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Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Durafly 1100mm A-1 Skyraider

Way back in 1990, I saw the film "Flight of the Intruder" which featured scenes with Douglas Skyraiders (Sandy) and they were a thing of beauty. More than a year ago I contacted Horizon Hobby and suggested they do a 480 or Power 10 sized version of the A-1 Skyraider to go along with their T-28, F4U, P-51, etc. but I never heard back, so when I saw this 1100mm A-1, my wish came true! Thank you Durafly!

Needless to say, I pulled the trigger faster than a sharp shooter and I'm soooo glad I did! This is an FMS 1100mm Skyraider marketed under the Durafly brand name exclusive to Hobby King. Why do I say that? Well...I own too many FMS models and this Durafly Skyraider is exactly like every FMS model I own, even down to the font on the labels on the wires. Like many of the FMS products, this Skyraider does not disappoint. Assembly is straight forward and easy. The detail is awesome and the ordinance and tanks can be removed.

I airbrushed exhaust stains on the fuselage, repainted the props and wheel collars and it really gave the model realism. I fly mine on a 11.1v 25C 2200 mAh battery and needed no trim adjustments which was surprising....in a good way! I have 7 flights on it as of yesterday and I love it. I'd like to see this model in the USAF SEA Camo scheme, so I may have to break out the airbrush!

This one is a keeper!

Best,
Tony
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Yep, the Sandy is one of my favorites also. Do you also have the large version that is carried by Banana?

I also recognize my home field, Apollo 11. Seems strange to see grass in your photos! lol...
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Old Jul 18, 2012, 04:39 PM
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Hey Tom! Yes, it's the Starmax A-1 Skyraider. We've been spending more time at Apollo 11 than our home field. Cooler weather, calmer winds and great company in the land of green.

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