The Mini Acacia is a 1.5 meter slope ship which also has a bungee hook! It is a hot little plane and is at home in light breezes or stiff gales. The Mini Acacia is all hollow molded from CNC tooling.
Airfoil: RG15 mod
Surface loading: 7oz/ft2
Control: Aileron, Rudder and Elevator
Radio: Hitec Super Slim, JR241s in the wing and Cirrus CS-21s in the fuse. 600ae pack.
3oz and 6oz lead ballast made to bolt in the fuse under the wing
Purchased from Composite Specialities www.f3x.com
The Mini Acacia is a 1.5 meter slope ship which also has a bungee hook! The Mini Acacia is all hollow molded from CNC tooling. This is top notch composite construction. It has a strong molded carbon fiber spar, one piece quad taper wing, flat center section with dihedral in the tips. Removable one piece V tail. All live hinge control surfaces. The fuselage has enough room under the canopy for mini sized radio equipment, a 600AAE flat pack in the nose and there is just enough room under the wing to carry enough ballast to allow the Mini to scream on the slope!
Building was straight forward. It is a pleasure to work with a model as well made as this one. The only things to do are install the control horns and radio equipment. The only part I didn’t get to fit right was the servo fairing on the wing. (the instructions do mention this)
I have flown it several times in less than ideal conditions and it flies great. Ideal conditions are even more fun. In 20 MPH winds, with 10 oz of ballast it is the most fun!
Update: Now that it has been flown several times, I am finding it one of my favorites when the wind is between 10 and 20 mph. It is smooth and fast, penetrates very well and, with the slight polyhedral, is great in bumpy air.
I did break the boom on a less than smooth landing in about 25 – 30 MPH at Mt Baldy, but the repair was easy and it is again happy in the air. I also recently got the electric fuse, which I will get going as soon as I get a couple of other projects finished.
Another Update: This plane rocks off the bungee! The slight polyhedral makes it track straight and the thin airfoil lets it climb like a rocket!