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Written by Geoff Barber.
A versatile and enjoyable aerobat.
Flight video and abridged review.
Full review in the July 2015 issue of
Model Aviation.


Specifications

Model type: Sport/3-D ARF
Skill level: Intermediate to experienced
Wingspan: 52 inches
Wing area: 586.3 square inches
Wing loading: 12.06 ounces per square foot
Length: 48.94 inches
All-up weight: 3.07 pounds, including carbon-fiber spinner and 4S battery
Power system: .45-size brushless outrunner motor; 45-amp brushless ESC with BEC; 4S 2,200 mAh LiPo battery
Radio: Minimum four-channel transmitter and receiver; four micro servos
Accessories and hardware: 5 feet of servo extension wire; standard shop tools and adhesives
Minimal flying area: Club field
Flight duration: 5.5 to 7 minutes, depending on flying style
Price: $239.95 (ARF only)



Test-Model Details

Power system: Precision Aerobatics Thrust 45 outrunner motor with RotorKool Technology; Precision Aerobatics Quantum 45-amp Pro High Performance Programmable ESC with SBEC; Precision Aerobatics 4S 2,200 mAh 30-60C LiPo V3
Radio: Hitec Flash 7 2.4 GHz transmitter; Hitec Optima 6 six-channel 2.4 GHz receiver; four Nexatec NXT 80 DSM servos
Propeller: Vox 13 x 5 wood propeller for electric aircraft (included); Precision Aerobatics CNC-machined propeller adapter; Precision Aerobatics 2.17-inch carbon-fiber spinner
Accessories and hardware: Thin-gauge Twisted Light extension lead; four Precision Aerobatics carbon-fiber extended servo arms; male and female Deans Ultra battery plugs; Precision Aerobatics carbon-fiber vortex generators (optional)



Pluses

• Two-piece, removable wing makes transport easy.
• Lightweight, carbon-fiber-reinforced airframe is lightweight without sacrificing strength.
• Painted fiberglass cowl.
• Short, carbon-fiber pushrods allow for precise aircraft control.
• Nice decal set.
• Large battery hatch/canopy allows easy access.
• Several optional accessories available.
• Extremely wide flight envelope allows the XR-52 to fly from mild to wild!



Flight Video




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