Well, I finally cleaned up my workshop so I could start getting serious about my new project build, the Top Flite Corsair ARF. This giant scale airplane has a 86.5 inch span and it comes with most of the major assemblies built and covered with matt finish Monokote. Out of the box everything looks really well put together. I’ll be posting several highlights as this Online-Build-along continues and it looks like it is going to be a very easy build. While waiting for the review plane to arrive, I spent some time getting hardware and other needed items in hand so the build would go more quickly! Also, as you will see, I have a few Scale hop-up and make-overs planned so I’ll address those later as well.
What’s In the Box!?
What’s really neat is that this model comes with its own assembly stand and a large foam matt to use during assembly. This is a nice touch as it will greatly reduce hangar-rash during the build. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve marred a model’s surface while putting it together. This is a very thoughtful addition to any plane.
You can fit out the outer wing panels on top of the large foam pad that comes with the kit. I think I am going to keep the pad for other projects down the road.
For power, I will be using the DLE 55cc gas engine. It comes with all the mounting hardware including aluminum standoffs and it features electronic ignition. I’ve heard good things about the DLE brand so we’ll see how it performs bolted to the Corsair.
The engine does come with its own muffler, but the Corsair’s instructions also recommend the J’tec Radiowave wrap-around Pitts muffler (JTCG1035) for installation in the Corsair. This muffler fits without making any modifications to the fuselage or firewall.
For the Radio Gear, I am using the Futaba servos recommended in the instructions and the Futaba 8FG FASST Transmitter, and the 8-channel, Futaba R2008SB S.Bus capable Receiver. The Corsair instructions are very detailed and show everything with photos, so this should be a no-briner when it comes to installation.
Overall, the Corsair is very well put together and all the glue joints were very sound with plenty of glue in the joints. There were no dents or damaged parts and the box was very well packed. The fiberglass parts all are painted and match the Monokote covering nicely. The wing center section is very ruggedly built and reinforced for Robart 90 degree rotating retracts to bolt right into place.
The outer wing panels plug into the main center section and are supported with aluminum spar sections in each panel and carbon fiber alignment rods.
I like that the tail section comes assembled and all the control linkages are internal! The hardware is all installed ready to be assembled to the pushrods!
While on the subject, all the control surfaces are installed and hinged at the factory saving a lot of work.
Another nice touch is that the Corsair comes with a cockpit detail kit and the parts are made of painted, lightweight plastic. To this I am adding a scale pilot figure from Best Pilots in the form of a 1/5-scale Pappy Boyington. I think he will add a lot of life to the Bent-wing South Pacific warbird. I have him in my workshop and I can swear I hear him yelling at me to finish building his airplane!
Finally, to round out this intro to the build, I will be adding a scale 3-blade hamilton Standard static popeller to make the Corsair look all the more real when sitting in on the flightline. You can see how I built that on the MAN website.
Well, That’s it for the intro to this great looking warbird build. Stay tuned as I will be updating the build often! Cheers. CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART 2.