The Taylorcraft is a conventional layout, high wing, fabric-covered, two-seat aircraft known for its speed and efficiency on limited horsepower engines. The designer, Clarence Taylor, can rightfully be called the father of private aviation in America. Clarence Taylor first designed the Taylor Cub, which became the Piper Cub—notably civilian aviation’s most recognized airplane. After Mr. Taylor was forced to sever ties with his financier William Piper because of conflicting goals, he vowed to build a new, personal aircraft superior to the Cub in all respects and succeeded. The Taylorcraft was faster, more comfortable, more attractive, and more modern by the standards of the day. By the 1940s, the Taylorcraft was a mainstay on the civilian aviation front.
E-flite’s version of the Taylorcraft 450 ARF is an easy-to-assemble, lightweight, scale parkflyer constructed of balsa and plywood. Its lightweight construction and high wing placement make this almost-ready-to-fly Taylorcraft a docile, easy-to-fly aircraft that is gentle enough for most pilots, yet the replication of the clipped wing variant makes the model aerobatic-capable so more advanced modelers can experiment with loops, rolls and inverted flight. This model also comes highly prefabricated so you can get in the air in as little as 3–4 hours. All of the control surfaces are factory-hinged and the tailwheel assembly comes installed in order to save the modeler time. And, the pre-molded side windows pop into the fuselage with little effort. The durable aluminum landing gear gives the Taylorcraft solid handling, even when takeoffs and landings occur in not-so-friendly locations, and its steerable tail wheel aids in runway taxiing.
Scale enthusiasts will marvel at the Taylorcraft’s incredibly accurate appearance. The true-to-scale outline is accentuated by a cream and red scale UltraCote® trim scheme that classically replicates the civilian airplane's golden days. Internally mounted servos also help maintain the scale integrity. Its cockpit is even outfitted with molded, fabric-covered seats, and the overhead window is duplicated right down to the painted trim. The fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, and balsa wood strut covers also contribute to this nostalgic plane’s sophisticated look.
Its lightweight design is focused around E-flite's Park 450 BL Outrunner Motor, with a great power-to-weight ratio. Or, the Taylorcraft can be paired with the E-flite 480 BL Outrunner Motor for maximum power. The Taylorcraft utilizes E-flite’s new sliding motor mount system which allows modelers to mount multiple engines to the same airframe using the same, adjustable mount. And, swapping out batteries is a breeze thanks to the easy-access magnetic battery hatch.
I haven't flown this plane yet, however I have just finished with the build. This is such a nice looking plane and the build quality is great. Everything went together nicely and the covering job is superb. I showed my wife the finished product and she immediately fell in love with the colors. It's now her favorite of all my 15 planes.
This is a beautiful plane, from its built up balsa to its covering. Get the original 480 motor and you will be surprised at the performance. On takeoffs, don't completely floor it and hold a little up elevator. I've built over 70 planes and love this as one of my best flyers.
I bought this plane 2 years ago, and built it shortly thereafter. The build was fairly straightforward, and if you've assembled a foamie or two, you shouldn't have much trouble with this airplane. I used the 480 motor, esc., etc. from my beloved ParkZone SE-5A foamie after it had a couple of serious crashes.
Anyway, after assembly, I hung it from the garage ceiling, where it remained for 2 years, getting dusty and forgotten, and never flown. Then, just the other day, I decided to bring it out, after having to reach past it to get my Corsair. I thought, "Why not just take this gorgeous airplane instead of the Corsair, which I've flown dozens of times?"
This airplane flies great, but I found that the recommended C.G. makes the plane just a bit nose-heavy, but that's easily fixed by just a bit of up-elevator trim. However, beginners take note: this airplane can be a handful! With the 480 motor & a 10x8 prop, it can be quite fast, and the heavy-handed will discover that the large control surfaces will whip this plane around faster than a 3-D aerobat! In other words, small stick movements are necessary, and some expo, especially with the elevator, will make things easier, although it's not mandatory... Just go easy on the sticks. My only real complaint is with the battery access. Getting the battery in & out can be downright impossible for guys with big, fat fingers and hands, like me. Maybe bring your girlfriend or young child to the flying field to handle the battery changes. Also, those tiny wheels are fine for hard surface runways, but are worthless on grass. Other than that, this is a beautiful, great flying airplane!
I've put together more than my share of foam RTF's and enjoyed doing them, but when it came time to move up in the hobby, I wanted to outfit my plane. After several months of web searches and advice from the guys at the field, I found the Taycraft 450. Finding myself, 6 days later, sad that I was tightening my prop. This is an excellent kit for the first timer. Detailed instructions and the ability to add my own touches, like finishing the cockpit, made this a great week and "what a plane"!
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