- Balsa ply and moulded components
- Battery - 7-8cell NiMH
- Channels - 3 Channal
- CNC cut components for accurate building
- Length - 710mm
- Model type - wood construction model for experienced RC pilots
- Servos - 3 Servos
- Wingspan - 915mm (36ins)
As electric flight has gained in popularity over the years the demand forexciting models has grown too. The Pinto fills that gap nicely with a designthat is both attractive and functional. With a passing resemblance to thefamous P51 Mustang fighter of WWII, the Pinto is bound to appeal to a widevariety of tastes.
As with all of West Wings R/C designs the Pinto uses fully CNC cutcomponents to add both accuracy and speed to the building process. As thismodel has been designed from the start as a sports aerobatic machine, careshould be taken to not add any unnecessary weight during construction. Theselection of wood in this kit has been made to ensure the right combination ofstrength and low weight.
Power is provided by a basic 400 motor, or for those that really wantperformance, a hot 480 or even a Cobalt. With seven cells and a standard 400,performance is sufficient to learn the flight characteristics withoutexcessive speed. A 480 and eight cells really starts to `push the envelope'and experienced pilots can explore the Pinto's true aerobatic potential. Themotor and drive system is not supplied in the kit but can be readily purchasedfrom your local model shop. Because of the higher speed of this design,drive is direct rather than through a gearbox and this in turn helps to savemoney by keeping it simple.
The Pinto has been designed from the outset to use micro R/C gear. Thisequipment used to be hard to come by, but in recent years, affordable microgear has become commonplace and once again, can be found in the local modelshop. You will need three servos, as the ailerons require one each side aswell as one each for the elevator. Radio should have three channels, but ifyou have four and mixing, fine tuning can be made by splitting the aileronsinto two channels and adjusting the differential. Choice of a suitable speedcontroller will very much depend on the motor and battery combination used.Take advice from your local model shop when buying the motor/battery and, ifin doubt, over-specify the controller.
This is not a model for the novice as it's speed and sensitivity demand thefinesse of more experienced hands. If you're familiar with low wing aerobaticsports models, the Pinto should hold no worries and will reward you withstunning aerobatic potential.
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