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Written by Tom Sullivan
This stunning model is also economical to fly
Watch two videos of the Seagull
Read the full review in the October 2015 issue of
Model Aviation.


Seagull Radial Rocket Video Highlights


Seagull Radial Rocket Main Gear Modification



Specifications

Model type: Semiscale ARF
Skill level: Intermediate builder; advanced pilot
Wingspan: 62.3 inches
Wing area: 570.4 square inches
Airfoil: Semisymmetrical
Length: 45.1 inches
Weight: 7.1 to 7.3 pounds
Recommended power system: 10cc gas; .82-1.0 glow; electric
Needed to complete: Radio system with seven servos
Construction: Balsa and plywood
Covering: UltraCote
Price: $224.99


Test Model Details

Radio system: Spektrum DX18 transmitter; Spektrum AR7000 receiver; seven Spektrum A6160 digital servos; 1,600 mAh receiver battery; Y harness and several servo extensions of varying lengths
Power system used: Evolution 10GX gas engine; Master Airscrew 12 x 8 three-blade propeller
Flying weight: 7.5 pounds
Flight duration: 15 to 20 minutes


Pluses

• This sport scale model captures the lines of the full-scale Radial Rocket.
• Options are included for glow, gas, or electric power systems.
• Includes tank, wheels, and all control hardware.
• Prepainted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants exactly match the iron-on covering.
• The Evolution 10GX pairs perfectly with the aircraft, offering plenty of power and flight times of more than 15 minutes per/tank.
• Stable in high-speed flight and the flaps allow it to slow down for gentle, main-gear landings.


Minuses

• The main gear struts flex with only slight finger pressure.
• The Radial Rocket TD’s manual contains most of the steps, but there are several mistakes.
• Where the wing’s TE mounts to the fuselage, some relief had to be cut so the wing could be installed or removed after the bottom cover was attached.

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