Electric SE5a Scout—On Patrol over the Aerodrome

Sep 14, 2011 2 Comments by

The one thing you can truly count on while attending the Old Rhinebeck RC Jamboree in New York, is that you are going to see some beautiful WW1 Biplanes. Such is the case with an impressive RAF SE5a Scout built and flown by Ralph Perrone of Pittsfield, MA. Ralph’s electric powered Scout was a piece of art. World War 1 planes are all that uncommon at the vintage aviation aerodrome, but such a big electric powered biplane beauty like this one is a rare treat indeed. Here’s what Ralph had to say about his impressive model.

Electric Flight: Except for the absence of a load exhaust note, your SE5a is completely at home here in the traffic pattern over the aerodrome. Tell us a little about your British fighter.

Ralph Perrone: I started building this model a long time ago and it has been on the bench for several years. It is scratch built from William Effinger plans and uses traditional wood construction though out.


EF: What are the model’s basic numbers? What scale is it and what’s the covering method?

RP: The SE5a is built to ¼-scale and it has an 80-inch wing span. I covered the airframe with iron-on Solartex fabric and the model is painted in a semi-scale scheme using common Krylon spray paint. The finished ready to fly weight is 19 pounds.


EF: What about your power system, how does the model perform?

RP: The motor is an AXI 5330 brushless and I use a Castle Creation HV-85 controller. The  power system is fed with two Polyquest 5000mah 6S Li-Po packs wired in series. The SE5a flies very nicely and it has no trouble keeping up with all the gas powered planes here at the Aerodrome. The current draw at full throttle is only 37 amps spinning an APC 21×14 Propeller.


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