2/14/2008 by John Redman E-flite Senior Product Developer
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Definitely add the E-flite retracts.
They provide an extreme cool factor, and the
model is set up for them from the start. Now
that rocks. These retracts were designed
specifically for the AT-6 by the folks at Robart.
They feature stiff strut wires that help improve
the ground handling in crosswinds. And, of
course, they look great going up into the
wheel wells as you cross the departure end
of the runway after takeoff.
Go for the Cockpit Kit. It’s really easy to
install, and, like the retracts, the model is
already set up for it. You’ve already got the
pilot, so you might as well give him some
gauges to look at, while he makes that air
show pass down the centerline of the
runway. Add an extra pilot. It too is an easy
addon, and having two pilots on board,
along with seat backs and rollover structure,
really seems to finish off the model. Add a
few touches of model paint for the correct
colors, and you definitely will be the talk of
the field. The plane will look like something
a true modeler would love to have in his
While the tires that come with the kit work
fine, I love the scale look of the Robart
2½-inch wheels. They include a scale
hubcap that really brings the Texan to life
when it’s sitting on the flight line or when
you make that nice banking pass in front of
everyone at show center.
If I lived in a high altitude location, say 3500
feet or more above sea level, I would opt for
the Power 32 brushless outrunner motor,
APC 13 x 6.5E propeller and a Thunder
Power 4S Li-Po battery for a little extra punch
on the hot days. Sure, the Power 25 setup
that is listed on the box is more than
adequate, but there are always those guys
who might want to go a bit bigger. Plus,
whether you flew at high elevations or not,
you could use the extra power to recreate a
Reno race of your own with a few buddies at
the local field.
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