DRACO - Behind the Innovation

Here is a great video on the creation of the new DRACO from E-flite.

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The DRACO Story

From Jim T. - Sometimes an RC plane come out the makes me stop and take notice. The kind of plane that makes you think, "this could be the plane." I actually called Horizon after looking at this bird online just to tell how awesome I thought it was. I'm a modder to the extreme, some times too much so. The DRACO is from the mind of a modder. In the video featured in this article you will learn how the DRACO came out of the mind of Mike Patey and went from full scale to RC plane.

From Horizon Hobby

Take a “Behind The Innovation” look at one of the most anticipated RC (Radio Controlled) aircraft releases of all time! After nearly two years of design and development, Horizon Hobby is proud to introduce the Extra Scale DRACO 2.0m – the most highly engineered, detailed and feature-rich E-flite® aircraft to date, and the only officially-licensed model of Mike Patey’s ultimate bush plane. It excels at STOL and scale-like flying — and looks amazing while doing both!

ABSOLUTELY ONE OF A KIND

Inspired by the incredible ingenuity and effort Mike Patey put into building the full-sized aircraft, E-flite® offers the only officially-licensed scale replica of the ultimate bush plane! The amazing DRACO 2.0m is one of the most highly-engineered, detailed and feature-rich RC models ever produced. Beyond its complex design and the accurate shape of its fully-molded, lightweight and durable EPO airframe with a factory-applied finish, it also features an abundance of Extra Scale details including a variety of surface features, steps, antennas, wingtip “stinger” skids, and much more. The clear windshield and windows offer an excellent view of the detailed cockpit with pilot figure and backlit instrument panel. Functional Extra Scale features include licensed, scale-like KING shocks on the main gear and tail wheel, leading-edge slats, slotted flaps and more. There are also a total of 17 LEDs throughout the airframe — with a custom controller that allows you to select solid, strobing and other light combination options from your transmitter. Oversized, tundra-style tires on the custom-made carbon fiber main gear soak up bumps and provide excellent prop clearance, while the shock-absorbing and steerable tailwheel offers improved ground handling — even when taxiing backward with the optional-use motor reversing (compatible Smart receiver and 7+ channel transmitter required for reversing).

Factory-installed, metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped and internal linkages deliver crisp, precise control. The high-power brushless outrunner motor can drive the scale 4-blade propeller with a wide range of 4000–7000mAh batteries, from a 4S pack for slow and smooth scale flight to 6S power for better-than-scale vertical performance. It's also equipped with a 100-amp Spektrum™ Avian™ Smart ESC, and the BNF® Basic version includes an AR637TA Smart receiver that delivers full-range telemetry including real-time battery voltage, current, motor RPM, ESC temperature, and more to compatible AirWare™ equipped transmitters. And even with its large-scale size and feature-packed design, the DRACO 2.0m can be flight-ready in less time than it takes to charge a battery! No tools are required for field assembly/disassembly because the two-piece wing is secured with quarter-turn thumbscrews. Best of all, if you’ve mastered flying at least one or two previous RC aircraft you can fly the DRACO 2.0m successfully, especially when taking advantage of the BNF® Basic version’s exclusive AS3X® and optional-use SAFE® Select technologies. And it all adds up to offer an unmatched STOL (Short Take Off and Landing), scale and beyond flying experience unlike any other!

E-flite® DRACO 2.0m – Behind The Innovation (15 min 40 sec)

Last edited by Jim T. Graham; Mar 24, 2021 at 05:33 PM..
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Mar 24, 2021, 11:33 AM
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Real question - given all the factory logos and sponsors displayed on the real plane, as well as those on the shocks, etc, did Horizon have to license each and every single one of those? Like did you have to get licensing from KING to use their logo/color scheme on the shocks?

Just curious!
Mar 24, 2021, 01:25 PM
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As far as the King shocks go, Horizon has had the license to use them since they released the Losi Baja Rey King Shock edition 1/10 RC car, at least that what the gentlemen said on that Friday live stream. All the other stickers and stuff IDK lol.

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Mar 24, 2021, 04:33 PM
Yes, we already had a licensing agreement with King...and Mike helped us with the rest
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