RV-9 450 ARF



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A great-looking, great-flying scale park flyer inspired by one of general aviation’s most popular homebuilt designs.

The sporty lines and spirited performance of the Van’s Aircraft RV-9 has made it one of general aviation’s most popular homebuilt aircraft. E-flite has perfectly captured the spirit of this plane with this outstanding ARF that boasts true-to-scale lines and, like its inspiration, is an absolute joy to fly. To keep the scale lines unspoiled, E-flite has designed the RV-9 450 with internal servo mounts that are concealed from view. A classy red, yellow and blue UltraCote® trim scheme, cockpit details and factory painted fiberlass cowl further enhance the realism. You even have the option of adding functioning flaps for exciting short field takeoffs and landings. In the air, the RV-9 450 offers a nice balance between maneuverability and stability that will please both intermediate and experienced pilots.


RV-9 is a trademark of Van’s Aircraft and is used with permission.


  • Adjustable motor mount accepts Park 450 or Park 480 motors
  • Side-mounted aileron servos to preserve scale appearance
  • Detailed cockpit with molded seat backs
  • Accurate scale outline
  • Preinstalled steerable tailwheel
  • Balsa and ply construction
  • Classic UltraCote® trim scheme
  • Large, magnetically secured access hatch
  • Painted fiberglass cowl
  • Spinner included
  • Optional flaps


50.0 in (1270mm)
Overall Length:
38.0 in (920mm)
Wing Area:
385 sq in (24.8 sq dm)
Flying Weight:
36–40 oz (1020–1135 g)
Motor Size:
450- to 480-size brushless
4+ channels
Trim Scheme Colors:
UltraCote® Bright Yellow (U872); Deep Blue (U873); Black (U874); True Red (U866)
Prop Size:
450 - APC 10x7E; 480 - APC 12x6E
Spinner Size:
Hardware Included:
Speed Control :
450 - 30-amp brushless; 480 - 40-amp brushless
Recommended Battery:
450 - 1800mAh 3S; 480 - 2100mAh 3S
Minimum Age Recommendation:
14 years
Experience Level:
Recommended Environment:
Assembly Time:
3-5 Hours
Is Assembly Required:

Parts & Accessories

Completion Guides Stock Set-Up   (See All)

  • Electric Propeller,10 x 7E

  • 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC

  • 1800mAh 3S 11.1V 20C LiPo, 13AWG EC3

  • Park 450 Brushless Outrunner Motor, 890Kv

Completion Guides High Power Setup   (See All)

  • Thin ELEC Propeller 12x6E

  • 40-Amp Lite Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC (V2)

  • 2100mAh 3S 11.1V 20C LiPo, 13AWG EC3

  • Park 480 Brushless Outrunner Motor, 1020Kv

Completion Guides Required and Recommended Radio Equipment   (See All)

  • 12" Extension, Lightweight

  • 3" Extension, Lightweight

  • 7.5-Gram Sub-Micro S75 Servo

  • 3" Y-Harness, Lightweight

Completion Guides Recommended Electronics and Accessories   (See All)

  • Power Meter

  • Park Flyer Tool Assortment, 5 pc

  • Celectra 80W AC/DC Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger

  • Digital Servo and Receiver Current Meter

Parts Listing   (See All)

  • Fuslage: RV-9 450

  • Hatch: RV-9 450

  • Wing Set L&R: RV-9 450

  • Tail Set: RV-9 450

Optional Accessories   (See All)

  • 1/9 Civilian Pilot, Blue with Glasses









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Aileron Servo Installation Addendum

We have found that some of the first shipments of the RV-9 ARF’s did not have the string installed in the wing panels for routing the aileron servo extension leads. Below is a simple way to install a string into the wing panels for routing the aileron servo leads.                                                     
1) You will need about 4 feet of string or fishing line and a lead weight or nut.   
2) Tie one end of the string through the weight.
3) Hold the wing panel on its end with the root rib facing up and the tip facing the floor.  Drop the weighted string through the rear hole in the root rib. You will be able to drop this through each rib until you reach the aileron servo opening.
4) Once you have reached the servo opening, pull the string out of the opening and use this end to tie to your servo extension lead. Route this through the wing as shown in the manual.


1 Authorized Warranty Period (Date of Purchase)

What this Warranty Covers 
Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warrants to the original purchaser that the product purchased (the "Product") will be free from defects in materials and workmanship at the date of purchase.

