka Michael York) reviewer. This shot gives a good idea of the portable size of the completed model and the smooth lines of this WW I fighter. APRIL 2013 41

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