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Besides adding to the detail, the plastic nose cone (above left) also serves as the sturdy hatch for the battery compartment (above right). A pretty strong

best attempted at a higher altitude than 30 feet. Think what would happen if the roll were barrel instead of axial.

So unfortunately those evaluations have to wait until the lingering Arctic vortex here in Jersey goes someplace else. And some re- pair on the P-38 is needed. That fourth flight really encouraged some more aggressive fly- ing when..... thwack! A mid-air. It broke off one of the nacelles and the P-38 went straight in. The only damage was the na- celle and that broke off pretty cleanly. A lit- tle Pacer canopy glue and some matching paint and it will be as good as new with nary a blemish.

Perhaps just before this goes to press, a window of relative balmy weather (50 de- grees) may offer the option of some outdoor flights. So far the P-38 has been tested with the Tactic 650 transmitter. Also used with the P-38 was the Tactic 402 and the Futaba 8J transmitters. Both performed quite well although the 402, without any dual rate ca- pability, required the early throttle back af- ter takeoff to avoid the control sensitivity at full throttle.

magnet holds the nose cone solidly in place. The ESC battery lead was a little short so the battery has to be in place before being hooked up.

Remember the opening remark about the P- 38 being an intriguing aircraft? Well, off and on after or before each flight of the P-38 at Teaneck, various pilots came over to take a closer look. To a person the remarks were very favorable about the nice detail on the model and how well they saw it fly. Betcha there will be a few more Flyzone P-38s purchased. The phrase “not for beginners” is often used and it certainly applies here. The plane is sta- ble but it is fast and that speed could easily catch a beginner off guard more than once. But for someone who has flown a moderately fast plane it is easily within their capability. It will fly indoors but it will need a pretty ample space because it is quick. Outdoors, even in pretty moderate wind, it will perform a lot of the maneuvers not attempted inside. This model certainly lives up to its full- size namesake, Lightning. It is quick. It is definitely agile and despite that tapered wing and the speedy habits of the plane it also is a pleasure to fly. It locks into grooves and in all the flights nary a bit of trim was needed. Like twins? Like intriguing air- planes? Here’s a really good choice.

Hold the press! Remember that Arctic vortex mentioned earlier? Well, it disap- peared and left one balmy day (45 degrees is balmy after sub-zero temps) with minimal wind. So a quick run to the local town park was in order. By the time the Lightning was ready to fly, the wind had picked up but it was a good test to see what the P-38 could take. A hand launch (with landing gear re-

moved) at half throttle into the wind was a standoff. The P-38 did climb but didn’t achieve very much in ground speed. At full throttle it moved ahead briskly but turning downwind made it a rocket ship. Then the gusts and shear came and the little Light- ning as brave as could be endured the wind- induced harriers.

At full throttle the loops were no question, but the rolls were a lot more like barrels thanks to the wind. Yes, the wind did whip the P-38 on its side but the control response was more than adequate to recover. Maybe this wasn’t a fair assessment of the more be- nign qualities of the Flyzone Lightning but it sure proved it can take a wind licking and keep on ticking.

Among these three transmitters used (above left), the Tactic 650 was favored. It afforded dual rates and exponential to tame the sensitivity of the P-38 at full


throttle. The TTX 402 comes with the RTF version, and the Futaba 8J needs the AnyLink. Hard to get a good clear flying shot indoors (above right).


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