The Boeing P-26 was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and was the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps. Designed and built by Boeing, the prototype first flew in 1932 and became one of the front line fighters used by the USAAC between 1933 – 1938. Notably, the P-26A was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines.
The diminutive "Peashooter" — as it became affectionately known by service pilots, was faster than previous American combat aircraft with a maximum speed of 203 Knots. The anachronism design with wire-braced wings, fixed landing gear and open cockpit represented a stark contrast to the European fighters of the era.
Scale enthusiasts will love the stainless steel rigging wires, gorgeously detail Pratt & Whitney dummy engine, panel lines and scale cockpit, while the bright colors faithfully represents the USAAC paint schemes of the time. The airframe is constructed from durable EPO foam and offers great flight performance for a model of its size. Build time is kept to a minimum with clever features such as a bolt on wing and tails. With the servos, ESC and motor all being fitted by the factory, all you will need to do is install your own receiver and battery to have your Peashooter in the air in no time. The Scale rigging wires are easily removable for transport and there is plenty of power from the pre-fitted outrunner motor. Classic aerobatics like stall turns & barrel rolls are a hoot, yet the P26A is just as happy flying at scale speed.
High level of scale detail including Dummy Radial Engine
Super Tough EPO Construction
Plug and Fly, simply add your own RX and Lipoly!
Easy and fast Assembly
Excellent Pre-War Paint Finish with Expertly Applied Waterslide Decals
Rigging Wire Included
Easy Access Battery Hatch
Tough Under-carriage with Large Diameter, Narrow Wheels, Great for Grass Strips
Bolt on Tail Assembly
2 x Props Included
Motor: 1200kv Outrunner
ESC: 20 w/BEC
Servo: 9g x 4
4 Channel Radio
1300Mah 3s Lipoly
Wow. Had the maiden flight today, totally awesome. Now that the emotions are cleared time for facts. She has ample speed performance. If anyone wants more I wouldn't understand why. Takeoffs are predictable IF you have done your homework. The tail wheel must be set correctly, check the centering. Full up elevator must be applied in the initial taxi run to reach a point where you have good airflow over the fuse. Gentle pressure off the elevator will reward you with a very controllable rotation and you will notice that it is airborne on about 1/2 throttle. Gentle application of the up elevator will see it rapidly gaining height. Now the fun begins. It flies where you put it. Ailerons are very effective and rolls happen in the blink of an eye. It will not forgive pilot error or bad flying. Loops are huge, Immelmans intersting, chandelles exciting, high speed passes exhilerating. Now, it is probably nose heavy. Go 53 mm back from L.E. First landing saw me run out of elevator authority requiring it to be flown onto the ground as it didn't want to flare. For settings use differential on the ailerons with no more than 8 mm up and 5 mm down. Elevator 15 mm up and down rudder 25 mm both ways. If you use expo 30pcnt works for me. I fly tight sticks so these settings suit my style. This plane is energetic, looks great. You could almost do 3D but why would you? Fly it as it is meant and yJust a few pointers that might help modelers in setting up their plane. Be very careful that you check the orientation of your control surfaces. Most servos are set to rotate cw when rudder, aileron turn right and elevator goes up. Because everything is designed for rapid assembly the focus is on quick not on correct. Also, aileron servos are not set up for differential operation where there should be more up than down. Too much down gives adverse yaw. Using ailerons is about reducing lift not increasing drag. Too much down aileron is like having a flap on one side;not good.
Modern radios like the excellent Turnigy have a plethora of functions that are often used for compensating for poor installation practice. Get all of this right and you will have an excellent flying aircraft. This plane is just so right in the air you will love it. Buy one!I am biased but have always had a weakness for Golden Age aircraft and tthe P26 is way up there on the desire scale. Have read a few articles and reviews about this bird and I have raised the odd eyebrow or two. One point in question is the wheels being in backwards, well, try orientating them first! Tail wheel was not eccentric at all, the rubber tyre just needed massaging into round. Model went together well although tight especially for the battery and esc. Rigging was fun and the springs such a good idea. Wheel spat mounting screws were difficult to set up but all the rest was fine. Tail wheel needed some adjustment to centre properly but that was only 2 turns on the clevis. Paint has not adhered well to all parts of the plane but it is a buzz to weather the plane with some acrylic. It is such a plane with character, you just have to get one! Flying review soon.I received my P-26 and am quite disappointed in the packaging. There are several areas on the body and wings where the paint has been rubbed off due to poor packaging. Such a shame as it is truly a pretty paint scheme. I am rating it low only because of all the marks from the packaging. I will do a review on assembly and flight later.Der HAMMER!!!!
Wie echt, der Zusammenbau in krzester Zeit, kein Klebstoff ntig.
Sehr starkes Fahrwerk, das sitzt tief und gut.
HolgerThe paint flaked off the parts straight from the box. The foam seemed brittle. The wiring for the external braces were no fun to install. I thought for sure this little thing might last one take-off and if lucky some kind of fixable landing or two.
With all that said it is has stood up quiet nicely and is a lot of fun to fly. Great size for transport and looks good on the shelf. If you get it please take the time to wire it properly. Not easy to fly but very rewarding.This is my first product from HobbyKing, and I'd say my experience with it is a mixed bag
THE GOOD STUFF: HK is to be commended for bringing so many relatively little known aircraft to market. Their P-26 is a really attractive and unique aircraft, and for the price you're paying, this kit is a solid value. Some reviews elsewhere (RC Groups.com) have questioned whether the stock motor has enough power. I would say it does in spades! On the maiden flight, I handlaunched it at full power and it fairly leaped from my hand, and was up to a safe altitude for trimming in no time flat!
THE NOT SO GREAT: While the over structure of the aircraft and the quality of the included electronics are just fine, the documentation leaves a lot to be desired. One thing they don't address is how to put the vertical stabilizer/elevator in the too-small slot in the back. There is a 'cone' at the back of the stab that you either have to cut off so it will fit in the slot, or cut material out of the back of the slot opening on the fuselage so the whole assembly will fit. I opted for the former. Not a big deal, but for someone whose experience up to this point has been with Parkzone kits, I was a little surprised to see this not thought through, addressed, or mentioned.
Another maddening issue is paint quality. While the foam itself is fine, the paint, particularly the blue of the fuselage, fI purchased this plane after reading about how nice it flies. However, I was extremely disappointed with a number of things. First, the paint rubbed off very easily. I had blue and yellow fingers from just handling it while putting it together. Next, issue had to do with installing the flying wires. I had an extremely hard time crippling the metal crimps. Finally, on its first flight the ESC gave out and the plane crashed.
Recommend, to anyone purchasing this model to coat the plane with some some type of clear paint and replace the ESC.
Also, Hobbyking needs to supply parts.A very charismatic aeroplane, almost Disney cartoonish. The paintwork lets go a bit, but contributes to that "worn" look. The pilot is great, complete with legs, and with a resigned bemused look on his face. Take-off is good on rough grass, with those large narrow wheels. Speed is required to maintain height, which makes for a rather lively performance; a bit skittish in any wind above 10mph. I put 20mg of lead in the battery cover. Landings are good; as the speed drops off, it slows to a stable landing with no tip stall.Just picked this model up from US warehouse and all I can say is WOW! A stunningly beautiful model airplane dripping with scale detail. Paint and decals are superb. Can't wait to build and get in the air. Well packaged. Great job HK!