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A low-cost sport model that excels at Precision Aerobatics
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Photos and article by Tom Sullivan.


SPECIFICATIONS
Model type: ARF (molded foam)
Skill level: Intermediate builder; intermediate pilot
Wingspan: 52 inches
Wing area: 497 square inches
Airfoil: Symmetrical
Length: 52 inches
Weight: 62 ounces
Power system: .40-size electric outrunner motor; 40-amp ESC; 4S 3200 mAh LiPo battery; 11 x 8E propeller
Radio system: Four-channel radio with four mini servos
Retail price: $159.99

TEST-MODEL DETAILS
Ready-to-fly weight: 64 ounces
Power system: Installed power system, with 4000 mAh LiPo battery
Radio system: Spektrum DX18 transmitter; Spektrum AR6210 receiver; one Y harness (ailerons)

PLUSES
• Low parts count with radio installed (without receiver) makes for quick assembly.
• Two-piece plug-in wing for easy transportation.
• Canopy doubles as a battery hatch, firmly held in place by magnets.
• 11 x 8E propeller and plastic spinner included.
• Battery tray can accept a wide range of battery sizes.
• Smooth in the air, with plenty of vertical power.

MINUSES
• When properly balanced, the flying weight is slightly heavier than the manual states.








The canopy doubles as the radio and battery hatch. The long battery tray can hold a wide variety of LiPo sizes and shapes.





Because of the low parts count and so much preassembly, the Commander can go from this to ready to fly in roughly two hours.





The stabilizer and vertical fin need to be epoxied into place. Tabs keep the vertical fin properly aligned.





When the stabilizer and rudder are epoxied into place, snap in the pushrods, and the control surfaces are finished.





The aileron servos are preinstalled from the factory as shown, including the covers, control horns, and pushrods.





Finishing the front end, this plastic spinner and electric propeller are included in the kit.



2 comments

Article has inconsistencies.

Horizon Hobby does not seem to have any reference to this model.

The references on P49 seem not to provide information on this model.

I tried to Google the manual according to the article and nothing came up.

I guess I can call the AirBorne Models LLC and see what I can find this way.

Here is a link to the manual from the Wingsmaker website
http://www.thewingsmaker.com/products/airplanes/manuals/GM049XM.pdf

There is also a good discussion on the RCGroups forums.

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