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Hangar 9 Piper Pawnee

Manufacturer: Hangar 9

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No. of Reviews3
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Maurice Harvey wrote on 26/12/2009:
IT HAS PRESENCE
Overall: To start I must mention the price,125 GBP, so I bought two! However that is Not todays price.Value for money for me? Well, I got an awful lot of aeroplane even if they caused some moments of dispair in re-building to my liking. I went for electric power as the enormous hatch and ample battery tray underneath was ideal for the purpose. First job then, was to do a rough C of G estimate. This turned out to be very nose heavy so surgery to the battery bay to extend it rearwards was undertaken (as far as the servos would allow) then joining up with the servo tray to stiffen this area up. Still nose heavy with a 5000/6s set-up so I cut a hatch out near the t/plane (on the side) to install the rx/servo battery. This ended up as a 2200/3s to balance. The fuselage strut that the wing struts attach to needs beefing up because this is a natural handle to pick the model up when the hatch is off. The internal build of the fuselage is that horrible "cats cradle" of laser-cut ply. I gave up trying to feed wires through this structure so I removed the covering from the underside, back as far as the start of the taper and replaced this with 1.5 mm liteply. As you will gather, I like hatches, why make life difficult? The one thing that lets this model down, and most HH products are those awful nylon clevises. Bin them, or better still post them to HH UK. They may then get the message. I used 3mm metal.Now I had access to the fuselage innards I epoxied triangular strip to the parts of the airframe where the "click together" parts joined. This was to make sure that there would be some decent glue in these areas. The steerable tail wheel is directly connected to the rudder, not ideal but it has not yet been a problem. To the wings.Well covered with the control surfaces attached and glued. Why Hangar9 cannot leave the assembly of the hinges to the end user I fail to grasp, a child in kinder-garden could make a better go of it than they have. Free the hinges off otherwise you will not have full movement nor a servo with enough power to drive them! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FLY WITHOUT THE STRUTS INSTALLED. As the wing has a high dihedral the ali joining tube has to be of a short nature. The wings are retained to the fuselage by a wing tongue that enters the fuselage side and is held by a hex-head screw. As you have to up-end the model to locate the screw I found it better to convert the screw to a wing-nut screw type. this can then be fitted with the aircraft on it"s wheels, the wing then droops down into the correct place for the wing-screw to locate .If you fly from grass or other surface it is no bad idea to assemble the wings with the model sitting on a large white sheet.Why?, because if you drop one of the strut "r" pins, (and you will) at least you will able to find it. The tailplane assembles well, until you start on the rigging wires, yes, those horrible clevises again! The wheels are excellent., you would pay more than a tenner for them "off the shelf". However the music wire undercart was not to my liking as it allowed the wing-tips to scrape the ground on less than perfect landings. Perhaps I have gone away from scale but I fabricated a new u/c to give more ground clearance and increased the track by 8cm. a larger tail wheel was fitted to re-ajust the sit of the aircraft. Please do not think that this is a complaining review. I just feel that manufacturers of these kits should have more feedback than the usual glossy mag write ups. However, when it sat on the threshold of the runway for it"s first flight all was forgiven and forgotten, very, very nice, but I could not help thinking that what self respecting ag-pilot would go to work in a turquoise aircraft!I do not know if anyone reads this, but I must apologise for leaving out the power-train details, the first thing I look for on an electric review. Motor, Wasp C50/55 400kv 1200 watt rating. Battery 5000/6s. Prop Master 3 blade 14X7. Static power 45a @ 22v =990 watts Prop rpm 8200.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
60%

YakMad wrote on 09/12/2009:
UNUSUAL GOOD NATURED SCALE MODEL
Strengths: Flys just like a cub, very light, easy build
Weaknesses: Because it's light and flat bottom wing does not like wind also cracked the canopy as its made oif brittle plastic, waiting since April for a replacement.
Overall: Easy flying well built and unusual scale model
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
60%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

Luis Moita wrote on 04/11/2009:
Strengths: Is AUW is very low for is size,wich make a excellent flight.
Weaknesses: tail wheel, landing gear and fire wall
Overall: Great plane with great presence wherever you go
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

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