Composite-ARF F4U Corsair Review – Model Airplane News

Aug 12, 2011 1 Comment by

From the December 2011 issue of Model Airplane News, this Flight Report is by Dave Malcione and his brother Pete and his son, Dave Jr.

What makes this amazing warbird unique is its hydrolic folding wing mechanism and the fine attention to detail. Check out this video that shows the review Corsair at Warbirds over Delaware and some flight footage shot of the prototype Composite-ARF Corsair

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Radio:                   JR 12X transmitter, JR1222 receiver and JR 8411 servos (

Retracts:              Sierra Giant Scale (

Engine:                 5-cylinder Moki 250 (

Battery:               JR 6V 2400mAh 5-cell (

Prop:                     SEP 32×18 2-blade (


Model:                 F4U-1D Corsair

Manufacturer:   Composite-ARF (Composite-ARF)

Type:                     Giant Scale WW2 Warbird

Scale:                    1/4.5

Wingspan:          110 in.

Wing area:          2090 sq. in. 

Weight:                53 lbs

Wing Loading:   56.43 oz./sq. ft.

Length:                88 in.

Radio req’d:      7-channels (rudder, throttle, ailerons, elevator, flaps, retracts.) Wing fold function optional.

Engine req’d:     Moki 215 to 250

Price:                    $3,695.00*  (ARF kit with Wing-fold option) $2595.00 (standard kit w/wing fold option) (* landing gear not included)


Here are some of the photos that did not make it into the magazine

Gallery > Composite-ARF Corsair

Below Interview with Pilot and Review Author Dave Malcione
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Gerry Yarrish, Horizon Hobby

About the author

Senior Technical Editor About Me: I have a lifelong passion for all things scale, and I love to design, build and fly scale RC airplanes. With 20 plus years as part of the Air Age family of magazines, I love producing Model Airplane News and Electric Flight.

One Response to “Composite-ARF F4U Corsair Review – Model Airplane News”

  1. Gerry Yarrish says:

    Editors note: Two Composte-ARF Corsairs were built by Dave, his brother Pete and son Dave Jr. This was in the memory of Carl Cantera who had purchased the kits and was the driving force making ”Warbirds Over Delaware” the largest Giant Scale RC Warbirds in the country. Team Malcione fly the pair of Corsairs together in his honor at several RC fly in across the country.

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