The Zlin-42 is a Czech built tandem seat trainer that is used for VFR training, basic instrument training and also as a glider tug, the type also saw service with former Eastern Bloc airforces as a trainer. The Zlin-42 was also used as a basic aerobatic trainer and even saw some combat in Sri Lanka!
This is a nicely built and hugely practical, real world, every day sport fly model that will last for years. The robust tricycle under-carriage makes the Zlin 42 easy to handle on the ground and capable of handling almost any strip. The removable 2 pc plug in wing makes for easy transportation and fast field assembly, likewise, the massive canopy offers easy access and also makes the Zlin an ideal candidate for an electric conversion. The hardware is all top notch and includes a fuel tank and engine mount. The covering is first class and the colour scheme ideal for orientation.
The robust but lightweight construction of this model makes for an excellent sport fly model that will turn in a few aerobatic moves when you want it to, yet the generous size, thick wing & light wing loading gives you a model that is equaly happy flown slowly without getting out of shape. This is a nice size, real world sport fly model that can be enjoyed when all the hanger queens are tucked safely away and the fact that it can be built for real world money is a definate bonus!
Wing Area: 43dm2
Flying Weight: 3100g
4 Channel, 5 servo (not inlcuded)
Your own 4 channel TX/RX
0.46 glow engine or electric equivalent
5 x standard servo
Very good model, good quality. Obviously is an ARF so it will require a bit of work (lets say 3 or 4 evenings, depending on your abilities).
Servo: 4 x http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__39340__HXT_6_9kg_39_2g_16sec_Twin_bearing_Digital_Servo_EU_Warehouse_.html
Engine: 1 x http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__39962__Turnigy_Aerodrive_SK3_4240_740kv_Brushless_Outrunner_Motor_EU_Warehouse_.html
Controller: 1 x http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__35380__Turnigy_dlux_70A_SBEC_Brushless_Speed_Controller_w_Data_Logging_EU_warehouse_.html
Engine mount: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__5283__HXT_Alloy_Composite_Firewall_Mount_110_45mm_.html
Battery: 1 x http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__35811__ZIPPY_Flightmax_5000mAh_4S1P_30C_EU_warehouse_.html
Propeller: 1 x http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__60473__APC_Style_Propeller_13x6_5_EU_Warehouse_.html
For sure is not hard to flight and to land but obviously it is not stable as a high wind (e.g. Piper Cub). I would recommend the model for those who have at least a bit of experience in flying RC models.
It requires some exponential on ailerons, I've set 50pcnt on my futaba T7C (double ailerons configuration, i.e. each aileron servo to a single channel).
You can use ailerons as flaps as well but in my 3 flights I had so far I couldn't appreciate a proper advantagThis is my first glow plane, the engine is a .55 2 stroke with a 12x8 prop, i put 5 Corona ds399hv servos, whit a selfmade adapter plate because these servos are smaller than the standard size ones; so im able to use a Zippy Flightmax 1100mah 2s Life battery!
The construction is, to me, strong to absorb the engines vibration, and there is plenty of space inside the plane to put everything you need. The landing gear its good and the short front wheel helps you landing the plane. I put 110g in the tail to balance this model. The provided CG is ok, the model discends orizzontally and the landing speed is very low.
I reinforced the plywood with a mixture of epoxy and alcool and i used a lot of threadlocker in every screw. The throttle rod has no tube to pass through, so you have to find a way to ensure rigidity.
The covering, im sorry, its not so good. But for the price is ok! The model fly very well and scale, never use much rudder and the elevator is big, so never stress this plane in flight!
The flight characteristic is excellent. Landing is extremely easy, because of the slow flight ability and the short front wheel. It flies really straight : gorgeous. The engine is a four strokes ASP 10cc : that is big enough. It flies quietly and gently at half throttle : sweet. The rudder was doing flutter at high speed, so I reinforced the controls. I should have sunk the rod in the rudder with tons of glue. To fix this, I screw firmly a small plate on both sides of the rudder in order to hold the control rod in place (hope that s clear). I put an APM to do navigation with GPS, it worked instantly : great. I brokes the canopy glass twice, and fixed it with usual tape ; that s ok.crashed mine today into a dam broke the canopy and the coal don,t see them in spare parts ?????? are they availableLooks fantastic, second landing under carage broke clean off still connected to a section of fuselage, have fixed with fibre glass in four key points, good and strong now, should have beefed up before 1st flight to save the mess. my advice is keep as light as possible don't over motor and bat. Love it.Looks great, flies great, only down side is weak under carriage make sure you beef it up before you fly.Nose gear and low and needs to be revised for future sales, other components are fine and quality is mid high finishing and can be improved.A real wide-body single which gets a lot of attention at the field. I used a ASP 91 four-stroke and wouldn't recommend going less. It actually flys very well for a scale type plane. Easy to handle and makes nice landings. I had to work with the nose gear and finally made a new one. The included one is too short and gives a clearance problem with the prop due to negative angle (AOA) while taxi on anything but perfectly smooth surface.
A bargain price and it makes me smile to look at and fly.trs bon modle,vols parfaits,attention verrire trs fragile,et renforcer couple fixation pour un moteur 4 temps
trs ralisteexcellent modle ,vol trs realiste,motorisation 10cc 4 temps, plus que suffisant , accro que bien ,mais pas 3d, seulement raliste, attention de renforcer toutes le bois fixation moteur avec colle epoxy car un peu faible construction pour moteur glow,sinon ce model est un vrai rgal et je le rpte aucun dfaut en vol,sincrement mrite 5 toiles,de la part d'un modliste de 40 ans d'exprience