Reviews for E-flite Stearman PT-17 15e ARF [EFL2950]

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Jeffrey Jacobsen
Tuesday, Sep 7 2010 (about 6 years ago)
E-flite Stearman PT-17 15e ARF
I wanted this biplane, the Horrizon video shows it flying slow and stable, after I set mine up having the C.G. correct, the first few flights were scary and after lot's of research I found the wing incidence MUST be checked so they are parallel or the top wing L.E. 1* positive to the bottom, mine with the pre drilled holes turned out 3* positive and was very unstable escpecially in turns and lower speeds. You can change the C.G. in frustration thinking it's the problem and fly a difficult plane thinking it's just the design but correct wings incidence is crucial to stability. I had mine up for sale thinking biplanes aren't for me until I found out about this, corrected it and it flies much better now. E-flite should have an adendum to instructions for checking this incidence and hopefully have done so in newer kits. Also, more rudder before and during turns helps, otherwise the wings tend to keep rolling over escpecially a lower speeds, don't get to slow in turns. With so much lift on 2 wings, pilots have crashed on first flights using to much power on takeoff going straight up, stalling and crashing, a little down elevator and easy on the takeoff power will be much safer. I have 8.25 oz. of lead in the nose. Happy flying...
Steve from Austin
Sunday, Aug 31 2014 (about 2 years ago)
E-flite Stearman PT-17 15e ARF
Very nice kit, well built and goes together nicely. I used all the recommended extras, motor, prop, servos and ESC. The plane flies great, very scale like. You must remember you are flying a nostalgia style biplane and keep speed up in turns, do not try to float or guide it in, about 1/4 throttle on landing approaches and it settles in nice. Love the flybys, it looks great in the air and has plenty of power with the power 15 installed. As another reviewer stated, it is a very good idea to use an incidence meter on the wings, just to make sure they are set up correctly or this plane may not fly as well as it should. Overall a great kit especially if you want something that looks and flies great and is not made of foam.