|Mini Scale ASW 24!|
I first saw this cute little 64" span 'ARTF' model at the BARCS soaring market in December 2001, and instantly fell in love!
The model comes with a good quality white glass fibre fuselage, with the elevator pushrod wire pre-fitted. The canopy is pre-cut, and is taped on to the fuz.
The wings are balsa-veneered white foam, and are pre-finished in white Oracover, which is also used to hinge the already cut out and covered ailerons. The tailplane and rudder are balsa sheet items, and are also pre-covered in white Oracover.
One of the best points of this model is that the C.G. position is already set out for you, as the model balances on the glass fibre wing joiner rod (a great idea!). The wing panels also have the incidence pins, joiner tubes and servo wire tunnel, pre-done for you too.
The tailplane is mounted on top of the fin with a single nylon bolt, which works well. Even if you tighten it, it can still rotate. So I decided to use a small piece of double-sided tape to stop it moving around. The elevator is held in place with a single strip of "Diamond Tape".
The rudder is mounted to the rudderpost, by conventional hinges. No rudder pushrod is supplied, but the instruction sheet does mention the use of a closed-loop system. But I preferred to use a single steel pushrod, which works very well.
The radio installation is pretty straight forward, although you do have to supply the mounting hardware yourself. This is a sensible idea, as some manufacturers still include inferior fittings in their kits, which only get thrown away!
The radio gear I used, were a pair of Multiplex MS-X2 servos on elevator and rudder respectively, and a pair of Hitec HS-55's in the wings. The Receiver is a Multiplex Pico 4/5, and power is supplied by a SuperRonik 600mAh Ni-Mh 2/3AA battery.
The maiden flight took place in May 2002, in what was less than ideal conditions! The wind was a pretty constant 25mph, with intermittent rain showers! All up, this model is very light, and I was reluctant to test fly her. But all the same, I decided to go for it!
The ASW24 was launched, and to my surprise, she flew straight and level before finding a small bit of lift. Considering the blow, she was very smooth in flight. The C.G. was spot on, which helped with the first flight nerves! The maiden flight was cut short to 5 mins, as another rain shower approached. The following landing was an uneventful, even though our flying site is known for turbulent rotor on landing.
The elevator and rudder are responsive, but the ailerons (being quite narrow) do tend to let the model down. They're OK for normal flight, with a little rudder mixed in. But rolls need a bit of speed and height, as they are quite barrely.
That aside, this is a lovely looking, compact model that thermals really well. Flight performance is quite fast. Away from the slope, she gives you the impression that your flying a much larger 2m model, she's that smooth!
When I travel to different slopes, I usually get a lot of comments about her looks! A very nice little model.
The electric version is suitable for speed 400 motors or the new 280
sized Brushless motors. This semi scale model is delivered completely
covered with the decals already applied. The ASW 24 is available with
an electric fuselage.
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