2 Authorized Limited Warranty & Limits of Liability International

What is Not Covered
This warranty is not transferable and does not cover (i) cosmetic damage, (ii) damage due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or due to improper use, installation, operation or maintenance, (iii) modification of or to any part of the Product, (iv) attempted service by anyone other than a Horizon Hobby authorized service center, (v) Product not purchased from an authorized Horizon dealer, or (vi) Product not compliant with applicable technical regulations.


Purchaser’s Remedy
Horizon’s sole obligation and purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be that Horizon will, at its option, either (i) service, or (ii) replace, any Product determined by Horizon to be defective. Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all Product(s) involved in a warranty claim. Service or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. Proof of purchase is required for all warranty claims. SERVICE OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE PURCHASER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.

Limitation of Liability
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS OR PRODUCTION OR COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, EVEN IF HORIZON HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Further, in no event shall the liability of Horizon exceed the individual price of the Product on which liability is asserted. As Horizon has no control over use, setup, final assembly, modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability. If you as the purchaser or user are not prepared to accept the liability associated with the use of the Product, purchaser is advised to return the Product immediately in new and unused condition to the place of purchase.

These terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of law principals). This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Horizon reserves the right to change or modify this warranty at any time without notice.


Questions, Assistance, and Services
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide warranty support or service. Once assembly, setup or use of the Product has been started, you must contact your local distributor or Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to better answer your questions and service you in the event that you may need any assistance. For questions or assistance, please visit our website at, submit a Product Support Inquiry, or call 877.504.0233 toll free to speak to a Product Support representative.

Inspection or Services
If this Product needs to be inspected or serviced and is compliant in the country you live and use the Product in, please use the Horizon Online Service Request submission process found on our website or call Horizon to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Pack the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note that original boxes may be included, but are not designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible for merchandise until it arrives and is accepted at our facility. An Online Service Request is available at If you do not have internet access, please contact Horizon Product Support to obtain a RMA number along with instructions for submitting your product for service. When calling Horizon, you will be asked to provide your complete name, street address, email address and phone number where you can be reached during business hours. When sending product into Horizon, please include your RMA number, a list of the included items, and a brief summary of the problem. A copy of your original sales receipt must be included for warranty consideration. Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the outside of the shipping carton.
NOTICE: Do not ship LiPo batteries to Horizon. If you have any issue with a LiPo battery, please contact the appropriate Horizon Product Support office.

Warranty Requirements
For Warranty consideration, you must include your original sales receipt verifying the proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty conditions have been met, your Product will be serviced or replaced free of charge. Service or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon.

Non-Warranty Service
Should your service not be covered by warranty, service will be completed and payment will be required without notification or estimate of the expense unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail purchase cost. By submitting the item for service you are agreeing to payment of the service without notification. Service estimates are available upon request. You must include this request with your item submitted for service. Non-warranty service estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be billed for return freight. Horizon accepts money orders and cashier’s checks, as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. By submitting any item to Horizon for service, you are agreeing to Horizon’s Terms and Conditions found on our website

ATTENTION: Horizon service is limited to Product compliant in the country of use and ownership. If received, a non-compliant Product will not be serviced. Further, the sender will be responsible for arranging return shipment of the un-serviced Product, through a carrier of the sender’s choice and at the sender’s expense. Horizon will hold non-compliant Product for a period of 60 days from notification, after which it will be discarded.

United States:
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Service Center
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822

All other Products requiring warranty inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Product Support
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822

Please call 877-504-0233 or e-mail us at with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

United Kingdom:
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Hobby Limited 
Units 1-4 Ployters Rd
Staple Tye
Harlow, Essex
CM18 7NS
United Kingdom

Please call +44 (0) 1279 641 097 or e-mail us at with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Technischer Service
Christian-Junge-Strasse 1
25337 Elmshorn

Please call +(0) 49 4121 2655 100 or e-mail us at with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Hobby SAS
11 Rue Georges Charpak

Please call +33 (0) 1 60 18 34 90 or e-mail us at with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

China:                                                                                           Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

Horizon Hobby – China
Room 506, No. 97 Changshou Rd.
Shanghai, China 200060

Please call +86 (021) 5180 9868 or email us at with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.



Modified: 11/13/2012