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Posted by Creative RC | Mar 05, 2015 @ 02:52 AM | 1,832 Views
Here are photos of a rare Top Flite Freshman Trainer which I built in 1981. The hump on the top was not built on this plane in an effort to reduce drag. It saw little flight time as I was a new pilot and had another pilot take off and land it for me. Having built it myself from a kit, I kept it all these years. After many years of flying foam airplanes, I finally converted it to electric using a Power 25 (870kv) and an E-Flite 60 amp ESC with a 2,500 mah 4S battery. That took a lot of figuring to get everything to fit right and yet for the plane to be balanced. It has a 48 inch wing span (504 in2) and is likely on the heavy side, at 4.5 lbs., but it still flies well with its thick semi-symmetrical airfoil. There is plenty of elevator area. I was worried the ailerons were too narrow, but since it had flown as a nitro a couple of times some 33 years ago, it should fly again. It is predictable and stable in the air, aerobatic and flies where I point it, unlike a typical trainer. I added a little more rudder area and since these photos more aileron surface area to make it more responsive. The airfoil on the horizontal stabilizer is a 33 year old modification as the stock one was flat. I will add a canopy after I make a few minor modifications. Being solidly constructed and with robust tricycle landing gear, it can handle hard landings like no foam airplane can. The photo without finish is from another builder who had recently aquired a NIB kit. I doubt there is another NIB kit laying around in the world, but in this hobby, it would not surprise me if one surfaced again. If you have an unbuilt kit or even a finished wing one let me know, as I will be interested in acquiring it. I will try hard to avoid crashing this one.