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Horizon Carbon-Z P2 Prometheus Bipe!

Finally a biplane in the Carbon-Z format - awesome!!

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A Carbon-Z Bipe that's bad to the bone!!

In December I did a feature on things I wished Santa would bring me. On the top of that list was a plane that didn't exist - a Carbon-Z bipe. I was very happy to see today that brother Mike McConville and Horizon are bringing out the Carbon-Z Prometheus P2!! This is modeled after Skip Stewart's latest full scale bipe. Skip lives down the road in Memphis and is possibly one of the best aerobatic pilots on the circuit today. Another connection to this plane is an interview I did with the man that help design and build the P2, Eddie Saurenman of Saurenman Aero Works. The plane is just so evil looking and the red, black and white scheme is killer (and my favorite colors)! I have officially submitted a request to review this dream plane so stay tuned for that article in the future!!

E-Flite Carbon-Z® P2 Prometheus BNF and PNP (3 min 0 sec)

About the Carbon-Z P2 Prometheus

The E-flite Carbon-Z P2 Prometheus aircraft is for aerobatic pilots who want precision in an unlimited biplane with unique character. The plane is based on the custom built P2 Prometheus airplane flown by Skip Stewart. Mike McConville adapted the unique design as a model with performance that’s as inspirational as Skip’s original. Carbon-Z technology allows a healthy sized model such as this to be rigid like a conventional all-wood airframe, yet lightweight so it can have a larger performance envelope than any other biplane in its class. Z-Foam material is used in construction so any bumps along the way are simple to repair. The Carbon-Z P2 Prometheus has control surfaces large enough to handle bold moves such as the Skip’s signature high-alpha knife edge passes.

Features

  • Easy to complete final assembly
  • Skip Stewart Airshows officially licensed adaptation
  • Highly tuned airframe for extreme aerobatics by Mike McConville
  • Rigid Carbon-Z® construction delivers a strong yet lightweight airframe
  • AS3X™ technology enhances precision for a rock-solid feel (BNF ONLY)
  • Powerful 50-size brushless motor (installed)
  • High-voltage 70A brushless speed control (installed)
  • Spektrum™ 6-channel AR636A DSMX® receiver (installed, BNF ONLY)
  • Durable Spektrum metal-gear mini servos (installed)
  • Accepts a 4400mAh 6S 22.2V LiPo battery (sold separately)
  • High-strength aluminium landing gear with matching finish
  • Large control surfaces with double-beveled hinge lines
  • Tool-free I-strut installation for fast field assembly

Photos

A big thanks to Mike McConville for taking time out from the AMA show to send me these photos on the day of the release!

Specs

  • Construction: Carbon-Z® technology
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Wingspan: 1219mm (48.0 inch)
  • Length: 1252mm (49.3 inch)
  • Wing Area: 54.2 sq. dm (840 sq. inch)
  • Flying Weight: 3.2 kg (7.0 lbs)
  • Motor Size: BL50, 525Kv brushless outrunner
  • Speed Control: 70-amp brushless ESC
  • Servos: (4) 25-gram mini metal-gear servos
  • Transmitter: Full range 6+ channel with Spektrum™ 2.4GHz DSMX® technology
  • Receiver: AR636A 6-ch with DSMX and AS3X™ technology (installed, BNF Basic only)
  • Rec. Motor Battery: 4400mAh 6S 22.2V 30C (required)
  • Flaps: No
  • Retracts: No
  • Propeller Size: 15 x 5.5, 2-blade
  • Flying Duration: 4–5 minutes (approx.)
  • Assembly Time: Less than one hour (approx.)
  • Experience Level: Advanced
  • Rec. Environment: Outdoor

Learn More

Go to the Horizon site to learn more!

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Old Jan 08, 2016, 11:31 AM
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Did the video show the full scale version doing a knife edge along side a lambo in front of spectators? I can't help but think between corporate marketing & the FAA's obsession with safety, it's no wonder why we're all confused & more specifically what exemption does the FAA have that allows this? I'm thinking all I have to do is just buy this plane & I too can do this ANY time I want!

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...the FAA...
Oh, please...

A thread is started about a really nifty new plane, and it's instantly politicized.

Get a life.
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Very cool!
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oh, please...

A thread is started about a really nifty new plane, and it's instantly politicized.

Get a life.

+1,000,000
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Very cool, I want one.
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Well, it looks like it's time I buy some 6S batteries. Can't wait for this one!
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A thread is started about a really nifty new plane, and it's instantly politicized.

Get a life.
Preach!
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Most of the YouTube video links have now changed to "Private" but the following video is still working (as of this post).

E-Flite Carbon-Z® P2 Prometheus BNF and PNP (3 min 0 sec)
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Looks great. With 6S power it should have some snot, and I can share the packs with my heli. Double trouble.
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Looks great. With 6S power it should have some snot, and I can share the packs with my heli. Double trouble.
Yeah that what's got me interested, I have lots of those batteries for my edf's
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7 pounds flying weight is too heavy.
Carbon Z construction is not light.
If it was 5 pounds you might have something.
My EF Vyper Bype is under 4 pounds.
Ok for sport flying but doubtful for 3D.
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7 pounds flying weight is too heavy.
Carbon Z construction is not light.
If it was 5 pounds you might have something.
My EF Vyper Bype is under 4 pounds.
Ok for sport flying but doubtful for 3D.
That's with 4400 mAh batteries, and it's a much bigger plane.

This manufacturer is being honest about the AUW of its plane. Some are less than completely candid.

"Under 4 pounds"? Weigh your 42-incher again. (The weight isn't posted on the web site.)
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we are used to seeing demo vids by people that also do the feestile events. it looks odd when the demo is super choppy like an rc segment that might make it on tv . does it do a convincing pop-top? the real plane did a crankshaft/ the foam plane does a deep snap roll= disappointing. the rolling circle is kind of sloppy and it looks like the clip is cut starting a rolling loop. what happened?
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Like most of there planes. They fly ok but are way underpowered. At 7 lbs it needs a motor that can swing a 16x7 prop or 16X8 at least to make me happy.
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