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With its classic looks and bright trim scheme, the Phoenix not only executes a great pattern but it looks great while performing it. This Don Lowe design still looks as fresh as the day it first appeared in 1965.


AT A GLANCE


Type: Precision Competition Aerobatic Construction: Wing span: Wing area: Airfoil: Length: Weight:


Wing loading: Engine:


wood and fiberglass 63 inches 690 sq. in. symmetrical 56 inches


8.25 pounds 27.5 oz./sq.ft.


Evolution .60 NX


Radio: JR 12X, Spektrum AR9010 DSM Servos:


Manufacturer:


5 JR DS821 Hangar 9


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with fixed gear and a 45-sized engine. Watching it wallow around the sky was too hurtful to watch.


Wing assembly There isn’t much assembly required here


and the photo instructions are outstanding- ly good for what little construction is re- quired. The wing is one-piece with the ailerons and control horns installed. Attach a 12-inch extension to the servo wires using either ¹⁄₂-inch heat shrink tubing or string for security. Pull the extended servo leads through the wing and out the holes at wing center. Center the ailerons and attach the pre-formed control rods. The Phoenix 7 can use either the includ-


ed fixed gear (please don’t), the Robart “Spring Down” air operated retracts (HAN500) or the new E-flite electric re- tracts (EFLG430). The Phoenix’s fuselage


FLYING MODELS


is a little on the tight side so I opted for the electric retracts to eliminate needing space for the air tank, air valve and its extra ser- vo. The E-flite gear weighed 12.6 ounces vs. the fixed gear’s 6 ounces. There is a weight penalty but the improved flight perfor- mance is so worth it. Some careful wheel well trimming is re-


quired so go carefully and trim the plastic wells away from the moving parts where necessary. When cutting the covering away from the wells, cut about ¼-inch inside the opening. Then overlap the covering, cutting into pie sections as needed, inside the wells for a permanent installation. A covering trim iron works best for this task. Whichever retract equipment you select-


ed, the wing is complete once it is installed and the UltraCote® covering around the wing’s retract nose gear well has been re- moved. Pull the covering away from the


plastic front brace, cut away the brace using a razor saw then overlap the covering inside the well opening for a perfect seal. The only real work required to complete the Phoenix is on the fuselage.


Fuselage assembly Since the vertical fin and rudder are part


of the fuselage and the stabilizer is a glue- on plug-in, the only real work involves in- stalling the engine and retract nose gear. If you are following the instructions, mount the engine on the included fiberglass en- gine mount with the thrust washer 4⁷⁄₁₆ inches from the firewall. Then cut the en- gine opening. The instruction booklet includes a paper template to position and outline the area to be cut away. I used a ¹⁄₈-inch cutting bit in a high-speed rotary tool. After the initial cut and fitting, smooth the edges and curves


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