Construction / tuning:

Finally my object of desire arrived!
Having seen many ads in various rc magazines and checking a few
introduction videos on YouTube my mouth watered and I needed to
order it asap. It took a while until it was available in one of my
frequented stores! Immediately when the Wildcat came on the shelf I
took it off, paid and went home.

Opening the box I was surprised to see the good packing quality..
nothing was damaged, all paint was in pristine condition! Great.
Taking out piece by piece: fuselage, elevator, both wings, wing rod,
little bag with few small parts, manual.... that's it!

The finishing was really astounding and very well done. Nothing was
chipping, all decals held firmly to the surface.

My version was the PnP (plug and play) one as I planned to use my
own RC equipment.

All servos were installed and well fixed.
The rudder was fully connected.
The elevator I fixed as indicated in the manual - in addition I used also
a few drops of UHU por glue.
The wings were installed as per manual.

As a battery I had only the 1100 mA or 1600 mA available - and as the
manual recommended min. 1300 mA or more I opted for the 1600 mA
3s Lipo.

When checking the CG (47 mm from wing nose measured at the
fuselage) with my chosen battery I found that the plane was nose heavy
so I quickly constructed from Depron foam a "bridge" over the servos
where I placed the receiver. Now the CG point was perfect!

Last but not least I needed to solder a new plug on the installed BEC to
fit with my M6 system.

Finally all programming started and the throw of the control surfaces
was measured according to the manual - and a 30 % expo was added
to ailerons & elevator.

So, my first warbird is ready to fly!

Flight Experience:

First flight happened during the early days of 2011. With a strong throw
this plane was handed over to its elements...and...the Wildcat just took
up its nose and climbed at approx. 30 degrees into the sky!
Like a train on its tracks. Not a single click of trim was necessary! I
guess that was my first!
Some loops, roles and inverted flight followed. All these maneuvers
warbird passed without mishaps!
The landing on its belly was equally smooth - after 7 minutes!
Best of all are the low passes at half power! Looks like the real plane
(in silent mode... :-)).
Knowing myself, I guess I will start collecting Parkzone planes now!
The Wildcat caught me - in a very positive way!
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NAME:
 
F4F WILDCAT
PRODUCER:
 
Parkzone
TYPE
  all parts in EPP Foam
WING SPAN:
 
975 mm
LENGTH:
 
730 mm
WING AREA:
 
?? dm2
WEIGHT PER DM2
 
?? gm / dm2
WEIGHT (producer):
 
720 g (with 1300 mA 3s Lipo)
ACTUAL WEIGHT:
 
755 g (with 1600 mA 3s Lipo)
MOTOR:
 
unknown brushless outrunner
MOTOR DATA:
  Brushless outrunner / 960 kv
PROPELLER:
  9" x 6 "
BEC / CONTROLLER:
 
unknown 18 A
RECEIVER:
 
Futaba 2,4 GHz (6-channel R-6006 HFC)
BATTERY:
 
Lipo  3 s Ray 1600 mA / 11,1 V
CHANNELS:
 
5 (motor, rudder, elevator, 2x ailerons)
SERVOS USED.
  All: Parkzone 9 g servos
RATING - BUILDING:
 
intermediate
RATING - FLYING:
 
Intermediate - professional
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