Possibly one of the most unusual scale models you will see this year - The Cri-Cri!
The full scale Cri-cri is tiny with a diminutive wingspan of 4.9 metres, in fact it is the worlds smallest human carrying twin engined aircraft. Designed by by French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban and first flown in the 1970's, this unusual aircraft is still being built by amateur builders today.
The Cri-cri was designed from the outset to be a high performance aircraft, demonstrated by its fast 100 knot cruise speed and 1300ft/min climb rate, surprisingly the Cricri is strong enough to withstand limited aerobatics.
Our model of the Cri-cri is based on the MC-15 model (which is powered by 15hp JPX single cylinder 2 stroke engines), with a span of 1778mm it is actually 1:2.75 scale - slightly larger than 1/3 scale! The model is constructed from high quality balsa and light ply which ensures a strong, rigid - yet light weight airframe. Its engine nacelles are moulded fibreglass units. Its tricycle under carriage is very strong, featuring a steerable nose-wheel and painted fibreglass wheel pants. Covered in glossy Oracover with an authentic colour scheme she certainly looks the part!
The assembly of this model is straight forward with the airframe 90% complete out of the box. The wing and elevator are both bolted in place making field assembley and transport easy. The power system of choice is 2 x 35mm brushless outrunners with a pair of 40 amp escs.
The models flight performance belies the Cri-Cri's awkward apperance, she flies with authority and the control response is precise without being overly twitchy. Flown fast or slow she's a pussy cat!
Want to stand out in the crowd? Then the Cri-Cri is for you!
• CF Wing Tube
• Pull/Pull Rudder, carbon horns and Ball Linked Control Rods
• High Quality Balsa Construction
• Lightweight but strong Construction
• Expertly Covered in Quality Covering
• High Gloss Painted fibreglass engine nacelles & wheel pants
• Authentic colour scheme
• Ply Motor Mount with Pre-Installed Blind Nuts
• Bolt on wing and elevator
Wing Area: 39.3 dm2
Flying Weight: 3000g
Your own 6ch TX/RX
2 x 35mm Brushless Outrunner Motor
2 x 11x6 -12x4 props
5 x 11g-15g servos
2 x 40A ESC
4000-5000mAh 3s Lipoly Battery
le cricri avion original le kit bien pens entoilage de bonne qualit
conseils pour le capot A B S renforcer tissu de verre rsine
moteur SK3 3536 1200 hlices 11x5.5 batterie 4s 2200
poids en ordre de vol 3kg
l'appareil vole trs bienThe frame and wings are nicely put together, with the exception of the tail locating pin which I had to modify to fit. The marking on the tail for the pins was correct, but the drill operate missed, and the QA missed the fault. All the nuts were 3mm, and the screws, all bar 2, were 4mm. All the hardware was randomly supplied in a number of packets. The covering has a tendency to delaminate when you cut into for access holes. Instructions are poor. Motors required for this model are rear mounting, and not front mounted as both the HobbyKing recommendation. Overall could be a great kit, let down by poor production process and poor procurement processes.Just to add a few words to the review. I have flown it now (8x) and initially had some trimming issues. The CG is correct, but the main undercarriage is set to far back. I moved mine forward by 30mm adding a ply brace across the fuse. Now she taxi's and rotates very well. The engines need a little UP thrust (2 deg?) to curb nose down under power. The nose gear "firewall" has been doubled up with 4mm ply and the steering servo mount repositioned and strengthened. Doesn't fly hands off because of the low wing and no dihedral. for experienced flyers. I'm happy with it now.
This is a great model. Get's plenty of attention at the field. Used Turnigy D3536/8 100kv with a Turnigy Trust 45a SBEC, 4s 4500 lipo. C.G came out perfect without any weight added. Plenty of power. Added some flap in and some up elevator which improves takeoff, swings to the left on liftoff though. Strengthened the nosewheel attachment and haven't had any problems with that area. Canopy release is poor and broke quite soon. Easy to fly.I almost have mine ready to fly. The quality is as good as any ARF I've built but I added some gussets to stiffen the structure around the wing roots and the cockpit. The hardware is quite good and I used it where I could, there were however lots of screws left over. The supplied spinners were to big and not used. The manual is next to useless so be warned, that you need to be quite experienced , not to make a mess of this. That said, I made very few changes. I moved the elevator control into the fuselage using a be ll crank of my own design, Placed the aileron servos into the wing under a hatch. I angled the front U/C forward at a more scale like angle. Finding a scale pilot is a challenge. Good Quality but let down by the crappy manual. 4 crownsOK....I bite de bullet and sent for one of these and wondered if anyone has or had one of these to build Please contact me at IXLNRC@aol.com
Thank You all,
SteveHello. Well received from Nederland to France. A real beauty. Construction and perfect finish. Thank you Hobbyking. PhilippeThe shipping sucks!!! I still ordered. After my first born it final arrived. There was slight damage to the canopy and tail of the fuse. I repaired. Fun plain. Instructions suck! Finlay go it together. There is no air for motor cooling. You need to make sure your motors have air traveling by them or you will burn them up especial if you use the spinners in the kit. No room for air to get to the motors. Just beware. It will glide a little but flies better under power!http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S8tz2DIsEJo
Here is the video in HD.
Take off was a little steep Rolls are very nice.
EnjoyGreat plane! Just maiden yesterday flys like a baby! Love it.
2-35mm 1000kv BL. 2-50amp esc. One 4000 3s lipo. 11/6 prop.
Take off on 1/2 power and flew with that most of the flight. Got 4-5 min flight time on the 4000 may go to a 5000 pack for more flight time.
Landing was super slow and no tip stall even till the end. Motor mount was a little off on the front but I think that did not made the Cri Cri flys any worst. Over all I love this fun and unconventional plane! :)